As independent creators, our home is not just our living space. It is also our workspace. Our homes play multiple roles in our lives and provide space for a variety of items and possessions.
Our homes and workspaces often become cluttered with items. Today I want to give you my best tips to declutter your home.
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1. You Don’t Need Access To All Your Possessions All Of The Time
We often think of our drawers, cabinets, and shelves as the main elements of decluttering and organization. However, these storage places should only hold items that we need to use fairly regularly.
For example, I live in the Northeast in the United States. I have clothing for each of the four seasons. It does not make sense for me to keep winter clothes in the closet during the summer season.
I move out of season clothes from my closet and drawers to storage bins in the attic or basement. As it gets colder out, I replace my summer-season clothes with winter ones.
When you are decluttering your home, think about the applications of each item. Some possessions are only used a few times a year. Put these items in a place where you can find them, but where they aren’t constantly in your face when not in use.
2. Tables And Counters Are For Work, Not Storage
Many of us have the bad habit of using large flat surfaces in our home as storage. We get home from work, throw our stuff on the table, and walk away. When it comes time to use the table, we now have a cleaning project in front of us.
This is where a lot of the anxiety around clutter exists. We want to utilize the surfaces in our home, but can’t due to them being occupied by our possessions.
Do your best to keep tables and countertops free of unneeded items. Leaving the coffee pot on the kitchen counter is one thing. However, using the coffee table as a secondary mailbox is not conducive to a clutter-free environment.
3. Keep Your Cabinets Organized
Cabinets are one of the most common storage solutions in our homes. They line our walls and assist us in organizing the rooms of our home.
However, when the cabinet door is closed, we often suffer from an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Cabinets are specifically used for storage. As long as they are holding items, we are good.
The problem arises when we need to access items in cabinets. If our cabinets do not have good organizational structure, we are not using them efficiently.
Take some time to go through your cabinets. Move items that are not regularly used to other places. Place the items in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle and ease of access.
This is especially important for medicine cabinets and pantries. These spaces may have old or expired items that are taking up valuable space.
4. Think Of The Function Of The Whole Room
Every room in our house as a purpose. You wouldn’t put an exercise bike in the middle of the kitchen. Your pots an pans have no place in your bathroom.
While these examples are hyperbolic, you may be surprised by what you find while organizing your possessions. It is very common to find items in rooms where they don’t belong.
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When getting rid of clutter and organizing your home, keep the room’s function in mind. Move any misplaced items to the correct room.
I find this to be the best first step when cleaning my house. Move everything to the correct room, then work on each room individually. The last thing you want is to set up one room properly just to find a box of items in another room.
5. Find What Works For Everyone
A lot of us do not live alone. We have family members, friends, and roommates that also occupy our living spaces.
Ego often comes into play when we are organizing and cleaning. We set up rooms the way we want. We may even prioritize our possessions over the possessions of others.
Think about how each member of our house uses the room in question. You should try to find an organizational structure that works for everyone. This will increase the overall efficiency of your household.
6. Organize Your Trash and Recycling
When we think about the organization of our house, we often forget to take trash and recycling into account. These are items that are on their way out of our homes. We often treat them as objects operating outside of our home’s organization.
However, trash and recycling bins play an important role in the overall function of our homes. Choosing the right types and sizes of containers will help keep our homes decluttered of trash bags.
7. Make Your Home Office Work-Ready
As creators, it is important that we create a space to do work. It is also very easy to clutter out offices with unneeded materials and objects.
I have worked in an office environment for many years. I cannot tell you how many people’s desks I have seen that are stacked with papers, files, and folders. A lot of these papers are covered in dust or obviously have not been opened in ages.
You should not allocate valuable desk space to objects that aren’t in use. The desktop is meant to be functional. It should not be treated as another shelf.
It can be overwhelming to try to work at a cluttered desk. We can feel claustrophobic when we cannot use our workspace effectively. This is why it is so important to find better places for the items occupying our desktop.
8. Make A Space To Relax
Many of us use the living room as a place to kick back and relax. It is were we watch television, play video games, and spend time with friends and family.
I am a huge advocate for leaving the living room as a place for relaxation. Many people keep their coffee tables littered with bills and paperwork. Many items found in the living room can be better organized in other rooms of the house.
9. Avoid Kitchen Appliance Overload
Our kitchens are often a big culprit of clutter, especially if you are into cooking and food. We have an endless supply of utensils, gadgets, and appliances.
When you declutter your kitchen, keep your lifestyle in mind. If you only have two people in your house, you do not need a dozen coffee mugs in the cabinet. Underutilized appliances and gadgets can most likely be kept elsewhere.