Spring Cleaning is in full effect at my house! In fact, I feel like my house is in perpetual Spring clean mode – there is always something that needs to be thrown away, organized, refurbished, you name it! Kacey, from The Drifter Collective, has some great ideas for making your life a little easier through using these organization tips to help recharge your life (and home!)
Recharge Your Life with These Organization Tips
You might be wasting time getting ready because you have no clue where that one cardigan is. You could be turning your back on holiday decorations, knowing your storage system is indecipherable. Or, you’re potentially feeling stressed just by looking at that stack of mail piling up on your kitchen counter.
No matter what type of clutter stays on your mind, one thing is for sure: a little bit of organization goes a long way, especially if you feel like your home is no longer working for you. With the right setup, you’ll find yourself refreshed and recharged, able to go about life much more easily thanks to a better organizational system.
Here are some tips to get you started:
Add Entryway Storage
What comes with you through your front door or garage door? Are you wearing a coat, shoes, gloves or even an umbrella? And, where does all that go once you’re inside?
Consider all your outerwear and accessories; then, make sure you have a space for everything. A free-standing coatrack or hooks on the wall can take care of your jackets. A cylindrical bin can hold your umbrella(s). A shelf, basket or even a designated mat on the floor can hold onto your shoes. Don’t forget to consider your house and car keys: leaving them by the door makes them quick to find when you’re on your way back out.
Swap Wardrobes with the Seasons
Every item you own is in your closet, but your overstuffed storage isn’t doing you any favors when it’s time to get dressed. Instead, you’re struggling to find what’s seasonally appropriate because your entire wardrobe is mixed together.
Your mornings will become a breeze if you can separate your wardrobe — and, even better, if you have an additional space to put out-of-season clothes until they’re useful again. Start by dividing your wardrobe into cold and warm weather wear; then find a spot under the bed, for example, to put what you don’t need.
If you don’t have the luxury of extra storage elsewhere, then divide your closet, so each season has a half. Then, make sure what works now is within view so you can sift through your storage with ease.
Create Garage Organization
One of the most significant missed opportunities in home organization is the garage. Yes, it’s the outside space in which you park your car, but it has so much untapped potential. All you have to do is plan and prepare your storage system before cleaning your garage and installing it.
There’s so much you can do with your garage that you probably haven’t considered yet. Look at the walls, for example: something as simple as a pegboard hung there can hold all of your tools, making them simple to find and reach when you need them. Shelving, cabinets and even ceiling storage can help you use every square inch of free space.
Compartmentalize Your Drawers
Open junk drawer. See chaos. Close. Repeat.
It’s a never-ending process — until now. Drawer organization is super simple, so long as you give yourself the tools to make your system maintainable. The key is compartmentalizing all your items within containers that fit inside of the drawers. That’s how your silverware drawer is so easy to use, and how the rest of the ones in your kitchen and bathroom can be made equally as effortless to use and organize.
Clear the Clutter
None of this is going to work, of course, if your house overflows with items you no longer need or want. As such, the most vital step in obtaining the organization system of your dreams is to seriously de-clutter your dwelling.
Start by throwing everything away that you can’t use anymore: old make-up and toiletries, dingy-looking clothing, broken toys, old electronic devices… all of it needs to go if it’s no longer usable. Then, consider what’s still in working order, but no longer useful to you. This may include clothes you no longer wear, toys your children have outgrown, books you’ve read and never picked up again, etc. Every home will be different, but one thing is for sure: you’re guaranteed to have clutter, but you can take control of the situation with a discerning eye.
This applies to paper clutter, too: go through that looming mail pile and get rid of every piece of junk. Once you have your important papers, you need to find a new place where you’ll keep them. A filing cabinet or basket can do the trick, although the latter should have some organization to it or else it will end up full of leaflets again in no time.
Once you’ve determined what stays and what goes, figure out if you will sell your items or donate them to a charity of your choice. The tax break from your donations will be a boon to your return, and you’ll feel better about your functioning home, to boot.
Recharge Your Life
With everything from your bedroom closet to your garage to your kitchen counters cleared, all you have left to do is experience just how much better your home will work for you from here on out. That level of functionality will have you feeling recharged and refreshed, not only at home, but in all areas of life. We promise — that’s a great feeling.
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!