Everybody focuses their attention on spring cleaning, but fall is another ideal time to take stock of your home and manage the clutter. This time of year gives you the chance to get things back on track after the carefree and action-packed days of summer, and before you reach the busyness of the holidays. If the clutter in your home has gotten out of control, try these home organization ideas to create a nicer home environment in a manageable way.
Take It One Step at a Time
It’s easy to start decluttering and then get frazzled by the amount of stuff you have to go through. To prevent this, focus on one small area of the home at a time, organizing and throwing out over the course of days or even weeks. Prepare for the cleanup to take a while so your expectations are realistic and you can fit it in with other responsibilities.
Just like with any goal, breaking the job up into smaller parts makes it more manageable. So focus on your desk papers at one point, your clothes at another point and garage junk later. Even the smaller parts can become overwhelming, so have your family pitch in to split up the burden. Play some music, take fun breaks and have a reward at the end to make the day more fun. As an alternative, choose just one or a few things to get rid of each day over time.
Have an “Unsure” Box
When you’re decluttering, some items inevitably hold you up because you’re not sure what to do with them. Instead of letting them bog you down, put all of those items in your “unsure” box and keep moving forward with your task. When you’re done with the other areas, go back to your box and figure out where those items should go.
Consolidate Your Beauty Products
It’s easy to pile up the bottles of shampoo, conditioner, styling products and more. To declutter the bathroom, see if you have multiple bottles of the same product, such as shampoo, and use up the almost-finished bottles first. When it comes to organizing styling products (because you can never have too many), consider using a plastic, behind-the-door shoe organizer to easily free up your counter space and make finding the product you need that much easier.
Get Rid of Stuff
We know that one of the hardest parts about this process is getting rid of things. We convince ourselves that we need everything and so many things have sentimental value attached to them. But when it comes down to it, all of these things are creating a messy, cluttered home that’s interfering with your family’s happiness. See that all of the stuff is getting in the way, and employ techniques like donating a toy and piece of clothing every time someone gets a new one, and throwing away or donating things that nobody has used in ages. Also, take pictures of items with memories attached — keep the picture and get rid of the item.
Use Organizational Tools
The decluttering process is impossible when you don’t know where to put all of your items that you want to keep. Organizational tools are essential for solving this problem. Just like you have your standard ones like drawers for clothes and shelves for books, tools help for all of the little things. Have specific buckets, drawers or chests for toys. Find a shower caddy and drawers to hold all of your personal care and beauty supplies. Come up with other organizational systems throughout the house that the family agrees are practical.
The time spent decluttering will help you draw the focus from the things that are filling the house, and put it back on the things that matter: your family members.