The first step to organizing your home is actually letting go of the many items in your home that are not serving you any positive purpose. This is something that even the most organized of people are guilty of from time to time. From the kitchen pantry to the hall closet, to the bedroom closets to the garage, there are a plethora of items that might not have been of use to anyone in almost a decade, yet for whatever reason, haven’t made their way out to the curb.
If you want to get organized, the first step is to let go of the things that you don’t need. Here is a quick strategy list for helping you de-clutter the house, room by room.
Starting in the kitchen is a great idea because this is the one room that everyone spends time in daily. So getting your family involved in de-cluttering the heart of the home can inspire everyone to bring this motivation into their personal space.
First, go through the pantry and clear out any expired items, as well as all of those foods that you thought you’d like but just never got around to eating. If they are still good, consider donating them to a food shelter. If not, toss it. Remember, spices have a shelf life of about six months, so if you haven’t used that paprika since last summer, it might be time to go.
Once done with the pantry, go through the drawers and cabinets and clear out old and broken cooking materials that aren’t used anymore, especially those old pans and cookie sheets that are too gross to cook with again. When you are done clearing out, you’ll find you have a lot more space to store the things you do use.
The bedroom is a haven for old junk—especially the closet. Sometimes, that junk comes in the shape of old kids toys that aren’t needed anymore, and other times it is clothing that either doesn’t fit your body or the decade you’re currently living in. Either way, let it go. A good rule of thumb is that if it hasn’t been used in a year, it likely won’t be used again.
The hall closet is another haven for junk, particularly in the shape of old cleaning supplies, winter coats and holiday presents that never seemed to get re-gifted. To take care of the hall closet, empty the entire thing and have a good look at the space that is available, and then decide the most practical way to use that space.
Winter coats are better served in a container and kept in the garage or attic—especially when you are in a temperate climate or when winter is surely over. Cleaning supplies on the other hand are necessary, but not if they aren’t used! Ensure you’ll use your cleaning supplies by keeping them front and center. And get rid of those old rags that are taking up space.
Ultimately, the best way to declutter your home is to pull the clutter out and face what is hiding behind those closet and pantry doors. Once you get rid of the clutter, you will find that you have plenty of space for all of your true belongings. For help organizing those belongings, consider custom closet shelving and cabinetry. Contact us for more information.