Updated: 4 days ago
Is your home fairly uncluttered and organised but you are still dissatisfied by how it looks and feels?
How disappointing! You’ve spent all that time decluttering and reorganising for your home still to feel like it needs more work.
Well, here’s your answer!
Stand in the doorway of each room, scan it - what stands out as being out of place? Take these items to their proper home, or consider if they are, infact items needing to be decluttered?
Clear off your flat surfaces - table tops, counters and windowsills. If you want to have things on display, be discerning, find the best of the best. Sometimes finding a pretty tray can be a great way of keeping these items out on your table without them getting overwhelming. You are limited to the size of the tray and items don’t get knocked over or moved to other areas.
Are your open shelves and bookcases looking over full? You can improve the appearance of bookcases by making sure everything is stacked either vertically or horizontally.
Controversial idea No.1: Stack your books in height order with the tallest books on the left. OR….
Controversial idea No.2: File your books in rainbow colour order. ROYGBIV - A step too far for me but it is popular! OR...
Controversial idea No.3: Get rid of all your open shelving. EEK! There are people who love clean lines and clear surfaces who will love this idea, equally there are people who love to see their books and belongings out on show who will be horrified!!
Improve the cluttered feeling on open shelves by making sure there is space between the objects you are displaying there.
(easier to dust, too!)
Clear off kitchen counter tops. By putting as much as you can in cupboards your kitchen will look a lot less cluttered.
Whilst we are in the kitchen - clean the sink. Make sure nothing is left in the bowl - get it washed and put away!
Gather all your loose paperwork, throw away all the flyers - you can use the internet if you need a number. Put anything which needs working on in one basket or drawer and file anything that needs keeping.
Mismatched storage. When I have completed an organising project, we have generally used containers which the homeowner already owned. This means there is probably a variety of colours and styles! Now is the time to treat yourself to new storage! You now know what you need - go and find containers you love to house your lovely belongings!
Do you have different uncompleted projects out in your space? Can you find an area to store the ones you aren’t working on at the moment, a cupboard, bag, basket or box?
Another controversial one: Take the pictures and magnets off the fridge. Having everything on your fridge draws the eye, by removing everything, or nearly everything it can give an instant feeling of having decluttered!
Have Homes and Zones ( https://www.lindajharper.com/post/5-simple-steps-to-gain-time-everyday-to-spend-on-the-things-you-love-part-2 ) If you can provide a dedicated space for everyday items like shoes, bags, remote controls, daily mail etc organisation is much simpler.
Do some things straight away - if you tend to procrastinate do at least these two things straight away - take any donation piles out of the house and always empty the bin and recycling when it gets full.
Have another scan of your rooms - close all your cupboard doors and drawers, have a final tidy up. This can be done at the end of every day!
13 tips to help you keep on top of all that decluttering and organising! I hope you find something here to help you with your final push to getting a home you can love and want to be in!
It all boils down to knowing what you love, having a clear picture of what you want to feel when you enter your home every day and understanding how you want to live in your space.
I have plenty of blogs and resources to help you if you haven’t yet reached the stage of final tweaking!
Head back over to DOCC Blogs
and have a browse!
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