If you feel like clutter is slowly but surely taking over your home, you’re not alone! Many people find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of stuff taking up room in their spaces. What you might not be aware of, though, is that living in clutter impacts more than just the cleanliness of your home. It can also have lasting effects for your mental state – increasing anxiety, stress, and more.
While we can’t all be fortunate enough to have spacious walk-in closets with plenty of room for our things, there are a few basic steps you can take to eliminate – or at least contain – clutter.
Even if your closet space is on the small side, there are ways to maximize the space you have. By adding in shelving units, hanging organizers, shoe racks, or decorative boxes, you can organize your closet items to best suit your needs. Keeping everything visible is key to a well-organized closet, so invest in wire bins, translucent totes, and open shoe shelves to keep from having to dig through your items when you’re searching for something.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter in your home, tackle the smallest spaces first (think your pantry or junk drawers). Start by disposing of expired food items and stale half-eaten boxes of crackers in the pantry; paper scraps, old pens, and useless business cards that have accumulated in the junk drawer; etc. Once you have eliminated the unnecessary items, use storage containers and drawer organizers to give your items their own designated space. By housing pantry items in cohesive jars or airtight containers, you are organizing and adding appeal to your shelves; and eliminating useless items transforms your drawers from housing “junk” to being a convenient place for important items.
While totes might not be the prettiest items to look at, they are extremely effective at containing clutter in the home. Invest in high-quality tote bins for use in your basement, garage, or shed, and consider color-coding them or labeling the front of each bin with a description of what’s inside (ie: summer clothes, holiday decor, baby clothes, extra linens, etc.). Keeping your things contained in totes not only makes your space more organized, it also decreases the chance of having critters – or worse, rodents! – make their homes in cardboard boxes.