Everyone has a little bit of clutter lying around their home. In fact, most of us have a little bit more than a little. Regardless of how much junk you own, there are always benefits to having a clear out and getting your house organised. Decluttering your home means that it’s easier to find things when you need them, you have less to clear up, and you can relax easier because you’re not constantly surrounded by mountains of mess. Knowing how to go about this mission isn’t always easy, so to help you, here are ten useful home organising tips.
Set Realistic Goals
Before you get started, you need to know exactly what it is that you want to get done. This means looking at every room in your home, deciding which rooms you want to organise, and evaluating how much clutter you actually need to sort through. Once you’ve done this, you can figure out roughly how long it will take you to do each room, which means you’ll be able to set start and completion dates and times. Ensure that these are realistic or you’ll stress yourself out.
Complete Each Task
When you get to work on one room or one specific task, it’s important that you stick with this job until you get it done. There’s no point in starting your kitchen and then moving onto your bedroom when you’re only halfway finished. When you’re organising a room, things tend to look worse before they get better, so leaving a space half finished just means you’re leaving it in a bigger mess than it was before. Always complete tasks completely before you start something else.
Clear Out The Clutter
A big part of organising your home is cutting down on the amount of junk and clutter your own. This means getting rid of anything you no longer want, need, or use. Some things, like old toys, ruined books and DVDs, and ripped furniture can be thrown away, but most of your clutter can and should go elsewhere. Broken electronics, for example, can often be recycled for cash. You may be able to sell other things too, and then donate whatever you can’t or don’t want to sell.
Use A Sorting System
If you just jump right into things, going through your belongings can quickly turn into an unorganised mess. It’s important that you create and use a sorting method so that you know exactly what you’re keeping, and what you’re not. This means you won’t accidentally throw something away you intended to keep. Most people use the three box method, which entails you splitting all of your belongings into three boxes, labelled ‘get rid of’, ‘keep’, and ‘put in storage’.
Sleep On It
After sorting all of your belongings into boxes, it’s vital that you make sure that the decisions you’ve made are actually the right ones. After all, you don’t want to get rid of something and then regret it the next day. Because of this, you should put your boxes away, stop for the day, and go to sleep. If there’s something you really want to keep and can’t bear to live without, then you’ll know by the morning. Then, you just need to move it from the ‘get rid of’ box to the ‘keep’ box.
Add Extra Storage
Once you’ve figured out exactly how much stuff you have left in your home, it’s time for you to put it away. Although you have gotten rid of a few things, you may still need extra storage, so consider ways to add this to your house. In some cases, this is as simple as buying a few boxes, but in others, it means hiring a structural engineering expert and having a garage or outbuilding built. Whatever you decide, make sure it works for your home and your stuff.
Give Everything A Place
If you want your home to stay tidy, then everything in it needs its own space. This means you need to find somewhere for all of your books, DVDs, CDs, bills, and even the bags you take with you when you go shopping. Everything needs its own specific place in your home, or it won’t get put away after it’s been used. Instead, it’ll be dumped on a side somewhere, and the piles of clutter will start to build up again.
Accept Good Enough
Whether you like it or not, your home probably isn’t going to end up looking like something out of an interior design magazine, but there is a reason for that. The houses in these pictures aren’t lived in and have been staged by a team of designers to look absolutely perfect. Your home, on the other hand, is your home and should look as such. Because of this, you should stop trying to achieve this perfect image, and instead accept that your home is good enough.
Think Before Buying
After spending so much time decluttering and organising your home, the last thing that you’re going to want to do is ruin it. Unfortunately, this will happen if you get back into old habits and start buying things you don’t really need or won’t fit comfortably in your house. Because of this, it’s important that you really think about what you’re buying before you buy it. If you won’t use it regularly, don’t have a place for it, or have something similar, then leave it at the store.
Keep It Up
Organising your home isn’t a ‘once it’s done, it’s done’ job. You’re going to have to keep up with the cleaning and the organising, or your house will slip back into the messy state it was in before. Unfortunately, despite how much you try, this may happen anyway, but you shouldn’t worry too much about it. Houses get messy from time to time, so just roll up your sleeves and get back to work. Your home will be organised again in no time.
Organising your home isn’t an easy job, but the tips above should make the task a little easier for you.