The most effective way to approach a thorough housecleaning is to first rid your humble abode of clutter. Whether your problem areas are hidden (drawers, cabinets, closets) or on display (bookshelves, counters, stairs), there are plenty of ways to de-clutter and get your home organized, freshened up and, ultimately, spic and span.
De-cluttering your house is not only good for keeping a clean, safe home, it has been proven to help people focus and be generally more productive. It also keeps you from being profiled on A&E’s show Hoarders. And if you tend to amass a large amount of stuff every year, it’s even more important to perform what HGTV refers to as a “regular purge.”
Cleaning out cabinets, closets and drawers should be a monthly activity. A good rule of thumb is to limit yourself to one “junk drawer” and not let it spill over to the surrounding drawers and surfaces.
Keep in mind, this isn’t about deep cleaning. It’s about getting rid of old receipts, batteries of questionable functionality, that lone Barbie shoe and six months of broken Happy Meal toys. It’s okay to part ways with these items. No, really.
If the kitchen is your trouble area, Real Simple suggests transforming an empty wall with some simple shelving to keep cabinets organized and your most-used items out in the open. Items such as cereal bowls, small plates, drinking glasses and coffee mugs would be good to have on what they call a “well-occupied wall.”
Moving on to the bedroom, has your nightstand become a graveyard for charging cords, remotes and old magazines? The best way to tackle your nightstand woes is to invest in a compartmentalized organizer, available at any home goods store. Also, place a small trashcan next to your nightstand to combat clutter.
Once you’ve spruced up your nightstand, SampleHouse has a ton of great stationery, notepads and planners to capture your late-night ideas, reminders, errands and tasks before you drift off.
If kids and all the things that come with kids are the source of your most bothersome clutter, clear your calendar and tackle that playroom today. Invest in some basic drawer organizers and baskets to stow the toys instead of them being strewn on the floor. If you have time, a great way to keep toys in check is to pick up an old dresser at a garage sale, slap a few coats of paint in a fun color on it and use it to keep the toys organized and out of sight. It will also give you extra surface area on which you can place a cute lamp or some fun pictures of the kiddos.
Another idea for organizing your home is to designate drawer space to similar items. Real Simple used a candle drawer as an example to demonstrate how easy it is to consolidate and put like items in one place. The upcycled dresser idea is useful here, too. Just having a few extra drawers can do wonders for your cabinets and creates a central location for all the “stuff” that just never seems to find a home.
These are just a few hints to help you get your home in tip-top shape this year and get a jumpstart on spring cleaning. As always, SampleHouse is here to help you organize in style. Happy de-cluttering!
Don’t forget to take a few tips from our Organization board on Pinterest!