Many new-year goals include, decluttering, or cleaning your home. But you can clean once and be back in the same habits that got you in this mess in the first place. We've got some helpful tips to keep your resolution clutter-free. 

1. Become a habitual Tidier.

Put the can opener back in the drawer, hang that skirt you didn't wear back in the closet! But ultimately, I think the easiest way to make sure you put things away is just to do it, and then keep on doing it until it's so habitual that you wouldn't ever think of not doing it. When you see how much better your home looks, you'll be that much more motivated to keep fighting the good fight.

2. Stop clutter before it enters your home with a command center.

Even if you're conscientious about what you buy, it's easy for clutter to sneak its way into your home in the form of junk mail, freebies, what have you. That's why setting up a command center by the front door or back door is so brilliant: because clutter has to come into your home somewhere, and you can stop it right at the source. Even better, sign up for electronic bills, and go paperless when you can, and you'll stop the clutter before it can enter the home. 

3. Realize that life is about experiences, not things.

We're constantly being bombarded with advertisements that try to convince us that a happy life is all about having the latest stuff: a new car, an outdoor kitchen, an ice cream maker. But studies have shown, over and over, that it isn't the things in our lives that make us happy: it's our experiences that we treasure most. So the next time you're tempted to buy more stuff, ask yourself if the money wouldn't be better spent on a vacation or a nice night out. Bonus: you won't have to find a space for these things in your cabinets.

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