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Top 4 Decluttering Tips to Get Organized This Winter

January 21st, 2015  |  Home Insurance

Losing weight and getting organized - the two most common new year’s resolutions. If you’re planning to set aside a day or two this month to finally get things organized in your home, here are a few tips you can use.

  1.  Start small.

Starting with the largest room in your house can be daunting and even cause you to give up pretty quickly, so start small. Start with one small area, like a drawer. One small victory will get the ball rolling and help to motivate you to keep going to those larger rooms or spaces!

 

  2.  Move on to closets.

Organizing your closets can add additional storage space and even give you additional space to put clutter from some of the rooms in your house. Items like storage boxes, shelving or hooks can help make the small space of a closet hold far more items than you anticipated.

 

  3.  Now let’s look at larger living spaces.

Now that your closets are organized, and you’ve even perhaps been able to move some of the clutter from your living spaces into the closets, think about organizing those living spaces. In the family room, think about storage for media items such a DVDs, books or games. You should also designate a spot for the kids to keep all their toys: get them thinking about organization from an early age! Adding items such as bookshelves, baskets of even storage furniture, like an ottoman, can help you to organize your family room in a way that’s still quite stylish. In the kitchen, it’s time to be honest with yourself. How often do you really use that pasta maker or the juicer? Perhaps some of those smaller kitchen appliances can be kept either in a pantry or a closet until you are ready to use them, thereby creating more counter space in your kitchen.  Clear counters will help your kitchen to feel larger.

 

  4.  Now, it’s time for the big job.

The garage and the basement are often the biggest jobs for any organizer. Removing clutter from either of these spaces can greatly benefit you, though. Extra space in the basement could actually mean additional living space for you or your children, and extra space in the garage may even allow you space to park your car in there in the winter. Start with one area and expand out, and don’t be afraid to be ruthless when it comes to deciding what to keep, and what to throw away or donate. If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s probably time for it to go.

 

Spending a day (or maybe even a few days) devoted to getting organized can help you to improve your quality of life, save you time and stress, and even help to make your house look better. So don’t delay, get organized!

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