Getting organized at home can be an incredibly daunting task, and sometimes it feels like an even bigger mountain to climb when you’re home feels cluttered. So what’s the best way to handle and conquer it? Well, it may not be a one-step process, but once you’re through the task of reducing clutter and organizing your home, you’ll be amazed at how much better you and your home will feel.
Also, as a bonus, it’s been said that by reducing clutter around the house, you’ll help lower your stress level, and you’ll be able to create an environment to relax in.
- Keep, Toss, Donate: It’s time to get real with your home and come up with an action plan before tackling home clutter and organization. The best way to stay on track is to designate a place to put items you will keep, toss and donate. Whether you use garbage bags, boxes, or containers, find the right place to get everything where it needs to go. Try and be as ruthless as possible and make sure everything you decide to keep has somewhere it can be stored.
- Kitchen: When it comes to the kitchen, the problem area is usually the kitchen counters. Items will build up from repeated use, and sometimes they just never get put away. So, start by cleaning and putting away anything on the counters that isn’t essential such as small appliances, paperwork, dishes, etc. Make a permanent home in your cupboards for these items to keep them out of sight but easy to reach and do your best to give everything else a home or toss it if it’s not needed.
- Living Room: Whether you have a big family or a small family, items in the home will build up before you know it. Whether you are battling the constant war against toys and books or if you are dealing with an overstuffed living room, try to get everything back to basics. If your dealing with shelving, clear everything off the shelves, give the furniture an excellent clean, and slowly start adding items back into the room. Go slow and make sure you’re only keeping what you need and love. Keep your sorting boxes ( keep, toss, and donate) close so you can make quick and easy decisions.
- Bathroom: A collection of bottles, glasses, and containers tends to be the scene on most bathroom countertops. However, there is an easy way to conquer this clutter by utilizing baskets, boxes, and labeled bins. Whenever possible, keep the bathroom toiletries organized and tucked away, whether that is in a cupboard or a medicine cabinet. Make sure to keep everyday items close to the front for easy and frequent use, so you never find yourself searching for a product.
- Bedroom: The bedroom is one place in the home that should be the most relaxing. Clutter can sometimes counteract the feeling of relaxation, which is why it’s essential to keep your bedroom organized and fresh. The first place to start is with the bed because it’s the main focus of the room. Toss any pillows or blankets that just get kicked off anyway and only have what you love in terms of bedding. Another clutter spot is nightstand tables, as they tend to collect little things and build up over time. To conquer this, keep only the essentials on the nightstand top and tuck away anything else in a drawer or basket.
- Garage: Isn’t the garage in your home the perfect place for clutter and items to gather? While it may be a novel idea to keep everything and anything in the garage, make sure you are keeping it organized to maximize your storage. If it’s possible, try to keep your keepsakes, holiday decorations, and anything else that may be extra important in a sturdy container that is labeled and waterproof in case of an emergency within the garage. If you have a workbench, spend some time getting all the tools and extra parts into labeled compartments and drawers. Not only will organizing your garage be worth it, but it will also help you spend less time looking for that pesky monkey wrench.
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