Clutter can take over a home. It may not take up space all at once, but that’s what is so nefarious about it. Over time these things you don’t want or need start to pile up. Some of it is just straight-up rubbish that needs to be taken out but has somehow made a home in your space instead. Other things need to be sorted through so that you have what you need and what you love and not much else. At a minimum, getting organised can completely change the game when it comes to living more freely in your space.
Getting rid of clutter and better organising your home can help free up so much breathing space in your life. It is step one in designing your home’s interior more intentionally, rather than just finding more nooks to pile up your belongings.
A smart home system is attainable, especially if you start with the tips outlined in this guide:
Yes, the first step is going to be to declutter. While there are plenty of organisational and storage tips that can help, you want to start with the stuff you’re keeping first. It’s similar to any move. Why bring the things you don’t want or need along with you to your next phase of life? Rather than moving house, however, you’ll be moving your belongings from one system to another.
Go through every room in your home one by one. Go through every drawer, every box, and every corner to find what you have and bring it out into the light. This is how you can actually take stock of what you have.
In general, you will immediately want to get rid of things that don’t fit, are broken beyond repair, or are just not used at all (or wanted). You can sell these items, recycle them, and, in the last case, throw them out. Remember that larger pieces will require either council collection or, alternatively, be taken directly to a landfill or recycling centre yourself.
Add in Custom Storage
Custom storage can mean anything from getting made to measure wardrobes installed in your bedroom for a seamless clothes storage increase that looks great in your home to adding temporary shelves or hooks to take advantage of your vertical space. Custom storage is essential, as it helps you add extra space within your home’s confines. You won’t be wasting space at the back, bottom, or top like you would a wardrobe or a chest of drawers. Instead, you maximise the amount of storage space available, improve your home’s design, and make it a snap to keep things tidy.
Baskets (and Boxes) Are Your Besties
The easiest way to keep a home tidy is to make it easy to stay tidy. While custom storage can go a long way, it’s not always the easiest to put things away since there’s pressure to do things properly when you’re working with shelves. Baskets and boxes don’t have that. That’s why they’re a must for every household. At a minimum, they make keeping textiles like your laundry or spare blankets a breeze to keep out of sight. If you have kids, having a toy chest or basket for them in each room can make it so much easier for them to stay tidy without putting a whole lot of effort in.
Smart Long-Term Storage Solutions
When it comes to storing items away for a season, you have a few options. If you have limited space to store things like a whole house’s worth of Christmas decorations without things spilling over, then it’s probably time to find a storage rental in your budget. For smaller items (like clothes), you can use a vacuum system that sucks all the air out of your clothes and compresses them in the process. This saves so much space, allowing you to easily store items for the season or even the year.
No matter what you store for the long term, always make sure you’re doing your best to keep those items dry and pest free. Even then, you do need to be aware of how some items, like fabric, can “dry rot”. Airing items out and having a full catalogue of what’s in storage can help you stay aware of what you have and take better care of it.
All these tips will help you get more out of your home, make it easier to store items, and also easier to keep things neat and tidy.