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How to Organise Your Home in 5 Simple Steps

14 Oct 2020 | Accessories, Fun, Gifts, Stationery, Technology

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Re-organising and bringing more “zen” into your home are strong trends about home management and they’ve been highlighting how much unneeded stuff we tend to hoard in our homes over the years. Especially if you have lived in your current home for a longer time, you might feel that you need a good clear-out.  Autumn is a great time to re-organise, declutter and re-arrange everything, as seasons change and we move to spending more time indoors.

So, let’s have a look at 5 simple steps to re-organise your home without it becoming a huge affair.

1.      Start out with a plan

Every project is best conducted with a well-written plan! So, take out your notebook and pen and start thinking about what needs to be done in every room. Make sure you include spaces you don’t think about often, like pantries or storage spaces or the garage.

Make a list of the must-do activities (for example, if you know you want to move your winter clothes on the easily accessible shelves of your wardrobe and pack up the summer ones) and allocate timings to each. Be generous with time, always assume an activity will take longer than you think. That way, you’ll be happy if you do finish ahead!

If your family and friends are helping out, distribute activities so each person is clear on what they need to do.

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2.      Ensure technology is where it belongs

A key step in de-cluttering is to identify where all your gadgets and electronic items are and where they should be, and set rules about this.

You will sleep better and relax more if you ban all phones and iPads from the bedroom, so make sure not only that this is a new house rule, but also that you’ve removed chargers and phone stands and placed them somewhere easy to access, e.g. in the kitchen or living room.

Take the same steps in the living room and relaxation areas. Ask yourself if you need the phone or computer in front of you when you’re relaxing after dinner. Would they not be better placed on a different table, or in a space dedicated to them?

Reducing our exposure to the screens and the data deluge goes a long way towards becoming more relaxed and present, and a great way to encourage this is to reduce the opportunities for these gadgets to be close to us.

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3.      Identify all the unneeded items

From old clothes to tools that were bought for a specific activity, to out-of-date cosmetics and toiletries, these items take up a huge amount of space and are keeping your house cluttered. Go through every room with a ruthless eye and group all the unwanted items together to review them one last time before discarding them.

Before letting go of them, consider recycling: are your friends’ children likely to want some of your children’s old clothes? Or perhaps you know someone who could use an old set of paintbrushes for redecorating? Where possible, contact charity shops to see if you can get rid of your unwanted items that way, rather than just throwing things in the bin.

4.      Find  an organisation system that works for you

De-cluttering gurus are advising everything from colour coding to using transparent containers with labels, to alphabetical organisation. In order for your re-organisation to work and endure, you need to find the system that works for you. This might take some trial and error, but don’t just go for whatever the latest advice is, as you might go back to clutter in a week if that doesn’t fit your family and your lifestyle.

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5.      Think logically

In every room of the house, think about the activities you’re going to do there and how they’ll take place, step by step. Then, reflect these steps in where you place things.

For example, organising your kitchen in this step-by-step fashion means you can place all your plates on one side of the cooker, from where you’ll pick them up to serve food once it’s ready to come off the cooker. On the other side, place your chopping board so you can easily drop the chopped vegetables on your frying pan on the cooker, without having to walk across the kitchen.

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This sort of exercise will also make things easier to put away and make your organisation efforts more enduring. If it’s easy and logical to place things where they belong, fewer items will be left hanging around without purpose on countertops or tables.

There are lots of additional great tips for every room, from how to make your bedroom more serene to rendering your kitchen more functional. However, for your first steps in de-cluttering and organising your home, here you have the five tips to get you started!

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