The Organisation Edit: Tips for home organisation
Have you ever avoided a room because it's messy? Struggling to open drawers? Looking for an easy way to refresh your home? Home organisation can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be. Armed with a game-plan, you can instantly organise and declutter your home with some useful tips and tricks. Whether it's pantry organisation, laundry storage or kitchen organisation, energise your home with a few easy steps!
Living Room Organisation
Home organisation starts with the living room. The living room always seems to be a top contender when it comes to absentminded clutter. Odds and ends conveniently find their way into this space - books, keys, bags, shoes, clothes, you name it - but there's an easy way to avoid this. You have to identity what's causing your mess and then… cull!
Wash your pillows, rugs and throw blankets to immediately brighten up any interior space. Get rid of anything that cannot be restored or cleaned, keeping those extra pillows and blankets in a basket by the couch. Take the time to style your shelves, as a neat and dust-free zone makes all the difference. Keep magazines in a stand or fan them out on a coffee table. Donate anything that doesn't bring you joy or speak to your individual interior style.
Throw out anything that's broken or cannot be fixed and remove any outdated technology. Clean up your cords using a cable tie or a ribbon - you can even tape them to the back of your furniture to remain unseen. Finally, have a destinated area, like a bowl or box, for things like keys, wallets, remotes, sunglasses - that way you can avoid them piling up around the room.
Always have an uncluttered bedroom to ensure a good night's sleep. Treat your room as a sanctuary for rest - this means avoid extra and unnecessary items. Make sure your bedside table is simple - keep a candle and a lamp but avoid mounting up a collection of unread books. On the same note, don't keep random items under your bed unless they are in suitable storage. If you are going to champion home organisation, then keep purposeful storage that doesn't make the problem worse.
Break down your wardrobe into style segments, that way you know where all your clothes are (and they aren't mixed in with your activewear). Be ruthless with your clothes - donate anything never worn or throw out clothes that can't be mended. Store seasonal outfits in a sealable vacuum bag or in a collapsible organiser and keep shoes on a shoe rack. Don't forget the number one rule when organising your bedroom - hang up clothes and put away your clean laundry.
Always start with your kitchen drawers and cupboards. Throw out any broken appliances or chipped plates and bowls. Add hooks to the inside of cupboards to easily store tea towels and oven mitts. When thinking pantry organisation, always check the use by dates and restock your shelves using plastic storage boxes or baskets. This way, you'll clearly be able to see what you have, and what you need. Utilise the space under the sink - this is a great place to store any cleaning items or a rubbish bin out of the way and keeps the not-so-pretty items out of sight.
The hidden secret to kitchen organisation? Labels! Make sure you label everything you can - this will help to avoid any waste or the very-easy-to-do double purchase.
It's easy for items to pile up within bathroom drawers and cupboards. Start off by throwing out anything past its use-by date and be sure to check the back of makeup and other beauty products. While you're cleaning, soak your make-up and hair brushes in a cleaning solution, and dry them thoroughly when finished.
Fold or roll up your towels to store them neatly in cupboards or stands. Make use of a toothbrush or shower caddy to maximise space, or purchase an accessory tumbler to keep smaller items neat and tidy. When planning your home organisation, you want to make sure your bathroom is functional - keep everything you use daily in a top shelf or effortlessly stacked atop the vanity.
The laundry storage is another small space that can easily get lost in clutter chaos. Start off by cleaning this space top to bottom. Keep all your linen items together, folded neatly - you can conveniently keep sets together in a pillowcase. Use plastic storage boxes or baskets to store any miscellaneous homewares together, and vacuum bag any extra-large blankets or duvets. Remember to safely store all cleaning items out of reach.
Short on space? Use a collapsible laundry basket for easy storage, collapsible pegs to dry items over a sink, or an ironing mat that can easily be placed on top of a washing machine.
Before you embark on your organisational clean-up, visualise what you want your interior spaces to look like - what items do you need to make the space functional? Think about practicality and usability. What storage do you have and what will you need? Beforehand, make sure to purchase any useful products that will help make the process smoother - you don't want to be caught out in the middle of a messy, unfinished clean-up!