Our homes are becoming overwhelmed with clutter and unnecessary stuff. We are living in a world where it is far too easy to accumulate things that we don’t even need- yet we buy them anyway because we can. Studies have shown that feeling cluttered can have negative impacts on our mental health and well-being because clutter creates a stressful environment.
If clutter is negatively impacting your life, but you don’t know where to begin- here are 6 tips to help you organize your space and keep it that way!
- Start Small
Rome wasn’t built in one day; therefore, your home doesn’t have to be cleaned and organized in one day! Start small if you need, just tackle one room or even one corner of a room.
- Try the 8-Minute Rule
Have you ever heard of the 8-minute rule? It simply means taking just 8 minutes out of your day to organize or tidy a space. 5 minutes is clearly not long enough and 10 is far too daunting, but 8 is just right. Building this routine will allow for you to tackle home organization in a manageable way, while also creating habits that will help you avoid clutter in the first place.
Another rule that I think we could all benefit from is the ‘one in, one out’ rule. Or even better, ‘one in, three out’! This provides some flexibility when making purchases, while also forcing some deductive reasoning to happen. Do you really need that new pair of shoes? Are you willing to part with a pair you already have at home?
- Organize Your Clothing
Whether you feel the need to invest in a closet organization system or would simply benefit from sorting and storing your clothes for each season, organizing your closet can make your life easier while also changing the appearance of your bedroom. If you sort and store your clothes each season, you’ll have much more closet space, while easily being able to tell which items you haven’t worn all season that should maybe be sold or donated. Vacuum sealed storage bags work great for storing clothing and don’t take up too much room either! You could store these on the top shelf of your closet or under your bed if you don’t have the space.
- Labeling Is Your Friend
Sort, label and categorize everything!! From the playroom to the pantry, this technique will guarantee that you know all the items that you have and where they are. How often do you find yourself scrambling through your generic box of holiday decorations? Sorting and labeling holiday decorations will help you remember which storage bins correlate with each holiday. Not only will this help with clutter, but it will save you time when searching for your Halloween decorations or a birthday card.
- Storage Is a MUST
Don’t underestimate the power of storage in your home! Implementing drawer dividers or small storage bins throughout your home will help your better visualize the items that you have, while ensuring that everything has a place. Versatility is key with home organization, which makes this tip useful, as it can be used in any room of the house. Grab some drawer dividers for all your kitchen utensils, some storage bins for your children’s playroom or clear storage containers for your pantry.
Getting your entire house organized can seem like a daunting task, but if you invest in some storage and take your time to plan, your house can get organized and stay organized!
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