It is truly amazing how fast your home can become cluttered. Over the years, we collect a lot more than we dispose of, causing clutter to occur. A disorganized home can lead to stress, however, so it is essential to maintain an organized lifestyle. This will not only make your home look cleaner, it will lead to a more organized, relaxed, and efficient lifestyle. Luckily, if you keep a steady cleaning schedule and are well organized, you should be able to keep your home in tip-top shape.
Go Room By Room
Different types of clutter can gather in different rooms. In the kitchen, for example, you may have junk drawers or extra pots and pans, while in the bedroom you may have clothes you haven’t worn in years. It is important to go room by room when trying to organize your home. The first thing you need to do is get rid of all unnecessary items. Go through each room and sort all of the items into three piles: keep, throw away, or donate. It is important to think carefully when it comes to the “keep” pile. If you haven’t worn a shirt in three years, you probably should not keep it. If you have an item that is important to you, but is sort of taking up space, you can always move it into storage. In the kitchen, throw out or donate old plates and glasses. If you have old furniture, donate it to Goodwill or take it to the dump. Old furniture can take up a lot of room in prime storage space areas, like the basement or garage. You can then sort items by function, and keep similar items together. For example, in your kitchen, you can make a drawer specifically for cutlery, while one cupboard may be for glasses and another for plates. You may find some items do not have a function, allowing you to move these items to the throw out or donate pile.
One of the ways you can help organize your home and prevent clutter is to have multiple storage options. Ideally, you want to have a home for every item. This ranges from glass, to Xbox controller, to pair of jeans. Items lying around your home will make it seem unorganized. Go to each room and pick up any items that are on the floor or table and try to find a home for that item.
You should also have a set home for items like wallets, phones, and keys. This will help you develop a habit of always placing these items in the same spot, making it less likely that you will lose them. You also want to make sure you are storing your items efficiently to help minimize the amount of storage space you are using. Placing a shelving unit in a closet, for example, can be a great way to store extra shoes or accessories like hats and gloves.
Teach Your Kids
If you have kids, you know how fast they can cause a mess. If you put in the time and effort to organize your home, the last thing you want is to have your kids come home and ruin all of your hard work. Ideally, you should include them in the process, so they know where all storage spaces are, and where all items should be placed when they are not being used.