Whether you’ve just moved house or need to, having too much clutter in your home can be very frustrating and can lead to confusion and exasperation. There’s a lot of truth in the saying “tidy house, tidy mind”! If your home is full of clutter, or you’ve downgraded to a smaller property and need some clever storage solutions, keep reading for some good ideas on how to make the most of your space and get organised in the process.
Have a Clear Out
The most obvious thing to start with is to go through all your belongings and assess whether you still need them all! If it’s something you collect then this may be different, but if it’s just clothes and knick-knacks then there’s always some streamlining that can happen, no matter what it is. Go through your clothes, and as long as it’s not a special or sentimental piece, consider donating anything you haven’t worn for a year to charity. If it’s too old or tatty – throw it away! You will feel lighter with less belongings and you’ll feel better by donating things to charity shops that desperately need them. Be ruthless – sort things into piles of ‘Rubbish’, ‘Charity’, ‘Not Sure’ and ‘Keep’. If you haven’t used anything in the maybe pile in the next month then heavily consider getting rid of it! This is a great trick for slimming down your unnecessary possessions.
Make Use of Your Loft
If you live in a house, make sure you don’t forget about your loft! This is a great place for storage if you don’t use the space for a room, and one than can be often used in the least practical way. Before putting anything in it, have a look around and assess the storage space, and see if you can make any more of it than it already is. Consider a loft conversion to make the most of it, and fit a loft hatch so you can easily access your belongings. These can be made to measure, and you can purchase one that fits flush with the ceiling should you want to keep the storage space inconspicuous and unnoticeable. The biggest point here is to ensure you don’t cram lots of extra things from your house into your loft without organising it all! It will be painstaking and time-consuming, so go through everything you put in your loft before you start, and keep a list of everything you put in. Invest in lots of plastic boxes and a label maker, and start by putting things away by category (kids, tech, books, bedding, etc). This way, you won’t despair when you have to sort through the loft whenever you move or need something!
Be Creative with Boxes
Once you’ve streamlined everything that you can, you might be left with lots of things that need to be kept altogether in their storage. This is where stylish boxes and crates can come in really handy and are perfect for this type of thing. If you don’t need immediate access to things, store older clothes and out-of-season shoes in rolling storage boxes which can be kept under beds, in closets and on top of wardrobes to keep them out the way. Invest in clever storage devices such as upright shoe racks, thin bookshelves that can be kept along your walls, dividers for shelves to store multiple layers of items – there are so many clever ways to repurpose everyday items to help organise your home. Invest in jars and pots to keep little bits and bobs in, and everything will look neater before you know it.
Take it room by room and you will have a clutter-free home before you know it. If you do one room a weekend and get through the house in a couple of months, you won’t regret spending the time doing it, and your family and your future self will thank you!