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Can you really improve your life by improving your living space? Because your home is where you start and end each of your days, we think you can. Waking up and going to bed in a calming, organized space has been proven to improve focus, mood, and productivity.1 By cleaning and organizing each area of your physical environment, you can make room for more of the good stuff in life. Now, let’s get started on making your home feel like your very own sanctuary, by organizing your place room by room.
The bedroom is the most important space to keep clutter-free to ensure proper rest, relaxation, and boost your mood in the morning. It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you’re surrounded by clothes and clutter. Start organizing this crucial space with these tips.
1. Purge and sort by taking everything out of your closet and sort items into piles: donate, discard or keep.
2. Pick an organization method. Choose a method in which you will align your hanging clothes:
- Clothing type
3. Now the hard part: maintain organization, forever. Keep a bag hanging in your closet. Every time you take off a piece of clothing because you don’t like it, it doesn’t fit, or it no longer suits you, put this item in the bag. Once this bag is full, donate these unused items to maintain the simplicity of your wardrobe. Having this donation bag makes organizing less of a chore because you can get rid of things the moment you notice them, rather than in some massive day-long project.
The Clothing Drawers
New York City organizer Barbara Reich discovered that she could get about a third more T-shirts in a drawer with a fold-and-roll technique. Hang items that are prone to wrinkling in the closet and roll drawer-friendly items strategically so the logo or design faces up. Use dividers to create precise rows. You can go the extra mile by organizing each row by colour.2 Here’s how to fold everything in your closet - from sweaters to underwear - with the fold and roll technique.
The Bedside Table
Melissa Picheny of Declutter + Design in New York City admits that one of her pet peeves is a messy bedside table. So, what’s the perfect solution? Compartments. There should be a place for your remotes, glasses, notepads, phone and pens.3 Whether you want to keep this organizer tucked away in the top drawer or hanging off the side of your bed frame, there are plenty of options for your individual needs and style.
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An organized bathroom can make your morning and evening routines much smoother. Once you’re done with it, your bathroom will be a clutter-free spa of tranquillity. Who knows, you might actually become a morning person.
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- Invest in a hanging organizer that you can place in the corner of your shower. The compartments should be used for your basics like body wash, razors, shampoo, and conditioner.
- When a bottle has reached its end throw it out before your organizer becomes a graveyard of empty bottles.
- Keep bathroom counters clear and leave space for simplicity, hand soap and a candle.
- Use shelving units to store organizers and place folded towels.
- Use drawer dividers to separate toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, etc.
- Add an eye-pleasing laundry hamper to the bathroom to avoid piling towels.
- Finally, label jars and compartments that you have tucked away in drawers so that everything is streamlined.
With an organized kitchen you will feel less stressed when you're prepping meals and entertaining. First things first: go stock up on the essentials and get rid of all those moldy, questionable items. Tackle the cupboards, pantry and refrigerator next with these go-to tips.
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- Clean your kitchen cupboards with soap and water and toss out items you no longer need or use (yes, including those plastic cups you picked up from a restaurant).
- Organize dishes based on their utility. Place dishes you use frequently in accessible cabinets and store fragile items higher up.
- Find a place for appliances so they don’t clutter your countertop.
- Use drawer organizers to separate utensils.
- Use open shelving units to store other items (and encourage you to keep them clutter-free).
- Store herbs and spices in a separate cabinet or alternatively, a spice drawer.
- Keep the canned foods and nonperishable items at the bottom.
- Keep the cereals and breakfast items at the top.
- Line up boxes, cans and bags so that the fronts are always visible.
- Throw out old food.
- Take everything out of the fridge and scrub it down.
- Place an open box of baking soda in the back of the fridge to absorb odour.
- Place fruits in one crisper and vegetables in the other.
- Use the fridge door for storing condiments and avoid harbouring expired items.
- Keep prepped food in clear containers so you can easily see what’s inside.
The Living Room
The Golden Rule? Keep the living room livable. Don’t let this become the miscellaneous room, where toys and old magazines get stepped on and cast aside. It’s time to put your foot down and put your stuff away. You need storage space in your living room to neatly tuck away items and apply the following steps.
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- Keep all the remote controllers on the TV stand.
- Get a bin for extra throw pillows and blankets to be stored away.
- Use a closed cabinet with organizers for items like magazines or toys. Place labelled organizers inside this cabinet.
- Don’t get carried away with decorative items that sit on countertops; reserve the coffee table for a few books and coasters.
- And remember: less is more.
It’s vitally important to have desk space free from distraction. Clutter kills productivity, so you should always be taking active steps to reduce it. There are a number of steps you can take to reduce clutter in your workspace.
- Purge items and clean the desk surface. Throw out old pens, nic nacs and unnecessary items.
- Use a desktop stand that has organized compartments built in. Alternatively, use organized compartments so you have a pen holder, cup holder, phone holder, etc.
- Use separators in drawers and tuck away items you use less frequently.
- Use a filing cabinet either under your desk or in one of the larger drawers; create folders for specific projects.
- Express yourself by adding inspirational messages or helpful sticky notes (but not too many).
Step into Your Virtual Closet
As much as you may think you do, you don’t need a mansion-in-the-countryside's worth of space to fit your stuff comfortably. Instead, use Second Closet to access your virtual walk-in closet and make your space feel like home again. No matter how many times you reorganize and declutter, there still may be seasonal items, bulky furniture, or keepsakes you don’t have room for but also don’t want to throw away. That's where come in. We'll pick up, store, and return your stuff when and where you need it.
1. NBC News. Why Clutter is Killing Your Focus and How to Fix it. Retrieved from www.nbcnews.com
2 & 3. Real Simple. 9 Decluttering Secrets From Professional Organizers. Retrieved from www.realsimple.com