Sometimes you walk into your home or a room in your house and you think to yourself, “why is this place always looking so cluttered?” The whole house doesn’t have to be in disarray to make you feel that your home is out of control. Often a small space or a small area that is causing you grief can make the difference between feeling defeated and feeling like you have things under control.
Here are 8 common areas that you can tackle quite quickly.
I am somewhat of a minimalist when it comes to make up and I know others that are quite the opposite. Regardless of how much cosmetics you have, the key is knowing what you have and having it accessible. Otherwise, you’re wasting time tearing through your drawer or purchasing items you don’t need because you can’t find them.
There are many inexpensive organizing trays you can use but remember to store like with like and to toss old make up on a frequent basis. Some make ups can be a breeding ground for bacteria so know when it’s time to replace an item.
I don’t like to use the term “junk drawer”. I do have a drawer in my kitchen for pens, a pad of paper, mini stapler, eye glass cleaning cloth and a few other items such as bag clips and twist ties. It’s still an organized space. I have seen a lot of junk drawers that are full of just that – junk. A place you drop things into because you don’t know where to put it.
If you cannot easily locate what you are looking for it kind of defeats the purpose of having a “miscellaneous” drawer. Let’s keep it organized with everything contained.
I was recently down south and was strolling through one of those markets that sell the tacky cheap souvenirs and wondered who really buys those?
Well, I have seen some pretty strange knick-knacks in people’s homes over the years letting us know where they have vacationed. Before you know it you can have a collection of clutter. Photo albums, memory boxes or mementoes that have real meaning to you are a better way to cherish the memories and keep your home organized.
Collections vs. obsessions
Many people collect items for various reasons and it can be a great way to pass time and to show people your interests. However, when it starts to control your home it has become an obsession. Invest in the storage system that is appropriate for your collection and proudly show your collection to your friends and family. Keep in mind that an interest of yours may not be the interest of others so don’t let it take over your home.
Entry way closet
Your entry way closet is normally the first place people see when they enter your home when coats are hung up. If space is a challenge, keep items seasonal by taking the spring and summer clothes out and replacing with the fall and winter wear and vice versa when the seasons change to make more room. Each time you do this, take the items you no longer wear or that don’t fit anymore to a local donation center. Boot racks and hanging shoe bags can be used to increase the vertical space needed for larger families.
The fridge is an appliance you use several times throughout the day and can easily become a cold, cluttered mess each time you peer inside. I know we all have grown a science experiment in the back of the fridge at some time.
Resolve to go through the fridge prior to each major shopping to toss spoiled foods and to take stock of what you have so you are not purchasing items that are not required.
If you’re still subscribing to magazines and newspapers, the old fashioned magazine rack can become an eyesore with past issues stuffed in there. Keep no more than the last two issues of any magazine and if the last 2 issues have not been read maybe it’s time to cancel the subscription.
Better yet, most magazines can now be purchased in an electronic format or are available with an app service such as Texture. Once read, newspapers should be tossed into the recycle bin. Are you really going to refer to yesterday’s news?
Your “In” basket – the OHIO rule
We all have an in basket for mail, flyers, bills or any other miscellaneous pieces of paper that comes into our home. Try the OHIO rule to keep the in basket to a minimum. Only Handle It Once. Pay it, file it, take action on it or toss paper when it comes in.
It’s typically the smaller areas of your home that can give your house a cluttered look and that you can easily tackle within a short period of time. Have a go at them and let me know how you make out.