10 Quick Ways to Organise Your Home In Lockdown
There’s nothing as calming as an organised home… clean, tidy, uncluttered and balanced. Experts say that an organised home increases your productivity, enables you to be healthier and feel more positive about your space/home and it can save you time and money.
In times like these, as we are all forced to spend a lot more time at home at the moment, we know many of you want to use the time to get your home in the best shape possible.
So, whether you’ve been putting it off for a little while (or a few years), there is nothing more satisfying than decluttering a room, cupboard or entire home one space at a time to create a greater feeling of freedom and pride.
Over the next month, we will share some top organisation and decluttering tips so you can make a positive impact to your home whilst we are in this extended lockdown period.
How to start?
There are a few ways you could approach your home organisation project – room by room, in order of how often it is used or you could go after quick wins like the biggest job first or the easiest space… we don’t think it’s important where you start, just that you make a start and complete each space so you can enjoy the fruits of your efforts.
We suggest you make a list of what you want to achieve – for example, you could want less clutter in certain rooms and create more space in other rooms. Your list doesn’t need to be exhaustive to begin with, as we have found that once you start you will find inspiration for other areas you’d previously not noticed before.
So, keep the list handy and add to it as you go… but make sure you complete what you start! So, you can feel that sense of achievement along the way.
Where to start the declutter?
Looking at your list – decide what’s most important to you. Which is the room that you have avoided attacking? Which room gives you the greatest anxiety or which is the space you hide from guests? What are the quick wins you have to get you started and feeling good about your home and the organising process?
In the words of Mel Robbins, “Start before you’re ready, don’t prepare, just begin!” - The 5 Second Rule.
For this blog series, we are going to start with quick wins!
10 Quick Ways to Organise and Declutter your Home
1. Sort: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
First things first – Sort: No matter if it is a single space or entire room you should go through and systematically sort anything into three groups: keep, reuse and remove. Be brutal to make the biggest impact – just think how free you will feel and let’s face it if you haven’t used it or worn it in 3 years you are unlikely to do so within the next 12-18months. So free it now from your space and make your organising project that much easier!
2. Rails & Rods
Making underutilised spaces more effective is an easy way to organise and stay that way. Towel rails, rods and racks are not just for bathrooms – they are ideal for many spaces within your home to hang, increase storage and organise many different spaces throughout your home.
- Rails in the Kitchen for pots and pans and hanging utensils
- Rails in the Laundry to hang clothes
- Over the door hangers in Bedrooms for backpacks, dressing gowns
- Tiered racks in wardrobes
- Rails and hooks in cupboards to organise cleaning products
- Use spice racks in the bathroom for nail polish, kids rooms for small toys
3. Invest in Drawer Organisers
Though it's easy to think "out of sight, out of mind," a messy desk, kitchen or bathroom drawer does not help your productivity. From Kitchen to Study to Bathroom, Children’s Activity and in the Bedroom, we love how drawer organisers, trays, bowels and even take away containers can help you declutter, organise and maintain frequently used drawers easily!
4. Magnets are Magic!
Magnets are a great way to declutter numerous different spaces. Using magnets on your favourite makeup palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board in your bathroom so they are always within reach and reduces them being dropped on the grounds. We love those magnetic spice containers which can be stored on the fridge. Chefs love the ease of a magnetic knife bar and other great uses for knife bars are for keys at the front door or in the Children’s Activity or Bedroom, a great way to keep their favourite toy cars off the floor making packing away a little more fun!
5. Corral your Cords
Power cords can clutter up precious desk, floor or benchtop space. Keep your cords under control by using ties or elastic bands to reduce the length of the cord and hooks or cord keepers on the backs of furniture to keep them in place. As we continue to add appliances and technology to our lives, this is an easy way to create organisation in many different areas of our homes.
6. Add Hooks and Shelves
A few hooks to your walls and doors, shower, wardrobe, kitchen cupboards or pantry doors can make a huge difference to your options to be and stay organised in highly used spaces in your home. Likewise, adding a couple of shelves to corners, over doors or under cabinets is an easy way to transform and add extra storage in a walk-in Robe, Study Nook, Kitchen Laundry or Garage.
7. Cupboards & Doors
Installing wire racks or plastic storage boxes to cupboard doors is a great way to organise tricky lids, chopping boards and kitchen or bathroom tools.
8. Index your Life!
You may already be using plastic storage boxes or vacuum bags for out of season clothing or linen remembering what's inside each bin or bag can be tough, and reading a small label is nearly impossible when your bins are stored high on garage shelves. Solve both problems by labelling the bins and bags with large numbers. Each number corresponds to a page in a binder that lists the contents of each bin or bag. It's simple to change the list, and it's a lot easier to find what you need by checking the binder than by rummaging through each bin.
9. Embrace the "Drop Zone"
It seems counterintuitive to your battle against clutter to create a place where you leave piles of stuff. Designating a spot for everyday items is the stopgap that prevents your entire home from filling with unnecessary clutter and saves you time and energy looking for keys, mobiles or sunnies!
10. Block Clutter With Something Pretty!
Since it's often too easy to just throw things anywhere, flip the script and make it harder to cause a pile-up. Place a plant, a figurine, candle or a framed photo on your coffee tables or bedside tables to deter you / your loved ones from piling papers or things on top of other things!
If all this organising leaves you feeling like you still want to explore what a new home could do for your lifestyle, our team are available via Live Chat on our website or via video calls to meet with you to discover your desires for a new home. Call us on 1300 555 382 or contact us our website