Maybe you’ve been watching home-tidying shows on television, or maybe you’re just tired of living in never-ending mess and chaos. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided it’s time to overhaul your home and get rid of all the clutter. There are experts in the field that you can hire to come and take care of it all for you, or you can save money by doing it yourself. Here are some helpful tips for organizing your home on your own.
Decide What to Keep
The first thing an expert is going to guide you through is determining which of your belongings to keep and which to get rid of. This is probably the most difficult part of the whole experience. It can be hard to choose which items to let go of, especially if you have emotional attachment to any of the belongings in question. Ask yourself a few questions:
- “Do I use this?”
- “Would I buy this again?”
- “Do I even like it?”
If you answer “no” to any of these, then it’s time to let that item go – either to trash, donate, or sell. If you have sentimental attachment and struggle to part with an item, try taking a picture of it to save the memory without having the item take up space in your home.
Creative Storage Solutions
Once you have sifted through all your belongings and kept only what you need or love, an expert would then create a beautiful and creative storage solution. You can do this yourself! Avoid the temptation to go out and buy all new storage bins and containers. Not only will they cost you money, but they will take up more space than you may have. Instead, creatively utilize what you already have in your home. Store extra items in storage ottomans or in containers under your bed. Take advantage of vertical storage on walls and doors. You can maximize the space you have with a little creative problem solving.
Creating a Tidying System
Now that your belongings are organized and put away, the last thing an expert would help you achieve is an effective system to maintain that peaceful tidiness. Organized Home suggests that you make a new habit to put things away immediately. When you enter the house, hang up your keys, put your coat in the closet, and immediately sort the mail rather than throwing everything onto the table. You can also adopt a basket system to keep your home clutter-free. Designate one empty basket for clutter. Throughout the day, you can walk around and put items into the basket that have been left on countertops or the living room floor. At the end of each day, every family member can help distribute and put away the basket’s contents.
Clean Your Newly-Exposed Areas
With your new clutter-free, organized home, you have likely exposed some areas that have previously been hidden under piles of junk. This is a great time to take advantage of this state of tidy bliss and deep clean those areas. Give all your countertops a good cleaning and polishing. Your floors and carpets will likely also need a good deep-cleaning treatment. While you may have the tools to do this yourself, floors are best left to the professionals. HWA Carpet Cleaning utilizes the latest technology to leave your floors as clean as the day they were first put down.
While professionals are your best bet for proper floor care, you don’t need to hire professionals to organize and declutter your home. Take the time to sift through your belongings and determine what stays and what goes. Then, creatively organize what you have kept using the spaces that you have. Lastly, create a tidying system to help maintain that state of cleanliness in the future. Follow these steps, and your home will be free of chaos and clutter in no time!
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