No one thrives in a messy space. Being organized helps you cut down on duplicate purchases and helps to reduce stress because you know where everything is and whether or not you have it on hand. If it’s time to cut the clutter, use these five homeowner how-to’s to get your space organized in no time.
Tackle Categories, Not Rooms:
It’s common to start an organizing project by focusing on one room at a time. But, as organizing guru Marie Kondo notes in her book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” it’s more efficient to start by focusing on individual categories. When you organize by room, you end up organizing the same things over and over, as many people keep the same objects in different spaces. Instead of tackling your bedroom first, decide to organize bed linens or clothing. Instead of taking on the kitchen, decide to tackle cleaning or pantry products.
Get Rid of Things You Don’t Use:
You can’t have an organized home if your home if filled with clutter. That’s why getting rid of stuff you don’t use is crucial if you want to be organized. When you look at an item, ask yourself when you used it last, if you plan to use it soon (as in within the next year) and if you even like it. If you haven’t used something, don’t plan to use it, and don’t like it, donate it, recycle it or discard it. It shouldn’t be in your home.
Store Items in Places That Make Sense:
It’s easier to keep your home clean and organized if you choose homes for your items that makes them easy to put away. For example, store your plates, cutlery and glasses by the dishwasher, so you have an easier time unloading it. Keep shoes and keys by the front door and remotes by the TV.
Use Clever Storage Solutions to Make Your Space More Fun & Functional:
Storage items can be pricey – but if you’re willing to think outside the box (literally!) you can transform your space with affordable, everyday items. You can also save space by using your existing spaces wisely. For example, check out this post for some clever kitchen storage options, this post for some inventive whole-home storage solutions and this post for some unique ideas on how to use everyday items to organize your space.
Be Diligent About Keeping Out Clutter:
Organizing isn’t a “one-and-done” type of project, it’s an ongoing process. As new items will come into your home, they need to be sorted. Older items will wear out and need to be cleared out. Make a “date” with yourself every few months or so to review your stuff, to clear out new clutter, and to keep your home looking neat and tidy.
When everything you own has its own home, you can finally get to enjoy the place you call home!