The weather outside is frightful! So, maybe this is the perfect time to tackle those tasks around the home that you have been putting off. Did you set a goal for 2020 to become more organized? Well, if you did, here are some helpful tips to get your home in tip top order.
The first step to getting organized is taking time to go through your closets, cabinets and drawers and get rid of items that are no longer needed or used. Separate your piles into three categories: store, keep and trash. This way, you can easily sort through your things and decide where it’s going. When you are finished, each pile can be taken care of accordingly.
Now that you have purged the items that you no longer need or want, it’s time to organize the items you are left with. Use different storage containers in your cabinets and in your drawers, to avoid them becoming a catch all. Avoid using containers with lids for items like bath and kitchen products. You want to make sure that putting things away is as easy as taking it out.
Avoid clutter zones
Where does clutter accumulate in your home? Is it the dining room table? The kitchen island? Rather than having random items landing on spaces where it doesn’t belong, discourage this practice. The best way to do this is by decorating areas where clutter ends up. For example, if your dining table is where it tends to build up, add a floral arrangement and placemats. This will serve as a reminder to put items back where they belong.
Keep a bag handy
How often do you bring out an item of clothing only to put it on, hate it, and hang it back up in the closet? When you have an item that you no longer like, or doesn’t fit properly, rather than placing it back into the space, put it in a bag or container. Once it is full, you are ready to donate. If you have older children, this can be done in their rooms as well.
Make items accessible
When organizing, make sure to keep the items that you use most at the forefront. Keep items that are used less near the back or tucked away in spaces that aren’t as accessible. This way, items are easily located and are more likely to stay where they belong. The harder it is to find things, the messier and more chaotic your drawers and cabinets will become.
Take a good look
Because we spend so much time in our homes, clutter can often become a fixture that we don’t notice. Look at your home from a different perspective. Imagine that you are a visitor and do a once over of your space. This will help you recognize items that are out of place or no longer needed. You may even want to consider taking some photographs and reviewing them. Sometimes we just need to look at things through a different lens. Literally!
Answer some questions
It can be hard to let go of things. However, it’s important to ask yourself some questions in order to help organize your home. Have you used it in the last year? If the answer is no, you likely don’t need it any longer. Do you need it, or love it? Again, if the answer is no, it’s time to part ways. Does it fit the life you want to live? If you are holding onto items that no longer fit your lifestyle, then say goodbye.
Getting organized can be daunting. However, if you take some time to purge, you will be amazed at how liberated you feel. And, you may be surprised at how much extra space you have!