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30 Organizing Tricks to Keep Your Home Clean

Friday, January 13, 2023   /   by Laura Larson

30 Organizing Tricks to Keep Your Home Clean

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It may be challenging to unwind and enjoy time with family and friends if your home is disorganized and untidy. However, you may make your house a tranquil haven by organizing it in a few straightforward steps. Starting is frequently the most difficult step, but keeping your home neat can be challenging as well. We asked the best event planners in the nation for their best advice because of this.
 
1. Include being organized in your New Year's resolutions.
Setting realistic goals and being committed is essential for achieving true home organization. The best time to do this is at the start of a new year. Your objectives must be modest and doable, as many goals and resolutions are impractical.
 
2. Find out why you're clinging to so many things.
Examine your attachment to your possessions before organizing any particular room. Many people frequently cling to things out of resistance or fear, which can make them feel trapped and restrained. The Prune & Bloom team advises getting asking yourself these questions to help you solve this: What do I want?
What is the one thing getting in the way? Next, find a nearby charity that will accept your donations.
 
3. Remove everything before organizing
Instead of sifting through boxes, bins, and drawers looking for something to donate, remove everything and “place similar items together,” notes Stephanie King, owner of Status: Organized. “Then, clean and reorganize everything before moving on to the next spot.” This method applies to entire rooms as well. If you have a room full of large boxes, remove everything from every box before organizing.
 
4. Put the "Target Principal" to use.
According to Janet from Basic Organization, when organizing your possessions, "do your best to place your commonly-used stuff as close to one other as possible, and your least-commonly-used items farther away." The Target Principal applies to any room in your house, and it is known as such.
 
5. Make use of the SMART system
It's simple to feel overwhelmed as you start the decluttering process. David Hall, Chief Clutter Clearing Officer at A+ Clutter Clearing, advises using the SMART approach to streamline the procedure:
 
Simplify: To achieve early success in the process, start with a straightforward area.
Mindset: Get in the right mood and attitude.
Action: Start decluttering, working slowly and mindfully.
Reuse, repurpose, recycle: If you no longer need or want something, donate it, put it to good use, or dispose of it responsibly.
Transformation: You can feel in charge again shortly after letting go of things that no longer serve you.
 
6. Prior to tackling large jobs, begin small.
Even when adopting techniques like the SMART approach, the beginning of any organizational endeavor is sometimes the hardest obstacle. The Declutter Coach, Professional Organizer, and owner of DFW Decluttered, Kiera Malowitz, advises that you should "start small by picking an area in your home that you don't have as much of a relationship to" to make it less difficult. With little things, she asserts, momentum is always simpler to create. By doing so, you can cross things off your list before tackling longer-term tasks.
 
7. Divide your project of decluttering into doable segments.
Working methodically is frequently the greatest approach to transforming your untidy home into a cozy one. Keep in mind that perfection is not your ultimate goal. The main goals are stress reduction, time and money savings, and stress-free enjoyment of your place.
 
8. Create a method for storing seasonal decorations.
Owner of Tidy Closet Janine Morales advises using labeled, transparent bins to store seasonal decorations. The best location for these objects, according to her, is adjacent to a garage door or in a tall closet. By doing this, they can be useful during the holidays without taking up a lot of room for the rest of the year. This also holds true for other holiday decorations. Make an effort to maintain organization in order to make your life easier over time.
 
9. Only invest in essential organizing supplies
Organizing supplies might be visually beautiful, but if you buy too many, they become cluttered.
 
10. When you come home, take the products out of the shopping bags.
Organizing your recently purchased stuff as soon as you come home is an easy approach to eliminating clutter. Make a list of what you already have and place whatever you don't need in a designated basket if you feel like you purchased too much. If you practice this every day, you won't collect nearly as many needless goods.
 
11. Lessen your use of junk mail
Without proper organization, junk mail and packaging materials can accumulate quickly.
 
12. Get a handle on delivery clutter
They can quickly accumulate if you get packing materials on a regular basis. When you receive parcels, Amanda Clark, the owner of Ever So Organized, a full-service home organizing business situated in Orange County, California, advises you to "remove your products from bulky boxes and reorganize them in clear storage bins." "Food, toiletries, and extra stuff work nicely with this strategy."
 
13. Make use of open-top boxes
Binning goods is a practical organizational technique. Choose open-top boxes over zipped or clipped storage choices to simplify your life.
 
14. Label mindfully
Labeling storage bins is often a good idea for future convenience. Is there a project or possibly a temporary item in the bin? Is the bin transparent, allowing you to look inside with ease? Is the bin in a location where just one or two people require access to the contents? All of these arguments are compelling ones to exclude the label and maintain the storage's adaptability.
 
15. Teach children the value of the organization
It might be challenging to keep a child's room tidy when they don't know how to clean up after themselves.
 
16. Utilize easy storage solutions for your kids
By employing straightforward storage options, parents can easily assist their kids in doing their own cleaning. The perfect ones for this are ones that your kids can use on their own, advises Andrea Brame, proprietor of This Modern Mess. Make sure the alternatives aren't too complicated so they can put things away without difficulty, she advises. Younger children should use straightforward open bins and trays with broad categories, while older children should use more specialized types.
 
17. Maximize the use of your floor space.
When everything else fails, use what your kids already do to their advantage and let them hurl their things around. Take advantage of this by organizing the floor such that their belongings fit there.
 
18. Include your family in the process.
It's crucial to include every member of your household in the decluttering process if you have a large family. Make organization a fun game that the whole family participates in once every few months if family members are apprehensive. Offer the individual who completes the task first a prize, such as a special dinner or dessert.
 
19. Be kind to your family members.
Many households have members who keep too many things, despite incentives.
 
20. Use furniture with multiple uses.
As you move through your house, look for spaces where you may add multipurpose furniture.
 
Other choices include:
 
- Bookcases with fold-out workstations.
- Step stools with under-stair storage.
- Coffee tables with multiple uses and internal storage.
 
21. Use creative storage options
Instead of spending a fortune on furniture, think about employing unusual stuff.
 
22. Organize your closet.
Give yourself plenty of time to arrange your closets because they tend to collect clutter. Use this technique to go through your clothes and closet and remove anything but the necessary. Last but not least, replace all of your unmatched hangers with matching hangers.
 
23. Organize your wardrobes and dressers.
Your dressers and armoires usually accumulate clutter in addition to your closets. Use the same techniques you did with your closet to fix this.
 
24. Organize your workspace.
More people are working from home as a result of the expansion of remote work. If this applies to you, be careful to maintain a tidy and organized desk.
 
25. To keep your little objects in place, use drawer inserts.
Consider utilizing drawer inserts to keep things organized if you have a disorganized drawer in your closet or somewhere else.
 
26. Use turntables to your advantage
Turntables, or Lazy Susans, are a helpful tool for hard-to-reach locations.
 
27. To keep track of your progress, take pictures.
Consider utilizing pictures to inspire yourself if you're having difficulties finishing the remaining few rooms in your house.
 
28. Declutter your space to declutter your mind
People might not be aware that, in addition to the noticeable effects it has on physical space, clutter can have a negative impact on your well-being. We can experience worry and anxiety when our environment is overrun with objects. You can feel the benefits it has on your mental health and general welfare by getting rid of the extra clutter in your life.
 
29. Develop simple organization routines
Create lasting routines that work for you, and celebrate completion over perfection.
 
30. Organize consistently to maintain a clean home
The last and most challenging step of any decluttering project is maintenance. Be perseverant and don't give up!