A disorganized space is a disorganized life and mind, right?
It’s true. The more cluttered things are around us, the more negatively it affects us. We can’t seem to get things done, we can’t think straight. And we know it’s true because when things are organized we feel like a huge weight has been lifted.
Here are 4 things you can organize and at the same time declutter your home of its biggest offenders.
If you’ve got bookshelves, you’ve got to use them. Bookshelves are for books, number one. Not knick-knacks, photo frames, your plate collection etc.
If you don’t have bookshelves, get some. Now that you have a place for books and magazines, make sure that’s where they are kept. No more piling books on your workspace, in the kitchen, on the floor.
And while you’re putting all the books and magazines away, sort through them. If your children aren’t babies anymore, get rid of the baby books. Save a few for memory sake and donate or sell the rest. Old magazines you don’t read, recycle them.
Just like books, toys have their place in toy boxes. In the children’s rooms.
It’s normal for children to have their toys all over the place and that’s okay in their room or the playroom. But for other areas toys needn’t be the center of attention, especially when they’re not being played with.
Have a special box in each room where toys go. So when you say clean up, the nearest box isn’t too far.
Are kids not cleaning up? Pick up whatever toys they leave around and have your own special box to put them in, one kid can’t get too. Chances are your kids have too many toys anyway and likely won’t notice. And you’ll have fewer toys cluttering up the home.
Cute as they can be, and sometimes sentimental, little ornaments can really clutter up the house.
As the years go by we just keep on adding to the collection. Look around you right now.
Got lots of little ornaments, knick-knacks, trinkets taking up space? Go through them and give away ones that you just don’t like anymore (there will be some), and put a majority of the rest into a box.
Keep ones that you like and mean something to right now out. When your mood changes, you have a box of ornaments to choose from. The more stuff there is out, the less you really see.
Most of us have limited space for clothing, so keeping old clothes, clothes that don’t fit or ones that we simply don’t like anymore doesn’t make sense.
Go through clothing, person by person. If you have children that have outgrown clothing, donate or sell them. Save a few special pieces from each child and keep in a special place. Do the same with your own clothes.
Doing this through your closets and dressers, you will no doubt notice more space when you’re done. Don’t use this as an excuse to go out and buy more clothing, though!
Buy only what you need when you need it. Don’t attempt to pre-determine what you’ll need in 10 months. Organize your clothes so that you can always see what you have. Tank tops grouped together. Pants together. Dresses together etc.