Organise Your Home
Posted 26/01/2017 by BrightHouse Social Team
Completely organising your home, and your life, can seem like a pretty impossible task. Naturally, we use our homes every day, and we get used to those little problems and niggles that make life that little bit harder or disorganised. There are likely a few DIY jobs you’ve been meaning to get to, or a pile of laundry that needs attention, or an unopened bill you need to address.
If you feel your home could do with a bit of organising, take a look at our simple tips for getting things in order:
This is good place to start, and is something most of us are guilty of. From your bathroom to your kitchen, there are probably bits and pieces lying around or shoved in cupboards that you don’t really need to keep, whether it’s a half empty bottle of shampoo that you don’t use, or a vase that sits on a shelf gathering dust.
Go through each room and be ruthless with what you find. If you haven’t used something in six months, really think about whether you need it or not. If you aren’t going to use it and it has no sentimental value, bin it, recycle it, or give it to charity.
2. Give everything a home
As a next step on from decluttering, giving what you want to keep a proper home is important. Having your bathroom surfaces covered in bottles and products just makes it feel messy, and makes it hard to clean. Invest in some baskets or boxes to put things in, so they’re contained in one place. You can do the same on any surface, as it’s easy to allow random objects to pile up.
It’s also useful for organising kitchen cupboards when you have lots of half open packets or small spice jars. Emptying packets into clear plastic food containers is also a good way of making the most of the space, as well as making it easier to see what you have.
If anything is left out on a surface anywhere it doesn’t need to be, find somewhere permanent it can live or be stored, or throw it out.
3. Start filing
If you don’t do this already, you’re probably used to shoving important documents or bills into drawers, or leaving them in piles. It’s an easy habit to get into but it can cause problems when you need to find something specific or you have a bill that needs paying.
Get yourself a filing box, or just choose a set of drawers to allocate to a filing system. Sort things into different categories so you can easily find them again should you need to. Make it a habit to deal with letters and bills as you get them, too; it’s all too easy to let things build up otherwise.
4. Make a budget
Getting finances in order is another good route to feeling more organised and in control. If you’ve never tried it before, check out our recent blog post on how to make a budget, where you can find some useful tips and even some shortcuts, such as using apps that do most of the work for you.
5. Makes lists
Perhaps not the most exciting of changes, but making to do lists can really help you to keep on top of things that need doing at home and in general. A weekly list can be a good place to start if you don’t fancy the idea of a daily to do list.
Use a whiteboard, or keep a pad and pencil somewhere obvious to make your lists, and tick things off as you do them. Writing things down can help to avoid stress from worrying or trying to remember everything at once, and ticking things off means you know you can relax at the end of the week when it’s all done.