3 Easy Steps to Declutter and Tidy Your Home
There is something so satisfying about ending the day in an organized and clean home. It’s easy to let belongings accumulate and allow clutter to take over. It happens to us all, but eventually, we all need a reset, to spend time tossing or donating what is not used, and to organize what is left. Otherwise, everything will start to seem chaotic.
A tidied home will not only stay cleaner longer and help you always know where to find what you’re looking for, but it will also result in peace of mind. You don’t need to be a tidying expert to have a clean and organized home; all it takes is three steps.
Step 1: Monopolize on Your Space
Start by going through each room, sorting and deciding which items you will keep, store, toss, or donate. You will not only reduce the clutter but will also become reacquainted with what you own and perhaps find some forgotten treasures. After you’ve sorted through your items, it’s time to determine the best place to store everything. This is the time to get creative and monopolize on all the space in your home. For example, storing items under beds is not only a great use of space, but it also keeps your less frequently used items out of sight.
Most people don’t adequately use their vertical space. Installing floating bookshelves, hanging baskets, using bookshelves, or purchasing the right tall dresser not only uses the vertical space, but it also creates more storage opportunities. So, when possible, maximize every nook in your home and tailor storage to your home’s unique footprint.
Step 2: Make Containers Your Friend
Once you’ve figured out where you want to store everything, the next step is to figure out how to store them. Baskets are great for throw blankets and other items you want within reach. Storage ottomans are multi-use pieces for bedrooms and living rooms that provide seating, footrests for lounging, and storage for items you want to get to easily but don’t want to see all day (games, toys, blankets). Within drawers, dividers and bins keep your belongings tidy and easy to see.
Using containers in your pantry to store items in cupboards, or to store seasonal items in your attic or basement, will keep your home functional year-round. Containers help to compartmentalize items and to keep organization for longevity because you have a specific place to put things back after you use them. Additionally, a good label maker coupled with containers maintains an organized home and provides a fresh, clean look.
Step 3: Create a Closet System that Works
One size does not fit all when it comes to functional closets. Each home and each person is different. For some, double rails and shelves maximize the space and keep clothing neat and accessible. For others, shoe racks or bins ensure that their shoe collection is protected and that the vertical and horizontal space is utilized. Yet, others may not have a ton of square footage in their home and, therefore, the perfectly sized dresser stored in the closet with shoe racks hanging on the closet doors may prove to be the most efficient use of space.
Investing in matching thin felt hangers can free up horizontal space in the closet and double to prevent clothes from falling off the hanger. Installing hooks can help keep accessories untangled and visible. Whatever your needs, there’s always a solution. Start by evaluating the space and belongings you have, then determine the products that best serve your needs.
Tidying up is not only for the experts and TV shows; you can make your home functional by proactively taking a few simple steps to declutter. Start by sorting through all of your belongings, which will instantly decrease clutter by removing what you don’t use very often. Look into ways you can maximize all the space in your home, then invest in containers, bins, and baskets to sort items and make them accessible. Lastly, establish closet systems that work for your home and your needs. Spending time organizing now will save you time and money later.
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