Does your house look messy even after cleaning for hours? Look closely and you will discover that you are sitting amidst a sea of clutter that impacts you both physically and psychologically. It’s high time to cut that clutter and stop wasting time looking for things when you are getting late for office or a date.
Once you start organizing your home, you will realize that there are several things you don’t use or need anymore but are emotionally attached to them. It’s important to let go of the emotions and declutter. In this article, I will share with you awesome hacks to help clean up and organize your house.
- Declutter And Giveaway
Even before you start organizing things, it’s crucial to identify what you want to keep and what you need to give away. Don’t forget that a person’s junk may be another person’s treasure. So, instead of hoarding things you no longer need, give away to someone who may value them. You may sell unwanted things online or find an organization where you can donate old toys, books, clothes, etc.
- Organizing The Wardrobe
One of the most important sections of your bedroom is the closet. We have all been there when we need to hurry for an interview or date, but can’t find that lucky dress. Save yourself the trouble by removing the clutter from your wardrobe and sorting clothes based colors and most-worn things. Clean the closet once a month or seasonally to ensure you don’t hoard anything that you will probably never use or wear.
- Maximize Storage Space
Whether it’s a closet, wardrobe, or bookshelf, try to make the maximum use of storage space so that you don’t have things lying around the house. Take advantage of every nook and cranny inside the closet to store smaller items. Fit in a shoebox or a separate box for accessories and jewelry. Consider installing hooks on the closet door to hang the most-used neck-ties, scarves, and jewelry.
- Under The Bed Storage
Most beds these days come with a storage box that you can use to keep away winter clothes or other things you use seasonally. If you don’t have a storage box bed, make use of the space by placing an old bookshelf under the bed. Flip it over and attach wheels to make it easier to pull out and push inside. You may also use several baskets to keep shoes of different family members separately and keep the boxes under bed to hide away from the eyes.
- Make Best Use Of The Headboard Space
Besides utilizing the space under the bed, you can also take advantage of the headboard area to store several useful items. There’s a lot of real estate you can use by simply incorporating a few shelves. You can store anything from lamps and books to framed photos.
- Also the footboard storage
Let’s not forget that space near the foot of the bed as this can give you additional storage areas to store blankets, linens and other stuff. You can place a chest of ottoman, cubbies, or basket for an adorable storage solution.
- Organize A Bedroom Vanity
You may use an old vintage desk or an armoire to create bedroom vanity. Keep your things organized in a cake stand, small baskets, and other dishes to display items like perfumes and makeup. Hang your necklaces and pedants horizontally on rods for easy accessibility. You may turn hanging shoe storage into a place to keep your cosmetics and jewelry neatly.
- Fit In A Work Desk
If you need to do your office work from home, consider adding a small working table with a chair. Keep the table uncluttered with just a pen stand or nothing at all. There should be enough space to keep your laptop and work comfortably.
- Make The Best Use Of Wall Space
One of the best ways to free the floor space is to make the best use of available wall space. Consider installing a high-up bookshelf to store away your favorite past reads and other items you don’t need every day. Wall cubbies are also a great way to display mementos and awards.
- Keeping The Bathroom Items Sorted
The bathroom is one of those important spaces where you spend a lot of time but it often goes neglected. A change of lighting fixture can brighten up your bathroom and a few hacks can make it more organized. Minimize the laundry space by hanging your laundry bag behind the door.
Hang the spray cleaners on a tension rod so that each one is clearly visible. Add some plastic bins to the tube to organize bath toys. You can use a spice rack to organize toiletries in the bathroom.
- Organizing The Kitchen Space
It’s frustrating when you can’t find that recipe you got from your mother or the correct spices when you need to add them while cooking food. Save the harassment by organizing your kitchen space in a way that you can find everything easily.
Start by labeling all jars and containers so that you don’t have to remember or guess what is inside. Try to keep the most frequently used items at the front end of the cabinet and the less used at the backside. Use magazine holders to store canned food and other objects neatly.
Hang an interior corkboard to pin up important recipes, cooking tools and measuring cups to have them easily accessible. This will also help in freeing up some space in the cabinets and drawers. No more running through the kitchen drawers just to find a teaspoon. You may also use the inside cabinet door to hang items like hand blenders, cake mixers and so on.
- Tidy And Clutter Free Living Area
The living room is the first area of the house people usually see as they enter so make sure it is clutter-free and well organized. Incorporate a lot of cabinets, drawers, and shelves in the entertainment unit to get maximum storage space. For a small apartment, we would recommend using furniture with storage solutions, such as an ottoman with storage, diwans with storage and so on.
If there are odd spaces in the living room, add a small bookshelf or display unit to keep things well-organized and free the floor space. If there are electronics not connected to your home theater or television system, ask yourself ‘is it useful’ or ‘do I need it’. Keep items like gadgets, chargers and gaming equipment when you actually need them.
Keep a handy junk bowl on the table to keep those odd things you usually keep and forget. For example, glasses, hairpins, business cards, mini plushes and so on. A bowl or tray on the table can be the best place to dump these things without leaving them scattered around the living room.
- Use Cardboard To Divide Drawers
This is a general life hack you can apply to any room that has drawers. Almost every house has those cardboard boxes that they plan to recycle. If you don’t have one borrow from someone who has moved recently. Cut the cardboard into pieces to create separate sections inside the drawer.
Keeping things of the same size or utility together can save a lot of time spent in searching for things. This will also ensure that you don’t waste your money buying something that you already had but forgot about it. Thus, you will hoard fewer things and make the best use of what you have.
- Create A DIY Medicine Organizer
Yes, we all have those medicine boxes and cabinets, but we end up frantically searching for the right pills and tablets when we need them the most. Keep the medicines organized in separate boxes and label them by the symptom so that even older kids can find the necessary medicines in need.
By cleaning and organizing your medicine cabinet, you will not only save yourself from searching around with a headache or flu, but this will also help you discard the medicines that have expired.
- Use A Handheld Steam Cleaner To Kill Germs
When you are done with removing the clutter, it’s time to clean things up and get organized. We suggest investing in a good handheld steam cleaner that you can use conveniently to remove liquid spills, stains and marks. It also helps to deodorize and kill bacteria and germs, so you house stays tidy and safe.
- Buy A Good Vacuum Cleaner For Easy Cleaning
If you have pets and small kids at home, maintaining a clean house can be tough but a handy vacuum cleaner can make this possible. We suggest that you invest in a lightweight but effective vacuum that can suck large particles, pet dander, dust, and dirt with ease.
- The Foyer Area, Entryway, And Mudroom
You may not have a traditional foyer or mudroom in the house, but you will definitely have an entryway, even if it’s very small. The best way of keeping this space clean and organized is to declutter it regularly. We suggest that you use separate hangers for keeping coats, boxes for shoes, and a separate container for umbrellas. Keep a small table with drawers in the entryway to store small things like keys and other essential items.