This is a contributed post from Ellie Jo on Organization.
Home should be a place of calm and relaxation; somewhere to recharge, an oasis that helps you to take away the stresses of the day. If your home isn’t living up to that expectation then there could be problems. Your mental health might suffer where you’re not able to switch off.
While most of us would love a bigger home, getting one is not realistic for the vast majority. We tend to live in homes we can afford. Bigger generally means costing more to buy or rent, as well as more to run. But if you get more organized you can make your your home feel more spacious,and ensure it’s the calm and relaxing place. Here are a few ways to go about it.
Get Organized By Clearing Out The Clutter
Start off by getting rid of things you dont need. Many of us hold onto items that have no use to us for all kinds of reasons, it’s worth being brutal here. If you’ve not used an item in over a year, have repeats or alternatives that you prefer, it doesnt fit, is broken etc then it’s worth getting rid of.
Donate, sell or throw away what isn’t useful to you. If you have lots of rubbish or large items then you’ll likely need a company like Sheridan Skips. With the clutter out of the way, you instantly have more space for the things you own that you do use and like.
We have a rule in our house. If you haven’t touched something in a year then sell it, donate it, or throw it away.
But to get organized don’t just clear the clutter once. Instead declutter regularly. At least a couple of times a year it’s worth going through your things. Sell, donate or discard whats not being used. Get into the habit of doing this and you’ll become better at it, you’ll be less inclined to hold onto things you don’t need as you know that letting them go will make you happier in the long run.
Decluttering is an ongoing process so make it part of your home maintenance schedule. Every thing needs a place, but not every place needs a thing.
Make Use Of The Nooks And Crannies
Chances are you have areas in your home which arent being used to their full potential. Airing cupboards, cupboards under the stairs, space under beds or on top of wardrobes. Highlight where some of the spaces are in your home and consider what you could do with them.
For example, a large boiler storage cupboard in your kitchen might make an excellent pantry. An airing cupboard could be fitted with rails and turned into an additional wardrobe.
Invest In Good Storage Systems To Get Organized
Shelves, drawers, boxes, storage bins- there are all kinds of containers to suit your needs depending on what you plan on storing and where. Have a think about the best ways to divide up and organise each area of your home. For example, the drawers under your bed, your bedside table, the cupboard under your sink, your coat cupboard.
With the right storage systems, everything has a place meaning it’s easier to put things away, as well as find them.
The hardest part of getting organized is the getting part. Just getting started is tough. But clear the clutter and put things you want to keep away, and you’ll be organized in no time.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.