The 6th-12th November 2017 is National Organising Week. What better time to get started on the journey to a more organised you? At LOVESPACE, we want to help people live a bigger life and being more organised with the things you have at home is a great place to begin.
Very wise words from the famous designer, artist and writer, William Morris. But sometimes, it is hard to know where to start to achieve this perfectly organised and decluttered life. Well, that is until now. We are here to lend a helping hand.
We teamed up with the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers to get top tips on how to be more organised around the home.
1) Don’t Leave Me Hanging
The wardrobe can be one of the most daunting places to start organising. So much stuff, where do we start? The LOVESPACE Clutter Survey 2017 found that two thirds of people in the UK wear less than half of their wardrobe. That is a lot of unwanted items. Katherine Blackler, founder of Professional Organising company Sort My Space UK, suggests this handy little trick. “Hang all of your clothes on the hangers backwards, and when you wear an item turn the hanger around the normal way. In 6-12 months, look at what is still facing the wrong way. Knowing you haven’t worn these items in so long should make it easier to get rid and either store, bin, donate or sell.”
2) Be Wise When You Accessorise
Organising your wardrobe can be difficult. Organising smaller items like accessories is often even trickier. So many of them have sentimental value so you don’t want to get rid of them, but you also don’t want them getting all tangled and taking up space in your bedroom when you hardly ever wear them. Karen Powell’s business, Mardi Girl, aims to help people declutter with style. She knows first hand how hard it can be to organise all the many accessories that we often have cluttering up our bedrooms. Her top tip is to hang them with the clothing items that they best suit. This makes you more likely to wear them and is an efficient use of wardrobe space. It is wise to hang them back up after every wear so that each piece has it’s own home and is easy to find next time.
3) Out of Date? Out the House
Organising the whole home is a big task, and needs to be broken down. An easy place to start is by getting rid of the things you know you will never use again. “Out of date food and medicines, old magazines and junk mail are amongst the usual suspects and are an easy place to start” says Ingrid Jansen, Founder of Organise Your House who specialise in organising homes, offices and house moves. “Photos and mementos are always the toughest so save these until last.”
4) Be Cut Throat With The Post-it Notes
Have trouble letting go of things? You’re not alone. We found in our survey that 95% of people have items they no longer use but can’t bear to get rid of – which is technically hoarding. A great tip to help you realise what you do and don’t need in your home, what is useful or beautiful and what’s not, is to put a sticky label on it until it is next used. Caroline Rogers from Room To Think has a passion for helping others organise their home and bring order to chaos. She find this a really useful tip. “You just need to write down the date that you stuck it on, and if the sticky label is still on it in 6 months time you should think about storing, donating, binning or selling it.”
5) Grab A Handful
Zoe from So Sorted, is an expert in helping people sort out their homes. This can be a mammoth task, so Zoe always recommends trying to create small habits which will help you become more organised day to day. She advises that you never leave a room empty handed, there is almost always something in the room that doesn’t belong there and needs to be moved to where you are going. By organising as you go, you make life a lot easier for yourself.
6) Make a Meal Of It
After getting home from a long day, you don’t want to have to think too much about organising your dinner. It helps to take the hassle away if you have already planned your weekly meals and already have the groceries you need in the house. Jane Rice of Serenity Organising & Decluttering service, recommends that you use a basic meal planner and grocery list each week. Think about what meals, snacks and drinks you need to buy for that week and then write your groceries list. This helps to reduce wastage and save money as well as you are organised in what you are buying, only buy what you know you will use and can make the most of multi-purchase offers for things you will include in more than one dish.
Helen from Your Space Sorted also recommends taking a photo of your fridge before doing your food shop. This way you can organise your shopping list and make sure you only buy what you need and don’t end up with duplicates cluttering up your fridge.
Have you got any top tips for organising?
We would love to hear from you on our twitter with #LOVESPACEtips. Share your organising tricks with the rest of our readers.