So many of us live in unnecessary clutter. Closets full of clothes we haven’t worn in years; drawers filled with old light bulbs and receipts; garages busting at the seams with old toys and gadgets. Our lives are busy, and it can feel overwhelming and nearly impossible to get ourselves organized.
The truth is, a disorganized and cluttered home can contribute to feelings of anxiety and stress. For most of us, we have enough of those emotional burdens as it is. Our homes shouldn’t be the source of more of it. In an effort to empower you to take control of your clutter, we have put together our top tips for organizing your home which can bring about peace of mind and a sense of pride in your personal space.
1.Believe you can
. For many of us, the very thought of going through everything can seem overwhelming. Know that you can do it. Have a plan and start small – room by room, cabinet by cabinet. Carve out a little time each week to tackle a new area. Bring your family and friends in to help to share the load and (hopefully) the laughs from all the random items you find!
2.Shed the fat.
The obvious first step to remove the clutter in your life is to remove the “excess” but you must first define “excess.” A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something in over a year, it’s probably safe to toss it. If you have more than three of anything, toss it.
3.Label and Organize.
Go online and purchase easily stackable storage bins, a label maker and tags. Label each bin with the corresponding contents inside. Try not to get bins too large where items can get buried. Using small-medium-size bins and other storage boxes will make it easier to find the things when you need them, while keeping everything neat and tidy.
4.Think before you buy.
The best part about organizing a house (besides the obvious benefit of de-cluttering) is actually knowing what you own. This will make it a lot easier for you to think twice before buying anything new. Not to mention the money savings. You need AA batteries? Forget it, you have extras and you know where they are!
Inter Valley Health Plan regularly hosts classes with tips to remove clutter. For a list of upcoming classes in your area: forhealthandliving/ivhpevents