“Declutter – Destress”
Do you know how to clean your home’s spaces and how to organize them? Here we’ll share advice on how to make space and declutter for a tidier – and happier – home experience.
If your home is plagued by clutter, it can sometimes seem an insurmountable challenge to find the proper place for everything, and even futile. Who has the time and energy to keep it all from cluttering up again? But here it’s important to remember that a well-organized home is actually far easier to maintain than an unorganized one – if every item will have somewhere it can go and somewhere it should go, you only need to put it there, one at a time, as you use each item. On the contrary, research shows that mess causes stress. Putting in the initial effort to tidy up will free up both time and space for you to do what matters most to you.
Let’s start with the basics. Go through your home one room at a time. Going room by room breaks down the work into more manageable, logical chunks. Start by clearing out the most unwanted clutter, trash, if there is any already present. Clearing off flat surfaces like tables and countertops is an effective place to start. Have a trash bin on hand in the room, and keep one permanently not just in the kitchen or bathroom but in every room which creates trash or accumulates it, which includes living rooms and garages for instance. Incorporating reusables instead of disposables like plates or cutlery is not only greener, but cheaper and even cleaner as there is a more finite number of items and therefore only so much buildup than can occur.
Next decide which other items (like décor, knick-knacks etc) you still want to get rid of. Consider taking a picture of mementos or souvenirs which are of sentimental value but are unused and taking up space to preserve their memories. Think of the last time you used an item, and how often you use it on average. Think of the value something adds to your home or your life instead of how much you paid for it to avoid sunk costs. There are many options to dispose of unwanted items which should be considered before simply throwing them in the trash as well. Many items can be recycled, including many electronics and appliances. Clothes and other household items can be donated to charities. Also consider freecycling, (where others can pick up anything unwanted but still potentially useful) or holding a garage sale. If you still need to throw away many items or large items like furniture, renting a dumpster can greatly reduce unwanted hassle.
For everything you do want to keep, create a system in advance for how to organize them. Here are some tips to help. First, it might go without saying, but try to keep everything used in or most relevant to a room, in that room. This will minimize time spent moving items around and minimize hassle. If you need to make space for them, a good tip is to utilize the potential space on your walls with racks and shelves, which can greatly increase the storage space of a room with minimal intrusion. As mentioned in our previous article, furniture like couches or ottomans with storage compartments are also an excellent choice. Try to keep flat surfaces reserved for anything used in the moment to prevent unneeded clutter interfering, and store it away afterward. Always try to sort like items, like papers or books of the same genre together in one spot.
You should ideally organize with both space efficiency and ease of access in mind – stack items as compact as possible in boxes, shelves, drawers or cabinets without making anything hard to get to, and especially avoid having to move around or reshuffle just to access something unless absolutely necessary. Items used most frequently should be the most readily at hand, while those used most infrequently (eg backup items) should be kept well away from where they can clutter, like in the basement or a dedicated storage room, which, likewise, should not normally be used for storing anything frequently used.
We hope these tips will help you to create a more efficient, and more importantly, a calmer home environment. After all, we spend much of our lives and livelihoods in our homes, and a decluttered home helps to create a de-cluttered mind and a de-cluttered life.