The first week of October (this year celebrated the 4th – 11th) is known as National Get Organized week in the USA. So for this post, I’m going to talk about the 3 most cluttered areas of your house, and an easy tip or two to deal with the clutter in each area.
Kitchen: Kitchens have become the central hub for many homes. We eat, work, talk, play, do homework and more there. So it’s no surprise that they have become clutter central. As easy as it is to leave whatever mess until tomorrow, don’t. Take time each day to do a little cleanup so you’re not stressed when you walk in there the next morning. Also, as much as possible, put things that don’t belong in the kitchen where they really belong. It’s great that there is a place for the whole family to be together, but encourage everyone to help clean up at the end of the day.
Clothes closet: This is one of the most intimidating areas for most people. They just don’t know what to do with all their clothes, shoes and other items in their closet. First, make sure that it all fits you, or realistically could fit you. If you’re holding onto something from childhood that doesn’t fit you and won’t fit your kids, donate it. Another great suggestion is to use the under-the-bed boxes that college students use to store your off-season clothes (or shoes) that you won’t be wearing anytime soon.
Kids Playroom: It’s great to have a room to keep all the kids toys, but even if you are lucky enough to have a room just for their toys, it can get overwhelming. Have some pretty painted shelves to store books and some toys on. Also, have some higher shelves, or shelves in a closet or the garage, to store half of their toys. By rotating in and out toys, you’ll keep the kids guessing and their toys won’t get old or boring to them as quickly. This will also reduce the number of toys for you/them to trip over.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, contact an organizer in your area to assist you. What one room will you start your organizing quest in? (share below)