Regardless of how well designed your home… or how expensive your furniture and accessories you have, the ability for clutter to takeover keeps your home from being at its best.
The start of a new season is the perfect time to declutter. The effects are immediately apparent, and it gives you a sense of accomplishment. This is the perfect mindset for tackling more challenging goals throughout your home.
Incorporating decluttering into your lifestyle is actually about forming a new habit, and you know how challenging that can be! The first three weeks will be difficult, but after the first month or so, you'll be over the hump. Keep decluttering in perspective: it shouldn't take over your life. It's a small, short activity that you do so your home works well and looks good, and so you have time to do what you like. Reward yourself for keeping up your organization, it will help keep you motivated.
Do one job at a time
It's easy to get pulled into another clutter zone and desert the job you started. Don't give in! Doing this will leave you with two partially decluttered areas, and it will look like you've accomplished nothing. Stick to one part of one room until it's complete. Set a time limit When organizing your home, don't say, “Today I'll organize the garage.” Instead, say, “I'll spend an hour on the gardening tools; next week I'll work on sports equipment.” This way, if you haven't finished in an hour, keep going, or return to the job another day. This will help you want to return to your decluttering project in the future, and complete it successfully.
Decluttering your wardrobe
Have you looked in your closet lately? Not just chucking out stuff you haven’t worn in a while but going through your closet and removing clothes that don’t flatter your coloring or body shape, personality or that doesn’t make you feel good. A thorough wardrobe decluttering should result in a wardrobe full of clothes which look AND feel great.
Generally, bathrooms are small spaces that have to store a lot of stuff, from cleaning products and toiletries to towels and toilet paper ... and that's just the bare minimum! Take stock of the space you have and areas you aren't using. If you have small nooks by the tub or toilet, try using baskets for toilet paper or towels instead of storing everything under the sink. Get more ideas on organizing your bathroom.
A Clutter-free kitchen
Organize small appliances by determining how often they're used. Items used once a month or less frequently should be kept on higher shelves or in the back of cabinets, while items used daily or weekly should be kept within reach. Not only does this make the kitchen look less cluttered, but will make cooking much easier - no more digging around for what you need, when you need it!
Kid-friendly clean ups
If children are expected to learn how to clean up after themselves, it helps to give them easy ways to do it. Children areas are ideal for decluttering because they have multiple options that look great, and kids can learn at the same time. Use low shelving and labelled storage bins for all their toys and crafts. Also consider using colorful storage to keep kids excited to want to store and stay uncluttered! Get more ideas for organizing your kids' rooms.
Home office organization
Some days we just don't feel like working or cleaning - we've all been there. Try motivating yourself by using beautiful storage and desk accessories. Whether it's bright colors, pretty patterns or elegant designs, sometimes having gorgeous office storage is enough encouragement to keep the space clean and organized at all times! Get more ideas on organizing your home office
Front entry hall
The front entry of your home can be the most trafficked areas of your home, and in turn needs helpful storage, and a clutter free area to walk through. If you don't have room in your front hall for a closet, hang a peg rail. It's a quick and easy solution for the coats and bags that pile up on the floor. Consider adding a bench or mudroom seating to enable area for putting on shoes, as well as storing coats, shoes, hats, and umbrellas.
Clear out the garage
Garages often become repositories for all your odds and ends. Everything from tools and camping equipment, to sporting goods and house supplies needs a home. As you pack and stack everything in the garage, use various sized, clear storage bins for efficient organization. As a bonus, you can actually see the contents of each bin so you can find what you're looking for, when you're looking for it! Get more ideas for organizing your garage
Sorting out the laundry room
While laundry is not usually at the top of anyone’s favourite list, keeping the laundry room organized and functional is essential. When the laundry starts to pile up, the most arduous task is sorting out the lights, darks, delicates and dry clean-only items. To make life easier, set up a sorting station with containers or hampers for each type of wash.
Organizing and decluttering your home should be looked at as a way to improve your lifestyle. You and your family will be able to locate items easier, in turn saving you valuable time and will help make your home look beautiful. Use these helpful tips for decluttering throughout your home and feel the improvements in your everyday life!