New Year’s Home Organising
I’m a huge fan of starting off the New Year with a clean house.
My Spring Cleaning is always done in the late December/early January break.
If you do this each year (not necessarily when I do, just pick a time) then your home will always be organised, deep cleaned and you’ll know where everything is.
This is a great time to donate to a charity of your choice and it’s good knowing that things you have no need for will go to a worthy home.
If you spent a crazy amount of money on something, or it was a gift that you really no longer need, then I find Gumtree to be an excellent way to sell unwanted goods and with the money you make you can save for another item (hopefully it won’t be sold the next year!).
This is also an excellent start to staging your home if you’re getting ready to sell.
My Top 10 Tips
1. Break it down.
So many people are daunted by large tasks and so they never start.
If you look at small sections of a room or just a cupboard then make a start there.
You’ll be so impressed with one cupboard that you’ll move onto the next and then the next.
2. Clear the room to start with a blank canvas, then clean and you’re ready to start sorting items into the following groups:
* Keep – put them straight into their new home
* Throw Away – contact your local council to arrange a collection
* Give to Charity – some charities will collect from your home
* Sell – Gumtree is free & a great way to sell items
3. Keep your cleaning products in a plastic caddy in the cupboard and that way they’re ready to take from room to room.
4. Put everything back where you got it from.
Everything has a home and if it goes back there you’ll know where to find it next time.
This will save you hours of searching.
5. Do you really need all of those plastic containers? They take up so much room in your cupboards.
Take away containers are always coming into the house so only keep what you need.
6. Use Martha Stewart’s “Six Things to Do Every Day” to keep on top of everything.
7. Keep your sheets in sets in a cupboard or drawer near the bedrooms, so much easier when making up the bed.
8. Go digital – photograph or scan documents to your ipad and store there (be sure to back up).
9. Use the “one in, two out” rule
The rule is that whenever you bring in an item, you have to remove two others from the house.
(my husband’s favourite – his attempt to stop me from bringing home furniture – not always successful!).
This one definitely makes you think before bringing something home.
10. For over 100 different organisational tips have a look at our Pinterest page
Yours in Style – Kim
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