Hands up if you wish that your home were a little more organised? For most women, it can feel like a constant battle to keep your home mess free and it’s often a fight that we just don’t win.
Let’s talk about how you can declutter some of the spaces in your home that are most likely to be chaotic and create a more harmonious home … even with little and big kids around!
Use the Boxes System
Before you tackle any area of your home, get yourself four boxes and label them as “keep”, “trash”, “recycle” and “donate”. The system is simple: every single item in your home has to find a place in one of these boxes.
As you move around your home with your decluttering head on, be ruthless and ask yourself “have I used or worn this item in the last 12 months?”, if not, then you’re probably not going to miss it and it can go in one of the latter three boxes listed above!
Decluttering The Entranceway
Whether you have a lobby, reception area or just a hallway, it’s super easy for this area of your home to get cluttered, especially if you don’t think you have a lot of space here.
To start off with, remove everything that does not belong in the hallway. Then go through all your coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, shoes and boots and get rid of all of the ones that you no longer love to wear and either donate, recycle or trash.
Then buy a coat rack and keep jackets and coats to a minimum, you don’t want it to look cluttered. There are also some great racks nowadays with built-in storage which make the perfect boxes or draws for hats, scarves and gloves, alternatively hang up a nice basket bag for them to go in.
Also find somewhere to put your shoes and boots, like a dedicated shoe organiser or storage seat. You may need to store some of your shoes and wellies you don’t use very often elsewhere, but keep the items you use the most easily at hand.
Place spare keys in a locked box or at least out of site, so that they are not easily located by any unwanted guests. Also recycle your junk mail on a daily basis.
Decluttering The Kitchen
With so many different activities happening in the average kitchen, it can quickly become cluttered. Also some of the items in the cupboards often get overlooked and are well past the best buy date!
As you are sorting through your drawers, ask yourself a few simple questions to help you decide whether you should keep, donate, recycle or trash: “Do I use this item?”, “Is this an extra?”, (i.e. you have more than one or the same thing), and “Does it make my life easier?”
Ideally, everything will have a set place in a drawer, cabinet or other storage space so it’s not taking up valuable counter space. If anything does have to live on the counters, make sure that they’re everyday items that are used on a very regular basis (i.e. a couple of times a week).
Need a bit of extra storage space? Try mounting a small rack on the back of cabinet doors or adding hook style storage on wall space to hold small items that would otherwise clutter up your counters. If you need some inspiration, check out places like Ikea for some great kitchen storage ideas.
Decluttering The Living Room
As with kitchens, most living rooms are used for lots of different purposes. Add in the fact that there isn’t always a huge amount of storage space and it’s super easy for the average living room to be more than a bit chaotic.
Coffee tables can easily become cluttered. If this tends to happen in your home, look for furniture with built-in storage, so you can keep things out of sight.
Have a place to store remotes and other electronic must-haves. If you don’t have enough storage space in your living room itself, think about creative options such as remote holders that attach to furniture. You don’t need any extra space and you can keep the room much more streamlined.
One great way to maximise the size of a room is to use mirrors, which will create the illusion of space and a less cluttered environment.
Decluttering The Bedroom
Under-the-bed storage can be perfect for stashing things that don’t get a lot of day-to-day use.
Sick of laundry mess? An open bedside table (one that doesn’t have solid drawers and has open space underneath the table top) is an ideal place to keep a laundry basket tucked away.
Decluttering the Closet
It can be easier to sort your clothes by style so you can see at a glance what you have and what you don’t wear or don’t fit anymore. For example, compare your jeans side by side and then move onto a different type of clothing. This also makes it super easy to score some quick wins without the daunting task of going through your whole closet in one go.
Another tip for organising your clutter: Hang up all of your clothes with the hangers facing in a reverse direction. When you bring an item out to wear, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the “right” way. Within a few months, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’re wearing and what is just taking up valuable closet space. Then using the boxes system, keep, donate, recycle or trash!
Decluttering the Bathroom
Cabinets are often super crammed with medicines and toiletries and half of these are probably out of date or haven’t been used for a while.
Sounds familiar, right? Get everything out of your cabinets (and anywhere else you’re using as storage in the bathroom) and make some firm decisions about what can stay and what can be binned.
Products and medications that are used most often can be stored at the front for easy access.
Remember, skin, body and hair care products have a shelf life especially once opened (usually 6 months). Here is a great tool to help you check the shelf life of your cosmetics and perfumes. If it’s been opened over the time recommended on the product, then it’s time to put it in the trash. Also remember to have a good clear out of your make-up bag and clean your brushes if you haven’t done so for a while!
Top tip: Put some time aside every few months to check the expiry dates on the contents of your bathroom cabinets. Find something that’s out of date or very close to it? Toss it!
Decluttering The Garage/Shed
This is one of the spaces that probably gets overlooked and neglected the most, as we tend to move all of our unwanted items to the garage or garden shed. Be realistic, will you ever really use it again, there are loads of great charities that would be more than willing to take these items off you and by doing this, you are paying it forward.
Sort out all your recyclable items and take a run to the tip. Once the space is clearer, use storage shelves to help you stay more organised in the future.
Remember when you declutter your home, you also declutter your life, as it allows the energy to flow more freely and creates the space for new opportunities.
Until next time, have a great day,
Dawn 🌿 🌸 🌿