It’s a New Year, and you know what that means: Time to set some New Year’s resolutions. This is a great time to focus on improving yourself and your overall quality of life. At this time of year, many people set a resolution to get more organized, particularly when it comes to organizing their homes. Whether you’ve recently moved into a new home and want to keep it neat and organized, or you’ve been in your home for years and the clutter is starting to overwhelm you, here are a few tips you can use to help you have a more organized home this year.
Keep, Donate, Trash
The first step in reorganizing your home is to go through your possessions and decide what you actually need to keep and what can be given or thrown out. Utilize the popular three-box technique: Get three large boxes or bins and label them “Keep,” “Donate,” or “Trash.” Items you use regularly or cannot part with go in the “Keep” box. Items you no longer need that are in good shape go in the “Donate” box. Items that are worn out and no longer usable go in “Trash.” (Alternatively, your “Donate” box could be a “Sell” box, and you can hold a large yard sale once you’re done cleaning out your home, then donate whatever is not sold.)
This might sound like a daunting task, and the truth is, it can be exactly that. But don’t feel like you have to do this all at once. Go through your house one room at a time, doing one room each day until you’ve worked your way through your house. Remember, little steps will still get you to your goal and will keep you from burning out along the way. Work for anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours, then stop so that you don’t exhaust yourself.
Find “Homes” for Your Items
One reason many people’s homes get disorganized is because items don’t have a “home.” Instead, they get shoved into closets, piled onto counters and tabletops, or simply pushed into a corner on the floor. Take time to find a place for everything you own, and try to store it with similar items. Also, remember that it is best to store an item in the room where it will most likely be used. And, if an item is used frequently, make sure its “home” is somewhere that is easy for you to access, so that you’ll be more likely to put it away every time you use it.
Invest in Storage Tools
Organization is much easier to achieve and to maintain when you have the proper tools. So, invest in whatever organizational items you feel your home needs. This will vary from one person and one home to another, as every house is different and every person’s organizational goals can differ as well. But here are a few examples of the tools you might consider investing in:
- Large storage bins
- Small, clear storage bins
- Plastic drawer towers
- Baskets for shelves
- Closet shelving
- Shoe racks
- And so on
These tools can also play a role in helping you to find a “home” for items in your house. For example, if the belts in your closet tend to just get piled on a shelf, purchasing a nice basket to organize them in can help give them a “home” so that you can keep them organized.
Store Rarely Used Items
Of course, there are certain things that you only need to use occasionally, but which you can’t just get rid of either. Some examples of this may include holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and sentimental items like wedding dresses, photo albums, and family heirlooms. But just because you can’t part with these items, doesn’t mean you have to keep letting them clutter up your home. Instead, find an out-of-the-way place to store them.
If you don’t have room in your garage or basement, rent a storage unit. We offer short-term or long-term storage unit rentals across a vast network of storage facilities. So, whether you need a storage unit for a few days to help you in your organizational efforts, or for an extended period to hold your little-used belongings, we can help.
Police Your Possessions
Finally, once your home is organized, make an effort to keep it that way by carefully considering every item before you bring it into your home. Even items that are given away for free should be thought over before you accept them. Will you really use that mug or wear that t-shirt? Or will they just re-clutter your home? By playing “clutter cop” you can keep unnecessary items out of your house and help it to stay organized.
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