Your home is more than just the place where you eat, sleep, and watch the television; It’s the place where your children took their first steps and said their first words. It’s where you decided that you were going to propose or start your own business. Your home is filled with so many memories, so why would you ruin it by allowing it to get filled with ridiculous amounts of clutter? If your answer to this question is that you don’t know where to start with organizing, then keep reading.
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Almost every home on the planet has a junk drawer, and if you don’t, then you’re a much better person than me. Your junk drawer can get pretty horrific, but once it’s organized, it does serve a purpose; It hides the stuff that doesn’t belong anywhere else in the house, like takeout menus. Start by getting rid of all of the dead batteries and random chargers (trust me, you won’t need them in the future), and then get to work on the paperwork. Any important letter or documents should be filed away somewhere safe, so the only things left in your drawer are the random stray things that you need, but don’t belong anywhere else.
Kitchens can get incredibly cluttered if you’re not careful, so you need to keep on top of things. Start by going through all of your utensil drawers, and throwing away anything that’s broken or you don’t know how to use. Then get some drawer organizers, and organize your utensils by category (knives, forks, etc.). Next, you should move onto your pantry and fridge. Get rid of everything that’s past its use by date or doesn’t have one, and organize by category once again. When organizing your fridge, make sure that you always put your raw meats at the bottom, to avoid contaminating any other food.
If you are one of those people that prefer to stack their clothes on their bedroom floor rather than put it in their closet, then your closet needs some serious TLC. Start by getting out all of your clothes (yes, everything), and lay them out on your bed. Try on every single piece of clothing, checking that it fits, and it’s not damaged in any way.
Then organize your clothes into three piles – Keep, donate, and throw away. Anything you know you are definitely going to wear should go into the keep pile, anything that's of good quality but you know you won’t wear should go in the donate pile, and everything else can go in the trash. When you’re done, organize your clothes by category (can you tell that I’m a fan of categories?) and place them neatly back into your closet. Stuck with some items? Get a storage unit so you can carry on making progress.
It’s incredibly easy for your home to get messy and cluttered, but if you know what you are doing, then correcting this problem isn’t too difficult either. If you think that your home needs a bit of attention, then these tips should be able to help you out.
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