|Tips for Keeping Your New Home Organized|
|Moving into a new home for many of us is exciting partly as a great opportunity to start tidying and making our place look great. Everyone loves showing off their interests, hobbies and sense of style by designing great layouts for their homes, and over time our regular properties tend to get cluttered, dusty and less impressive than they were when we moved in.|
Moving somewhere new is a great opportunity to redecorate and start from scratch with a 'blank canvas', but it's also the perfect opportunity to come up with a new system and a new attitude and commitment to keeping things clean and tidy so that you can avoid letting your new place become untidy too. Here we will look at some ways you can start out with the right system in place and thus keep your home as tidy and organized as possible.
Throw Things Out
Of course the first and easiest commitment to make is to be ruthless and throw out all the things you don't use regularly. This means any old boxes filled with CDs that you never listen to, and any old ornaments that aren't on display. Old books, old magazines, leads to computers you lost long ago... Anything that isn't valuable, sentimental or regularly used should go and you'll find that you don't miss it at all. This way you'll be able to travel much more lightly when you next move home and you'll find you have much more space for keeping things stored.
You might think that putting boxes on top of wardrobes doesn't matter, but know that it will in fact make a lot of difference to the way you feel when you're in the room.
One in One Out Policy
Now how do you maintain this new less cluttered status quo? Simple: with a 'one in, one out policy'. This will simply mean that for every item you acquire, you have to get rid of something to make space for it. This includes things like clothes, and even things like books and DVDs. If you can stick with this rule, you'll find life is a lot easier.
One of the biggest problems most of us face is keeping track of all our documents without having paper strewn across every work surface. Avoid this problem by keeping a simple system - having a filing cabinet for instance and a shredder - and putting your documents in their as you open them.
One thing that will make you less likely to keep clean and tidy is if it's hard to get to your drawers and cupboards. We want to be able to just put things down and deal with them later and that means turning to the nearest available surface or space on the floor. If it's just as easy to sling something in a draw, then suddenly you'll find it's easier to stay on top of everything.
When designing your décor you should think about giving your rooms as much open space as possible. This might seem barren, but it will be easier to organize and mean that the room 'feels' much larger and tidier.