Tips to declutter and organize your home
Thanks to the popularity of Marie Kondo, Peter Walsh, and more, the minimalist lifestyle is in. However, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when starting the decluttering process, especially if you feel as if you’re drowning in things! These simple tips can help you get a jump start on spring cleaning as you declutter and organize your home.
- Organize by category, not by room
When starting an organization project, most of us go room-by-room through our homes. However, one of the main suggestions of Marie Kondo’s Konmari organization method is to declutter by category instead. Doing this ensures that you’re looking at all of the items in a category at once instead of little by little. Instead of tackling one bookshelf at a time, for example, gather all of the books into one place before sorting which to keep, donate, or trash.
- Leave mementos for last
Photographs, letters, family heirlooms, and other mementos are the hardest to sort through. If you start your organizational journey with a box of old letters, for example, you’re unlikely to get anything done for the rest of the day as you start reminiscing. Instead, leave mementos for last. After decluttering the rest of your house, you’d be more likely to be able to view these sentimental objects objectively.
- Compartmentalize drawers
Despite our best efforts, drawers are notoriously messy. Most of us have at least one designated “junk” drawer in ours homes filled with expired coupons, spare paper clips, dried up pens, and more. To keep drawers from getting messy after organizing them, utilize dividers, boxes, or other small containers to keep things neat and in their place.
- Use bins and boxes
Whenever possible, get clutter off the floor and counters with bins, baskets, and boxes. A decorative wicker basket, for example, can be placed in the living room and used to store throw blankets when they are not in use. This is particularly useful for children’s toys; place a picture of what is supposed to go in each bin on the outside to help kids stay organized as they clean up.
- Do it all at once
The longer a project drags on, the less likely it is to get finished. To ensure your whole home gets organized, plan on tidying all at once. While you may not be able to organize your entire home in a weekend, plan on dedicating a several hours each weekend to your organizational project until it’s done.