When we accumulate too much stuff, it can really put a weight on us. It’s an emotional weight, but still a weight. Clutter represents indecision and it makes us feel like we have a never-ending list of things to do. This can make us feel frazzled and in disarray.
Instead of trying to organize the clutter, we need to be decisive and declutter to actually organize our things.
Here are Tips to Declutter and Organize the Most Used Rooms in our Homes
Take everything out of your refrigerator. Make sure that you have at least 30 minutes to do this as you want to finish this in one sitting to avoid leaving your food sitting out for too long. I would also do the freezer section, to give yourself more time, and avoid thawing your food.
Do the same thing with your drawers and cabinets.
Clean the shelves.
Scrub the food, crumbs and spilled drinks from the shelves. Use soapy water for this, or a cleaner, or vinegar and water.
Throw away any old food or drinks.
Combine like items.
Get rid of any item you have more than three of, including baking dishes and pots and pans.
The Living Room
Grab a few big decorative baskets from your favorite store.
Keep blankets in one basket and kids’ toys in another. You can also use pre-existing storage, like an ottoman, for this.
Hide remotes in coffee table and end table drawers.
Limit the amount of pillows on your couch, especially if they tend to get tossed everywhere.
Pick up cups, toys, plates… every time that you leave the room.
Walk backwards out of your living room, so you can always see if you’ve left a mess behind.
Make at least three piles: keep, donate and trash…you could have a sell pile, if you’re planning on having a garage sale in the near future.
Organize the piles and either drop them off at the donation bin, the dump or put them away.
Buy peg-board and hooks to put up on your walls and better utilize your space.
Put outdoor toys together, preferably outside, if it is nice out.
Organizing your your bedroom is all about making it easy to keep it organized. Have baskets in the closet and keep things that are used daily in reachable areas.
If you are working on your child’s bedroom, keep toys in a basket for easy cleanup.
Put your clothes away as soon as you are finished with them.
Have a place for your jewelry and keep it there when not in use.
Remember that organizing is all about decluttering first and cleaning up second. You can not organize clutter, but once you get rid of clutter and organize your house, you will feel so much better!