Organiser's Diary: 6 Steps To A Clutter-Free Home
We all long for a life that is uncluttered, organised and simplified. Why not start this process right from our homes?
An organised and neat home has long-term positives too – a clean house downs your stress level on all accounts. Though it sounds exciting, many of us stop at the question – From where to begin?
Fret not! MakaanIQ lists six ways which could be your initial steps to an orderly and mess-free home.
Make a list
The first step to this process is to create a list. Make a list of the areas of your home that need urgent attention. Write down the things you need and the things you could dispense with. Also, list how would you go about the process of decluttering.
A cleaning drive
After making these lists, pick up the second list and two baskets. While one basket could be for the things you would want to throw away and another for the things that you want to retain. Operate on room-by-room basis. This would help you get rid of all the unwanted things in your home which otherwise go unnoticed, with some of them kept at the same place for years. And, suddenly you see the space being spruced up, instantly.
For those who have a huge collection of books, clothes, linen or crockery, but don't know how to store them, it's time to create more space for them. Create ceiling-to-floor wardrobes in your bedroom for your clothes, guestroom for the linen and living and dining area for books and crockery. While you could have covered wardrobes for clothes and linen, create an open-shelf format for books and crockery. To further add beauty, use colour scheme to separate books, while you could arrange the crockery by size or type.
The wardrobes that are up high can be used to place things that are precious but rarely used. So, that you could climb up the ladder once in a while to bring those things out.
Find those unused corners or walls behind the permanently opened doors to place things. While corners can be used to create a small study or reading area, or place some storage boxes. The back of the doors or walls behind the door could be used to hang your daily essentials.
Go quirky with the hooks that you use at the back of the door and with the storage boxes that you buy. Available in different shapes, patterns and size, you have a wide variety to choose from.
Store & flaunt
The next logical step would be to add furniture that double ups as storage. Bring home ottomans, wooden benches or even centre table that have storage capabilities. Use this storage to store your linen, cushion covers, curtains and other things that you might need to decorate the area where this furniture is kept. This furniture will also add beauty to your home.
One of the most fun and effective ways to declutter is label the things. Label the baskets for clothes, paperwork, newspapers and magazines, baskets that store your stationery, chargers and headphones and even toiletries. Move to the kitchen and label food condiments in small boxes and place them in different drawers based on their type. Labelling would allow you to pick the right thing from the right place and put it back to its designated place when done using it. Thus, ensuring that you don't leave it lying outside after use or just keep it anywhere.
Following these six steps, you could easily fix things. However, there is one thing that you must keep in mind most of all. Develop a tendency to let go.
Our homes have limited space but we keep filling it up with newer and newer things while tightly holding on to old things. New clothes are bought while we nurture the dreams of fitting in our old clothes one day. Shiny shoes are purchased while the old pair is kept for the comfort it provided us for so many years. A new refrigerator is bought but the old one is not discarded, just in case you might need its services one day. All this only overburdens your home, making it much messier than the dirt and the dust.
Some of us are impulsive buyers. We keep buying things without giving it a thought that a particular thing may not be of much use to us. Basically, new additions are made to our home regularly without discarding the old and dysfunctional items. Unknowingly, you end up burdening your home, in effect burdening yourself. But, there is another problem that occurs as you do it. Buying things also mean managing them. Suppose you have three sofas at home. All three of them need regular cleaning and maintenance. Clothes must be bursting out or your cupboards and you will have to spend a whole day to set it right.
Some of us like to stick to our old things. We are prudent buyers and make the most of everything. But, sometimes this tendency takes us a bit far. Housewives often cannot prepare themselves to let go of broken or dysfunctional kitchen items. Even if they are forced to invest in new equipment, they keep the old one, hoping would one day be able to put it to some use.
Both these types of people end up causing a lot of mess and clutter in their respective homes. To make a change, a behavioural shift might be required at their end. Add only those things that you really need. Similarly, keep only those things that still have any utility in your life. The time when you might fit in your old clothes is highly unlikely to come, and if it does, you can always invest in new apparels.
With inputs from Sunita Mishra