10 Simple Steps to a More Organized Home
Finding calm in the chaos.
Written by Jill Biggins Gerbracht
Due to varied stay-at-home orders resulting from COVID-19, we’ve all spent a lot more time at home over the past year … and, well, things have likely gotten a little more cluttered around the house. It’s safe to say most of us wish our lives were less cluttered than they are. Yet when it comes to going through our personal possessions and getting rid of the stuff we don’t need, most of us get stuck.
Netflix binge-worthy shows like The Home Edit, which deep dives into pantry, closet and garage makeovers, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo inspiring viewers to toss anything that doesn’t “spark joy,” became overnight sensations and have led many of us to tackle (or think about tackling!) the most monumental of organization tasks.
Real-life decluttering can be a challenge, especially when living with it all these months. More time at home as a result of distance learning, work and an increase in cooking in your own kitchen all contribute to the desire for a clutter overhaul. A few small steps can help ignite the effort and will likely improve your mental health just as much as your home. As author Marie Kondo says, “The objective is not just to clean but to feel happiness living within that environment.”
A clean and organized living space leads to a clear and happy mindset. The key to success is to stay focused and not waiver from the task at hand. A proper declutter is the only way to fully assess your space and the items it needs to accommodate. Good luck! You’ve got this!
It’s important to start small so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Follow these simple steps to success when tackling any project—big or small.
10 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home
- Empty all trash.
- Choose one small area at a time to organize like a drawer or closet.
- Take everything out of the space you are organizing.
- Pare down your belongings by placing like items together so you can see what you’re dealing with.
- Sort items into three piles: keep, donate and toss. If you haven’t used it in a year, lose it.
- Find a specific home for everything you intend to keep—for example, a hook for your keys or a storage box for memorabilia.
- Look for wasted space. Think creatively about additional areas you can utilize like over doors and underneath beds.
- Organize with color. Use color to enhance your efforts. Organize projects, bills and other important papers by function and color in your home office or by category in your closet.
- If you’re holding on to items to pass to the next generation, ask the recipients if they want the items. Be prepared for them to say no and donate them.
- Don’t try to do everything all at once. Schedule limited amounts of time to work on decluttering and organizing on a regular basis.