‘Have nothing in your home that you do know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ – William Morris
This past week I have been on a massive mission to de-clutter and organise our home. We live in an apartment and don’t have a spare room or study, so space is very limited. Even so drawers and cupboards have become full of ‘stuff’, things we don’t need and don’t serve any purpose and so out they’ve gone. I’ve thrown out bags of rubbish and donated another couple of bags of clothes and products, it’s the best feeling. I still have a few drawers and the linen cupboard to go, then I’m all done!
Some time ago I read a fab post about getting organised around the house by one of my favourite authors Maggie Alderson. She talks about how the easiest way to get organised is not to. Confused? Don’t be – it’s actually very simple. You throw out anything that’s been sitting around collecting dust. Receipts, statements, old beauty products, drawers full of junk, clothes that don’t fit – and slowly but surely that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.
Maggie refers to this great post and this one by Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, and they make SO much sense! I’ve held onto books and clothes that were destined for the ‘perfect recipient’ but instead collected dust for months. After reading Gretchen’s tips, I loaded them into the car and dropped them off at the local Good Sammys – what a fantastic feeling driving away knowing they had gone to a good home and were out of my house!
Break organising up into rooms or sections of the house. My laundry was driving me mad with an overflowing ironing basket, so I went through and separated it into piles and pulled out anything that could wait to be ironed, like linen, tablecloths and sheets. These were folded and put straight into the linen cupboard and amazingly my ironing pile was almost halved! The rest of the pile seemed so much easier to tackle after that.
Give yourself one job per day / week. My bathroom cupboards were full of products and my make up drawer was a total mess. I decided to sort through it one afternoon. Once I’d filled a bag with products that were past their used by date, it was easy to clean and arrange the other products. Anything that I wasn’t using anymore I donated to a local church group. After that, it was easy to give the cupboards a good clean and sort my products and make up into little baskets. It only took about 45 minutes to get through the entire job.
A great way to organise perfume is on a crystal or glass cake stand. You can usually find them in op shops for a few dollars.
Baskets and bowls are your friends. I have loads of bowls and baskets dotted throughout the house. My hubby has one for his wallet, keys and phone. I have them in the pantry, bathroom and kitchen cupboards and in my daughters room. I find them really handy as it only takes a few minutes to pop messy items like toys away, and then everything appears tidy. It also avoids that all too common last minute panic of ‘Where are my keys / phone / wallet?’ when you’re rushing out the door.
Both my daughters rooms are full of handy baskets which hide messy toys. This Ikea Expedit bookshelf is genius for storing everything from books, clothes, toys and loads more.
Clear clutter as you go. Both my hubby and I can’t stand clutter and junk, and yet everyday we both bring loads of ‘stuff’ into the house. I have a recycling basket that all papers, envelopes, unwanted mail etc goes into and I clear it everyday. Mail gets opened and put straight into a filing cabinet – that way we don’t have piles of paperwork lying around.
Some fantastic blogs that can help you get organised are:
Good luck with organising your home!
What are your top tips for getting organised around the house?
Have you found any genius organisational products?0