Do you find yourself running out of room in your home? Are your cabinets, drawers and closets overflowing? Would you like to learn how to reduce your clutter and learn how to become better organized? Here are some simple tips to begin you on your way.
1. Go through your utensil drawer. Toss anything you don’t actually need or use.
2. If you are a craft person, gather up all your supplies and begin separating them into like piles. Ribbon goes into one pile. Glue and tape goes into another pile, etc. Now consider a place to store all these items. If you don’t have any special place, consider placing each pile into their own special box or bin and designating an area in your home in which you can store these boxes and bins, labeling each on the outside for quicker access.
3. Consider a new place for your cleaning supplies, if you house them all under your kitchen sink. Would it be more beneficial to store the supplies where you need them? For example, if you could find the room to store your bathroom cleaning supplies in the bathroom, wouldn’t it be handier to have them in the bathroom the next time you are ready to clean that room? Plus, it will give you more room under your kitchen sink for your pots and pans.
4. Clean out the clutter in your living room and family room. Consider removing DVD’s out of their original boxes and putting them in an album. You may also want to go through all those old phone books and such and see what you can toss.
5. Begin keeping your flours, sugars and other baking stuff in clear stackable canisters. These are airtight so the goods will last longer and being clear you can easily tell which product is which. If you buy square containers, they will also take up less room in your cabinets.
6. Learn to throw away junk mail as soon as it arrives. It makes bill paying easier and reduces clutter.
7. If you are receiving too many unwanted catalogs, go to catalogchoice.org and opt out of those that you want to stop receiving. It is a free service.
8. Want to stop unwanted credit card offers, go to optoutprescreen.com and you can get your name removed from those lists for five years.
9. Making mornings easier, by designating a spot on your counter for your coffee pot, toaster and have a basket handy for all your coffee necessities (filters, sweeteners, etc).
10. Make lunches easier by grouping items in your refrigerator together that you may need to make your sandwiches in a transportable container. Add things to it such as: mayo, pickles, and salad dressings. You may even want a separate tray for ketchup and mustard.
Organizing and reducing clutter will take time. Yet, it is worth the effort.