Americans have a lot of stuff. As a result, many people struggle to keep their homes clean and organized. So, how do you control the clutter? Here are a few tips that will help.

Create a clutter-control system.

It’s essential to have a system for clutter, because accumulation is inevitable. Give everyone in your household a clutter cabinet. When the cabinet or drawer starts to overflow, go through it and throw things out. In addition, use storage solutions in your home. Mason jars are great for storing supplies in the kitchen and bathroom. Use under-the-bed storage for clothes that are out of season, and a desk that will fold down from the wall as needed.

Get rid of your stuff.

Clutter typically stems from the sheer number of things Americans own. Take a weekend to go through your belongings, and donate what you don’t actually need. If you have time, read Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. And before you go out and buy something new, make sure you can throw something out that you already own to clear up space. Getting rid of your possessions isn’t easy, but it has major benefits.

If you can’t get rid of it, hide it.

If you stumble upon items you can’t quite convince yourself to let go of, put them in a box and hide them away for six months. If you haven’t opened the box or thought of the items after that period of time, donate them or throw them out. If you have, keep the items you retrieved and donate or throw out the rest.