Getting your home organised

It might have passed unnoticed in the post-silly season wash up, but 14 January was Organise Your Home Day. Do you have a couple of areas of your home that could use a bit of a declutter? That’s a good place to start.

Many households find the front and back door to be a dump zone of shoes, hats, bags, dog leads, mail, and sports gear. Unfortunately, it’s the first thing you see when you come into the house, so it can make your home seem more chaotic than it really is. The good news is that this is an easy part of the house to organise. Add some low shelves for shoes, hooks for hats and bags, and pigeonholes to pack away other random stuff and the problem is mostly solved. It can actually look pretty cool in a functional sort of way.

Of course, the key to conquering clutter is to clear out things you don’t need. If you can’t decide whether you need an item or not, you probably don’t need it. Remember, if in doubt, throw it out. Make a pile of items to donate, a pile to keep, and a pile to dispose of. Hopefully, by the end of the process, you should have done away with two-thirds of your clutter.

Clean out your wardrobe by removing any item you haven’t worn for two seasons, or anything that doesn’t fit. Remember, while it’s taking up space in your closet, it’s not helping anyone. Those pieces of clothing could go to people who need them, and raise money for charity, so don’t hang onto anything you aren’t wearing.

Is your linen cupboard bulging? How many sets of sheets and towels do you need? Keep your favourite three sets and put the others in the donate pile.

What about the kitchen? Is your utensils drawer crammed with gadgets you never use? Take out your key pieces and put them in one pile. Next, take the ones you use occasionally and put them in a separate pile. Throw out all the other gimmicky things and rearrange the drawer so the most often used items are at the front and put the others to the back. Put your knives in a knife block, and you’re done. Go through the same process with the other drawers and be sure to empty into the bin that layer of buttons, copper coins, string, bread tags, and broken bits of stuff that accumulates in the bottom.

Clear out all the old food from your fridge, freezer, and pantry, and purge your laundry of unused cleaning products, and you’re in good shape.

Next, pack all of your items to donate into your car and take them straight to your nearest charity shop or bin, and hand it all over. Then go home and smile at your decluttered surroundings.