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Small Home Organization

I can’t say I’m some organizing guru by any stretch of the imagination, but after three and a half years of living in small spaces, here are some things I’ve learned:

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1) Declutter, declutter, declutter, I repeat, declutter – We all have more stuff than we need. My mantra: If you don’t love it and use it, get rid of it. Stick to the basic essentials. It will make it much easier to clean, much easier to organize, much easier to live. One of the major advantages to living in a small space is that you can’t have very much stuff. The more space you have, the easier it is to accumulate. So, small homes force me to keep things pared down!

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2) Break the rules, sometimes – Just because a cupboard is in the bathrook doesn’t mean you must only store bathroom items in it. One of our bathroom shelves houses extra kitchen items and cloth napkins. Another of our bathroom cupboards is designated for extra paper products – plates, napkins, plasticware, etc. Our bedroom closet is home to much more than clothes and shoes (As a side note: we keep our shoes in the orginal boxes. I’ve done this for years and got Jesse hooked on it, too! It keeps things much more organized, we can stack the boxes, and each pair of show has a specific home. Plus, I’ve found it tends to prolong the life of the shoe.) – it also has all my violin paraphernalia (minus all my sheet music which I store in a file cabinet), craft and sewing supplies, suitcases, special heirlooms, and more. Go through your home and determine where your extra space is and then designate items needing space to have their place there – no matter where it is. (Obviously, you can’t just designate a spot, you also have to train yourself to put the item back in the spot after you use it, but designating a spot usually goes a long way for me to actually putting it back!).

3) Think high and low – Clean out of extra storage space? What about storing certain items on the tops of bookshelves, or the tops of your kitchen cupboards, if you have space there. What about under the hang-up clothes in your closet, under your dresser, or under your bed? We store vintage dishes passed down from my grandmothers on the tops of our kitchen cupboards, utilize every inch of space under our hang up closes in our closet, and we even have a number of items with designated spots under our bed!

4) Hang up your clothes – I’ve found that it takes much less space to hang up clothes than to store them in drawers. By doing so, we can get by with only one dresser for all of us. Plus, the clothes stay less wrinkled.

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DECLUTTERING TIPS FOR A NEAT HOME

Most people amid their tight busy schedule find it hard to organize their homes. Those that do try to do it get overwhelmed in the process and end up creating a bigger mess than it was initially. The problem still gets blown out by members of the family that cannot keep up with simple house rules making the home look like an animal house. Decluttering your home is not a one day task but a chained process that will still require your attention daily. Knowing what to do and how to do it won’t make this a problem to dread about, but an easy task not worth sacrificing your whole weekend doing it. If you’re someone like me who’s messy but in love with retro mid century furniture, then this article is for you.

The first thing is to know that you cannot declutter your entire home all at once. You need to set up small and realistic goals on how to go on about it. Choosing to start with one of the rooms like the kitchen, bedroom or the sitting room is the first process. Organizing one room at a time is easier than trying to arrange the entire house. This too ensures that you don’t end up having unfinished task that pervades the entire space with household items from the disarrangements you made. Put all the misplaced items that you come across in one place where you can easily remember and reach out when you will be required to put them in their rightful places.
The second easy way is to take shortcuts while performing the task. Avoid walking to and fro towards a box that you can actually toss the item. Sort yourself systematically and avoid all the unnecessary movements that don’t add up to anything. Don’t make any decision while sorting out the objects to clear up emotional ties that come up during the streamlining stage. You can collect all the items to be put in one place in one box by going round all the rooms with the collection box.

The third way to use is to go around the house with a garage bag in hand collecting all the trash that has accumulated. Stuff in all the items that aren’t in use and should be disposed off – make sure you let the rest of your house members go through the bag before making a decision to throw the items. Donating all the items you don’t need eases congestion as well as provides new space for other items to be placed. If the process overwhelms you then you can move out large things that create more space as you continue arranging the smaller items.
These are few creative tips that should assist anyone that is decluttering his/her home.