After a long and tiring day at work or at school I’m sure soon as you get home, all you can think of is to throw all your stuff around and step into that alluring hot bath that you have been thinking literally the whole day. And then reality kicks in after seeing all the mess you made since last week. Or worse, the mess you’ve made ever since you moved into the new apartment that you have been procrastinating all along to fix.
It is never too late to do spring cleaning. A messy space can lead to a messy mind which could later on, maybe lead to a messy life as well. And although decluttering is a big decision to make and could take up so much of your valuable time, you will still end up doing it anyway, one way or another. So stop procrastination and start decluttering now.
You don’t have anything to worry, as we’ve got you covered. Listed below are 5 tips for organizing your home to get rid of the clutter in no time.
Consider your Goal for Space
This step should be taken seriously because it will set the mood for your new clutter-free space. You can create a simple mood board of how you would like your room or the whole house to look like and then start from there. Do a thorough research online about apartment design inspirations, before you even start throwing everything in a waste bin. There are times that you could even find hidden treasures within your own mess and that is why it is important to take this step easy and give yourself a moment to visualize the kind of space you wanted to achieve.
Try the 12-12-12 Challenge
If you feel overwhelmed with the whole process and you are just clueless about where to begin your cleaning exploration, try to do the 12-12-12 challenge. This simply means, finding 12 things to bin, 12 things to donate and another 12 things to fix/recycle. This tip comes handy if you have a minimal time to declutter your space and at the same time if you’re eager to see a difference in the short period of time.
Have a Lost and Found System
Decluttering a family home can be challenging, especially if there is no other family member who shares the same goal as you. While you do the cleaning, you might find items that don’t belong to you which will give you a hard time to decide whether to keep it or bin it, then could cause downtime and will lead to losing the momentum at this stage. Good thing there is a backup plan for that specific situation. Set up a “lost & found” system in the living room with baskets properly named after each family member. Put the things you could find in their respective baskets as you do the cleaning. Each member of the family will then have the chance to have a look at it from time to time and could do the decision whether to keep the items found or just throw them away.
Stay On Top Over Little Chores
Organizing your home doesn’t need to happen once every two months and in one go. Make sure to set a habit of keeping things tidy every day. Start from scheduling 5 minutes in the morning and another 5 minutes before bedtime to organize the little stuff such as your watches, make-ups or even your shaving items in the bathroom. You will be amazed how your space can slowly be clutter-free even just after a week.
Take Advantage of Self Storage
Not everyone has the pleasure of having an extra space at home which could serve as a storage room, and so some people take advantage of self-storage. Let’s say for this year, you decided to change your Christmas decors with a different color theme. Surely, it did cost you so much to change it again for next year. Keeping it for at least a couple of years could already give you enough savings. And the best place to keep your valuable belongings, such as your beloved Christmas decors, is a rented self-storage. In here, your items will be kept safe and you don’t need to think of maintenance as they are securely set aside, ready to be used again if needed.
Just like every venture, you plan on starting; taking the first step could be overwhelming. Decluttering your home is no difference at all. Always keep in mind though that, no matter how you bury your head in the sand and continue on procrastinating, sooner or later reality will hit you hard that your place could not take much more clutter and let’s just hope it’s not too late yet when that happens.
Author: Kate Manning