I have been working in collaboration with Spaceways and between us I think we have come up with some brilliant home organisation tips. Here are 10 super useful ways to create a perfectly home organised home
1. Filing systems are the way forwards: Do you have that pile of paper with letters, vouchers and receipts sitting on your desk? The one that only keeps getting bigger and bigger? It’s far too easy to keep putting it off. Make it a new year’s project! Sort your papers in categories and bin anything that’s no longer relevant (yes, I’m talking about that receipt for the hairdryer you bought 3 years ago!). File into labelled folders for easy access.
2. Keep at it: Practice makes perfect. Fix a date in the calendar that you’ll keep free for a decluttering session every fortnight or so. And stick to it! Start with something easy, but annoying – that drawer by the front door, the shelf above your bed. The sense of achievement and relief will motivate you to keep going
3. Seasonal Sorting: Collect seasonal things you only use during a special time of year – flip flops, festive decorations, the hideous Christmas jumper your aunt bought you – and store them in separate boxes. Keep them well out of the way by putting them into storage with someone like SpaceWays. You can have them delivered back when summer (or your aunt) comes back around. Out of sight, out of mind.
4. Donate, don’t dispose: Why not start out the new year by doing some good? Your old clothes could really help someone else out in a time of need. There’s one easy rule to follow: anything you haven’t worn within the last 12 months, you probably won’t wear again.. You’ll get more wardrobe space and a warm fuzzy feeling at the same time.
5. New year, new layout: Inject some new energy into your home with just a little rejigging of the furniture. Look at the set-up of your rooms. Is this really the most efficient use of the available space? The answer: probably not. Save unnecessary heavy lifting by measuring your furniture and your room first. Plan your new layout in your head (or even on paper), and then get down to business. Finally, marvel at how just turning a sofa around has made you feel like you live in a whole new home.
6. Have the right tools for the job: It’s a simple idea, but one that can make a huge impact. Storing items in the proper containers can help save space and keep your things in one piece and easy to find. Try throwing some loose bolts into a huge box of mixed tools and see how easily you can get them back afterwards, then you’ll see where we’re coming from. One great idea is to buy a long, thin plastic container to store Christmas wrapping paper in, along with scissors, bows, and other wrapping goodies. When the festive season rolls around next year, you’ll have all your supplies in one place. And when the season is done, you can easily tuck it back away under your bed for the next 11 months.
7. Be innovative: Who would have thought – many daily household items can actually be easily repurposed to get you organised. Use your old toilet paper rolls to organise and store unused cables. Just thread the cables through the middle of the tube and keep wrapping them round. They can then be easily stacked on top of each other (tangle-free) in an old shoe box. For keeping all cables in use off the floor and out of sight, attach one or two binder clips to them to keep them neatly tied up. An ice cube tray – or even an egg box – is a perfect solution to store and organise all your small items like jewellery, nails or hairclips.
8. Deal with it directly. Any paper/bills etc that come into your home you should deal with as quickly as you can. Party invites need copying onto calenders and disposing of school newsletter need quickly scanning, relevant dates etc. recording and again straight in the recycling. Clutter often comes from indecision
9. Buy less . Yes the less you have the more easy it is to be organised. So think before you purchase, do you need it really? Where will it live? Think!
10. Embrace your clutter-free space: More space in your home means more space to move, think, and enjoy your home. Take some time to enjoy your newly-organised corner of the world, and reflect on how you’ve gained so much from just a few hours (or days…) of effort. Remember these positive feelings next time you let a pile of takeaway leaflets build up by the front door – and take action!
I do hope you have enjoyed this post which I have written in collaboration with Spaceways I really do believe an organised home will help you feel calmer and clearer and help your life run so much more smoothly with much less stress. Here is to an organised year ahead!
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