“My house was clean. Then the kids woke up. The end”. Sounds familiar?
Let’s face it, despite our best efforts to keep things tidy, there’s nothing children love more than re-cluttering. It can feel like a constant battle to put things away!
We all want home to be a place of calm — somewhere that is relaxing and pleasant to be in. However, when things are disorganized, it all inevitably ends in a big stressful mess.
Here are my top tips to keeping organized and feeling more relaxed at home, even with kids!!
Top Tips for Keeping Organized:
Marie Kondo changed my life. She is the foremost Japanese organizing guru and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
Standing clothes up like this will keep all clothes visible. You can use small boxes as drawer dividers to keep your clothes in line. You can choose what to wear in a hurry without disrupting other clothes, so your closet remains neat, your clothes wrinkle free, and getting dressed a pleasant experience. When I switched to this system, I found that I knew what clothes I own better. When I shop I fill in gaps in my wardrobe instead of buying same/similar cluttering items.
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This is a commonly wasted space, but so much can be stored in the back of cabinet doors! Also, it keeps clutter in a place that is easily accessible, but ultimately out of sight.
- Use bulletin or white boards in a cabinet the whole family uses for task lists and notes. These important memos will remain out of the way
- Install racks (for spices in the kitchen, or hair accessories in the bathroom)
- Similarly, use hooks for cooking utensils
- Place magnetic strips in bathroom cupboards for small metal and hard-to-keep-track-of items such as tweezers and bobby pins
- Line the back of the cupboard with a metal sheet for magnetic storage items and/or fridge magnets.
Extra points for labelling so even the most clutter blind family members can put things where they belong.
That’s right. Towel bars are a great way to store items decoratively around your home. Hang cups and measuring spoons in the kitchen, key baskets and plants at the entrance way, or even ties/scarves in your bedroom. Sometimes de-cluttering is not about hiding your items, but finding ways to showcase your favourites in a neat way.
Install a power outlet inside your medicine cabinet so that you can charge small bathroom electronics (razers, electric toothbrushes, etc). This way, you can store and charge them without worrying about those unsightly cords.
At the end of the day, sometimes clutter is simply that: Clutter! We don’t really need everything we own. When you go through the process of giving away the things you don’t really need, you will live lighter and truly value the things that you do have. Plus, it will be easier to assign everything its own home, so that it is easier to put things away after use (even for kids with some patience and practice).
Keep only what you love and give everything a home.
When it comes to cleaning equipment, the Vorwerk Kobold is the only cleaning system you need. It is an all-in-one system that is guaranteed for at least 13 years. Don’t buy multiple hard to store cleaning systems when you can have one that can be used for every purpose and in every part of the home (including deep cleaning, dry cleaning, vacuuming and moping).
The Vorwerk Kobold is very light, so can be hung in your closet. Also, the different attachments come in an easy to store bag. Your closet will have never looked so good! 🙂