9 Easy Tips for Tidying Up


Posted by Rachael Tom

With a new year, comes new resolutions and an opportunity to start fresh. Getting organized and paring down is a great opportunity for you and your client to feel refreshed.  In our previous clutter blog, we gave some recommendations on how to start the process. Today, we want to provide some additional tips on how to get to the root of the issue and make small changes that will make a lasting difference.

  • Identify the Hot Spots: First, start thinking about a central area of your home that is consistently cluttered.

  • Is it the drawers in your kitchen? The space by the front door? Kid’s closet? If you’re like me, you’ll make huge strides towards tackling the clutter only to find the resilient chaos returns.
  • A Place to Live: Next think about whether everything has a designated area to be stored? It doesn’t have to be perfect. Be mindful that some of your “catch all areas” may be bogged down with necessary paperwork that could be stored somewhere else.

  • Find designated areas for your bills, personal records that you need to file or save, and children’s artwork or mementos you may accumulate through the year. When you consider the average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail per household per year, you start to understand why your mail drawer is overflowing!
  • Monitor What Comes Inside: Start monitoring new items you bring into your home. You will be surprised once you start paying attention to how much stuff we accumulate. Maybe you have a family member that always sends you home with magazines, or your partner is notorious for bringing unneeded items from garage sales. Start to be stricter about what you allow inside.
What If: Now what if you have a system in place already that you can’t stick with consistently? Use the new year to explore what is holding you back. Most likely you’ll find it’s one (or a combination!) of four things:
  1. If time is your issue, make an effort for short 10 minute blocks you can quickly keep things tidy and stay on track.  
  2. Storage: Do you have a filing cabinet for your records or a storage box? Get creative and repurpose shoe boxes or splurge on some file folders from the drugstore.
  3. More Simplicity Please: Maybe your system is too difficult to maintain. Take things from the top and rethink how you can eliminate some of the piles. It could be as simple as purging all the junk mail immediately and not letting it linger.  
  4. Too Much Stuff: At the end of the day, you simply have too much stuff to manage. If that’s the case, revisit our blog here: https://blog.carinacare.com/howtoconquerclutter
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t been successful taming your clutter. It’s a new year and time for a new, organized beginning. Make it happen!
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