When it comes to home, keeping it “homie” as possible is the goal. A hindrance to this is a messy space.
Less clutter is better.
The perks of a small apartment is that you are able to clean it often.
Larger spaces pose a challenge because it’s easy to leave things clutter in other areas.
Being intentional is the key to a decluttered space.
We put together a list of easy things to do to make your home feel less cluttered:
In the kitchen
The kitchen can be a place where mess and clutter accumulate quickly.
It can also be a place where lots of peace flows if everything is in its place.
1. “Would I buy this item today?”
Go through each item on the counter and cabinet and ask this question. If the answer is “no,” then give it away.
It’s hard to let things go, but sometimes less is better.
2. Have space to cook on counter tops
Having counter space for chopping, mixing, stirring, and cooking is a must if you’re making a meal. Stack things so you have more room to prepare.
3. Clean dishes or put them in the dishwasher
Immediately after breakfast, lunch, or dinner, clean your dishes or put them in the dishwasher. This avoids them piling up in the sink and making it feel messy.
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In the bedroom
Your bedroom is the place where you rest and sleep.
Make it feel welcoming by doing a few of these things to declutter the area:
1. Make the bed first thing
Making the bed helps clear your mind for the day’s tasks. Start the day right by completing a to-do task right off the bat.
2. Put clothes either in the hamper or away in dresser or closet
Clothes on the floor, dresser, or bed give a feeling of clutter in the bedroom.
Try to keep clothes off the floor by putting them in the hamper (or washer), away, or in the closet.
3. Open the blinds for natural light
Opening the blinds lets natural light in the room and makes it feel more alive. Darkness closes off the space.
In the livingroom
Invite family members and guests into this space for comradery.
Here are a few things you can do to make the area feel welcoming:
1. Sweep or mop floor
Clear the floor of dust and dirt so it feels welcoming. Spray something so it smells good. Lemon or lavender are good options.
2. Put pillows and blankets away
Put either on the couch or in a basket in the corner. It feels messy when they are strewn on the floor or scrunched on the couch.
3. Declutter tops of coffee tables
Symmetry is when things are in line with each other, so when objects are haphazardly on top of each other or disorganized on tabletop space, it makes the area feel cluttered.
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In the bathroom
The bathroom is generally forgotten about when it comes to clutter. It can be, however, a to-do that sits in the back of the mind that never gets completed.
Here are a few things you can do to declutter your bathroom:
1. Organize sink tops
Toothbrush, toothpaste, facewash, soap, comb/brush, and many other things can clutter the sink top.
Put those things in a drawer or below the counter to better organize them.
2. Rearrange times in drawers and cabinets
Speaking of cabinets and drawers, spend time organizing them. Put items in baskets to make categories and get rid of things you don’t need.
3. Consolidate soaps
If you have many half-full soap bottles in the bathroom, it can make the area feel cluttered. Combine the soaps (if they are similar scents) to free space.
In the office
1. Set aside only what you use
Go through your office and pinpoint the things you regularly use. If you don’t use it often, give it away or throw it away. No sense in keeping it for a long time.
2. File papers as soon as you get them
Papers are the bane of desk space. As soon as you receive a paper, make sure it goes in its designated place. Maintain your desk for your sanity and productivity.
3. Declutter computer space
You man use your computer more than you use your desk space. If that’s that case, take time to sort through computer files and organize similar files.
A declutter computer is a happy computer.
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