2018 is here a New Year and a fresh start for us all. There is no time like the present to start to look around your home and plan a big deep clean and declutter. Its cold and gloomy outside so use the time you spend indoors wisely. You will appreciate this when the better weather comes those decluttering jobs have been dealt with.
Lets gets started
Hallways, Stairways, and Entrances
Don’t give in to the temptation to leave items on the stairs or on the floors in hallways – work as a family to retrieve items that have been left there and replace them in their proper locations.
If you’re sturggling for space invest in Storage tubs, these are so handy for shoes , gloves and scarfs and dog leads and can be kept neatly by the door or these storage benches can really benefit an entrance hall with storage for shoes and handbags with the added extra of seating.
A good quality door mat is also essential as it will soak up the majority of the mud and dirt before you enter the home.
Bedrooms and Wardrobes
Donate clothing that no longer fits or that you haven’t worn in a year, and children’s toys that are no longer age appropriate. Bedroom organisation is all about storage; whether the room houses a child or an adult, it’s important that there are appropriate places to store everything from clothing to toys. I find ottomans to be really handy as you can use them for a whole host of items and close the lid so the room stay looking neat and tidy.
Wardrobe dividers are also a great idea so you set aside weekend outfits, school uniform etc. I tend to put my summer wardrobe in under the bed stroage in the winter months allowing me more hanging space then I can swap when the winter is approaching. I also really love using the vacuum storage bags.
Like any room, your living room can collect clutter if too many items are kept in the room . Avoid adding magazine and newspaper racks that can get filled up easily unless you commit to emptying them and recycling on a regular basis. If you have bookshelves in the living room, the New Year is a good time to go through your books and donate any that you don’t need or will never read again. The same goes for CDs and DVDs, if you haven’t watched it or listened to it in a year and likely never will, donate it or offer it to a friend. In the meantime, make sure there is enough storage space for the things you do need. Add shelves to the walls if you have limited floor space and use storage cubes for blankets and throws. A clutter-free environment is easiest to maintain when there are minimal objects in the room.
Bathrooms are notorious for collecting everything from expired medications to almost-empty bottles of soap and shampoo. As with any other room in the house, the first step to de-cluttering is getting rid of what’s old. Empty drawers and the area underneath the sink, as well as any cabinets or shelves. If old toothbrushes have piled up, get rid of those, too. You’ll be surprised at how much space you suddenly have in your bathroom after a good New Year’s declutter.
Meanwhile, if towels pile up, consider adding a new towel hooks. Carefully placed hooks will make your bathroom more efficient. Use a closed lid laundry hamper so that dirty washing can not be seen The New Year is also a good time to replace shower curtains . I keep a stash of cleaning products in my bathroom which saves me running up and down the stairs to get cleaning items I may have forgotten.
One of the most challenging rooms of the house. A good way to start the year off right is to get rid of anything you store in the kitchen that you really don’t need. If you haven’t used the bread maker in months,then get rid of it. Sort through tinned foods and check the dates. . Empty your kitchen drawers one by one and throw out unwanted and un needed items. Invest in some drawer organisation so that when you re-fill your kitchen drawers you can do so organised. The less you have to store, the more clutter-free your kitchen will be.
Buy a pin board for notes, receipts and appointment cards. One easy way to give the kitchen a cleaner look is to get rid of all of the clutter that’s hanging on the fridge.
I have this really cute fun Pineapple storage holder that I use for pens and scissors.
Maintaining a neat home involves a commitment to constantly declutter and being learning to donate or recycle items that you no longer need.
Clear space is good for you mind and will have a more positive impact on your life. A small amount of cleaning daily will keep you on top of your home. Read my 6 must do cleaning tasks. To keep you ontop.
A clean house if a happy house, a tidy house is a tidy mind.
As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo