In this post: Are you ready to declutter your home? Here are my top 10 home organization projects and my best decluttering ideas. ⇒
Clutter is the number one problem in most homes.
At least that’s the way it seems from the emails, comments and survey responses I always get. Organizing the home is by far the top concern for you, my readers, and is unequivocally the easiest way to improve the look of your home.
If you removed all the clutter and maybe painted the walls, you’d be 90% of the way there is most spaces. (Well, and maybe removed that ugly piece of furniture you hate… ;-)).
So the big question is HOW do you remove the clutter? Where do you put it? What do you toss? And how do you organize what’s left?
There are several times during the year that are tailor made for organizing and taking advantage of a fresh start, whether it be the start of a new year, spring cleaning, the beginning of the school year, or any random Tuesday.
So today I’m sharing my top 10 decluttering posts, all brought to you in one place. To be sure, there will be more new organization ideas coming from me throughout the year, but this post summarizes the best of them thus far.
How to Declutter Your Home
Most of my organizing posts fit into one of two categories. There are those that feature one specific area with step by step tips and before and after shots, and then there are those that are more holistic, focusing on decluttering as a whole, with overarching ideas and concepts. This first post entitled 5 Decluttering Tips You May Not Have Thought Of belongs in the latter category, addressing some not-so-obvious strategies for keeping your spaces neat.
By contrast, Easy Kitchen Pantry Organization Ideas zeroes in on the pantry itself, showing ideas for not only organizing the pantry but for setting up systems that are easy to maintain. There’s no point cleaning out an area only to find the upkeep is too difficult to follow. A good plan is one that you can maintain every day.
One area so many people find difficult to keep orderly is the cabinet under the sink. The key is to accurately evaluate your space and be honest about what needs to be stored there. Find tips in Declutter Your Under Sink Cabinet and yes, I promise, even with a garbage disposal unit taking up half the space, you can still organize the rest.
One secret to an organized home is finding “extra” places to store things. In Storage Solutions: 8 Surprising Places That I Store Things I reveal some of the little hidden spaces that work for me and might give you ideas to find within your own home.
If, like me, you have an over-abundance of tableware, you’ll love this inexpensive Closet Makeover I use for the spill-over of plates and such, that don’t fit in the dining room. Or perhaps you’d like to see my entire dining room storage which you can find in The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Tableware.
I’ve known people whose homes appeared immaculate until a drawer was opened and it was stuffed to the gills. If you can barely get your drawers closed once you open them or you simply can’t find your things, you’ll appreciate 5 Quick and Easy Drawer Organization Projects to Declutter Your Home.
If it’s your own bedroom closet that’s in need of a makeover, be sure to check out Closet Remodel and Organization Tips that are Easy to Maintain. This closet remodel shows how the key to staying organized is to set up systems that are easy to keep up with, no matter the size of the closet you have.
Looking for general organizing hacks to keep your entire home orderly? This post is chock full of decluttering ideas with 12 Things You Won’t Find in My Home. These are the things that typically trip up the organization of your spaces, making them impossible to keep neat.
In addition to the pantry, listed near the top, as well as the under sink cabinet, I’ve also tackled organizing the entire kitchen. The Complete Guide to Kitchen Organization will ensure your kitchen is in perfect order and functions efficiently, with lots of kitchen storage tips.
If you’re looking to organize your seasonal decorations so you can find everything quickly and easily, you’ll love this Storage Closet Makeover for Seasonal Decorations. If you don’t have an extra closet in the main part of your house, perhaps you have a closet in the basement, as I did, or a section of the garage where you can create such a space.
Organizing your home is an ongoing process that includes setting up good systems that are logical for your things and how you use them, that can be maintained easily in your day to day life. It will make your life easier and your home more beautiful and is well worth the effort!
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