Keeping your home organised is much easier than you might think, even if you don’t think you have the time to put together a regular routine. Follow our tidying advice and decluttering your home checklist to get on the path to creating a well-kept and orderly household.
Although they are private rooms, meaning they don’t necessarily need to be kept tidy when you’re expecting guests, you’ll feel much better if you don’t let your bedroom become a space for piles of worn clothes and dirty laundry.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful,” are the words of textile designer William Morris – and they’re well worth thinking about.
If you have any clothes you don’t wear or like anymore, you should donate them to charity, which will free up much-needed space in your wardrobes, drawers and cubby holes.
Take care to fold the clothes you keep, and develop a more conscious mindfulness about your living space and belongings. Think carefully about where certain items live, perhaps hanging up your best clothes in order of colour or season, or choose a similar system that suits you.
Think about the little things, such as pairing clothing types and odd socks. Your evening self will thank your morning self if you make the bed when you wake up every day. It might sound trivial, but making the effort to put your nightwear under the pillow is a great way to start the day as you mean to go on.
Another handy trick is to place shoeboxes in drawers. This way you can separately store underwear, socks and miscellaneous clothing items like winter hats and gloves without them getting mixed up into a huge tangle.
Living rooms are naturally the most-used area of a family home, often becoming the most cluttered as a consequence. If this is the case, do you have enough shelving or storage for your belongings, or could you be making more of the space you do have?
Multipurpose furniture, such as this large storage footstool, is a great way of hiding bits away. You could also consider an entertainment unit for your television, with built-in drawers for putting away any remotes, consoles, disks and devices you don’t want lying around.
Children’s toys cause another headache in the quest for a tidy and clutter-free home. Yet there are plenty of options out there, including stackable wooden boxes, hanging storage pockets and flexible plastic buckets.
Kitchens can get messy quickly, so try to alleviate clutter before it builds up. Start by clearing table and counter tops and getting rid of items you don’t use or have no use for.
Next, think about where you’re storing utensils and appliances. Does each type have its own home? Again, mindfulness is key here. Place items methodically into their new home and maintain this organisation, whether certain cupboards are for spices or baking items, or a designated corner of your pantry is for plates and dishes.
Don’t stop after your initial declutter, commit to a tidy kitchen by implementing a cleaning schedule for the floor, table tops, microwave, oven and other appliances.
Make a tidy kitchen a daily habit. Always clean up after yourself so that you don’t return back to a cluttered room full of unwashed dishes and mess – something that creates added stress when we least need it.
Our decluttering checklist will help you adopt a tidying routine you can maintain.
– Always tidy away after you’ve finished.
– Keep a laundry routine and don’t let clothing piles mount up.
– Find suitable storage for children’s toys.
– Always wash up and store away kitchen items after using.
– Assign items areas where they belong and maintain these arrangements.
– Donate unwanted clothing and fold items you do keep with care.