When it comes to organising your home, to keep everything in order after that initial chaotic de-clutter and tantrums with family members over what is being thrown out – you need to lay some ground rules.
Print these following commandments and hang somewhere all can see, to make sure everyone follows and keeps everything organised forever more (hey, you can dream).
De-clutter once a month
Put things back in their intended place
Honour the laundry basket
Think before you buy
Be honest about sentimental items
Spend 15 minutes a day tidying
Take responsibility for a space
Categorise all the clutter in your home
Ditch the duplicates
Work out where clutter accumulates
- De-clutter once a month
It’s incredible just how quickly clutter can build up so designate one morning of the month to sorting through everything lying around your home. Those receipts pinned on the notice board, takeaway leaflets, magazines that accumulate on coffee tables and kitchen sides can all go. If you need to store bigger things when de-cluttering, simply pop them in one of our storage units so that you can easily access them later.
- Put things back in their intended place
Give everything in your home a place where it belongs, even the things you use regularly such as coasters and remote controls.
- Honour the laundry basket
Dirty washing goes in it, not on the bathroom floor or the bedroom floor or the back of the dressing table chair. Stay organised by ensuring everything makes its way to the basket and then the washing machine (and enjoy the feeling of always having clean socks that come with it).
- Think before you buy
Those candles in the shops are nice, but where will they go? Before purchasing anything new for your house first consider where it will call home and if buying it will simply create more clutter (and hassle when dusting).
- Be honest
Do you really need another coffee table/chest of drawers/storage box set? Instead of filling your home up with more storage, be honest with yourself about what you need to keep and consolidate your memories to save space. Get all your photos scanned into the computer to remove the physical copies from your home or buy one storage unit for everything sentimental.
- Spend 15 minutes a day tidying
If you take some time each day to ensure the house is tidy it will save you a big job at the weekend and make that dreaded Saturday morning task a little easier.
- Take responsibility
This means everyone takes responsibility for a space they use the most, so kids must keep their rooms organised and if your partner spends a lot of time in the garage or kitchen, that’s their space to keep neat and tidy. It will save you time as you don’t have to worry about every room in the house.
- Categorise all the clutter in your home
Allocate certain items drawers or cupboard to keep them all together, neat and tidy. There could be a drawer for all the gift wrapping items such as wrapping paper, tape and tags and another for car accessories, such as the sat nav and charging cords. Knowing everything is in one place and organised will save hassle later and keep the house looking tidy.
- Ditch the duplicates
Sometimes we discover that we have three hairbrushes, two whisks and four sets of salt and peppershakers. If you’ve doubled up on anything in your home, but only use one of them, get rid of your least favourite item and save yourself some space.
- Work out where clutter accumulates
An organised home is one where the sides are clear at all times and you don’t walk into the living room the next morning to discover it looks like a bomb has hit it. Take a look around your home and work out which rooms become disorganised quickly and why. Are people just being lazy? Is there nowhere to put things or is it a hassle putting something in a particular drawer? Work out what the issue is and make it easier to put things back in their allocated place.