This week on the blog we have a Guest. Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.
Continue reading for her tips on How to Organize your Home for stress free living. Just in time for Spring Cleaning!
Getting your home organized may sound like a big job, but it’s an important part of living a life free of stress. Decluttering and keeping things neat can help you stay on track, keep you focused, and can even help boost your mental health. Living in a home full of clutter and in disarray can make you feel tired, overwhelmed, and easily distracted, which can take a toll on both your personal and professional life.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can keep a tidy home and get organized. The key is to start in one room and work your way out to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Begin with the room you use the most. It may be the kitchen or living room; these are typically the rooms where families spend the most time. Once you’ve decluttered, take a look at each area of the room and assess whether it’s working for you or against you.
Here are a few of the best tips on getting organized and keeping a tidy home.
Toss, Donate, Keep
The first step in getting organized is decluttering, and while this can be a time-consuming process, it’s also very important. It requires some objective thinking, so be prepared to look at everything with a critical eye to assess whether you really need to hang on to it. Create different piles for items you want to throw away, things you can donate, and things you know you want to keep. If you haven’t used it in six months or more and it’s not a seasonal item, chances are you can probably do without it. For more great tips on decluttering, click here.
Studies have shown that adding plant life into your home can help ease stress, and besides that, they also just look pretty. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, consider using succulents to brighten up your space.
You can also use scent diffusers in each room to give them a more relaxed feel. Just be sure to choose scents that mingle well with one another and won’t be overwhelming for the space.
Take a look at each area of your home and get a feel for what might make it easier to keep clean. For instance, if your desk or the kitchen counter is a catch-all, take a look at the items that keep making their way there and find a way to keep them neat. Invest in a mail organizer, create a place to hang your keys, and make a space in the foyer or front hall where your family can take off shoes and hang up backpacks and coats.
No matter how big your home is, there’s likely at least one area that could use more space. If that’s the kitchen, utilize overhead room to hang pots and pans rather than taking up cabinet space. Organize bathroom cabinets with bins and baskets to make everything more accessible, and fold towels to place inside an over-the-door shoe cubby to maximize your space.
No matter what your family’s needs are, it’s important to make sure your home is accessible, safe, and relaxing so that everyone can come in after a long day and feel comfortable and happy. Reducing clutter and giving each room a small makeover can do wonders for your outlook and your mental health, and it can do the same for your family. Talk to your loved ones to get a feel for what would help them stay on task, and implement the changes together.