This is my favorite time of year to declutter, organize, and clean. With the old year ending, the new year approaching, and making room for new Christmas presents, it just naturally happens in my house. If you find yourself spinning your wheels never feeling like you can keep up with your house, I have good news for you. There is hope for even natural slobs like myself who birthed two little messy tornadoes. Even we can have reasonably clean houses. It does take work to get it in a state of maintenance, but getting there is so worth it.
It can take something as dramatic as remodeling the bathroom and finding that all the bottles of shampoo and conditioner add a horrendous amount of clutter that distracts from the brand new frosted glass shower doors you just installed, to something as small as finding a better way to store all the spices you have in the kitchen. The results are less effort cleaning, more time for relaxation or play, and less “stuff” to manage. Ultimately, if your home is a little lacking in room, a new conservatory provides you with additional living space, so if you’re looking for ways to increase your floor space, a conservatory could be the game changing solution your family needs. That being said, want to know my best decluttering tips?
How to transform your home from cluttered to clean
1. Massive purge
You just can’t organize clutter. It will defeat you every single time. We just finished a huge kitchen remodel and I got rid of about a third of the items in my kitchen. It was such a long process! We even ended up getting some brand new windows fitted. To be honest, our windows were well overdue an upgrade as the old ones had started to let in a draft. Which reminds me, according to a good friend of mine, if you are looking to replace your home windows austin is an excellent place to look for a window replacement specialist. Take a look online and see what you can find. Anyway, windows to one side, the men that helped me unload my car at Goodwill assumed I was moving, which gave me a good chuckle. This is my purge pile.
I can’t tell you how much of a difference it is making in my kitchen not having around the extra junk that just took up space. It is so much easier to keep everything clean. So purge purge purge. Your home and sanity will thank me.
2. Set up functional organization systems
This doesn’t have to be complicated, but making sure your organization systems are functional goes a long way in being able to keep a clean house. Make good use of vertical storage. You might also want to invest in a storage unit to keep any bulkier items safe and out of your home. We have a few paintings in our house that we no longer want to put on display but cannot possibly give away, so after doing some research into how to store paintings we have decided that it might be the right time to put our artworks into a storage unit. Looking for even more storage ideas? Invest in some good quality baskets and drawers for toys, clothing, bathroom supplies and more. Keep belongings off of the floor. Utilize hooks. Keep everything within sight so you don’t have to search through cabinets and drawers to find something. Here are a few examples of my favorite organization systems in my home.
3. Create doable routines
Make your routines simple and doable enough that they will become like auto-pilot. A few simple tasks around the home every day (if you have an uncluttered home) will help keep your home running efficiently without a lot of extra work.
4. Get your family involved
The task of keeping house shouldn’t rest on one person’s shoulders. Everyone that lives in the home should have jobs. If everyone works together and takes personal responsibility, it will make housekeeping much less burdensome. For example, taking turns to clean out the empty washing cartons from the shower, or setting a rota to reorganize the key spaces of the home are two ideas to get them involved.
If you want to learn more about these basic steps in depth, I have written a book on this very topic. It’s a simple doable book with action steps that you can take right away. If you’re a slob like me, trying to get a handle on your house, I think you will really enjoy this book.