Staying organized not only can save you time and money, it can also make it easier to find what you need when you get ready each morning. However, when you’re living in clutter and chaos, it can be difficult to find a starting point. Here are 3 straightforward changes you can make to have a more organized home in 2018.
Dedicate Time to De-clutter
If you’re finding it difficult to find what you need because you’re sifting through a bunch of clutter, it’s time to toss out some unused things. Start with your biggest trouble area. For many people, this is either their closets or pantry.
Take everything out and sort them. Designate boxes for items to keep, donate, store, and toss. When it comes to clothes, a good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used something for 9 months or more, it’s time to let it go. If it’s in good condition, donate it, and if you haven’t used it because its tattered or stained, throw it away. Once you’re done, you’ll be left with only the things you actually use, which will help you keep those more coveted items organized neatly.
Break Out the Label Maker
When everything has a place, they are easier to find and put away. Labeling bins that contain major categories of things you need will help maintain a good organizational system. For example, in the kitchen, using bins that you label “cereal” or “snacks” can become designated places for these food items. This helps you keep track of what food you already have. This system also prevents you from overbuying food of the same type because you can’t find it easily.
Furthermore, an organized pantry with clearly labeled food groups will make it easier in the morning to pack lunches in a hurry. It can also encourage your kids to get involved in the process if it’s easy to add what they need to a brown paper bag.
Shop with a Purpose
You can also cut down on clutter by only taking home things you actually need. It’s amazing how much food waste households go through. To cut down on fridge and pantry clutter, becoming more strategic about what you buy will keep your home stocked with items that you actually will consume. Similarly with clothing, you may forget about all the items you have stuffed into your drawers or think that you’ve lost a top if everything is disorganized. Clean your closet so you know what you have, and don’t shop just to shop. If you make each trip have a reason, you’ll not only spare your home more clutter, but you’ll also save a lot of money in the process.
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