Although it would be nice to wave a magic wand to wish all our clutter away, home organization is a step-by-step process.
Depending on how much of your house needs to be organized, it can take anywhere from a day to a week to get everything organized to a manageable level.
The good news is that once you’re organized, staying organized is not as hard. If you have a family, be sure to have them help. This is especially a good opportunity to teach your kids about controlling clutter in their life.
The following 6 tips should help you get started on the road to less clutter and more organization in your home:
1. Tackle high traffic areas first
Two most popular rooms in the house are usually the living room and kitchen. The kitchen counters and the living room couch seem to be the places where everything gets dropped on.
Think about where these items need to go. Do they need to be filed away or thrown away? Make sure to focus on finishing these rooms before moving on to organize another room.
2. Use decorative storage containers
Up until recently, storage containers were pretty boring. Not anymore! Storage containers have transformed into more attractive pieces of furniture, like coffee tables with storage (like the one above) and storage ottomans.
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3. Divide and conquer your clutter
Start by dividing items into categories. The categories for these piles are: KEEP, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and RELOCATE. Heavy duty trash bags or storage bins can be used for this part.
Items that will stay in that room are to keep. Clothes or furniture still in great condition can be donated and scheduled for pickup by a local charity. Anything that definitely belongs in another room can be labeled for relocation when you get to that room.
4. Remove everything from drawers
It’s easier to start with an empty space and fill it instead of simply pushing things around. If you line things up on the counter, someone else can help by putting the items in some type of order.
5. Make sure to use of all of your available space
In the kitchen, for example, appliances or extra containers can be stored on top of the cabinets provided they don’t extend all the way to the ceiling.
Is there extra space in the kitchen? How about using the top of the refrigerator for cereal boxes and breakfast food like boxes of instant oatmeal or grits? There are a number of kitchen organizers that can help expand storage space, like a stackable kitchen cabinet organizer and under-shelf basket organizers.
Be sure to check out my post, 12 Smart Kitchen Organizers for a Clutter-Free Kitchen for more ideas!
In the bedroom, utilize the space under the bed or dresser to store flat storage bins that can house shoes and winter clothes. These storage bins can slide easily under the bed or the dresser.
6. Label your storage containers
Use tape and a permanent marker to identify the contents of your storage containers. If you need more room to write, attach index cards with tape so you can write more information.
Labeling is a must for easy identification if you decide to sell or give away a container of books or something. You’ll be saving time by not having to open up each storage container trying to find your favorite book or cd.
Organizing your entire house takes patience, dedication and above all, time. But, once you’re finished organizing your home, it will be all easier to maintain your organization and keep things in their proper place.