If the clutter and chaos is starting to get you down follow our 5 easy steps to a calm and organised home.
#1 Clear your Clutter
Let’s face it, de-cluttering is good for the soul. It can be hard to know where to start though, especially if you are drowning in a sea of paperwork, lego bricks, random plastic toys, unloved ornaments and shoes! If your house has become a clutter hot spot then keep reading…
Tackle your home one room at a time, sorting your stuff into 3 piles;
We all have nostalgic items we wouldn’t dream of getting rid of. From boxes of old photos to your daughter's first shoes and not forgetting those much-loved books.
Invest in good quality storage boxes (that you can stack) and store in ‘out of the way ‘areas such as your attic, garage or shed. If you opt for clear boxes you give yourself a good chance of quickly finding any stored items fast in the future.
When it comes to paperwork create two piles; one for the shredder and the other to be filed. Bin all old leaflets catalogues and junk mail that may have found its way into your paper piles.
Ensure that you shred all paperwork that you don’t need to avoid the risk of identity fraud.
If you haven’t already got a hot filing system then grab that Really Useful Box (again)! The 19 Litre Extra Large is the perfect size to use with suspension files and store your A4 bills, letters and important documents. Alternatively a home or expanding file is a great place to store and easily access your more frequently referenced paperwork such as school letters and bills to be paid.
Upcycling your junk helps to prevent excess waste going into landfills, in turn reducing emissions. The upside of upcycling (like what we did there?) is that you could even make a little bit of extra cash…
Give away your unwanted clothes, shoes, toys, books and games to charity shops who will be most grateful for it.
If it’s old gadgets and tech that you are hoarding, check websites such as musicMagpie , MuzumaMobile or Money4mytech to easily recoup some lost cash. This goes for unwanted DVDs and CDS as well.
If you are clearing out some larger items such as old furniture why not list for free on websites like Shpock and Gumtree If you are feeling especially brave you could even set up a stall at your local car boot…but be ready to stand firm with the hagglers!
It’s pretty surprising to discover that a massive 70% of our household waste can be recycled in some way. So it’s a good idea to resist the urge to throw all of your unwanted stuff into a black bin bag and shoe-horn it into your wheelie bin.
Instead take your rubbish to a local tip (now known as Household Waste Recycling Sites) where you can dispose of broken electrical items, batteries, plastics, wood and plenty more.
#2 Label EVERYTHING!
If you want to organise your home…and actually keep it organised then labelling everything is a must! There is no end to the things that you can label; jars and Tupperware in the kitchen, cardboard boxes in the garage, the filing system previously discussed and of course; your grand collection of storage boxes!
You can go analogue with a sharpie marker and pack of sticky labels or opt for a slightly more high tech approach with a label printer Labels could save you hours hunting for mislaid items but more importantly than that they could actually save the day! If you have children labelling lunch boxes, school bags, PE kits and even your child if the urge takes you (just kidding) could prevent lost items over the course of the year.
#3 Get the Whole Family Involved
Teaching your children to be organised from a young age is going to be a life skill that will benefit them forever.
It’s much easier to get the kids involved than you think, turn the de-clutter mission into a game. You could race each other, and the winner gets a prize (think a walk to the park or choccie biscuit!).
Put on some ‘banging’ age appropriate tunes to help pick up the pace, classics from their favourite Disney movie will be a hit with younger kids although you may want to avoid whistle while you work...
Educating the youngsters in your home to the benefits of a clean and organised living space will not only help you keep your house tidy right now, but more importantly give them the skills to keep their own home tidy in the future.
#4 “A place for everything and everything in its place”
Are visitors to your home greeted with piles of shoes and coats slung over the bannister? Are you fed up with looking at stacks of papers, junk mail and magazines in your kitchen? Tired of the debilitating pain of standing on yet ANOTHER piece of abandoned lego?
There is a miracle cure to all of the above problems, simply create a place for EVERYTHING in your home.
Invest in a key cupboard, boxes for shoe storage and somewhere to hang coats to instantly transform halls and keep daily life organised. A magazine file is the perfect holding place for mail, paperwork and catalogues before you store or bin them.
Organise children’s bedrooms and playrooms with plenty of storage boxes, labelled with the toys, books and games stored within for quick access.
Keep dressing tables or bathroom shelves clutter free with an acrylic storage tidy Ideal for organising makeup and jewellery.
If storage space is at a premium in your home then get creative and start to think (pardon the pun) outside of the box. Look at every spare nook and cranny as a potential storage space; the top of your fridge or kitchen cabinets, under the stairs, bottom of your wardrobe or the top of an airing cupboard to name a few.
#5 List Friendly
Ever wonder why it’s hard to get organised and then stay organised? Well one reason could be that the stresses and fast pace of family life distract you from chores that need to be done.
Create to-do lists to help you stay on top of cleaning, tidying and general day to day organising and prioritise your tasks.
Bullet Journals and creative journaling have become popular recently, so harness these tools to manage your own home. With so many things to do and so little time in most of our schedules to do them, simply write down a daily to –do list in your journal and tick them off each night when they have been done.