Welcome back to another edition of my decluttering/organisation series. I have already spoken about how to declutter sustainably as well as an app I use that keeps me organised. For today’s post, I wanted to give you some more tips to help you keep your home organised.
A rule a like to follow is that everything should have a home. If you have bits placed on your kitchen side or another area of your home because there is nowhere to put it, the chances are you have too much stuff. If this is the case, I’d definitely recommend having a declutter first otherwise your home will never feel organised. Once you feel that everything has its own home, sit down and think about why your home feels unorganised. Is it because things get put on the stairs to be taken up but everyone just walks past them? Or maybe its because you have letters coming in daily which are just cluttering up the side. Whatever it is, think about how you can improve the situation. In time cases, it might be a good idea to buy something extra. For example, buy a box folder for those letters so that they are all stored neatly, until you can work through them. Write down these problem areas and see if you can come up with any answers as to how you can break the cycle. The following tips may help you…
Invest in good storage
Investing in good storage can make such a difference to your home. For example, my kitchen cupboards used to be overflowing with open packets of pasta and rice, as was the same with the dog food in the conservatory. One day, I’d had enough and decided to get some plastic storage containers to store the food in. Not only did they look much better, they made me feel motivated to keep the cupboards tidy. This can work well with your wardrobes too. If you have all your clothes in there, try separating out the seasons and vac bag what is currently out of season. You will then have so much more room and your clothes with hang better too.
Have a morning & evening routine
In my experience, I’ve found that having a good morning and evening routine can be so beneficial to keeping an organised home. Both routines can be completely different, but they are still working towards the same goal. In the morning you could vow to pack away the dishes and put a load of washing on. In the evening, you could make sure all dishes are washed, spray the sofa with Fabreeze and pack away the dry clothes. Its all about doing a few small tasks which will make the next day run more smoothly. Before I go to bed, I always try to have a little tidy up just so in the morning, there isn’t a mess to come down to.
5 minute tidy
Throughout the day, we have so many 5 minute slots available, we don’t even realise it. Whether its whilst your waiting for the kettle to boil or whilst tea is in the oven, there is always a little bit of time you can utilise. Picking an area and just giving it a quick tidy and clean is a much better use of your time than endlessly scrolling social media. The majority of people don’t want to feel like they need to slave away keep the house clean and tidy, so break it down into small chunks. If you boil the kettle 3 times a day, that’s 15 minutes and 3 areas that you could have worked on. By the end of the week, a huge portion of your home will be clean and tidy, so you have more time to relax at the weekend.
Pick a room or a tool
Whilst this might sound odd, this is something I try to do each day. Each morning, I add a room or a tool to my routine that I will focus on. So for example, I might want to clean the bathroom or the living room. Its all about working logically and not wasting the time you have. Sometimes, its not ideal to go room by room and instead you can focus on the tool element. For this, I might choose the vacuum as my tool. Then all I need to do is vacuum each room in the house before packing it back away. Either way you choose, you are keeping your house clean and tidy without too much effort.
Ask for help
My last tip is to ask for help. It is not possible to do everything and sometimes you need a bit of support. If you live with people who are also making the place untidy, rope them in to help. Split the jobs down so that everybody knows what they have to do and enforce it. If the kids chores are to tidy their rooms, make sure they do it before they are allowed any treats. They will soon get it done.
I hope you have found these tips useful. Keeping an organised home can be really simple. It ultimately comes down to time utilisation and all working together. Do you have an extra tips for keeping an organised home? Leave them in the comments below because you might help someone who is struggling. Please remember that whilst it is lovely to have a clean and organised home, some days this just isn’t possible and that is ok. There is always tomorrow.