After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is come home to a messy home, but it is often exactly what happens. Even if you spend the weekend cleaning everything — vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing, and wiping down surfaces, your home may never appear as clean as you would like.
No matter how much you clean or how deep of a clean you do, the clutter in your home may be the problem. Even if your home is spotless (when it comes to dirt) it still may be covered in junk and other items that don’t need to be on full display. Organization and decluttering is a great way to keep your home looking clean!
While our team at Clean Bees Homekeepers isn’t going to organize for you, we will make your home spotless and give you tips for organizing on your own! Trust us when we say, organizing your own stuff is the way to go since you will then know where everything is and have a system that works for you. Everyone organizes differently, so doing it yourself can help you understand your system better! After our cleaning pros leave your home with a sparkling finish, all you will need to do is organize and enjoy a fresh and tidy space!
Before you start organizing, get rid of stuff! You don’t want to spend hours organizing just to find that you don’t need or want half that stuff you stored away! If you haven’t used it in a few years or no longer need it, get rid of it. You could even hold a garage sale to make some money off of your old junk. Hiding the stuff you don’t need in closets or on shelves won’t help declutter and organize your home, it will only make other spaces more disorganized. So, before you do anything, be sure you get rid of items you no longer need.
Make a Plan
Organizing your home is more than just straightening stuff up. You will need to head to the store to get baskets, shelving, hooks, hangers, and whatever else you may need to organize, like fun labeling stickers and markers! As you start to clean up your stuff, get rid of items you do not need, and figure out where items are going to be located in your home, you can start planning what type of organizational system you want in certain areas of your home. If your living room is currently filled with games, DVDs, books, and other items lining the tables, stacked on the floor, and on the TV stand, you need to think of a different way to organize everything. A shelving unit with baskets is a great option for this mess!
Buy Organizational Items
Once your plan is set, you can start thinking about what exactly you are going to need in your home and what will help you stay organized. Those desk and kitchen drawer organizers are great because once they are implemented, it is hard not to keep your drawers organized. You need to find the organization tools to add around your house that have the same effect.
Baskets and bins are always a great option and there are so many different styles of these that you can use different ones for different items. Take the shelving unit in your living room for example. If the shelves are close enough together that you need to slip the basket out to see what is inside it, you may want to get a wire basket or one that can be labeled so your family knows what is in it just by looking rather than having to pull each basket out to find what they need. This can also be handy in your pantry. If you have a lot of clutter in your pantry because snacks, granola bars, and other items are always scattered across the shelves, baskets can help keep it organized and everything in place. Using labeled bins in this area will make it easier for everyone to find what they need right away.
In cabinets, add small bins, shelves, hooks, and other organizational tools to help keep them from becoming a nightmare. Corner cabinets are the worst, but by adding a Lazy Susan to each shelf, you can make sure nothing gets pushed to the back of the cabinet and forgotten.
Hooks are a great way to use valuable space and rid your counters and tables of clutter. Add hooks to the sides of your cabinets to hang your dish towels, oven mitts, or anything else that can be hung. It might also help to add hooks right by your front door or in your mudroom (wherever people enter the house from). This way, they can hang their car keys on the hooks right away, minimizing clutter in other areas of the house and helping to keep everyone’s keys from getting lost!
Once you have all of your organizational tools, or at least some to start with (you will need more once you get started), it is time to start organizing! Organize in a way that makes sense to you. Like we mentioned earlier, organizational styles are different for every person. You may want to keep your DVDs and books on the same shelves while others may scatter groups of their DVDs or book on different shelves with decorations and knick-knacks. The best part about organizing your own house is that you get to pick what goes where and do what makes sense to you! This way you know where everything is and where it needs to be put away when it is done being used. You can have your children and spouse organize their own areas so that they have the same benefits. Organizing can be fun and leave your home looking awesome, but you just have to figure out how to start!
There are so many different ways to organize and a quick Google search will show you everyone’s views on the “right” way to get the job done, but really, it is all up to you. An organized house will not only look nicer, but it will be easier to clean too! Contact Clean Bees Homekeepers today to schedule your one-time or repeat cleaning service. We are excited to help transform your home into a space that is neat and tidy!