Happy New Year! A brand new year means resolutions for everything from your diet to your budget or even how you spend your time. Do you ever make resolutions that are related to your home?
Research shows that an organized home can lower your stress level and help you spend your time more efficiently. Maybe this year’s resolutions can include one for making the place you live more organized.
Here are some simple tips for getting your home organized in the new year.
Most of us have a lot of stuff in our homes that we don’t use, and possibly never will. This could include items such as clothing, electronics, kitchen appliances, even furniture. Explore each room in your home, and be willing to consider which things you don’t need or want. If you’re not using something today and haven’t been for some time, chances are you won’t miss it. There are several options for getting rid of household items, from selling it on a local Marketplace app as well as donating it to a charitable organization. Some will even send a truck to pick up your items being donated!
After you de-clutter your home, there’s a good chance you’ll immediately feel a greater sense of peace. But this isn’t just something you can do once and never think about again. Consider how your home got cluttered in the first place. Maybe you need to try to change some of your overzealous buying habits. Once you’ve accomplished the successful purge, be extra thoughtful about what you bring into your home.
Rethink Your Storage Methods-
Have you ever looked around your house and thought nothing is where it’s supposed to be? Think about how you’re storing the stuff in your home. Are your coats all on hangers and in the “coat” closet? Are your shoes neatly lined up under your bed or in racks in your closet or are they strewn throughout your house? Are your bathroom closets a messy jumble of towels and linen?
A good rule of thumb is this: “A place for everything, and every thing in its place.” It seems simple, and it is. But this simple method can save you a lot of stress and headache around the house. Need to maximize your storage options? Consider dividers in drawers and risers in your closets. Look at how you’re storing things and find a way to make it more effective and efficient. There are containers available for nearly everything under the sun. Of course, going out and buying a bunch storage bins may not be the answer for everyone. Put some real thought into it and you’ll come up with some storage methods that fit your life and your stuff.
Your wardrobe can be divided by seasons and stored away when not in use. Why contend with your abundant sweater collection while you’re searching your closet for the perfect sundress this spring? There’s plenty of other stuff you can also store away based on the time of year. You don’t need your space heater in summer or your rotating fan in winter. The pool gear, snow sleds, galoshes, snow shovels, and garden hose can all be stored neatly away until you need them.
There’s a time honored solution for storing your children’s toys: the old fashioned toy box. You can even teach your kids organizational skills by having them group specific types of toys in specific container or areas of the house. You can also use an ottoman or a trunk used as a coffee table for storing toys in the living room.
Have you ever heard of the 5 Minute Clean Up Method? There’s even a catchy song that you can play during clean up time! This is a great way to teach family members of all ages about just how much you can accomplish in a short time for clean up.
Find Unused Spaces for Storage –
No matter how large or small your home may be, there’s a good chance it has some form of unused space that would be perfect for storage. Maybe there’s a spot under the stairway that’s perfect for building shelves or even a hidden storage area. Think outside the box and look for ways to maximize your space. An unused cabinet or shelf, or maybe an area in the garage could be the perfect place for storing holiday decorations, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, or even children’s toys.
Getting your home organized is a great way to increase the peace and serenity in your life. Start getting your home tidied up today! If after a New Year’s cleaning and organization session, your home still just won’t hold all your stuff, it might be time for a larger space! We can help with that. Perhaps you’re looking to downsize because you realize you just don’t need as much space as you have currently. We can help with that too!