Now it's time to clean out probably one of the most cluttered places in our house.
Who else has kids (or adults) that open a closet door, throw in shoes or things and quickly shut the door again before the rebound? Or have a closet that seems to have more stuff on the floor than on hangers or shelves?
Clearing out your Closets
Pull everything out and organize them into piles on the floor, on a bed, or on a table.
Start organizing for each member of the family:
Organize the Closet
Let's start putting things back:
* If it's feasible, install a Closet Organization System. This would help a lot with saving space.
* Use color assigned hangers for each family member for easier finding. This not only helps with laundry sorting, but works in the main closet with everyone's coats together. (Or in sibling-shared bedrooms).
* In the main closet, get a basket for each family member and have them store all their accessories and belongings in it.
* Store seasonal clothes in bins out of the way (laundry room or garage), or in the back of the closet (usually the unreachable side).
* As I mentioned in a previous post, go vertical. Use the door space for a shoe rack, install another smaller shelf above the standard shelf for more storage space, use the side walls for more storage ideas.
Hope these ideas help get your closets organized and get your day started easier and everyone out the door faster!
Now we've come to a room that's regarded as a safe retreat from the rest of the world. Where we can go and relax.
But it's hard to relax if your bedroom is cluttered right?
Let's get started:
De-Clutter the Bedroom
Let's toss some stuff:
Organize your Bedroom
Let's straighten things up:
* Have a small bowl or box on your dresser to collect the small things that easily clutter the space - your keys, receipts, pens, wallet, etc.
* Keep a change bucket on your dresser to collect all the loose change. After a year (around Christmas), go and cash it in for a little extra spending money.
* Use a multiple hanger to save space in a small closet.
* Use under bed storage for seasonal clothing or extra blankets.
* Get a night stand with a magazine rack to store books, magazines and even your e-reader out of the way - off the table and off the floor.
* Use decorative baskets in your closet for different accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, etc. (This'll help finding them easier too)
By now your room should look almost bare - clothes in closets and drawers, the closet not overflowing and you can find what you need, nothing on the floor, chairs or end tables that don't belong there, and so on.
Doesn't it feel more peaceful and inviting now?
Now onto the bathroom.
C'mon, y'all know for many ladies this is the most cluttered room in the house. With all the hair accessories and supplies and all the makeup brushes, kits, sponges, moisturizers, and other self-care products scattered across the countertop and in drawers.
Then there's the kids bathroom with bath toys, toothpaste streaks, leftover snacks, clothes and towels and trash thrown about.
Let's lessen the clutter and organize our bathroom better:
De-clutter the Bathroom
Let's start with things to toss:
Organize your Bathroom
Now that you've cleared everything out and cleaned the bathroom, it's time to organize it properly:
* Simplify your cleaning routine and cut down on the number of cleaning products you need. Instead of having a product for every need - shower, toilet, counter, mirrors - use a multi-purpose spray, cleaning cloths/wipes, a toilet bowl cleaner and brush. Using the spray is easy as you can actually spray everything and leave it for a bit and then come back and wipe down.
* Add a behind the door rack for everyone's towels and housecoats, it's out of the way and saves room.
* Go vertical! Get stuff off your counters and on the wall for better storage. Use ideas such as:
* Install a hairdryer and curling iron holder to the side of your cabinet (or inside the door) to keep them out of the way.
I hope this helps manage the chaos of the bathroom and makes things easier to clean as well.
Hey y'all! How was the kitchen de-clutter? Things looking better?
Let's move on to the next big challenge - the living room!
De-Clutter the Living Room
Let's start with things we can clear out:
Organize your Living Room
Now let's look at some effective ways to organize your living room:
* Use a coffeetable or ottoman that has internal storage. Store extra blankets, games, toys, and anything else to keep it out of the way.
* Use a under-couch storage unit to store CDs, DVDs, Video games. It's easily slide out for access and pushed back and out of the way.
* Instead of having a bunch of end tables for people's drinks and extras, use a sofa side table that's small, convenient and doesn't take up much room.
* Get the Rooms App to help find the best layout for your space. Just enter your dimensions and arrange and rearrange furniture and layouts to find a nicer layout to optimize the space.
* Think about an items use. Does it really belong in the living room or can it be stored elsewhere?
* Go vertical - instead of having storage, lighting, and anything else taking up floor space, go vertical. Store stuff on the wall. Shelving, baskets, hooks and such. But don't go overboard as then your walls start looking cluttered.
I hope these ideas get your cleaning and storage ideas flowing. For other ideas check out this great book.
Hey y'all! Sorry this is late, I actually thought it was Saturday - yeah it's been that kind of week.
Since I will be starting on the big de-cluttering jobs over the next few weeks, I wanted to prepare with the right mindset.
Preparing Mentally for De-Cluttering
Earlier this week I showed you the list of questions to ask yourself when you're cleaning up, but now I'm going to tell you how to prepare mentally for a de-clutter challenge.
Think these things over and over again while cleaning things out. If you just "can't part" with something, that's okay, set it aside and try again another time. If this becomes serious, please seek out help and advice for the "root" problem.
1. I have what I need in my life. Some hold on to extra items for fear of poverty, loss and sometimes regrets. They were once without, now they have the means to own things so they start stockpiling. The point you miss is that it doesn't help with the financial gain. You fear going poor again, yet you're spending all this money on things. Just think of things you need for the present, not for "just in case" or "I wanted this when I couldn't before" and so on and on.
2. Think of the present. We've all said "I'll use it someday", but that someday never arrives and we have stashes of stuff for "future projects", and "I'll fix it later" and it just sits collecting dust. Sell them or toss - you could use the money for something you want today.
3. I have the memories. Some people have sentimental and emotional attachment to things, which is fine if you ask me, but as long as those are happy reasons. Anything that stirs up negativity should be tossed - no ifs, ands, or buts.
But really, you have the memories, you don't need to keep a teddy bear from the 1984 State Fair 'cuz that' where you got your first kiss. Remember the kiss - toss the bear.
4. I have room. Sure, you may have room to store stuff, but try this, take a before picture, de-clutter the room, then take an after picture. See the space? Neatness? Feel less stressful?
As the video below shows - less stuff = more happiness.
5. I will follow through. How many times over the years have we collected clothes or old toys to donate and those bags and boxes sit in our garage or car for months before actually going out? Yeah, so schedule donation drop offs, classified listings, and dump visits regularly throughout your de-clutter challenge.
6. I'll reward myself. After cleaning a large room and actually getting rid of the stuff - give yourself a small reward: a meal out, a treat, or a move. Don't go shopping and get more stuff to fill in "the new space".
I hope these pointers help prepare you mentally for the big de-clutter challenge coming ahead!
Today let's tackle that old filing cabinet (or whatever filing system you're using.
Is it hard to insert new papers into it due to overcrowding? Is it hard to find what you're looking for?
Time for an overhaul and here's how:
Cleaning your filing system
Let's de-clutter our filing system:
1. Get a Shredder
First things first, get a good shredder that can really cut up your old bills and any confidential information on paper. One that can handle multiple sheets is great!
2. Start shredding old documents
Start throwing out old outdated papers. Here's a list of how you know it's outdated:
3. Organize the files
Start organizing the files into groups and importance. You could buy different color files to represent different areas such as - family related (health, school, insurance, memberships), Housing information - mortgage/rent loan information, insurance, payments, car insurance, taxes, etc.), Utilities, Bills, Tax information, and so on. In my filing cabinet I put the bills and statements that occur the most at the top and front and the less important or least needed go on the bottom.
4. Create a binder of information
If you're a mom, you're quite familiar with the annual school year bundle of paperwork to fill out. Instead get a binder and have a section for each family member and fill out information on each person - contact info, doctor address and phone numbers, emergency contacts and everything else the school, doctor's office and any other official needs. Instead of scrambling to pull out individual files (or looking up numbers online) it's all in one convenient place to flip through.
Include a section of other important information - insurance policy numbers and company contact numbers, employer contacts, and any other important contact numbers.
5. Have a "catch all" file
I mentioned in my productivity post that I have a file holder on my desk for the incoming mail. One of the files is for "to file". Then once in a while take that file and file it away in your filing cabinet properly.
If you don't want to go that route, you can simply keep an empty file folder in the front of your filing cabinet as a catch all and label it "Needs a Home" and when you have a free moment, take that and file everything properly.
Hopefully, you're filing system looks a lot thinner and more manageable which saves you time and energy.
Do you have any other filing ideas to use?