Let’s face it – tidying up your home can be a real headache sometimes, and everyone has to deal with the perpetual battle against a chaotic house. But if you’re tired of stepping on your kids’ Lego pieces every time you come home or cleaning up flour spills when you open your pantry cabinet, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and get to work! Here are some tips on how to get things around your house in order:
The first step towards a spick-and-span house is to get rid of stuff which you don’t need any longer. But that doesn’t automatically mean you have to toss them in the rubbish bin. Items which you haven’t used in years but are still in good condition can be donated to charities, or given away to friends and neighbors who might find it useful. It takes a lot of time, but you’ll be surprised by how much more space you’ll gain once you’ve disposed of accumulated clutter.
2. Assess Your Entire Home for Storage Places
The idea of finally decluttering and reorganizing your home can be an exciting adventure, but, hold your horses. Don’t make that trip to The Home Depot or IKEA just yet. Sit down first and make an overall assessment of your house and plan where you can store different items. You’ll obviously want to store kitchen items like pots and pans in the kitchen, and toilet products like toilet paper or bowl cleaner in the toilet. It’s also advisable to take measurements (if you’re planning to buy plastic/wood organizers) to make sure that they fit your storage space.
3. Make Use of Cheap or Unusual, but Effective Items as Storage Tools
Forget about buying fancy and expensive home storage boxes or tools. Use magazine racks to store root vegetables, or a plastic jug for storing baking items like sugar and flour, or a pegboard for hanging various kitchen items. Even an egg carton can be useful to keep your Christmas glitter balls in place! A creative, outside-the-box thinking always goes a long way when coming up with solutions to have your home organized. If you’re an avid fan of DIY’s and cheap but brilliant storage solutions, look about in your place and you might find the perfect item to repurpose for your storage problem. A magazine rack for storing cutting boards or purses, perhaps?
4. Maximize the Use of Already-Existing Storage Places
Not everybody has a lot of space to store all their stuff, especially those who live in small apartments in big cities. Sometimes, you have to work with what you already have unless you have a storage building. For example, the underside of floating shelves in the kitchen can be used to hang coffee mugs or cooking utensils. Likewise, the door of storage cabinets, utility rooms and closets can serve as a hang-up storage for small baskets or hooks to maximize their storing capacity. The dead space under your stairs is also an ideal place to put hooks where you can store jackets and coats or install DIY cabinets. It’s just like hitting two birds with one stone.
Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a spacious house, having it neat and orderly will make coming home more relaxing and give you peace of mind. So don’t let clutter take over your house and your life and get to organizing your stuff together!