Living in a clean and organized home is something most of us still haven’t managed to achieve, which often leads to frustration. The reasons why our homes are not always tidy are varied, but they basically come down to our habits or lack thereof.
In theory, it doesn’t seem like the most challenging task to clean your home and keep it like that, but the reality is often quite different. Of course, the circumstances and environment play an important role, since those living with kids or untidy teenagers probably suffer more, but that only means that their kids haven’t been given the right example and guidance. Let’s look at three most basic steps towards achieving your goal – living in a clean and organized house.
Get rid of the clutter in your home
There’s no way your home will ever be neat and tidy if you keep things you really don’t need or, even worse, if you keep hoarding stuff. So, step one is always the same: remove all of the clutter. If there are toys and clothes your kids don’t need anymore, boxes of items you never open, or you simply have too many shoes, make sure you get rid of them.
You can do that by organizing a yard sale or donating to charity. However, if you still believe you might need them in the future, you can opt for something like a locally convenient self storage facility where you can keep your things until you actually need them. The most important thing is that the fewer items you have, the easier it’s going to be to keep your home clean.
Once you’ve eliminated all, or at least most of the things you no longer need, it’s time to find a way to organize whatever is left in a way that will be logical and easy to maintain. Naturally, you can’t possibly have the perfect place for every item, which is why you should put all the things you’re not sure about in separate clutter buckets, until you deal with the things you know where to put. Once you’re done with them, take the items from the bucket(s) and look for a better solution.
It’s important that you apply the same principle to each and every room in the house. Take for instance when planning a kitchen remodel, take inventory of everything in the kitchen and plan for storage accordingly with drawers and rollouts. You can have specific kitchen cabinets for for items such as pots, pans, cookie sheets, trays, etc. A space saving tip is to place pots inside one another. It also helps with organization if you keep the lids close in the same place.A corner cabinet with a modern lazy susan allows for easy access to stored items. A tall pantry with roll out shelves also make it easier to keep things organized.
You can keep your room organized with a custom closet system based on your needs. By having drawers, you can put your socks and underwear in their spaces front to back, so that you can see all items. Your clean laundry should be immediately hung up or neatly placed in drawers in your closet. If you have open shelves or storage cubbies, all items should be neat and stored so that you can have easy access. Your footwear should be lined up and organized on shelves. If you have lots of shoes that are seasonal, you can store them in boxes after labeling them.
There are many other things you can do to organize your home more efficiently, but you need to be aware that you probably won’t get it right the first time. Allow some time to see how the changes work and make adjustments as you go along. Nothing is carved in stone and you can always rearrange your stuff if you’re not happy with how things work.
Keep it clean
This is possibly the most important step, since no matter how well you go through steps one and two, if you don’t keep your home clean, it’ll never be neat and tidy. Also, unlike the first two steps, this one often requires all those living in the home to change their habits. Keeping a home clean should not be the task of only one person, but everyone that lives in the home.
The first rule you need to remember is that it’s much more efficient to have regular, but shorter cleaning sessions than to wait until everything is a mess and then roll up your sleeves. Also, keep purging all unnecessary items on a regular basis in order to avoid cluttering your home.
When you look at these three steps, you may think it’s quite easy or very difficult and impossible in your case. Giving up before you’ve even tried is not going to lead to a clean and organized home, which is why you should at least give it a try.
About The Author: Amelia B. Atkins – Amelia Atkins is a featured contributor and author for several lifestyle blogs. She is a student of Architecture and Design. She has a passion for architecture and design and this is a trait runs deep in her family.
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