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Tips on How To Achieve and Keep a Tidy, Organized Home

  • Do you find it hard to keep on top of clutter?
  • Do you spend too much time looking for things that you need but can't remember where they might be?
  • Do you become emotionally drained when your brain is constantly having to process what it sees?
  • Do you become overwhelmed, anxious or stressed from any build up of clutter in your home? 

Of course, having a cluttered home does not mean you are a hoarder.

We hope to provide some solutions for these questions below... 

Why does clutter build up?

  1. It builds up because of deferred decision making.  If we find it difficult to decide where to put something right now, there is a risk of decisions being deferred over and over again.  The more we delay a decision, the more the clutter can build up.
  2. According to experts, the other problem you have to recognize is the quest for perfection.  Many of us will put off tackling clutter for a variety of reasons but top of the list is avoiding the task until we have a specific place to put it.  But we can always put things in the room where they belong, even if that room needs sorting.  Experts point out that perfection doesn’t exist. Aiming for perfection leads to a stressful state of mind and the whole aim of getting organised should make life easier, not more stressful. 

Let it go!

Throwing items away or moving them to new homes can be painful.  Sometimes a home owner needs an outsider to help them see the necessity for letting go from an objective point of view.  One suggestion is to be creative in displaying a few momentos so the rest can be discarded.  A memory box is a good way.

Start your decluttering mission with a clear plan with labelled boxes: KEEP, DONATE, SELL, RECYCLE or THROW AWAY.   Have a clear idea in advance of where you can dispose of everything.  And don't take on too much in one session, it can be overwhelming and exhausting.  Baby steps!

Is employing professional help a good idea?

If you feel you are not going to manage this job on your own, then employing a professional "declutterer" to work alongside you (providing both practical and emotional support) can be a good idea. 
  • An extra pair of hands can help the sorting process can really speed along and you are guaranteed a result for the time you put in. 
  • They will also be objective and non emotional about your possessions, keeping you on task. 
  • They will also be able to estimate the time it will take to tackle a particular area, and can advise on charity donations and what’s worth selling.  
  • And if they are worth their weight in gold, they will give you tips on organizing and storage, how to make the most of your newly cleared space - and how to keep it clutter-free in the future.
A professional declutterer will come with a plan so you don't have to worry about it!

Clutter hotspots

We all know what these are!  The table in the entrance hall, that island or counter in the kitchen, the chair in the bedroom, the junk drawer which can be in the kitchen or somewhere else!
  • The entrance table is irresistible for dumping the mail, the car keys, gloves, bags, scarves and a host of different items that might be in your hands when you come in.  Storage is often at the heart of this problem.  Treat yourself to a concealed shoe rack; invest in an attractive dish or tray for wallet, coins etc., have a dedicated set of hooks for keys to hang on and plenty of hooks and baskets for all that outdoor clothing.
  • The kitchen island often has so many different functions and all of them can lead to clutter.  Combat the mess proactively by identifying what items are being left here and create storage solutions for them.
  • That bedroom chair which is so handy to dump your clothes.  If this is your problem, move it out of the bedroom so you will be forced to put your clothes away.  If the chair is not the problem but the cupboards are too full, then you know what needs urgent attention.  We know it can be a tall order but label pegs and cubbyholes if you have children to encourage ownership and responsibility for their own possessions.
  • The junk drawer is often the resting place for all those little things that we just don't where to store.  We all have them!  Instead of getting rid of the drawer, use dividers so that there is space for the different types of items and they do not become one jangled heap of mess.

How can you keep on top of your clutter going forward?

  • Try to ensure that every item that enters your home adds value in some way - otherwise it should be discarded.  The experts advise us to assign a home to every little thing and put it back in its home after use.  They add that we should store similar items together and store items as close to where you use them as possible. 
  • Work hard at keeping all surfaces as clear as possible.
  • Finally, maintain a method in your personal decluttering. If you’re clearing a space and you find items that belong elsewhere in the home, don’t run off each time and return them to their rightful spot.  Instead, create a ‘belong elsewhere’ pile in the area you’re working and then add to it as you clear up so that when you are done, you take the pile and find their homes in one energy-saving go.