How to Organize a Cluttered House
Living in clutter can be exhausting and the daily battle against the swirling amounts of stuff and where to put it all is a real dilemma for many people. In fact, there have been numerous studies behind the powerful, psychological effects clutter has on our emotional health and physical well-being. One researcher found that those with cleaner homes were more motivated for active lifestyles and were actually healthier in general than those with a messy house.
Scientists have also discovered that a tidy environment also delivers a more restful night’s sleep compared to those participants with untidy living spaces. And if that’s not enough, research has also found that those who live in organized homes are better at sticking to their life goals or even just daily to-do lists. It might be difficult to know where to start, but don’t worry, Gloria Nilson and Co. Real Estate is here to give you a jump-start!
#1: Create good habits
Highly organized people are organized because they create good daily habits, which might not come naturally, but over time, become second nature. A few examples of good habits for better organization are to write things down so you don’t forget things, create schedules and deadlines for yourself and stick to them and avoid procrastination, especially in things you don’t want to do. Play is always more enjoyable than work but to really have a satisfying life, learning how to work hard will pay off in the end.
#2: Avoid “hot spots”
Organizational experts know this term well. It is defined by areas in your home where clutter builds up quickly. These areas are typically countertops, nightstands, end and coffee tables, desks and “junk drawers.” As you go about your busy day, it’s easy to dump things like junk mail, odds and ends and random pieces of clutter that might not immediately have a place in these areas. Attacking these “hot spots” each day and keeping them clear will help your home stay cleaner.
#3: A place for everything and everything in its place
This part is tricky when some things have never been given a place. Organized people keep order to their homes by purchasing storage totes and organizers, then labeling containers sorted with like items. This task can be especially complex if you have children. Toys and trinkets can overwhelm rooms and spaces, causing a great amount of chaos. Maintaining rules that toys stay in specific areas in the home, such as bedrooms and toy rooms, and keeping them out of living rooms, kitchens and hallways will not only help your sanity, but hopefully avoid those painful encounters with a stray Lego in the middle of the night. Teaching children organization and keeping toys separated by type, provides stability to your daily life. Giving every item that enters your home a place to stay will not only decrease clutter but keep you from losing things.
#4: Declutter regularly
The packrat mentality is the antithesis to an organized home. When everything that comes in becomes a treasure, it can be hard to keep things orderly. As you declutter, think to yourself, “Do I need this item? Is this item something I have used recently?” Honestly answering these questions and ridding your home of unnecessary items will keep things tidy.
Creating relaxing spaces
Gloria Nilson and Co. Real Estates wants to help you achieve greater happiness and Zen within your home and what better way than to begin your quest for increased organization. When you are ready to move and sell your home, that process is that much easier. Our friendly realtors can help you find your dream home when you are looking for Princeton, NJ real estate or surrounding areas in the New Jersey area. We keep the process simple and are happy to answer all your questions. Call us today!