Organizing your home can be very stressful, especially if you’ve let clutter accumulate for a while. The good news is that by breaking the process down into smaller, manageable steps and adopting some simple strategies, you can transform your cluttered space into a calm, organized haven.
Studies have shown that clutter and messes can lead to stress and anxiety. A cluttered space can even affect focus and memory making it an even better idea to work on reducing the clutter in your home. Every small step helps you work your way to a clutter-free home and less stress.
Start with a decluttering session
The first step to creating a clutter-free home is to get rid of the things you don’t need or use. This may seem very simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to let go of items that have sentimental value, or that you think you might need someday. This is why most people have a box of cords to devices that they will never have again. Just in case. To make the process easier, try to think of decluttering as a way to simplify your life and create more space, rather than just getting rid of stuff.
One helpful way to declutter is to tackle one room or one area at a time, rather than trying to do your entire house all at once. This will help you feel a sense of accomplishment as you complete each space, and it will also prevent you from getting overwhelmed by the process. You can even break your rooms down into smaller more manageable chunks to help make the process less stressful.
Create a storage plan
Once you’ve decluttered a space in your home, it’s time to create a storage plan that will help you keep your home organized. This means figuring out where you’re going to store all of the items you want to keep, and making sure that each item has a designated home. Eventually, everything will have a place it belongs.
One of the keys to a successful storage plan is to maximize your space as much as possible. This may mean investing in some storage solutions, such as shelving units or baskets, but it will be worth it in the long run. Just be sure to choose storage solutions that fit the size and shape of the items you want to keep so that everything has a home. Keep in mind that there are a wide range of options for hidden storage to help make your space feel even less cluttered.
Make it a habit
Organizing your home is not a one-time project. It is a lifestyle and you have to maintain it. To make sure that your home stays clutter-free, you’ll need to make organization a habit. This means putting things away as soon as you’re finished using them, rather than leaving them out on the counter or table. It also means taking a few minutes each day to tidy up, rather than letting the clutter build up over time.
One way to make organization a habit is to create a routine that works for you. This could be as simple as doing a quick tidy-up before bed each night or setting aside 15 minutes every weekend to tackle a different area of your home. The key is to find a routine that you can stick to, so that organizing becomes a regular part of your life.
Identify the areas that gather the most clutter in your daily life and use those spots as your go-to when you are not sure what to work on. By doing these first you are taking control of the root of the problem.
Get the whole family involved
Organizing your home is not just your responsibility. Everyone that lives in the home contributes to the clutter and mess in your home. Everyone that lives in your home is capable of doing their part to help organize and clean your home. If you have children, it’s important to teach them from an early age the importance of keeping their spaces tidy and organized. This can be as simple as assigning them a few small tasks, such as putting their toys away after playtime or making their bed each morning.
It’s also important to involve your spouse or partner in the process of creating a clutter-free home. There is no reason everything should fall on your shoulders leading to undue stress. You may find that you have different organizing styles, but by working together, you can find a system that works for both of you. Just be sure to communicate openly and honestly about what each of you needs to feel organized and in control of your space.
Finally, it’s important to be realistic about what you can achieve. No home is ever going to be completely clutter-free, and that’s okay. The goal is to create a home that feels organized and calm, rather than one that is sterile and leaves you feeling like you can not safely live and work in it. Just remember, organizing is a journey, not a destination, and you will likely need to make adjustments and tweaks along the way as your needs and circumstances change.
It is important to give yourself grace and not beat yourself up if you slip back into old habits or if your home gets cluttered again. Just take it one day at a time, and keep working towards your goal of a clutter-free home. Every small step forward is an improvement and giving yourself grace makes it a lot easier to pick up where you started when you slip.
While you may never achieve a completely clutter-free home you can put in the work to have a space that feels calm, relaxing and welcoming even on the worst of days. Taking the time to work step by step on decluttering your home and organizing when you do want to keep can be a freeing exp[eriance that can help lead to a more minimalistic or at the very least less stressful lifestyle.