How to Organize Your Home, One Room at a Time
For many of us, the feeling of having too much stuff can cause panic. Since spring is a season of new beginnings, it can be the perfect time to pare down what’s in your home—a daunting task, even if you’re organized by nature.
Remember: decluttering doesn’t mean getting rid of everything you own. Rather, organizing your home means taking time to consider your lifestyle. Recognize what’s working for you, what isn’t and why you’re hanging on to stuff. As the following experts can attest, tackling your house one room at a time can be a winning strategy.
1. How to Organize Your Living Room
“Look around as if you are a visitor and this is your first time in the space,” says Regina Leeds, the Los Angeles-based author of 2008’s One Year to an Organized Life. “Does the room reflect the reality of today, or has it become a monument to the past?”
Next, sort objects and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Ask yourself: does it serve me well? Is it broken? Do I actually use it? Remote controls can be stashed in a basket; magazines can be recycled; home videos can be digitized.
Meanwhile, if you’ve been keeping gifts or heirlooms solely out of guilt, just don’t. “Your goal is to make your home comfortable for you,” says Cherri Hurst, owner of Toronto’s Hurst Class Organizing. “Your affection and love for the person who gave you these objects doesn’t change if you let go of them.”
2. How to Organize Your Kitchen
Your kitchen cupboard is likely full of mismatched china, oversized roasting pans and souvenir mugs. Montreal-based Kathleen Murphy of Organizing Options suggests you get rid of anything that’s damaged, neglected or unpleasant to use. Streamline your kitchen to enhance the experience of cooking. Anything you use on a daily basis should be easily accessible, says Murphy. She suggests storing baking tools, juicers and giant soup pots on higher shelves or in a closet.
You may be tempted to hang on to objects in case you need them someday, but that’s not a valid reason to hoard stained, mismatched Tupperware. “For every 10 things you give up, you may end up regretting one. Save the space for something you’re using now,” says Cherri Hurst.
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