Does Your Household Clutter Have You Stressed?
Are there toys everywhere? And stuff piling up on the counter? Is your closet full of clothes you haven’t worn in years?
Stress no more! Below you will find 10 easy to follow steps to help clear the clutter and organize your home.
Organize Your Home In 10 Easy Steps
1. Start with the junk drawer
Empty it out, keep the items you still use and recycle or donate the items you don’t.
I have to admit the junk draw in our house drives me crazy. Take out menus, note pads, pens, batteries and recipes we want to try. You name it and you will find it hidden away in the junk draw.
Its like a place for everything without a home. So to fix this I have found some great drawer organizers and files to store our items.
2. Make a plan to put things back where they belong
Organization starts with getting your household members to put things back where they belong. I know it sounds like asking a lot.
And trust me sometimes it is a bit stressful to get everyone to put everything back where it belongs. Every bit helps. If you can get toys put back where they belong, snacks and dishes you have won half the battle.
3. Clear the kitchen counter of clutter
I will let you in on a secret I grew up in a house where the kitchen counters were full of clutter and it drove me crazy. A clear counter means you start the day fresh and you have space to prepare lunches and dinners.
Place your items back in the correct cupboards and drawers. If you are having trouble finding items a storage home try grouping like items together. Like dishes with dishes and all pantry items together.
If you are short on storage space invest in a storage cabinet to help organize the clutter. This is where we store all our pantry and home canning goods.
4. Get rid of unused items
Room by room, drawer by drawer, closet by closet downsize your stuff to the items you use. We all have stuff that has been sitting unused. Some of it we are saving for the “I might use it” others it is simply stuff we have collected over the years.
Donate your unused items or sell them at your next garage sale.
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5. Upgrade your cleaning materials
Ensure you have a good broom, vacuum, mop, green cleaning solutions and cleaning rags. A clean home is an organized home.
6. Ensure you have proper storage in each room
Take count of the items you are keeping and make sure you have shelves, drawers, baskets and bins to store them. Give every item a place.
7. Learn when to say “yes” and when to say “no”
When clearing the clutter or when shopping make logical decisions about whether you really need “the stuff”.
I struggle with saying “no”. It may be a small toy or a new book that in the moment sounds good and a few days later you really wonder why you bought it.
8. Swap kitchen storage containers to jars or see thru containers
This is one of the best things I have ever done. When you can see the contents of the container you know exactly what you have and what you need to buy.
No more 3 bags of this and zero of that. I purchased large jars for our kitchen storage. You can use see thru plastic containers or bins. Whatever works with your space.
9. Combine items
Do you have two or three of the same item open, combine them to organize and save on storage space.
10. Recycle, re-purpose and donate
Donate your unwanted items to your local thrift store or have a yard sale. Recycle, re-purpose or donate your unwanted items.
Tackling Your Clutter
Organizing your home or even one room can be a stressful task. Take it step by step. Start small and organize a draw. Or simply pick up all the items off the floor and put them away where they belong.
Once you start, the task won’t seem as big or as difficult. Get your family involved and make it a project or a challenge. See who can get the most done in a shorter amount of time.
Updated April 21, 2021