Decluttering can seem like a daunting task to complete. You may know that you need to declutter and get rid of excess stuff, but figuring out where to start can be challenging. Hopefully, you can use this list to help you start working on creating a more organized home with less clutter!
This list doesn’t come close to covering everything you could get rid of in your home. However, hopefully, it will give you an excellent start to a more organized life!
I’d love to hear from you, what items do you think are the best to get rid of first? Be sure to leave it in the comments!
A child’s brain subconsciously loves structure, routine, and stability. So the best way to get your child to help with cleaning is to be consistent, make it a part of your routine, and have fun with it! Follow along to learn some easy secrets to getting your child to clean and have fun all at the same time.
It is essential to create a consistent routine for our children and teach them to clean up after themselves, but we need to make sure our expectations are realistic. Cleaning up after your child when they can do it themselves tells them that they don’t have to do it because someone else will. And truthfully, this will only create more work for you now and in the long run. On the other hand, if your expectations are too high and they cannot complete the task you’re asking them to do, they will feel frustrated, hurt, and discouraged when you have to redo their hard work.
I know very few people who enjoy cleaning for hours on end, and I have never met a child who would be capable of cleaning for hours, let alone enjoy it. So ensure not to overload your child with too much at once. Create a routine that includes cleaning daily or every other day. By doing this, you will keep the cleaning intervals shorter, and you will find much less resistance from your children.
Children will become overwhelmed quickly when you ask them to tidy up a room if they don’t know where to put everything (even if you have told them 500 times where something goes). This reminder brings our conversation back to the importance of organization and decluttering your home! Make sure that everything in your home has a place; this includes toys. You can label bins accordingly to accommodate the child(ren) that will be cleaning up. Make sure to include pictures on your labels for children that can’t read yet. Keeping everything organized and labeled will help ensure their toys make it back to where they belong and leave your child feeling independent, confident, and competent.
If you have two or more kids, then this will be something you probably see them often do all on their own. Now, it’s time to use it to your advantage! Set a timer and see who can pick up the most toys in said time or split the room in half and see who can get their side put away first. Sometimes adding competition into cleaning will add a new element that makes it a bit more exciting.
Make cleaning a little more enjoyable for everyone and add some music! Listening to upbeat music that your child enjoys can make cleaning more pleasurable, but it also helps us complete the task quicker. Let your child sing and dance to their favorite tunes while cleaning, and it will decrease cleaning time and leave them in a better mood than when they started.
We know as adults how daunting a huge list of to-dos can be. We shouldn’t be surprised that a child will also feel overwhelmed by a long list of tasks or a mess that spreads from one end of the living room to another. Sharing the job and helping guide them can make it feel less overwhelming to all people involved. I am not suggesting that you clean the mess for your child, but there is a lot of benefit to you offering to help them. I think you may be pleasantly surprised by the result. Soon enough, they will reach out and ask to help with your tasks, such as drying the dishes after you have washed them, or join in and help you fold and put away the laundry. Most children tend to mock the behaviours they see, so if you’re often offering to lend a hand, they will likely repeat this behaviour in the future. You will also get to spend valuable time with your child and them with you. Quality time seems to be hard to find in a world moving so fast all the time; take advantage of it.
Doing the same chore over and over can become redundant quickly and feel more like a punishment than a chore. Give your child the ability to choose which chore(s) they would like to do. Unfortunately, you may need to gently remind them that “none” is not an option on the list. You can allow them to choose between jobs that you have already predetermined they are capable of doing. Most kids love to help, and they love feeling like they are contributing to the household.
Set a timer and challenge your child to beat the clock. Suggest a specific task and set the timer for a predetermined amount of time. For example, “Can you pick up all the dinosaurs in one minute?” or “Can you clean your room in under one hour?” You get the idea; Make it fun! If you want, you could even offer a reward if they can manage to accomplish the task in said amount of time.
Cleaning does not have to be the daunting task that we sometimes make it out to be. Make it a family affair where you can engage with each other and have fun. Having your child do chores consistently will also teach them critical skills that will be valuable to them now and for the rest of their lives. Remember that sometimes even with help, you can still feel overwhelmed by your space. If you lack space due to clutter and find it hard to function in your home, let us help! Check out our website to see our storage solutions available and see which options can help you have the space you deserve! At Crate It Storage, we provide our customers with affordable small storage services with the most value.
Amid this pandemic, it seems almost impossible to have any plans or have a sense of organization most of the time. All the chaos around us can make life feel a bit overwhelming sometimes. So it’s an excellent time to take a deep breath and focus on the things we can control. Most of us are spending more time at home than ever before, and with these organization tips from the pros, your house can look better than ever and give you some much-needed peace.
Focus on One Area at a Time
We often have multiple areas in our home that need some organization, but it’s essential to start with just one. You may choose to begin in a high-traffic area that needs some added functionality, or rather a space that causes you the most frustration. The space choice is entirely up to you, and any area will work, as long as it’s only one. Trying to organize multiple rooms at a time can quickly become overwhelming and lead to giving up altogether. Once you have finished organizing your first space, treat yourself and take a much-deserved break before moving onto your next area.
Purge, Purge, Purge
Your first step, before you organize anything, is to remove anything that you don’t need! You don’t want to waste time organizing things that you don’t need to keep. If you’re anything like me, you understand how this can be a daunting process. I am always clinging to everything with a memory or clothing that I may wear someday (even if it is three sizes too small)! But let’s face it, we don’t need to keep everything. So if you don’t wear it or use it, consider this a good time for it to go. Decluttering is always the first step in any organizational project because you don’t want to organize clutter.
Create the Vision Before You Start
Have you ever started organizing something with a kinda-sorta vision? I certainly have! If you haven’t made this mistake, then let me save you some time and frustration. Always create the vision before you start organizing the space. You will want to treat your organizational project much like a 5th-grade short story project. You have to brainstorm and do a rough draft before the final draft of your short story, right?
Well, this is similar; you will want to brainstorm, asking yourself questions like:
Take the time to write down your vision, and then you can tackle the project with a solid plan, saving yourself a lot of time and frustration in the long run. You may also find it helpful to share your vision with someone that knows you well, to get some extra insight.
Make Sure That Everything Has a Place
When we have too much stuff in our homes without a place to go, it becomes impossible to clean it. Every item in your home needs to have its place. For example, a spoon; if I saw a spoon laying on the floor, I would know exactly where it needs to go. Just like this spoon, all items in your home need to have their designated place. So that when you see something lying around, without hesitation, you know where it goes. If something in your home doesn’t have a place, you need to either designate it a home or get rid of it.
Maximize your Space
Storage space can be vital in the process of making sure that everything has a place. If you need more storage space, take a closer look at where there may be some wasted space. Over doors and underneath beds are commonly overlooked areas that are ideal for storage. Don’t forget to use wasted vertical space; Shelving can go all the way to the ceiling if you’d like. Just try only to store the items you don’t use quite as often at the top. Utilizing wall space with wall shelves or hooks is another excellent way to maximize space. If your linen closet is overflowing with bulky towels, add a few extra hooks on the bathroom wall for them and free up some space in your linen closet.
Too often, we fall into the temptation to set something down with the intention of putting it away later. But as always, life happens, and it doesn’t get put away as intended. If you want to make a noticeable difference in your space, always push yourself to put things away in the moment. No more procrastinating, and I promise you won’t regret it!
Try to Avoid Distractions
Once you have started organizing an area, try to avoid answering a phone alerting you of texts or phone calls that can derail your organizational plans. If you need to put your phone on silent or even shut it off, don’t feel bad doing so. In the process of organizing, we often have to sift through a lot of different stuff. Make sure none of these items send you down another path; Reminiscing on old memories, reading a book you meant to read, paying bills, etc. If you planned to organize, then you need to stay focused on that task. One of the biggest obstacles I encounter is the desire to match long-lost companions with their mates. Before I know it, I have spent way too much time looking for the missing lid for the lone bowl, finding the other sock, or trying to figure out where this stray cord belongs. Instead, create a box for these items that are missing their mate, and set it aside. Don’t let it derail your organizing momentum. These mismatched items will reunite eventually, and if they don’t, you can toss or donate them.
These are some of my favourite organization methods, but I would love to hear yours! Comment below to share what tips help you keep your home or office organized.
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