23 November 2020/For The Home
Tips to Destress, Declutter & Remove Chaos From Your Life
Like a lot of people, you are probably spending a lot of time in your home right now. You may be wishing that it was a little more organized and less cluttered, you’re definitely not alone in that sentiment. The Mayo Clinic even recognizes the link between getting organized and your mental health. Here are some tips to help whip your home into an organized space and make it feel a little less chaotic.
Organization Saves You Time
A huge time waster can be when you can’t find the items you are looking for. For instance, if you have kids, it can be especially helpful to label where things belong and encourage them to place them back in the same spot every time to prevent searching for misplaced or lost items. In your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and office, this can be a good rule for adults too. Knowing where things go prevents spending mental energy on remembering where you put them. It can even save you time when you’re cleaning your home.
Think “Do I really need this?”
It might be tempting to hold onto clothing or kitchenware that you might use “someday,” but it all contributes to clutter. Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? 80% of the time we probably use 20% of the clothing, kitchen items, etc. in our homes.
- Look through your kitchen: Do you have duplicate items? Dishes that you use once a year? Way more pots and pans than you really need?
- Look through your bathroom: Do you have personal care products that are outdated, or that you have been hanging onto, but will probably never use?
- Look through your closet: Can you donate anything right now? Turn your hangers in a single direction, as you wear items, turn the hook in the opposite direction. The items you haven’t worn after three months (maybe with the exception of evening wear or special occasion clothing) is probably a candidate to donate.
Use the One-In-One-Out Guideline
When you shop, think about if you truly need or want an item enough to donate one already in your home. If you don’t then it will probably only contribute to clutter and more stuff accumulating in your home. Read our 10 tips for creative decluttering to learn more about deciding what to keep, what to store, and what to get rid of.
Buy Organization Tools
Bins, shelving units, hooks; these items will all help you get organized. Stock up on these organizational tools at the store and use them to bring some order to a room that may need it. Bins and hooks can organize items in the kitchen and bathroom, shelving units can bring a touch of sophistication to a living room or bedroom. Use them generously!
If you’re a music, movie, or book lover (or perhaps all three) consider going digital for new purchases. There are many options to stream music and movies, and also read books on your phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Check them out to see if one of these options is right for you and your family.
- For music: Apple Music, Google Music, and Spotify
- For movies: Netflix, Crave, Amazon, Disney+
- For books: Audible, Kobo, and Google Books
While you’re decluttering, you might notice that you need some extra storage space. We have residential storage units of varying sizes to accommodate your decluttering and removing the chaos of disorganization. We have self-storage facilities located in North Edmonton, West Edmonton, South Edmonton, St. Albert, and Red Deer.