When we exist in our personal domestic space, we want to feel like we’re free from stress and chaos. But, what if it’s your own house that’s causing it?
A messy home can cost you more than just your inner peace. Nobody wants to get bogged down by a cycle of putting things away and then having to look for them again when you need them.
It’s also true that the thought of organizing your home can be daunting, but it’s a small price to pay for a calm mind.
Researchers from Indiana University found that people with clean houses are healthier and more active than people with messy houses.
Now, it’s time to talk actual and really easy tactics for organizing your own home.
Tip 1: Start With Storage Spaces
We’re often guilty of tossing items into junk drawers or the basement without a second thought. The key, here, is to start small and break larger spaces up one corner or box at a time. Storage spaces are a good place to begin organizing, since you’ll likely need the free space for your other belongings later on.
Tip 2: Home Office in the Clear
Only essentials need to take up space on your desk. If you work on a laptop, you probably don’t need that many pens or paperclips. Separate papers that you’re working on now, and file away those you’re finished with.
Tip 3: Mama Says Make Your Bed
You’d be surprised how much a made bed can transform your entire bedroom. Make it a habit to smooth your sheets daily, because it’s also a good way to set the tone of your day, as explained by The Spruce’s Michelle Ullman. Keep your nightstand as clear as possible, allowing just your lamp and your current bedtime book.
Tip 4: Closet Confidence
An efficient closet is one that maximizes space. Make use of multi-hangers, or consider installing additional shelves. Most importantly, don’t let unused clothes pile up. Schedule a wardrobe purge at least once a year and sell or donate the items that don’t make the cut. If you’re really into fashion, try an app — like GlamOutfit or Closet+ — that can catalog your clothing; these lessen the time spent putting together outfits, ensuring you get value out of each piece you own.
Tip 5: Organized Means A Less-Crusty Bathroom
Reserve your medicine cabinet for items you use the most, like medications and toothpaste. Toss any products that are past their expiration date — even that tube of mascara you keep telling yourself you’ll use but haven’t yet. How do you know when it’s time to chuck it? Lifestyle writer Dana McMahan recommends: 3 months to 2 years for cosmetics, 3 to 4 months for toothbrushes, and 6 months to 1 year for hairbrushes.
Tip 6: Easy Kitchen Fix
Home cooks understand the nightmare that is a chaotic kitchen. A first line of defense is stackable, transparent containers that can hold and display all your ingredients and food. Bonus: This standardization adds a luxe feel to your kitchen, whether your stacked containers are sitting on the countertop, in the pantry or in the fridge.