It’s always nice to have a tidy home.
Too much clutter in the house can easily become overwhelming and make you feel claustrophobic. But what is the best way to organise your house without throwing everything out? It can be difficult to categorise and contain everything in an orderly way while still keeping things aesthetically pleasing. Why not give a few of these ideas a try, and see what might work best for your house?
The number one rule to follow after deciding that your house is in desperate need of decluttering is to stop buying things you don’t need. Try leaning over to the minimalist side of life. While you’re deciding how to most effectively declutter your house, be sure that you aren’t following up your tidying with more unnecessary spending and accumulating of stuff you aren’t necessarily going to get a lot of use out of.
Organising your papers, seasonal things, toys, and almost anything else into labelled storage containers can be a great way to keep on top of your clutter. There are now some great stylish storage solutions available, so you needn’t worry about them looking like you’re getting ready to move house.
Make Your Bed, Soldier
One good way to keep your bedroom aesthetically pleasing and to trick yourself into keeping the clutter to a minimum is by getting in the habit of making your bed in the morning. It might help to think of it in a routine, military type of way – where you must make your bed as soon as you rise before polishing your boots (which is more a movie version of military life). It’ll help to deter you from chucking clothes and everything else on there if it’s looking nice and neat.
Tidy Up Before Bed
Waking up to a messy house is a bad way to start the day, and only makes it easier to then not think twice about adding to the clutter. Be sure to tidy up your house each night before bed. Do the dishes (even if it’s late and you’ve just finished binge watching 6 episodes of your new favourite series), clean everything up and put away your clothes. Get ready to start the new day on the right foot.
Clean Out Your Wardrobe
If you’re stuck for a place to begin, start with your closet.
Be ruthless. Having an orderly, organised wardrobe will look so much better than the more common shape of a wardrobe – with bits and pieces hanging out, clothes stuffed in, drawers overflowing. The fact is that you’re probably only using, washing and reusing the top 15% of clothes you have. So clear all the unnecessary stuff out, especially that which you haven’t worn in the past twelve months.
Allocate and Designate
One way to keep your house aesthetically pleasing while decluttering is to keep designated spots for things such as house and car keys, umbrellas etc. If you don’t have room for a hallstand you can use hooks or small shelves. Don’t be afraid to get creative. You can attach a vintage soap holder to the wall to hold your keys and wallet, or anything else that will function as a unique and appealing organiser to your entryway. It’ll also make things much easier to find!
When thinking of how to declutter our homes, the first response is usually to throw things out. You may be overlooking the colour schemes and stylistic trends included in your house. If your living room is filled with a wide range of styles – a formal dining set topped with a lava lamp and old records covering the brightly coloured walls – you may need to think about decluttering your stylistic choices. Maintaining a more uniform look to each room can be a great tool in clearing your living space and creating a more relaxing environment.
Decluttering your home is one of the best things you can do to give yourself a little peace of mind. It doesn’t have to all be done at once either. A few hours each weekend over the course of a month or two will be enough to get on top of things.