6 Tips for Getting Organized in 30 DaysFiner Details, Tips for Downsizing
Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, part of your spring cleaning or new lease on life, getting your home organized and decluttered is a huge accomplishment that will put your mind in a state of calm. It can seem daunting to get started, but if you can commit to working on it a little bit at a time for a month, you’ll be astounded at how good you feel when it’s all done. Here are six tips to help you declutter, get organized and maximize the functionality of your space.
1. Start small
It’s hard to get started decluttering and reorganizing your home, but if you can get one small area decluttered, it can be a big motivator to continue. A simple place to get started is your junk drawer. Take everything out and discard anything that’s of no use. Use drawer dividers to reorganize the assortment of items you want to keep.
2. Make a giveaway box
On Day 1 of your organizing adventure, set out a box or bin for giveaways, and commit to adding one thing every day for a month. Chances are you’ll end up adding a lot more than that, but it’s something small you can do each day to move the needle on decluttering. And it’ll be so satisfying to see the box filling up.
3. Declutter your wardrobe
A well-organized wardrobe takes the stress out of finding something to wear in the mornings and makes it easier to see all your options instead of relying on a handful of go-to outfits. There are lots of ways to declutter your closet and dressers, like the trusty KonMari method (for each item, ask yourself “Does this spark joy?”), to purging a certain percentage of your wardrobe or reducing multiples.
If you’re aiming for a more minimal wardrobe, you might consider creating a capsule wardrobe: you’ll select about 35 items of clothing and accessories to wear for a season (excluding sleepwear and workout wear), then everything else gets packed away until the next season.
Start by piling all your clothes on your bed or floor, ideally in groupings by type of clothing. (If you’re doing a 30-minute daily wardrobe declutter, choose one type of clothing or accessory to tackle each day.) Then sort everything into keep, give away and toss piles. Be decisive, but if you’re truly unsure about giving away something, store it in a box for six months; if you don’t end up digging it out, you’ll know you can let it go.
When it comes to making a place for everything you’re keeping, slim hangers maximize closet space and adjustable drawer dividers are ideal for clothing that’s folded vertically (or file style, if you’re fancy).
4. Tackle the kitchen in phases
The kitchen is a workhorse in most homes, and it’s so easy for never-used tools, assorted dishware and expired foods to accumulate.
The good news: this is one area of your home you can easily approach in phases, organizing the fridge, pantry and cupboards on separate days.
When you’re sorting and reorganizing cookware, dishes, utensils, and small appliances, put everything on the island or your dining table (or in a pinch, on a clean sheet on your living room floor), grouping like items so you can see exactly what you have. Once you realize you have 17 mugs, it’ll be really easy to put a bunch of them in the giveaway box. Keep only the things you actually use and truly enjoy.
5. Get kids involved
If you have kids, you know they come with a lot of stuff – the toys and clothing just seem to pile up until they’ve taken over your home. To get things under control, it’s important to get kids involved in organizing. Not only does this teach them valuable life skills – like making organizing a habit and learning to let go of things that are no longer serving them – but they’ll also become more interested in organizing if you give them some agency. Show them a few different storage options and let them choose the one they like best (this way, they’ll be more likely to actually use it). Then, spend about 15 minutes a day helping your kids sort their toys and clothes into the designated spots.
6. Invest in dividers and storage bins
If you want your home to truly be more organized and simplified, everything needs a place. The simplest way to accomplish that is to have dedicated trays and bins for small items. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to accomplish this. Dollar stores have lots of affordable options, like lucite trays for keeping drawers organized. IKEA is also a great place to find drawer inserts and clear plastic bins in varying sizes.
As you go about organizing, keep in mind that clutter re-accumulates in no time. If you take just 10 minutes every evening to tidy up, you’ll wake up every morning to a blissfully clutter-free home.