Clutter can be very overwhelming. It can become soul sucking and demoralising, impacting on aspects of your life that you probably didn’t think possible. Having tidy and organised spaces can help you to be calmer, allows you to know exactly where things are when you need them and can have a wider impact on your life in terms of stress and tension. Today I’ve clubbed together my three best tips for clearing the clutter and, most importantly, maintaining that harmony.
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Set Yourself Up for Success
My favourite tip when commencing a clear-out is to set yourself up for success. Being organised before you commence a project can dictate whether you are successful in both completing it, and maintaining it.
- Decide where you’re going to tackle first – one room at a time or one space at a time if necessary!
- Be careful not to move items from one room to another and continue to do this until your things have literally all just swapped places! That is not the point! Start in one room and complete that room, even if it takes you a week!
- Later, if there are items that need to come back into a completed space, don’t just dump them. Put them away in their allocated home immediately!
- Decide where you’re going to keep things. Every house has a battery of items that seem to be rattling around in the bottom of drawers and cupboards, yet, when you need them; they’re nowhere to be found! Examples of those items are lightbulbs, batteries, tape measures, nails/drawing pins/picture hooks, Sellotape…the list goes on!
- Plan which room and place these items are going to live – and stick to it! Here at Byrne towers we have one dedicated cupboard that has labelled tubs in it (We love these) One for batteries, one for bulbs and one for other in-house bits and bobs. We know exactly where to head if we need any of these items. (For info, stationery lives in one drawer too!)
- Before you commence the big clear out grab yourself three containers or carrier bags. Make sure you label each one with Sell, Charity and Recycle. As you’re clearing it makes life easier if you have an immediate place to put the items that are going to a better place 😊
- Once your containers are full – deal with them! Sell the items that are good enough to make you some cash, take a quick trip to the nearest charity shop and recycle the items that you can.
- Repeat the process….
Utilise in-space Dividers
One of the main things I see when people are attempting to declutter are things hidden away rather than being dealt with. Walking into a room that looks perfectly tidy is all well and good, but you know that Monica’s cupboard is never a good thing to have!
Utilising shelf dividers, containers and drawer inserts is a brilliant way of really keeping your home perfectly organised. Once it’s done, it’s easy to maintain too. My favourites, that I use at home are these:
Ikea Drawer Organising Set
Plastic drawer dividers
Stackable cabinet cubes
Learn and Grow
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30 Day Guide to a Clean and Organized Home by Rachel Jones ($27.97)
Energy Budget: Time Management for the Chronically Ill (And Others With Long-Term Roadblocks) by Rachel Ramey ($78.00)
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Chaos To Clutter-Free: 16 Realistic Steps To An Organized Home by Davonne Parks ($4.99)
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Step-By-Step Decluttering: Your Guide To Less Stuff And An Uncluttered Home by Sarah Mueller ($15.00)
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Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly ($29.00)
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The Sunday Basket: Weekly Paper Organizing & Planning by Lisa Woodruff ($7.95)
The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide by Jason Glaspey ($29.00)
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2017 Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman ($4.00)
2017 Homestead Management Printables by Quinn Veon ($8.99)
2017 Thanksgiving Planner by Mandi Ehman ($3.00)
Homekeeping Foundations Kit: The Perfect DIY Homekeeping Binder Kit by Clean Mama ($20.00)
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How To Create Your Own Printables by Laura Smith ($49.00)
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In summary, implementing these simple techniques can really help you to reclaim your home, mind and electronics; create a home that you can be proud of that really does reflect you – calm, organised, ordered. Here at TYP we will always be providing hints and hacks to make your home more practical, ordered and safer so watch this space for more.
You can also find loads of free and helpful downloads, workbooks and printables in The Puddin’ Club to help you keep on top of “all the things”. I’d love to hear your organising hacks and fails too!
Shout out in the comments xoxo