Does a messy house stress you out? A regular lifestyle can mean efficiency in your day and a more relaxing time when you are at home. Your home will look cleaner, and you'll know you have more space, which is easier to use and enjoy. Follow these tips to get started organizing your home.
Method 1 of 4: Getting Rid of Unnecessary Items
Step 1. Sort through your stuff
Check all the rooms in your house, and sort items according to what you're going to do with them; keep it, donate it, or throw it away. The items to be kept are the ones you need and cannot be separated, the items to be thrown away are the items that are of absolutely no use to anyone, and the donated items are the items you cannot use, but will benefit the other. others.
Step 2. Think critically about “stored” items
Sometimes we feel like we need something, but we really don't need it. These are the types of items that usually make a house messy and leave little room for the things we need. As soon as you're done with the initial inspection of your stored-donated-throwaway items, do a second thorough check of your stored items, and remember the last time you used them, and whether you really needed them.
Step 3. Discover the benefits of unsaved items
For items that you will throw away and donate, consider the best possible use of the items. Certain types of donated items will be very useful if donated to certain organizations (eg clothing to refugee organizations, etc.). Make sure that the stuff you categorize as trash, is really trash. Don't donate tattered clothing, but low quality, but functional clothing and intact kitchen utensils can really help someone.
Method 2 of 4: Sorting Things By Room and Function
Step 1. Sort items by function
Check all the items you keep and determine the main function of them. Items that are similar should be grouped together so you can decide how to best store them. The items must be able to be stored or included with each other or else they can be stored together efficiently. If the item really doesn't work, you might consider it a pile of donated items.
Step 2. Sort items by room and location
As soon as you sort items by function, separate and organize them according to which room they are appropriate for. Think about their function and location, where they can be easily reached and used. Even though these items may have the same function, they need to be separated, if one item is more useful or functions elsewhere.
For example, kitchen supplies should be stored in a kitchen area that can be easily accessed when needed. Items that are rarely used can be kept on top and unobstructed, such as utensils that are rarely used (for example, an ice cream maker) or plates that are too large and luxurious
Step 3. Consider items that have multiple functions
Consider items that have multiple uses and find a place to store them, which doesn't get in the way of storing other items. In some cases, you have more than one item, you can separate them in several locations, but this is not always possible.
Examples of such items are small towels, which may be needed both in the bathroom and in the kitchen
Method 3 of 4: Using the Storage
Step 1. Prepare a place or house for each item
Items that are left lying around will make your home look messy and disorganized. So, make sure to have a place for each item. One good practice is to stand in a room and pick up all visible items and ask yourself where they should be. If it's not in that room, find a place to keep it.
You will primarily need a storage area for items, such as your keys, phone, and wallet. Make a storage area for these items near the door, and build a habit to always put these items in that place. Doing this will prevent you from constantly misplacing your belongings
Step 2. Store things efficiently
Store items in such a way as to minimize the amount of space they take up, while maximizing how much benefit you can get from them. By organizing things efficiently, your home will have more space and look less cluttered.
- Small items in the trash drawer can be stored in the former Altoid brand candy tin box, for example (to avoid these items being mixed with other items and lying around).
- A tension rod can be placed in the tupperware drawer to hold it in place and separate the lid.
- Place sheet metal inside the cupboard so you can use that space to store recipe clippings instead of sticking them to your fridge.
- Arrange necklaces on shirt caps, earrings in ice cube molds, and purses on hangers.
- Plastic containers such as fishing gear cases or tool cases can be very helpful for storing various items such as watches, electric fuses, cosmetic kits, batteries, accessories, etc.
- Store supplies of cooking ingredients (such as sugar and flour) in cans or jars, to make them stackable, and easier to store. Place the spices in metal cans and store them next to the refrigerator.
- Use cabinet cabinets to store laundry supplies, and shoe racks, as well as inside cabinet doors to store kitchen cleaning supplies.
Step 3. Create a storage system
For items that you have in large quantities, you will need to create an arrangement system to help you find these items individually, when needed. This will also start to help you use less space to store it, and give you more space for storage.
- Provide a cabinet or filing boxes to store documents and papers. This is especially important for important documents, such as tax documents, birth certificates, and other sensitive information that you may need to find quickly or don't want to lose.
- Set up an arrangement system for your clothes. You need a system that works best for you, but make sure you have a clear way to organize both clean and dirty clothes. Dirty clothes can be separated by color into different baskets. Clean clothes should be hung neatly, when needed and if not, stored in a drawer or basket. Take some paper from a flyer or pamphlet, and roll up your clothes when storing them in a drawer to minimize wrinkles (creasing), and maximize storage space.
Step 4. Think about unused space
Think about unused and underutilized space, and how that space can be turned into good storage space. Finding ways to use the extra space in your home will maximize your arrangement options.
- The small space between the refrigerator and the wall can be used for a pull-out shelving unit for small items, such as cans and jars.
- An ill-fitting space in the hallway can be used for a small bookshelf and used for a variety of small items.
- The space under your bed can be used to store sheets of bed linen and the like, as well as large coats, and sweaters (using boxes, bags, or sliding storage).
- Think about making use of vertical space. This section is often overlooked but it can provide a very good storage solution. The empty space between clothes and the bottom of the wardrobe, for example, could be filled with a shelf or shoe hanger or belt, or a tie rack. Many people prefer a device that allows a bicycle or other piece of equipment to be hung on a wall. However, don't hang it too high.
Method 4 of 4: Building Good Habits
Step 1. Consider each item you buy
Staying organized is building better habits. One good habit to develop is to analyze every new item you buy or else you get. Don't make piles of stuff you don't need. This will make your home messy and disorganized again. Remember that for every item you get, you have to find a place for it.
Step 2. Put things in their place
Get into the habit of always putting things in their place, when you're done using them. Don't tell you to do it later or maybe someone will need to use it: just keep it. This habit will continue by ensuring that your home stays organized.
Step 3. Make “donating” a regular habit
Always have a bag or box in your home designed as a location for “donated” items. Put things you don't think you need anymore, and try putting an item or two each time you get a new one.
- When choosing an area of your home to start organizing, try to start with the areas you use the most, such as your study area, if you are a student or the kitchen.
- Find a way to reuse the existing system settings. For example, if you have a candle holder, but there is no candle, you can use it to place pencils instead.
- A good way to store items that are rarely used is to store them in good quality storage areas, such as CD holders, bookcases, and under-bed containers. If it's your birthday soon, or celebrating Christmas, try asking your relatives for a gift in the form of a gift certificate from, for example, Container Store, Bed, Bath & Beyond, IKEA, or Target.
- Think about whether you really need to store things. Most people today have an iPod, MP3 or computer that can download songs from CDs. Take a day to transfer all those songs to a computer where you can store them, and disconnect your iPod or MP3 whenever you want. As soon as it's done, why not keep it in the attic or better sell it, and earn some extra cash!
- American culture is avid with setting style. Therefore, you can usually find an organizer that is trendy and fashionable, so you don't have to worry about hiding the things you store.
- Add some style to your room. Take an old scarf and turn it into a new curtain!
- Be careful when moving furniture. Lift with your feet, not your back, and ask a friend to help.
- When making arrangements, keep in mind the fire hazard. Some safety hazards include overloaded power outlets with extension cords, storing too many piles of newspapers, or not putting shoes on, and other items blocking your way out in an emergency.