Sometimes it feels like your entire house is one giant junk drawer. It’s messy, it’s annoying and sometimes it can be downright scary. But it’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’re here to help you de-clutter your home for an easier and more organized 2015.
One Room at a Time
If you have good intentions but your execution is less than stellar, it’s probably because you try to take on too much. You start with your closet, make a few piles for donation, move on to your drawers, make more piles, and six hours later, you’re hiding in your office with your eighth-grade yearbook trying to find your locker buddy from gym class on Facebook. You have organizing ADD.
The solution is quite simple. Commit to one room at a time and don’t make any lofty promises to yourself. Identify what room needs the most help; make a calendar of tasks and stick to it. Much like starting a new workout routine, it’s vital to not get burned out in the beginning. Give yourself a maximum of two hours and walk away from it when your time is up. Your home and your sanity will thank you.
Scale Down the Sentiment
This is usually the biggest roadblock for people trying to organize their home. If you have kids, you probably have boxes upon boxes of baby clothes, drawings and stuffed animals. It might take some time (and a few tears), but there are ways to hold on to these items and get organized at the same time. Consider a service like Plum Print, where artwork can be made into a book. When it comes to clothes, consider turning them into a quilt. If you’re not a quilter, companies like Jelly Bean Quilts can do this for you. Pretty soon, your boxes and boxes of stuff will start to dwindle.
Consider a Storage Unit
A storage unit is not a sign of failure! If you just plain need some more space in your home, consider storing large pieces of furniture (family china cabinets are notoriously good at taking up needed space) and your newly organized storage bins in a place that isn’t your guest room. Storage facilities are cheap, easy to access and usually quite safe. Identify what can be stored remotely, make a plan to create an organized storage space that doesn’t resemble a horror movie or reality auction show.
Once complete, revel in your success and do some cartwheels in your newly cleared space!