Whether you are moving, wanting a fresh start for fall, or simply rearranging a room or two, deciding what to purge and what to keep can be a bit of a hassle. These simple tips will help you get organized, keeping your home clutter-free!
Continuous Closet Clean-Up
It can be overwhelming to look at your closet filled with clothes and decide what you no longer need. You know the excuses… “Maybe I’ll fit in that again! I just haven’t had a place to wear that to… Bell-bottoms always come back in style!” and so on and so forth.
A simple way to keep your closet in order the whole year through is by turning your hangers in the opposite direction and then placing them the proper way as you put clothes back that you have worn. If in one year you haven’t touched the clothes that are hanging the opposite direction, it’s time to donate them.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou
If you haven’t worn them in a year, you aren’t going to. Be sure to give them to someone in need.
It’s All About the Bins!
Storage bins are an excellent idea to keep items you would like to keep on hand, but don’t necessarily need access to the whole year through. Seasonal clothing and decor, photo albums and certain sports equipment can be easily tucked away, ready for use when their time comes.
I’m a New Yorker; my oven is used for storage.
― Cheyenne Jackson
If space within your garage or attic is scarce, consider renting a self storage unit in your neighborhood. Your items will be secure, and easy to access when you are ready for them.
Souvenirs and special trinkets, it’s challenging to figure out how much (if any) to hold on to. Create a large memory box for each family member to use to store their special items. If the box becomes full, go through your belongings to decide what you want to keep (you’re only limited to one box!).
Don’t keep excessive amounts of anything. Those glass vases that come from florists. Those ketchup packets that come with take-out food. A house with two adults probably doesn’t need fifteen mismatched souvenir coffee cups.
Remember, what’s important to you now, may not be in a month or two, so always take time to reassess!
Questions to Ask…
Do I actually need this?
Will I use it?
Does this bring me joy?
If you answered no, discard or donate. If you answered yes, keep it (either within your home or within storage). By being mindful of what you need and what you don’t, as well as seeking to remain organized with what you have, you are certain to bring a new found sense of order to your life.
So tackle that closet or room with a smile. To your new, clutter-free home!