It’s a new year, the holiday hustle and bustle has slowed down and my finances are in hibernation after being hijacked for Christmas presents.
What a perfect time to reorganize my house.
Sad to admit, but the “C” word is here – clutter. While I can boast that I wouldn’t qualify for a “Hoarders” episode, I do see little piles here and there, and then there are piles of piles, and mountains … oh dear. Time to get this situation under control before the Blizzard of 2019 comes and I get distracted again.
All kidding aside, I know I’m not alone in wanting my house in order. The psychological benefit of having a neat-and-tidy living space outweighs any temporary conveniences of randomly throwing stuff anywhere when you’re in a hurry. Having an organized home is not only stress relief for you, but for your family, too. Just imagine a world where everybody in the house didn’t have to look for things anymore.
If you’re going to commit to this home-organizing goal, don’t panic. Everything doesn’t have to be done in one day. If you go through your home room by room, shelf by shelf, you’ll be surprised at how soon you’ll start to feel like you’re making progress.
I like to follow the HGTV.com guide, labeling all your stuff into three categories: toss, give and keep.
Throw out items that are broken, stained, ripped, outdated or have missing parts. Some examples include: expired food, restaurant receipts that aren’t tax deductible, broken electronics, appliances and games, old makeup and broken jewelry, broken kids’ toys, old craft supplies and worn clothing and linens.
Give or Donate
Give or donate any items that you no longer need but that are still in good condition. If you can’t let go of a sentimental piece, snap a photo of it to help free your attachment.
Keep and organize
Once you are finished with your “toss” and “give” bins, you’ve already lost a lot of your clutter, but you still have to figure out a way to organize the stuff you want to keep.
If you don’t want to tackle this on your own, you can call in a pro like Sonia Wysochanski. The Clarks Summit businesswoman owns Sonia’s Contemporary Clothing, Kidazzle, The Drapery Shop and Closet Werks custom closets. With the latter she often works with clients to help them rethink the space in their homes.
“Clutter happens when you bring too much stuff into your home and don’t have plans for storing it,” Wysochanski said.
She always has a heart-to-heart talk with homeowners to determine what they need and what they can part with, she said.
“Good closet space hangs more clothing, organizes shoes. It may add drawers or shelves for purses, folded or boxed items. Corner shelves are roomy for bulky items. Even a smaller closet can become more efficient,” she said.
“It is very rewarding to become organized,” she added. “Once you organize closets, it takes less time to get dressed. You can see all your stuff instead of trying to find it out of a heap. And the rest of your home always looks neater.”
Teri Lyon is a mom, grandmom and freelance writer who lives in Glenburn Township with her cat.