The holidays bring us happiness and joy, and even some more goodies to display in our home. However, sometimes we find ourselves with even more things in our already packed home and the need to declutter starts to become overwhelming. Fear not! Here are some tips to help tidy up and create more breathing room for you and your new toys.
Organize First; Buy Second
Don’t go out and buy a ton of storage pieces and supplies before you sort through your home. All of those pretty bins, boxes, and baskets at The Container Store are very enticing, but they won’t do you any good unless they fit the space (on the shelf, under the bed, in the closet); hold what you need them to hold, and function properly for your particular space.
Clean out first, assessing what containers you REALLY need, and then buy a few bins to start. You can always add later, but you don’t want a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home while you figure out where you might use them.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
Do not set aside an ENTIRE day to organize your WHOLE house. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours — 2 or 3 — on one project or space. This way you’ll feel motivated to do more, not be burned out by the process.
Complete Each Task — Completely
Of course, you will need to sort things into categories (e.g., toss, recycle, donate, give to a friend, put in deep storage). But here’s the crucial part: Once you have decided where something is going to go — take it there. Never keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process. Take the bags and boxes out to the trash or recycling immediately. If you’re donating something or giving something to a friend or family member, put the items in your car or make arrangements for dropping them off. You’ve done so much work getting this stuff ready to take out, complete the deal!
Good Enough is Enough
Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogs. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is a success.
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