If, like many people, you struggle to maintain a well-organised home, here are a few tips which may help.
Invest in some storage items
If there is a distinct lack of storage in your home, it will be significantly harder to keep it well organised. For example, if, upon walking through the front door, you and other household members have nowhere to put your coats, umbrellas, shoes, keys and bags, you'll probably end up throwing them onto the sofa, the floor or the kitchen table. Not only will this give your home a very untidy appearance, but it will also make it that much more difficult to locate these things when you need to use them again in a day or two.
Purchasing a few storage items will make a huge difference to the appearance and functionality of your home. To tackle the issue mentioned above, for instance, you could place an umbrella holder, a shoe rack and a coat stand in the hallway next to your front door. This will ensure that those entering your home know exactly what to do with their outerwear and accessories when they walk through the door, and will, therefore, be less inclined to leave them lying around your home.
Put unneeded items into a self-storage facility
Excess clutter can make it incredibly difficult to maintain a well-organised home, particularly if your property is quite small and lacking in storage space. Piles of 'stuff' scattered throughout a house can give it a very messy and somewhat chaotic appearance.
If you have a lot of items which are only used seasonally (such as Christmas decorations or barbecue equipment, for example) or that are not used at all, but that you don't wish to throw away (sentimental items like your children's old artwork or toys might fall into this category), then it might be worth keeping these belongings in a self-storage facility. This will free up a lot of space in your home (without having to get rid of things that are occasionally useful, or that are personally important to you) and thus make it easier for you to keep it clean and clutter-free.
Clear off the surfaces once every day
You have probably noticed that clutter tends to accumulate very quickly on the countertops, tables and windowsills around your home. This where people tend to 'temporarily' leave things like half-drunk cups of tea, a newspaper, food wrappers, house keys, books and other bits and bobs. If you want to maintain an organised house, it's worth getting into the habit of clearing this clutter off every surface in your home at the end of each day.
Simply bring a basket around the house and toss all of the clutter that you find into this basket. Then, return the items to their rightful places. This should take no more than ten or fifteen minutes and will make a big difference to the organisation levels in your house.
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