Uncluttering & Organizing Your Home Space

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OF SPECIAL INTEREST:   Closets, Garage, Kitchen

 

4 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Declutter Your Home
Here, PassionateHomemaking.com editor Lindsay Edmonds shares her own set of simple steps on how to declutter your home. She starts by suggesting that it is very important that you clearly understand the purpose and that you should have the right mindset. Edmonds also provided some questions you should ask yourself as you declutter every room of your house. The third step covers the detailed decluttering steps, while the fourth and last step is about the right attitude to finish the task effectively. This includes being persistent, patient, and the ability to create a solid plan.

Advice for Ample Space
If your home has insufficient space such as that in college dormitories, apartments and condominiums, space management is essential. A section on organized storage solutions is offered. When organizing, start from somewhere manageable, for example, the drawers. Then gradually proceed to all the cupboards or shelves. Clear out things and rearrange only the ones you need. Be persistent - but do not over exert yourself physically, the site suggests. Search for hidden space, such as a stairwell or closet. Shelves and drawers are a good place to start. Reorganizing your furniture placement is another way to increase space, and getting rid of unneeded items is most important.

Kitchen Organization 101
The kitchen is the hub of the home. It is the place we gather to spend time with family and friends. Many of us do our main entertaining in an open floor plan that has a kitchen/family room combination. As a result, the kitchen has become the most difficult room in the house to keep clean. Tips include developing an organizing plan for your kitchen, which includes areas for preparation of food, cooking, baking and cleaning. Purchase inexpensive storage solutions and find creative ways to use kitchen items you already own. Toss out what isn't needed, as in expired herbs, yeast and baking powder, then clean the kitchen. Using efficiency in kitchen design is also essential for organizing a kitchen.

Organizing on ThriftyFun
ThriftyFun is a wonderful site with a lot of valuable information to help people save money, save time and solve problems. The site provides a few different ways to find the information it offers. There's a general search function for keyword searces. There is also a drop-down box to Browse Topics. And then once you get to a main topic section, there's a more specific sub-topic navigation menu on the right side of the page. One of the main section is on Organizing. There are numerous categories with tips for organizing: closets, craft projects, cupboards, manuscripts, bathroom, bedroom, bills and mail, books, children, clothing, coupons, files, freezer and fridge, garage, kitchen, laundry, linens, moving, office paperwork, photos, recipes,tools, toys, travel, yard and garden, and finally—yourself.

Organizing Your Home from P&G Everyday
The cleaning section on Procter & Gamble's monthly magazine P&G Everyday has numerous articles on home organization. Learn how to organize your files, or under the kitchen sink, among other things. Remove everything from the cabinet and put your cleaning supplies to the test. Get rid of anything you haven't used in awhile or is half-empty or damaged. Oftentimes the chemicals in cleaning solutions lose their potency, so there's no point keeping that 3-year-old bottle of cleanser. Once you reduce the number of cleaning supplies, keep only what you really need to store underneath the kitchen sink. You're the best judge when it comes to knowing what you need, and a checklist of items one should keep under the kitchen sink is included. Cleaning the space under the sink is key. Adding a lazy Susan, some plastic containers, over-the-door organizers and plastic shelves, as well as a tip out tray from your counter is also suggested.

 

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