It may seem be a never-ending battle, but it can be won.
When your house is a mess you may feel like your whole life is, too. Junk mail, toys, papers to be filed, knickknacks, dirty dishes, laundry piles (dirty or clean) can all pile up and clutter your space.
A home should be a place where your family enjoys spending time—a place where they can relax at the end of the day. Some people don’t seem to mind chaos and may even “thrive” in disorder. Others love the idea of an organized, de-cluttered home. No matter where you fall, the mess occasionally gets so bad you don’t know where to start. That’s where this article comes in handy.
Keeping a tidy home doesn’t have to be a chore. Read on to learn simple tips to remove clutter, clean the mess, and stay organized.
Organization isn’t about perfection; it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life. – Christina Scalise, Organize Your Life and More
Before you tackle a room or even the kitchen counter, have a plan of action. You have four options of what to do with the stuff that’s taking over. You can donate it to charity (and possibly get a tax deduction), find a home for it in another room, throw it away, or sell it (think eBay, Craigslist, or a yard sale).
An easy way to organize this way is to have four containers or bags designated for these specific purposes. For each item you pick up, decide then and there what its destiny is and put it in one of the containers.
Ask yourself these questions when in doubt about whether to keep an item or get rid of it: When was the last time it was used? Do I really like it? Do I already have something like this? Does it work? Is it necessary? When in doubt about keeping something, it’s usually safe to get rid of it.
It could take months to de-clutter some homes. The idea of tackling your entire home may be too overwhelming to even begin. That’s why it’s smart to start small. Give yourself just 15 minutes once or twice a day to focus on one area of your home. Set a timer, choose the most cluttered room, counter, or closet and get to work.
After seeing what you were able to accomplish in 15 minutes, you may be motivated to tackle a bigger project in more time.
Containers Are Your Friends
Everything in your house needs a home and home is not the kitchen table. Purchase various sizes of clear plastic containers. When you find things in your piles of clutter that you want to keep but don’t know where to store them, place them in a container. Fill each container with items of the same category such as Christmas decorations, photographs, childhood mementoes, hats and scarves, next season clothes, or sports equipment. Clearly and neatly label each container and place them on shelves in the garage or closet.
Stop It Before It Starts
Where are the clutter hot spots in your home? The kitchen counter, hall closet, or entryway? Create a plan of organization at these locations so the clutter stops before it gets out of hand. Hang hooks for jackets, backpacks, purses, and keys; have a basket for incoming and outgoing bills; and place a box on the floor for shoes.
It’s A Family Thing
Each family member plays a role in the organization of the home; it’s not all on mom or dad. Set aside a few hours one day a week for the bigger chores. And then once or twice a day, enlist everyone’s help for a whole-house pick up. Kids can clean up the toys and tidy their own rooms.
Don’t let clutter control your home. Take these small steps toward a clean and calm home.