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Easy home organizing ideas

Declutter Your Crib With These Easy Home Organizing Ideas

Declutter Your Crib with these easy home-organizing ideas. Here is our month-long plan to reduce your stress levels and improve your quality of life by eliminating unnecessary clutter.

Home organizing ideas

Have you ever stood in a messy room and felt paralyzed by the clutter? In this article, we share some easy home-organizing ideas on how to tidy your crib.

What is “clutter,” and why should I care?

By clutter, we mean the piles of laundry in the bathroom, the cluttered kitchen counters, the packed fridge, the manic closets, and any area of chaos in your home.

Easy home organizing ideas

As bottles and potions tumble from your bathroom cabinet, clothes litter the bedroom floor, and your garage looks more like a dumping ground, don’t despair! Most of us have experienced this situation, and there are plenty of resources to help you.

A disorderly crib can be a contributor to stress and lead to feelings of anxiety and helplessness. When we feel anxious or depressed, focusing on organizing our living space can be almost impossible. Making a plan and taking the process one step at a time is essential!

Keeping your home clean daily is much easier than leaving it for weeks or months.

Sherry Benton, Ph.D., psychologist & chief science officer at TAO Connect, said, “If our home, car, or office space feels messy and disorganized, we tend to feel overwhelmed as if we don’t even know where to start. Every task, from eating breakfast to driving to work, can feel complicated by the mess we are contending with.”

Easy home organizing ideas for a tidy home

One of the best ways to approach this issue is to take one room at a time. You may be able to organize your home on the weekend, but if your place is chaotic, it might be better to deal with one room each week.

Before you start, you should choose a collection point for your clutter. Designate a place where you can put everything that will be removed. Don’t think about what will happen to the clutter items at this stage, as this could trigger feelings of attachment!

Take one room at a time.

Decluttering your bedroom

Just imagine going to sleep and waking up in a clean, uncluttered bedroom. In our opinion, the bedroom is the most important room in your house to keep clutter-free.

Tackle the closet

Usually, the worst clutter offender in a bedroom is the closet. Closets are often packed to the ceiling with clutter. This can be anything from clothes you no longer wear to Christmas decorations.

You should always take an extra 10 seconds to hang your clothes up. This a simple tip and very effective in keeping a clutter-free environment.

Stinky clothes live in a laundry basket.

The biggest tip to organize your bedroom is to have a nice-looking laundry basket. Most bedroom clutter is dirty clothes, so getting those smelly socks in the basket is a priority!

Bedrooms also tend to collect many small items such as watches, glasses, money, and keys. Place a few trays or bowls around your bedroom to keep smaller everyday items.

The health risks of a cluttered sleeping space

Lots of sleep is essential to maintain good health. When you don’t get enough sleep, it can lead to depression and anxiety. And a messy bedroom doesn’t give you the chilled atmosphere to sleep soundly.

Decluttering your laundry room

Whether your laundry room is a corner of the kitchen or a multi-functional space that acts as a wet room, there is always a need to keep the laundry area organized.

Laundry chores will take twice as long in a cluttered room. Following a couple of organizational tips, you can get your laundry room under control and then keep the space manageable.

Take out the garbage.

Look around your washer/dryer for anything that should have been thrown away.

Be ruthless and throw away (or recycle) broken coat hangers, empty detergent bottles, crusty old laundry products, and that damaged laundry basket.

Every laundry room should have a trash can for dryer lint and general garbage.

Organizing the Space

Why are there school bags and toys on top of the washing machine?

It is crucial to keep the laundry area clear of all items that do not have to be there.

A disorganized laundry area can lead to clothes being dirtied. It can also increase the risk of objects falling into the washer/dryer causing unnecessary damage.

Streamline your laundry products.

How many kinds of washing products are essential? Decide on one laundry detergent that works well for every type of fabric instead of multiple detergents.

An excellent way to make the area feel cleaner and more organized is to transfer detergents and stain removers to specific containers.

Create order with shelving.

Installing storage shelves is a great idea if you don’t have cabinets in your laundry room.

This is a good way of keeping dangerous chemicals out of the reach of your kids, pets, or elderly relatives.

Storage can also be provided by wall baskets or a rolling cart storage bin for other laundry-related items.

Decluttering your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in most homes. It’s a lot more than an area for making food. It’s where you spend time with the family, chat with friends, and share meals.

The kitchen is a great place to start when clearing out the clutter from a messy home.

The way a kitchen is set up can strongly influence your food choices. It’s worth spending a little time getting this area uncluttered and temptation-free!

As you organize your kitchen, ask yourself, “Do I need this food item in plain view?”

Limit the size of your tableware.

Do you have a whole set of tableware cluttering your kitchen? You only need enough plates, bowls, cups, and glasses today.

Many folks feel the urge to leave enough crockery for a party. These extra items should be stored away until you decide to have that party!

You can stack away unused plates and utensils into a plastic storage box, label them, and keep it in a closet or your designated storage space.

How many pots and pans do I need?

The number of pots and pans you need depends on your culinary skills and how many people you regularly cook for.

Only keep medium-sized pots on display. Small pots look cool but do nothing medium-sized pots can’t do. The same applies to frying pans. If you are in doubt, buy a bigger pot or frying pan, giving you greater versatility.

Go easy on the ornamental items.

Many products that are sold for kitchens are only decorative. To get an uncluttered kitchen, you should only include practical items.

Although a big tray of plastic fruit can look nice, it adds to the clutter and should be banished to your storage space.

You can still include fun items, but limit them to cool fridge magnets or wall decorations.

Choose gadgets with multi-functions

Many everyday kitchen gadgets perform many functions. For example, if you have a hand mixer, you probably don’t also need an electric whisk.

Many folks don’t consider their cooking dishes oven- and fridge-safe, so extra plastic containers or boxes are often unnecessary.

Decluttering methods

1 – Clearing the room

  • If you are fit and healthy, move everything out of the room. Put the clutter in your yard or a spare room.
  • When the room is cleared, clean it and only replace the essentials. Relegate all the other items to your collection point.
  • When there is more space in the room, rearrange your furniture and repeat the process until the whole house is clutter-free.
  • It is possible that after the clean-up campaign, there may be uses for some leftover items in other rooms. Don’t decide if you need them yet, as you’ll get to reassess them later.

2 – Make a list

  • If method 1 is impractical for your situation or you don’t have a spare room to put your clutter, you can buy a large notebook and divide your page into two columns labeled “Essential” and “Non-Essential” items.” You should go around the room, putting every item into one column. When you have finished your list, move the offending items to your designated collection point.

After the decluttering process

Test out your new streamlined pad.

The next step is to live in your new organized home for a week or two as a “trial period.” Then you can reassess your “essentials list.” If you’ve made a mistake, retrieve the item from your clutter pile/collection point. Please take note that you cannot retrieve items because you miss them!

Review your clutter pile.

Try not to look at your collection point clutter until the house is in order. If you can wait a few weeks, you will feel less attached to the items, and it will be easier not to put things back where they came from.

Considering how much the items originally cost is not a good idea. If it’s complicating your life, it’s not valuable. It could, however, be valuable to someone else so you can think about selling the offending items.

Then organize the rest of your life in 30 days!

Week 1

  • Look around your cluttered home. Make a plan to tackle a room a week. You should also observe where clutter is collected and place a storage container there.
  • Place a basket near the front door. You can fill the basket with the things that should be taken with you next time you leave the house.
  • Hide those ugly power cords. There’s nothing like a nasty cord to mess up an otherwise uncluttered abode.

Week 2

  • This is an excellent time to organize your wallet. Take time to go through your wallet and dispose of all those old receipts and out-of-date shopping vouchers.
  • Learn how to organize your things onto shelves. You can store many knick-knacks on a shelf and even have room for some photos or a vase of flowers.
  • It’s time to get your car organized. Use silicone cupcake liners in the cup holders, add a trash bin, and get all your documents in one spot.
  • Take a day or two to organize your digital clutter. Tidy your desktop, delete old messages/emails, and back up important files.

Week 3

  • Organize your CDs/DVDs/Games by putting them into a disc wallet.
  • Look into keeping a daily clutter planner.
  • Organize your phone. Delete unused apps and back up critical phone numbers. Run good anti-virus software to ensure your smartphone is as clutter-free as the rest of your home.
  • At this point, you should be about halfway through tidying your rooms.

Week 4

  • Grab a new keychain. Throw away unused keys, and add a small flashlight/multi-tool to your keychain.
  • Get your paperwork in order. There’s stress in losing important documents, so keep passports, receipts, and legal documents safe and organized.

The image at the top of this page is – Teen’s messy room Flickr photo by Woodleywonderworks shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license.