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All of us have a few things that create maximum clutter in our homes. While cleaning up prior to festive seasons or before a house party, you will notice that most of the mess arises from a few sources.
Haywire toy storage, poorly organized wardrobes, truant pet supplies and wandering bills and mails contribute to household clutter majorly.
If you jot down the clutter-contributors in your home and chalk out an action plan to deal with them you will find that organizing your home becomes all the more easier.
Home organization is not an expensive affair. It is not rocket science either. If you can put your finger on what are those tasks that you find the most cumbersome and time-consuming while on an organizing spree, then you can say with confidence you have nailed the ‘clutterers’ in your home.
Let’s see how you can tackle the menace of home cleaning effectively and conveniently.
Bills, mails, receipts, bank statements and other stuff that comes into our homes on a daily basis can really cause a headache as it piles up.
Deal with it as soon as it crosses your threshold. Ensure there is a mail station at the entryway. Mount beautiful shelves or wooden magazine rackson empty wall spaces where you can keep important mail. Hang a fabric bag or keep a folder for the bills and the receipts that you carry home with you. Ensure you keep only the necessary ones. There should be a separate folder or storage solution to keep all bank correspondences organized.
Keep a trash bin at the entry where you can throw away all the unwanted mails and other stuff.
Another point to keep in mind is that you need to clear the mail station and the other storage areas every week to ensure all important papers are filed away and mails and correspondences are dealt with appropriately.
Have a Home for Everything
Throwing keys, wallets and other daily-use things around will not only add to clutter but also make it difficult to find them the next day. So assign a place to everything for easy storage and retrieval. A neatly organized drawer in your living area will make it more convenient.
Go for drawer inserts that will hold everything from keys, coins and currency, and wallets to pens and watches.
What you need daily and what causes frantic rummaging on rush mornings can do with such storage options.
Store similar items together. Buy some clear shoe-size storage boxes and store your manicure stuff, children craft supplies and stationery materials together.
Homes with pets have a whole lot of unique clutter problems. You need to find ways to put away pet toys, treats, food stuff and other dog accessories neatly.
Your dogs’ toys need to be neatly tucked into small baskets and you can place one each in the rooms where your pets spendmost of their time. They need to be kept on low shelves or racks so that your pets can easily tip them over to play with and steer clear from chewing at your slippers.
Organize a feeding corner in your home where you can keep their feeding bowls and a food container. Lay out a non-slip rubber mat over which you can place the bowls. You can wash the mat if it gets messy and this also will keep your floor clean.
Keep all the walking supplies of your pet like leashes, harnesses and poop bags in a caddy on the back of the door or in bag that you hang on to a hook on the wall. All the grooming supplies should be kept in a labeled bin or caddy in the bathroom.
Prune Your Wardrobe
Our wardrobes are overflowing with clothes that we plan to wear someday. Organization experts say that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. Keep three bins – store, donate and throw — by you when you get down to dealing with the wardrobe clutter.
Neatly hang out the clothes that you are using currently and are season-appropriate. Store away clothes that are not suitable for the climate and are in good condition. Toss all that is worn or damaged beyond redemption. Donate all the clothes that are wearable but do not catch your fancy anymore. If you have not worn them in the past one year you are not going to wear them again.
Do not dwell on any piece for too long a time. It will make throwing away and donating too painful. So make up your mind quickly and move on.
Also once you are done organizing and the three bins are full, do away with them immediately. Stow way the store bin. Take the donation bin to charity and empty the ‘throw’ bin into trash.
Strong and uniform hangers, cascading hooks and other unique storage solutions will help you make the maximum out of your storage space.
Tackle the Tangle of Children’s Toys
Children’s toys have the power to visually takeover places. Toys and other kid stuff overflow into the rest of the house when they no longer can be housed in overcrowded children’s rooms. Clear out your kid’s wardrobe. Purge ruthlessly and follow the three-bin rule you followed while de-cluttering your closet.
Store away excess toys and the lesser utilized ones in a large plastic box. Organize the rest in fabric bags or clear plastic bins. Toy boxes with wheels can be towed by kids to living areas and other places as they wish.
Rotate toys once or twice a year so that the stored away toys come out of hibernation to entertain your kids again. You can do away with clutter and also save some money by not having to purchase new toys all the time.
Clutter will prevent you from living an easy life. Clutter suffocates and stifles. So purchase less, do lots with what you have and take stock frequently. The easiest way to steer clear of clutter is to prevent it from building up in the first place.