Want to make the most of the space in your home? We’ve all heard of the famous Marie Kondo, and her simple technique – decide what sparks joy and evaluate if you really need it. But if you don’t know where to start with making extra space, check out these simple tips to make your home and life super streamlined and organized.
Sort into five sections
Firstly, grab five boxes and label them keep, sell, donate, throw away, and put into storage. Whether you’re downsizing, moving house, or just want a bit more room, this tactic is a great place to start. We all have items we hang onto, that we hope will come in handy one day. But be honest with yourself, realistically, do you need that box of wires? Or old magazines you probably won’t read again?
If the answer is no, you can always donate the items to charity, according to Time, it’s scientifically proven to make you feel happier. What’s known as the helper’s high can bring mood-boosting benefits for the brain and even be beneficial in lowering blood pressure and improving overall health.
Take it room-by-room
Organizing your entire home can seem like a massive task, so break it up into easy chunks – a room at a time. Start with the room that has the least amount of items inside; it will stop you from feeling overwhelmed before you even begin. Don’t forget to bring the five boxes with you as you move from room to room to stay on track.
The bathroom will likely be littered with products you don’t use and expired medicine. Throw away items you’ve had for years and pass on unloved products to someone who will use them. The kitchen can also become a black hole of unused tins, gadgets, and gone off food. Start with deciding what you want on your surface space and group together what will be going into each drawer and cupboard. For the rest of the house, finding the purpose of each room can be a powerful tool to start decluttering according to Life Hacker.
Get smarter with storage
Finding the best storage solution can be hard, but there are plenty of ways to make extra room and keep all the things you love and need. Look at the space you have and decide what could be improved. If you have plenty of wall space but no shelves, that’s space you could be utilizing; invest in over the door hangers and drawer dividers too.
Everyone has things they don’t need all year round, but getting rid and re-buying can be expensive for your time and wallet. Storage containers are a great place for household items that you don’t need but mean something special to you, such as an heirloom. They are also brilliant ways to store items you don’t need every day, for example, seasonal items like Halloween or Christmas decorations, or if you are hosting someone from out of town and need more space or need extra room for prized possessions, these containers will give you that extra space you need.
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