We all know how quickly our homes can get messy. Whether it’s last month’s newspapers or old take-out menus, holding onto random objects take up space in our homes (and our heads). Luckily, it’s super easy to purge unnecessary clutter to create an organized and relaxing living space.
If your home could use some cleanliness and maintenance, take the first step and get rid of what you don’t need. By simply emptying crammed drawers and sorting loose items, you can destress and effectively declutter your home.
Should You Declutter?
Organizing your home improves your stress levels and makes things you need easier to find. There’s nothing more frustrating than searching through piles of clothing for the shirt you’re looking for or that forgotten gift card in your storage box. Decluttering your home is a simple way to unlock health and wellness benefits that will improve your life.
Is Clutter Causing You Distress?
Your home should be a sanctuary. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or saddened at home, your clutter could be contributing to your mental state. Many indicators point to the negative effects of clutter at home, including anxiety, unhappiness, and signs of depression.
Clutter can also attract physical dangers like mold, dust, and bugs. To take control and avoid these potential hazards, here are some tips on how to keep up with home maintenance.
Declutter Sorting System
Staying on track with your clutter just got easier. Using these printable sorting labels, you can stay organized and efficiently categorize your items. Place the labels on your storage bins or trash bags. A few of the labels we have created include:
- Recycling items
- Trash items
- Donation items
- Selling items
- Store items
You can even involve your kids in the cleaning process. Download these chore scoring cards to make cleaning a fun game that they will enjoy!
Declutter Your Bedrooms
Your bedroom is where you unwind, relax, and sleep, so it’s an essential area to keep tidy. While it is one of the most important, it is also one of the easiest. Here are a few tips on how to keep your bedrooms neat:
- Clean flat services
If you pile clothing or items on top of your dressers or desks, see what you can reorder. Set a limit for objects that you can have on top of these surfaces. Clearing off these spaces will give your bedroom a much tidier look.
- Clear drawers
Assessing the random objects, tools, and things you have in drawers will help you to stay organized. Take everything out of your drawers that you can throw away. Give each drawer a unique purpose, whether it’s for school supplies or sweaters.
- Use storage
There is a ton of storage that you can discretely use underneath your bed. Seasonal clothing, decorations, bedding, and more can be stowed away. Plastic Sterilite bins can easily slide under your mattress for access.
Declutter Your Closet
We’re all guilty of throwing last year’s fashion statement or an ugly Christmas sweater into the back of your closet. Here are a few tips on how to properly organize your closet:
- Sell or donate clothes
Go through the clothes in your closet and ask yourself the following questions: When’s the last time you wore this shirt? Can you see yourself wearing it again? Is it out of style? If your answers aren’t promising, it’s time to give your clothes away.
- Clean closet shelves
Closet shelving can be extremely helpful with keeping your clothes organized. Store clothes by category and designate sections of your closet to different types of clothes. For example, pants can be folded on a low shelf while scarves can be stored on top.
Declutter Your Bathroom
While we may not like doing it, cleaning the bathroom is necessary for an organized home. Feel like you could use some tips? Look no further!
- Clear out the medicine cabinet
Old prescriptions, unused pill bottles, and expired medications can be tossed. Clearing these items out of your bathroom will free up storage space for new necessities.
- Organize your cleaning products
There are a lot of different bathroom cleaning products that are useful. Organize your bleach, mirror cleaner, and more underneath the sink.
Declutter Your Kitchen
- Look through pantries, drawers, and the fridge
Expired food, unused spices, and random boxes of snacks are begging to be thrown away. If your pantry is loaded with items that need to be restocked, look at what you can throw away. Take an inventory of what you have and download this decluttering checklist to see what you may need.
- Consolidate and clean
Turning to storage bins for cooking appliances will make your kitchen feel a lot more organized. There’s nothing better than a clean kitchen with accessible utensils and utilities.
- Focus on countertops
If you happen to stack decorations or cooking appliances on top of your kitchen countertops, consider storing these items in other places. A sleek countertop will give off a clean, minimalistic appearance that you will love.
With so many everyday responsibilities, returning to a clean home makes all the difference. Take the first step in lowering your stress, finding your zen, and feeling at home in your home.
About the Author
Lauren McDermott is a lifestyle and wellness writer who enjoys inspiring others to live their best lives and achieve their personal and professional goals.