Is there anything worse than a messy home? Having an untidy house can make your life more stressful and can even be a safety hazard when taken to the extreme. And there are many more reasons why a messy home is something you don’t want.
But if you’re a messy person like me, how can you go about staying organised? Luckily, there are a few ways to get yourself organised. Most importantly, these are easy tips to follow! So if you want to get a bit more organised, read these tips created with the messy person in mind.
Reduce the amount of stuff you have
First things first, it’s very difficult to stay organised if you have piles of items lying around, closets overflowing with clothes, and tables covered in so much stuff that you can’t even see them. This is why you need to declutter. Yes, that word is thrown around a lot these days but it is super important!
Once a month, you should have a good clear out. Go through each room one at a time and categorise your items into 3 groups: keep, discard, and donate/sell. You have to be strict here since you’re probably going to be thinking, “I might use it eventually.” You’ll need to be realistic about things you actually use regularly and things you don’t.
Not only will decluttering make your house look tidier, it will help calm you down and even reduce the cost of moving house, should you decide to do so in the future. Purging your items can be difficult depending on how attached you are to your belongings. However, reducing the amount of stuff you have is probably the biggest step you can take towards a more organised home!
Make sure your organisation is logical
When you do get to the nitty gritty of organising, you need to make sure you tackle it in a logical manner. Take some time to think about how you can go about making organisation easier for yourself. This is so that you don’t end up making the task more difficult for yourself.
A big part of getting rid of your mess is to make tidying up a (mainly) one-handed task. For instance, place your storage bins, laundry baskets, and other containers in easy-to-reach places. The same goes for cleaning supplies. If these items are hidden away in the back of a cupboard or closet, you make cleaning up much more difficult and time-consuming than necessary.
Also, store items by frequency. Put the things that you use daily in easily-accessible areas. For example, these are the counter, the first drawer, or the front of cupboards. This makes sense since for example, if you use certain ingredients almost every meal, why would you want to go hunting around your kitchen for them?
Turn organisation into a challenge
When trying to stay organised, it can be very difficult to keep yourself motivated. As time passes, you might lose focus or you might just fall off track after certain events in life such as a vacation or a new addition to your family. However, a great way (at least for some people!) to help you continue your organising efforts is to turn it into a challenge.
Try having a little competition with your family to see who can stay organised or tidy up the most. You can go about this challenge in two ways. First, whoever completes the most cleaning tasks gets a reward. Alternatively, whoever accumulates the most demerits for being messy has to do laundry or kitchen cleaning for the week—punishment might just be the motivation kick you need!
Also, when decluttering and organising, perhaps you can implement a system where for every room you clear out, you can buy a new, special item. Even simple games such as recycling or laundry basketball can motivate you and your kids to keep things neat and tidy. What’s important to understand here is that gamification can help make organising feel less like a chore and more like something you enjoy.
This is more pertinent to those with a home office, but can still be relevant to the rest of your house if you have a lot of paperwork lying around. Instead of having your desks and tables covered with mail, papers, magazines, and newspapers, perhaps it is better to go the digital route.
Scanning your papers will significantly reduce the amount of paper clutter covering your desk. If you don’t want to invest in a scanner, then a picture can often suffice. Having digital copies of everything is easy to keep track of and you’ll be able to access them anytime and anywhere.
Having a tidy home has many benefits—it can help you feel happier, be healthier, make your house look more appealing when moving house, and save you money. Keeping your home mess-free can seem like a daunting task, especially if organisation doesn’t come naturally to you. But with these tips, you can make it a bit easier for you!