No matter where you live or how big your home is, there are some problems that we all have. For example, all homes become cluttered at some point. It’s not something you can prevent entirely, although, if you have the time, cleaning the house daily can help. But even so, the problem persists. We’ve decided to put together a guide that can help you with that. In the following paragraphs you can find some tips that can help you de-clutter your home more easily.
We have organized the tips according to the type of room. For each section we have selected 5 useful tips. Let’s take a look at each one and see what exactly you can do in each case.
1. The bathroom.
Depending on the size of your bathroom and on how long it’s been since you’ve taken the time to thoroughly de-clutter it, this process should take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes.
A. First of all, you should take the time to move any dirty clothes that might be in the bathroom into the laundry room or even directly into the washing machine.
B. Then take all the items that don’t belong in the bathroom and return them to their designated storage area. This might include things such as shoes, jewelry, toys belonging to the kids, etc.
C. Clean up the sink and the counter top if you have one and put the items that should be there in their place. For example, put the soap near the sink, the toothpaste in its compartment, the toothbrushes near it and so on.
D. Clean up the drawers and the space under the sink. The drawers often get messy. You often need a certain item and you make a mess when looking for it in the drawer.
E. At the end, re-store all the items that you have found in the wrong spot. If you notice that a certain item keeps popping up in a place where it doesn’t belong, consider moving it there permanently.
2. The bedroom.
Most likely you won’t be able to sleep peacefully when you’re surrounded by clutter. So clean-up your bedroom and try to keep it clean.
A. Start by taking all the items that don’t belong in the bedroom to the place where they should be. For example, you might find socks on the floor, cups on the nightstand, etc. take them in the bathroom, kitchen or whenever they should be.
B. Then try to find everything that belongs in the bedroom and to return it to its proper place. For example, take all the clean clothes and place them in the closet.
C. And since we’re talking about closets, this is the part that I personally hate most. You have to organize all your clothes and to arrange them nicely. Hang similar items together so you can find them when you need them. If you haven’t done this in a while you should probably just take everything out of the closet and then take one item at a time and put it back in.
D. Clean up the nightstands. Put the books, magazines, glasses and everything else you might find there back where they belong.
E. Then turn your attention to the bed. Make sure the bedding is clean and that the pillows are properly arranged.
3. The kitchen.
Keeping the kitchen clean is a full-time job. Sometimes you don’t have the time to clean up after you finish cooking. Even if you do have the time, eventually your kitchen will still need to be properly cleaned.
A. The first step is the same for all the rooms. You have to basically just take a bin and gather everything that belongs outside the kitchen.
B. Clean up the counter tops, the table and the kitchen island and put everything where it belongs. Again, if you notice that a certain item keeps popping up in the wrong place, consider moving it there permanently.
C. Put all the appliances back into their storage spaces and wrap their cords nicely. If you use an appliance almost every day then it would be easier to just move it on the counter top permanently.
D. Turn your attention to the refrigerator. Organize your food by placing fruit and vegetable into the proper bins and by arranging everything according to height in order to maximize your storage space.
E. Clean up the shelves, the drawers and the pantry. Stack all the jars neatly and arrange your bottles nicely.
4. The living room.
Since the living room is probably the biggest room in the house, you’ll have to spend more time here than in the other rooms when cleaning up. However, the living room may actually be the easiest room in the house to de-clutter. That’s because everything is already neatly organized.
A. Take a bin and gather all the things such as books, magazines, decorations. Then walk around the room and put everything where it belongs. Also, gather all the things that don’t belong in the living room and take them where they should be.
B. If you have kids, gather all their toys that might have ended up in the living room and put them in their bins, cubbies, chests, etc.
C. Focus on the entertainment center area and organize and re-store all the cords. Also, re-stack the DVDs and CDs. Gather all the remote controls and put them all in a box or in the spot you usually store them.
D. Gather all the magazines, catalogues, etc. and organize them in piles for recycling.
E. Turn your attention to the coffee table and take everything to its proper storage area. Clean up the top.
5. The entryway.
The entryway is the first area of your home that your guests see when they visit you so it should really look nice. First impression can be very powerful and difficult to change.
A. As you already guessed, the first thing you should do is take a bin, box or bag and gather everything that doesn’t belong in that area. Return everything to its proper storage place.
B. Take all the jackets and coats that might have ended up elsewhere and hang them in the closet or on a coatrack.
C. Remember to check their pockets for things such as gum wrappers, receipts, change, etc. and to either throw it away or put it where it belongs. Also, return the keys to the storage space.
D. Take all the bags, hats, gloves, scarves and other accessories and return them to their proper storage spaces.
E. Take any shoes that might have ended up where they don’t belong and put them back in their designated storage spaces.