January 22nd, 2024
The firework smoke has settled and we’re already off into the brand new year. As always, the new year brings with it a rush of resolutions. How about a desire for a tidier life and the feeling of a fresh start in your home? But let’s face it, any resolution can end up feeling like you’re scaling Mt. Everest at some points. Check out some of these ideas to help you conquer the chaos and achieve some of those decluttering/organizing storage goals that stick.
First things first, it’s good to take a look at the big picture and set some SMART goals before diving in headfirst:
- Specific: identify specific areas as opposed to thinking about it all at once, like a closet clear out, garage overhaul, or even a kitchen cabinet conquest.
- Measurable: Set actionable targets, like “donate 5 bags of clothes” or “free up a full corner of garage space”.
- Attainable: Don’t be afraid to start small, set achievable goals, and celebrate your progress while moving towards the bigger stuff.
- Relevant: Try to choose goals that matter, are you using that free space for a home gym or maybe a reading nook? Think of the time you’ll save later from being organized!
- Time-bound: Set deadlines for yourself, schedule sessions to organize and declutter and keep track of your progress.
Area-Specific Decluttering Tips:
- Tame the tech: Organize cables (simple zip ties help a ton!), store off-season electronics taking up space on the TV stand, and purge those unused manuals.
- Create designated zones: Label baskets or establish places for daily use items, games, and blankets to prevent clutter tornadoes in one of the most commonly used spaces.
- Purge expired pantry items: Donate unopened, non-expired goods to local shelters. Be ruthless with those old spices or food items you just aren’t using!
- Declutter cabinets and drawers: Implement clear containers and dividers. Out with that chipped mug or cracked glass you’ve been hanging onto, clear up the space or make room for something nice and new.
- Calm the countertop chaos: Store appliances strategically, utilize your vertical space, and keep only daily essentials on display.
- Sort and categorize: Group similar items together (tools, sports equipment, holiday decorations) and designate storage solutions for them, a few simple plastic bins can go a long way!
- Sell or recycle: Turn unused furniture or tools into cash or give them a new life through recycling programs, especially any old technology just taking up space.
- Utilize wall space: Install shelves, hooks, and pegboards to maximize vertical space and keep items off the floor.
Remember that decluttering is a journey, not a destination! Be kind to yourself, celebrate small victories, and enjoy the process of creating a space that makes you happy and reflects your priorities!. Pink Door Storage can be your secret weapon! Utilize our clean and secure units to store seasonal items, overflow belongings, or anything that doesn't belong in your current living space. We hope these tips help you conquer clutter and create spaces that truly spark joy! Best of luck with ALL of your resolutions this year, we hope everyone has a great start to 2024!
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