Top Ideas for Organization
Surveys have shown that home organization is a top cause of stress. If your stuff is usually all over the place, getting it straightened up and keeping it that way may seem impossible. But fear not. Follow these tips, and before long, your living space will be as orderly as a library.
Sell some of your stuff. Better yet, donate it. The more stuff you have, the harder it is to manage. Get into the habit of keeping only the things you currently use or will definitely use in the near future. A good practice here is to immediately get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year. Don’t let nostalgia get in the way; family heirlooms are OK to hang on to, but that collector’s edition lunch box needs an eBay listing pronto.
Invest in uniform hangers. Your closet is probably full of all different types and sizes of hangers: wood, plastic, metal, etc. It’s a messy, disorganized look. So get rid of all but the nicest ones and replace them with bulk velvet hangers. You can get 100 for around $40, and never worry about it again. The velvet will help keep even slippery items on the hanger, and your clothes will be easier to find because they’ll all hang at the same height.
Maximize closet, basement and attic surface areas with shelves. Shelving units are an organizer’s best friend. It can be tempting to spend a little less and simply buy stacking boxes, but if you need something out of a box, you’ll be unhappy wasting time and energy digging it out of the middle of the stack.
Clear containers are the best containers. You’ll get more out of your shelf space by packing things in containers. Choose something you can see through so you don’t have to write every single item on the label. You’ll save a lot of frustration when you’re looking for something you packed months ago and can’t remember which box it’s in.
Change your personal style. A minimalist closet of classic pieces will help keep you looking fashionable no matter where the trends go. You’ll never have clothing laying on the floor again. If you absolutely must engage with the latest looks, stick to just one or two new pieces a season. To keep your wardrobe from overwhelming growth, whenever you buy a new piece of clothing donate an old one.
Keep like with like. If you want to save time when you’re looking for things, make sure to keep similar items in close proximity. This is easy and obvious for some categories; clothes should all be in the closet, and office materials in your desk. However, other types of items are more likely to sprawl. For example, if you’re an artist, there’s a fair chance your materials are spread out all over your home. Your canvases are in the basement, brushes are in your closet and recently bought tubes of paint haven’t yet left the kitchen counter. Put effort into keeping things all together, and you’ll save time in the long run.
Don’t keep outdated media. Streaming services have rendered most movie collections obsolete. If you have a bunch of VHS tapes laying around, it’s time to recycle them. Home movies should be transferred to digital; with proper backups, the format will last far longer than the tapes could hope to.
Spend time on it every day. Spend a few minutes a day tidying up. Over the course of a week, that time will add up and save you from spending entire weekends decluttering. Follow the mantra of losing some junk today to save your Saturdays.
This all might seem like it will take a lot of effort to keep up with; however, once you get started you’ll soon see that living in a neat space is more than enough motivation.Go to main navigation