7 Tips to Make De-cluttering a Breeze This Spring

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When it comes to spring cleaning, some tasks can look more challenging than they appear. We’re not talking about cleaning behind the refrigerator or tidying up the garage. There’s one particular task that looks easy at first but can easily overwhelm anyone who decides to undertake it – de-cluttering.

You might feel prepared to tackle the messy junk drawers and the disorderly closets, but how often do you get started only to find yourself giving up and shoving everything back where you found it? Now you don’t have to let those piles of clutter intimidate you any longer. Just follow our tips below to help you de-clutter like a pro!

Sort by Categories, Not Rooms – Often when homeowners begin the process of de-cluttering, they will start in one room and work on it until it’s finished before moving on to the next. Instead of working room by room, we suggest sorting things categorically. For example, find all of your clothes or all of your books, compile them all in one spot, and sort through them there. You’ll be surprised how much easier the process is when you do this!

Ask Yourself One Important Question – As you begin sifting through your items, take a good look at each thing and ask yourself this one question: does this item make you happy? If it does, keep it and give it a home of prominence for good use. If not, simply discard it by donating it or throwing it away.

Kick Guilt to the Curb – During the de-cluttering process, you might come across items that make you feel, well, guilty. Maybe it’s that shirt you bought on clearance but never wore. Perhaps you found that old tea set that you never used from your mother-in-law. Don’t let guilt force you into keeping things you don’t want or need! If anything, tell yourself that you will make someone else much happier by donating these items.

Give Yourself Permission – Do some of your items not fit your style or way of living anymore? Give yourself permission to let them go! This goes for uncomfortable dresses, books you no longer like, and accessories that no longer serve a purpose. Be thankful for the fun times you enjoyed with these items, give them to someone who could use them, and move on.

Keep the Kitchen Counters Clean – When it comes to de-cluttering your kitchen, sticking to the basics works the best. Don’t be lured by the siren’s cry of the sales rack. Just keep the things you need and use frequently on the countertops. You’d be amazed at just how clean and open your kitchen will look with fewer items on the counters!

Create Dividing Lines – Before you put everything back in its rightful place, take the time to compartmentalize everything – literally. Divide your nightstand into sections for the remote, notebooks, pens, and a notebook for easy access. Neatly fold your clothes vertically in your drawers (shoeboxes are handy for this!). When you make separate sections for your items, you will find that you can find what you want more easily.

Speed-Clean Clutter Nightly – Each night before you go to bed, take 15 minutes to tidy up your home. Wipe down the kitchen countertops and take care of the dishes, straighten up blankets and pillows on the couch, and put away your clothes and accessories. Your home will seem much cleaner and enjoyable when you wake up the next day!

De-cluttering can be tough work, but it’s always worth it in the end. After all, it’s a scientific fact that a clean, orderly house is good for your mind!

How do you de-clutter your home? What secrets have you learned throughout the years? Let us know in the comments below!

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10 Simple Ways to Maximize Storage in Your Home

 

Do you often feel that you have too much stuff in your home and not enough space to store it all in? Do you feel that your home has become more and more cluttered lately?

Well, no need to worry or run out to rent a storage unit! Just follow these 10 simple tricks to find some additional storage space in your closets, shelves, cabinets, and more!

May the Odds Be Ever Stacked in Your Favor – Do you have large gaping spaces in your closets or armoire and lack any shelving? That’s just empty space BEGGING to be used! Transform your gaping, unused space into a usable storage unit with shelves to store everyday essentials! Stackable units and baskets are usually available in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, and they are typically a cheap, simple way to solve your storage problems. Just remember to measure before you buy anything!

Two Hanging Rods are Better Than One – Do you need some extra space in that closet? If so, try putting in a second hanging rod! This will work wonders for storage issues, especially if you don’t have a wardrobe totally consisting of long dresses or coats. What a perfect, simple way to double the hanging space in your closet!

Baskets, Baskets, Baskets – Do like to store small things on shelving? Here’s an easy trick to keeping them all in one place – gather them all together and put them in a basket! You can stash all sorts of things in baskets such as video games, collections, remote controls, and even slippers! Not only will you be able to see all the contents at the same time, but you will also put the entire space to good use AND it’ll look much less cluttered, too!

Go Ahead, Be LAZY! What’s round, spins, and is totally awesome for parties and storing items easily? A Lazy Susan! These little beauts allow you to have easy access to items that would normally be tucked away in the back and hard to get to! All you have to do is spin that wheel! If you’re storing smaller items like cans and spices in your cabinets, try getting a two-tiered Lazy Susan to help you out even more!

Hang Those Pots Up! Want to really free up your kitchen? Try a hanging pot rack! This is a great way to empty out entire cabinets and drawers and to make your kitchen have a fun, distinct, and aesthetic look! You can try in-wall or ceiling-mounted versions of the rack. You’re sure to find the perfect one to suit your kitchen!

Don’t Underestimate the Cabinets – If you take a look at your kitchen cabinets, you should notice that there’s some hidden space on the top of them. Well, guess what? The tops of cabinets can often provide some wonderful “hidden” storage, and we’re not just talking about plants either! Store small items like light bulbs, vases, and other things you don’t really need all the time on the top of your cabinets. You can also place the items in colorful baskets on top of your cabinets so you can keep track of where they are (and maybe add a pop of color in the kitchen!).

Make Some Adjustments – It might sound like such an obvious statement, but don’t forget about those adjustable shelves of yours! Even just a few minutes of adjustments and rearranging could solve all of your storage problems… for FREE! You might also want to consider having some extra shelves made to fit your cabinets so you can have more layers of storage for smaller things like mugs.

Think Tall – What’s a really easy way to find a bit of extra storing? Rearranging how you store things! Try stacking your trays, cookies sheets, and platters vertically instead of horizontally to save some space. You can even find tray divider inserts at a local hardware store to help you keep them standing up!

Don’t Ignore the Doors! Do you hang shelves to store things on your walls? Chances are that you do. But there’s one thing you might have been ignoring this whole time when it comes to finding storage space – your doors! Try looking for hooks, racks, and even shoe pockets to store your shoes, dolls, and any other objects you’ve run out of room for!

No Monsters Under the Bed! Forget about feng shui – go ahead and use the space underneath your bed to store some items! But don’t just shove stuff down there – get some thinner storage units that have wheels on them for easy access to off-season clothing, shoes, or whatever else you can stash! Just remember to protect your items from dust!

So what are your tricks for maximizing storage space? Go ahead and tell us on our Facebook page! If you want more tips or are searching for a home with even more space, give us a call at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298 or check out our listings and more on our website at www.dianamasseyhomes.com!