My home is a perfect representation of me. I have stuff all over the place, and my desk, countertops, and drawers are messy. My desk is piled high with papers, I have a drawer overflowing with pens and pencils, and my kitchen counters are cluttered with junk. My children’s room is a disaster, and my bedroom is a disaster…and it is getting worse. So, how bad is my mess?
Have you ever started organizing your home, then given up because you knew you would never be able to keep it up? Many people struggle with keeping the home tidy for a variety of reasons. Some, like young, single people, may simply lack the time or energy to keep everything organized. Others, like the elderly, may be physically unable to keep up with a tidy home. Still, others may simply be overwhelmed by the amount of work needed to organize everything and keep it organized, or perhaps just don’t know where to start.
Here are some strategies to help leave the messy behind
- Label everything – Anyone who has ever been organized knows the first step to getting organized is labeling everything. Labeling your home, your belongings, and even things for which you are responsible for can be a lifesaver. It can help you keep track of things, avoid repeating mistakes and find misplaced items.
- Create a Sorting System – When you move somewhere new, a lot of the process can be overwhelming. There is so much for you to do; from unpacking the boxes to setting up your utilities. But one of the most time-consuming tasks is organizing all your individual possessions. Once they are placed in their drawers and closets, however, it can be easy to lose that sense of order. To bring order back to your home, create a sorting system that will help you keep the clutter at bay.
- Throw away any trash – The clutter in your home is a source of stress, so it is important to tackle it head-on. Take a few minutes to throw out any trash that you never need in your home. You will be surprised by how much space it will create, and you will be able to enjoy your home much more.
- Make a schedule for cleaning the house – Messes are an inevitable fact of life, but there are ways to lessen their impact. Most people tend to let the mess build up and become overwhelming instead of taking the time to clean regularly. Remember, little and often. Cleaning your house on a regular basis only takes a few minutes each day, and by making cleaning a scheduled chore, you can avoid having to clear away the same mess over and over constantly.
- Have a donation or recycling bin around at all times – When your home gets messy, it can feel like a huge emotional weight. You clean for hours, only to have the mess come back, and it feels like you will never get it under control. While getting organized is one step, another great way to deal with the mess is to have a donation or recycling bin around at all times. If you find yourself constantly picking up things to throw away, or if you are struggling to organize your home due to clutter, then feed your motivation by donating or recycling items you no longer need.
No matter what type of house you live in, there is always going to be a messy spot—a closet, a cabinet, your fridge—just waiting to be cleaned. But if you let the clutter in your home mount up, it can become overwhelming. Once you reach this stage, it is hard to know where to even begin with the cleaning. But it does not have to be that way. With just a little bit of planning and organization, you can keep on top of it. Throw away anything that has not been used or worn in the past year, clear the junk, get organized and enjoy feeling as though a weight has been lifted from your mind!