With summer pretty much here and holiday guests arriving soon, it is now time to get your house in order. Getting rid of clutter and getting organised is the number one priority for people at this time of year. It is also the one thing that keeps getting put off as procrastination and overwhelm sets in.
Make a plan
As with anything in life, you won’t be successful without a simple, easy to follow plan which allows you to break big tasks down into smaller manageable tasks. Tackle clutter room by room and don’t try to do it all at once. Decide what you want to keep, throw away or donate and sort everything into piles.
Find homes for the homeless
Clutter will never be eliminated without first finding permanent homes for the items causing the clutter. Dig deeper into the reason behind the clutter. Is it family members dumping their stuff in common areas of the house instead of taking it to their rooms? Are things piling up because they have nowhere else to go? Once you figure out why you have clutter, you can decide on the solution. Make each family member responsible for their own belongings and encourage them to take them to their rooms. When you clear out cupboards and get rid of things you don’t need, you will have space to store the things you do want to keep. By tackling the cause of the clutter, you will ensure you don’t have the same problem again in a week’s time.
The importance of throwing things away
Don’t keep things because you might use it ‘one day’. Get tough and get rid of things that are broken – or if you do actually intend to repair it – go and actually repair it! Are you going to wear those clothes that no longer fit you? One person’s junk is another person’s treasure so think about how much joy you could bring if you donated all your old clothes to charity. Keep your counters clear and your closets organised. Anything that is overflowing must go. If your items are seasonal, store them under your bed in vacuum bags (and if you don’t get them out 6 months later, it is time to donate them.
Keeping on top of clutter
Once your house is clean, it is essential to not let old habits slip back in. Deal with clutter at the time. It is easier to file one letter than to spend an hour filing a large pile of papers. Keep your filing system accessible – if you run a ‘paperless’ household, scan the document and throw the paper away (preferably into the recycling bin and not the regular household rubbish). If your kids are old enough, make them responsible for keeping their things clean and tidy. Prevention is better than cure – always deal with your clutter while it is small and manageable instead of letting it get out of hand.
What ONE thing will you do TODAY to take action on getting your house organised?