Look around your house. Do you have a bunch of knickknacks lying around with no meaning or purpose? Perhaps there is a chair with worn clothes or a table with stacked up old magazines. Whatever it is that makes your home cluttered, you should know this situation is affecting not only the appearance of your home, but also your mental health. Clutter interrupts your ability to think clearly and turns your home into an enemy instead of a friend and a safe place. Don’t worry, this is not final. You got yourself into this mess, you can get yourself out. Here are some tips that will help you organize your home to perfection.
Take It One Room At A Time
So, you’ve decided to declutter your home? Good for you, but you should know that this is not a simple task and that it can’t be done in one day. If you start organizing all rooms at once you are likely to get lost and do everything halfway. Also, not every room should be organized in the same way and not every room is infested with the same type of clutter. Make your own chaos calendar and dedicate one (or more) day to each room.
Start With The Entryway
The most logical room to start with is the entryway. This is the first room your guests will see when they walk into your home, and you don’t want them tripping over umbrellas and a pile of shoes. As in every decluttering endeavor, first you should look for the things you don’t use and then throw them away, give them away or store them somewhere where they won’t be in your way. The second thing to do is to come up with a storage space where you will be able to keep all your necessities. It should have a place for shoes, umbrellas, mail and the keys.
Make Living In The Living Room Possible
The living room should always look presentable for your family and your guests. There is no room for clutter here. Again, you need to separate the things you don’t need and pack them up in bags and boxes. Here you need to stick to the basics: sofa, comfy chair, coffee table and a bookshelf. Some of these pieces can have hidden storage, so you can keep things you don’t use out of sight.
Bedroom + Closet Combo
A bedroom should evoke serenity, and therefore it should be clean of anything that can cause stress. Bedrooms tend to attract stuff without a designated storage space, so make sure they are not attracting negative energy too. Fortunately, the bedroom is an easy fixer. A messy wardrobe, on the other hand, may be behind closed doors, but it consumes a lot of your time. Here are some tips that will help you get it in shape:
- Separate the things you no longer wear and the ones that no longer fit. You can sell them online, make a garage sale, give them to charity or throw them away.
- Pack up the seasonal clothing and other items you keep for special occasions (e.g. Halloween costumes) and store them in an additional dresser or the attic. If you don’t have space to spare, consider renting a storage unit. For example, a reliable storage company does an excellent job by collecting and storing your stuff for as long as you need.
- Organize your wardrobe based on the occasion you are wearing it for (e.g. home, work, night out) or color code it.
Finish Up With The Bathroom
Bathrooms have evolved from merely functional rooms to minimalistic spa oases. If you prefer the latter evolutionary stadium, you should declutter your bathroom. Not only it will serve as a nice room for relaxing, it will also help you get ready more efficiently and quickly in the morning. The bathroom zones you need to pay special attention to are the vanity, the medicine cabinet, shower/tub area and under the sink. Come up with dedicated storage for different toiletries and makeup, they shouldn’t all be on the same shelf or in the same box.
An organized home is a home where you can relax, think clearly and share it with your family and friends. A decluttering project of this scale may not be easy to do, but it is definitely rewarding, so start as soon as you can.