I am learning that decluttering is an ongoing process. Although I have decluttered my house A LOT…I still have a long way to go.
In the process of going through things and keeping what we really love, we are also creating spaces in which we are comfortable. After all, our home is our haven. While we enjoy having friends and family over for visits our primary goal is not to have a showplace but a comfortable space where anyone that comes will feel at home.
Of course, getting everything to look and feel this way is a work in progress and a very large organizational goal.
Each room should be decluttered and should focus on the function of the room. For example, we should not have dishes in the bedroom or a hair brush in the kitchen.
Here are my tips to organizing your home:
Kitchen: The kitchen should be light, airy and clean. There should be a place for all the pots, pans, dishes, cups, utensils, and pantry items. Clearing off the counters of unused appliances, jars and other miscellaneous items will help your kitchen seem cleaner and larger. If all your kitchen accessories don’t have a specific home or a place, then you have too much stuff in your kitchen.
Your kitchen is the heart of the home. This is where most people gather and where memories are made. Give yourself the space to make them.
Your kitchen is also where we prepare food and eat our meals. It should be a place that is clean, bright and comforting. When we eat in a relaxed atmosphere we digest better and we feel better!
Living Areas: Our family room is where we entertain ourselves and others. It is not a formal space, but strives to be one of comfort. Comfortable chairs and tables within arms reach make it easy to sit back with a cold drink or a snack and give attention to the people there and not the things.
The living room is where we live in our down time, where we can relax, laugh, watch T.V. and play games. When you are organizing your living room or family room, think about the activities that take place there and make sure there is designated furniture or items that enhance that not that just fill up the space.
The Home Office: Not all homes have a home office–some have an office space but either way this is the home command center. And while this is where I “work” at home, it is possible to make it a comfortable and functional area. A desk is essential as is your computer and a printer/scanner if you need one.
Organizing a home office is imperative because this is the space that can get out of control–at least for me–very fast! This is where the paper lives or better said–where it lives for a short time until you decide what to do with it. (See my tips for organizing paper here.)
So for my purposes–and I highly recommend one–your office should also include a shredder. It is one of my favorite machines in the house!
Our office is a reflection of what we do there–pay bills, write, be creative and read. Other than your desk, you may want to have a small sofa or comfy chair, a bookshelf and a place to keep important papers–in an organized system of course!
Bathrooms: I have found that one of the smallest spaces in our home can contain the most “stuff”–read junk! Not junk that is just to be thrown away but that should be addressed.
When I decluttered the bathrooms, I found bottles and bottles and bottles of shampoo, creams, moisturizer, hair products, vitamins, etc. What helped me tremendously was to stop buying more of these items and using all that I have to 1) stop adding to the madness and 2) create space.
To organize the bathroom–treat it like a bathroom in a nice hotel. Keep it spotless and free of bottles and bathroom items on the sink top. Use the things you need to use and put them away immediately. Wipe everything down each day (takes me about 20 seconds) and it will always look ready for its functions.
I’ve left the best for last—
Bedrooms: Again, like in a nice hotel–think sleek, clean, and functional. Keep your area free of extra paper, clothes, and shoes. Our bedrooms is where our body, mind and spirit come to relax and rest after a day of our hurried run around lives. It is our quiet place. Create a space that is organized and can fulfill a restful experience for yourself. After all we are worth it.
Organizing your home is a huge task–but one that is satisfying and will ultimately reflect who you are, what you find important, and how you want to live your life.
Enjoy the journey and have fun with it!