Most of us live the American dream more so than we realize. We all have at least one room, whether it is the basement, garage,attic or spare bedroom, that has become a catch-all for stuff. Are you tired of living this way? Has clutter overtaken your home? You can clear the clutter and become more organized with the stuff that you do need and want.
Focus on your home’s needs. Consider the people who live in your home and try to create spaces that can serve everyone needs. Throw out the idea that a room can only serve one purpose. Many people in European countries have little living space and rooms are used for sleeping and relaxing in. Room multi-tasking is an art in Europe, you can do this in your home also. Today people are downsizing in order to save money on expenses like rents, mortgages, heating and other utility costs. If you still live in a larger home, you might have adult children and even their families sharing your space. You can do this with less stress by using your space well.
Pick a place to start and visually look over the area. You are going to need to make some decisions in order to get rid of the clutter. What stays and what goes can cause an emotional response. You need to make some hard choices or just accept the way that you live. If you are a collector, sometimes your collecting can get out of control. Giving up some of your collection, either by sharing it with a family member or friend, is one way to get rid of too big of a collection. Another option is selling some of it and putting the money towards a vacation or other long-term financial goal.
Another reason for accumulating clutter is thinking that someday you might use the item again. The rule for clothing is that if you have not worn it in a year, donate it. If you are saving it until you lose that extra 10 pounds, once again, be realistic. How long have you been trying to lose the weight? Donating or even putting the clothes in a consignment shop gets them out of your home where all they are doing is taking up space. Saving items like cribs, carriages or other baby items for your future grandchildren is another silly thing that people do. Designs and safety standards are always improving and even though your children used these items does not mean that there are not better items on the market now.
Once your have gotten through the maze of clutter, you should be able to see what you have to work with. Avoiding re-using this space as the clutter room is going to take effort but if you can visualize the room serving a need, you can be successful in keeping it clutter-free. Look around the rest of your living space and see how you are currently using each room. Now that you have freed up one space, are there other areas of your home that need work also? If so, leave the clean space alone for now.
Get to work on your next space and continue until you have freed your entire home of the clutter. When all the hard work is done, you can get down to business. Think about the best way to use a space that will make it easy for everyone to keep it in order. If you typically eat your meals in your kitchen and do not use your dining room, consider using it as a family room instead. You can still have a small table and chairs to use for homework,reading or maybe even crafts. Think about what your family likes to do and design your home around them. Traditional set-ups don’t work for most people. Every family is unique and your home should reflect that.
The key to being able to organize your home and keep it that way is to make it suit your needs. Keeping it in order will be easier that way.