10 Easy Ways to Create a More Organized, Peaceful Home
It’s amazing the impact our homes can have on our minds. In a clean, tidy home, life feels in order. But when clutter creeps in and cleanliness gets away from us, that serenity turns to frustration, forgetfulness, and stress. Maintaining that calm, organized feel all the time is more doable than you might think. The key is adopting these 10 habits that keep your home neat and orderly so you can skip the messes and all-day cleaning sprees.
1. Banish clutter
Follow one simple rule to stop filling your house with things you don’t need: one in, one out. Every time you buy something new, get rid of the old thing it replaced.
2. Give everything a place
Clutter happens when things don’t have a place to go. Fix the clutter creep by assigning everything a home. If mail tends to pile up on your kitchen table, buy a bin for the mail. If your kids’ laundry ends up all over the floor, buy each child a hamper (you can purchase an inexpensive mesh hamper online for $6.99). If you can’t find a place for something, ask yourself if you really need it.
3. Pick up one thing every time you walk through a room
Everything having its place doesn’t matter if you don’t put things away. Rather than letting messes accumulate, pick up and put away one thing every time you pass through a room.
4. Say goodbye to the junk room
Maybe it’s a drawer, a closet, or an entire room in your house. No matter the size, every house has one: an area full of things that have sat idle for so long that you don’t even remember what’s there. But even if it’s behind a closed door, it’s still weighing on your mind. Stop hiding messes and instead commit to organization in every room of the house.
5. Stow away small appliances
When your counter tops are filled with toasters, coffee makers, and other small appliances, your kitchen never truly looks tidy. Instead of keeping everything out, store small appliances in a cupboard when not in use. This also provides an opportunity to clean the crumbs that accumulate underneath counter top appliances.
6. Do the dishes immediately
The longer you let dirty dishes sit, the harder they are to clean. Dirty dishes also contribute to unpleasant odors and make your kitchen inconvenient to use. Instead of leaving dishes for tomorrow, clean up after every meal.
7. Keep electronics out of bedrooms
According to the National Sleep Foundation, using electronics in the bedroom is one of the worst things you can do for your sleep hygiene. Not only that, but scattering phones, laptops, and tablets around the house means you’re constantly searching for devices and chargers. Designate screen-free zones and assign a home for portable devices when not in use.
8. Water your plants
Houseplants help purify indoor air, but that’s not the main reason they made the list. Rather, we like houseplants for their ability to reduce stress, promote positivity, and improve concentration. If you’ve avoided houseplants because you’re lacking a green thumb, fill your home with low-maintenance plants like cacti, snake plants, and philodendrons. You’ll get the benefits of indoor greenery without the pain of watching your plants die.
9. Schedule housekeeping throughout the week
Thirty minutes of housekeeping each day is much more manageable than spending half of every Saturday cleaning your house. Distribute routine chores throughout the week and aim to do them at a set time each day so it becomes habit. If you’re too busy to do your own housekeeping, you may need to hire a cleaning service. Just make sure you can afford the cost; in Columbus, you can expect to pay $114 - $229.
10. Assign chores
Unless you live alone, keeping the house clean shouldn’t be your job alone. Make your kids responsible for cleaning their own rooms and ask older kids to help out around the house. You can skip the fight by following tips from The Center for Parenting Education.
Is your home your sanctuary or a source of constant stress? If it’s the latter, shouldn’t you do something about it? Try adopting these organization habits and you might discover that your dream home was right in front of you all along.
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