It’s simple, when your life is organized it’s easier to get stuff done and I truly believe this starts with your home. I’m naturally a clean freak and cannot stand clutter, but I haven’t always been that way. Once I moved out of my parent’s house into my own home I couldn’t stand an unkept house. My sister is completely opposite. She gets overwhelmed with the thought of getting organized and doesn’t know where to begin, which is when she recruits my help! Since it’s time for Spring Cleaning, I thought it would be a good idea to share what I do to keep my house in order.
- Trash expired products. This is something that is so easy, but often overlooked. All medicine will have an expired date on it and sometimes those medicines can get lost in an unorganized cabinet. I’m so guilty of buying cold medicine at the store, only to realize when I get home that I already had some! Since we don’t get sick frequently, we have expired meds in the cabinet that have to get chucked. This also goes for any beauty products. Beauty products will often have a tiny picture of a container with a number inside, which indicates the life of the product. Most makeup products can last up to 2 years, but did you know you should be trashing your mascara and liquid eye-liner every 3 months?! Here is a great list of the life of makeup that will help you stay organized and healthy.
- Donate old clothes & shoes. I go through my closet every month and get rid of anything that I’m not wearing, or don’t see myself wearing anytime soon. This can be anything that doesn’t fit, or anything that was gifted that just isn’t your style. My friends call me a clothing hoarder because there are months when I feel that I can’t part with an item because of sentimental reasons, but the next month it’s the first thing in my ‘donate’ bag! I have a problem with holding onto pieces of clothing for really no reason at all. There are a ton of places you can donate your old clothing, but I like to check with local churches to see if they know of a family in need. Most of the time they do and those items will be given to them for free.
- Basket Organization. I call this basket organization, but it can be box, or plastic container, or anything you want it to be, really! Grab a couple baskets and organize your closets. I recently used baskets to organize my bathroom products. One basket contains items I use daily and the other contains items that I buy in bulk (i.e.:toothpaste, razors, shampoo, conditioner, etc.). But you can use this method for any closet! Separate your gift wrapping items, candles, books, records, and seasonal decor and then tag each basket so you know exactly what is in each. This makes it so much easier to find things, like that ribbon for a last minute gift when you’re already late for a party. Um, guilty!
- “Have I used this item this year?” This can be used in every area of your home! From clothing, shoes and accessories to seasonal decor, towels and sheets. Literally, everything in your home. I’m the queen of buying random house items for no. reason. at. all. It’s kinda ridiculous. I have more throw pillow covers than I care to admit.
- Put away seasonal items. As soon as you aren’t using a seasonal item, whether that be a Christmas dish towel or an Easter basket, put it in its place. Go back to number 3 and create boxes or baskets for seasonal decor so it’s easier to decorate and store those items.
It may take some time to implement one or all of these tips, but it will create a better environment for you.