Your home is cluttered. You walk in the door after a day at the office and instantly feel anxious. The kitchen counter is full, you have junk draws that you use to hide items that have no permanent home and every room you enter feels the same. It’s a problem that many people face each day. Thankfully, you can get your home organized and enjoy it once again.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Before you begin, wear something that you feel good in, that’s comfortable. A pair of seamless leggings, a t-shirt, and comfortable shoes will allow you to move about unrestricted. Tie your hair back and remove any hanging jewelry such as hoop earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.
Where to Begin
A great place to start decluttering is the basement, the garage, or the attic. The main reason is that once you begin with the main area of the home, you’ll have a place for all the extra items you remove. Putting up shelving and purchasing heavy-duty storage containers will allow you to remove items from the home and keep them in good condition.
The Kitchen and Bathroom
In the kitchen and bathroom functionality is everything. Remove everything from the cabinets and closets and then go through your routine. Plates and bowls should be in the same cabinet and pots and pans should have easy accessibility. Making use of the entire space is essential. For instance, instead of taking up space with the lids on the bottom next to the pans, install a vertical holder designed for the lids. Dividers and trays will keep utensils separate and a lazy susan lets you find food items quickly. Under the sink, you can put in removable stacking shelves to keep your supplies neat and organized. In small bathrooms, open storage units that fit over the toilet bring in added space for hand towels, toiletries, and small hair care tools. A toilet paper holder will also eliminate the need to keep extra rolls underneath the sink.
Organizing the Bedroom
Closets in the bedroom often become dumping grounds for everything personal you own. Your old laptop, photo albums, suitcases, and out of season clothing all get piled up there. Empty the closet completely and remove any items that don’t belong. Installing an organizer will give you designated places for your hanging garments, hats, sweaters, and accessories. Some organizers even contain shelves for holding shoes. Before putting the clothing inside your closet, take a good look at your wardrobe. Items that are seasonal like winter coats and scarves you can remove and place in a storage bin for the basement or garage. Older articles of clothing that either don’t fit, or you no longer wear, give away or donate.
Freeing up Space in the Living Room
Living rooms are meant for family unity. They are a place of social gathering. Having a space consumed with clutter doesn’t allow your family to feel comfortable. The room didn’t start out this way. It was once much larger. However, over the years, new pieces of furniture came in without anything going out. If your living room is the entrance to your home, you also get piles of book bags, shoes, and outerwear tossed near the door. Putting a coat rack in the area with a bench beneath that features hidden storage is ideal. In the living space, a wall unit will hide the DVDs, CDs, remotes, and give you a designated space for showcasing books, awards, and collectibles. It will also hide the wires from your TV, DVD player, and Gaming devices.
You love your home. However, lately, it feels anything but warm and inviting. The good news is you can remove the clutter and organize your home to make it efficient, convenient, and welcoming.