There’s nothing that makes a house look more unappealing than clutter. Plus, having a messy living space can take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Research shows that those who would describe their houses as cluttered had higher levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.
Imagine coming home to a place filled with piles of dirty laundry, things scattered everywhere, and unwashed dishes. If you find yourself feeling stressed at home, it might be high time to make efforts to stay organized. Here’s how.
Purge your home.
When we have too many things at home and run out of places to put them, the first thing we do is to buy more storage baskets and organizers. But doing that only adds more clutter. What you have to do instead is take a step back and decide if you actually need everything in your closet.
One theory says people only use 20% of the things they have at home 80% of the time. So, the simplest organization technique is to purge your home of things you don’t need. This will make more room for necessary items, eliminating the need for more storage solutions.
Invest in organizers for your cabinets.
There’s not a single cabinet in your home that shouldn’t have an organizer. Otherwise, you’ll make it a habit to just dump everything in the cabinets. Sure, the mess is concealed. But imagine having to go through all of those things just to look for something you need.
The trick is to create divisions inside your cabinets that allow you to separate things into categories. For example, you can divide your kitchen cabinet into several parts, putting utensils on one side and cooking tools on the other. This will make it easier for you to find exactly what you need when you need it.
Put decorative pieces on empty surfaces.
This might sound a little odd to you. You’re probably thinking, “I’m trying to reduce clutter. Why should I add more things to my tables?” This tip is here for a good reason. Empty surfaces like your dining table and countertop are very tempting to put things on. They’re prone to accumulate piles after piles of random objects.
However, putting decorative pieces on empty surfaces will make almost no room for you to dump your things mindlessly. Plus, they make for good accents that increase the visual appeal of your home.
Make it easy to put things away.
You might be putting your cleaning tools behind closets, so they’re not in plain sight. But sooner or later, you’re prone to get lazy and just toss them in the corner, so you can access them easily next time.
Don’t make it too hard for yourself to organize your things. Instead of hiding objects in spots that are difficult to reach, store them in a closet. It would also be helpful to avoid containers with lids to make cleaning up a little bit easier for you.
Keeping your home organized might seem like too much effort. But it can actually make your life much easier. Plus, staying organized will free you of stress and headaches in the long run.