Minimise utensils. If you have a great set of knives, you
don’t need the other random (and probably rusty) versions
creating clutter in your kitchen drawers. Get rid of all
double-ups that serve the same purpose.
Regularly take stock of the kitchen cupboards. If there
are plastic containers and drink bottles that are broken or
have lost their lid, it’s time for them to go. Many of us tend
to have stockpiles of food in our pantry that end up going
out of date because we’ve forgotten it’s in there (probably
hidden behind a pile of lidless containers).
Sort through your bathroom essentials regularly. Skin care
and make-up have use by dates, even if they haven’t been
opened. These products are going on your hair, skin and
eyes so it’s important to be vigilant. Plus, do you really need
three different face cleansers at the one time?
This should be your sanctuary. Avoid using this room as
a place to store items that don’t have a home elsewhere.
Ideally it should only be home to your bed, bedside tables,
a good lamp and a wardrobe. Don’t be tempted to put a
television in there as it can affect your quality of sleep. Also,
try not to use the underneath of the bed for storage; keep it
clear for airflow and to minimise dust.
Set up zones in the house where certain things belong. For
example, a place for all the mail and paperwork, somewhere
for the kids’ school bags and an area for sports equipment.
Make sure all your belongings have a home. Use baskets
with labels if you prefer to keep things visually clear. Labels
will help keep things organised and everyone will know
where items belong.
If you have a staircase, utilise the space well – for storage,
a home office or even a wine cellar! Pinot anyone?
People have a tendency to collect items without actually
being aware of it – it becomes habit to purchase the
same things again and again. Decide on a number that’s
reasonable and give away or dispose of the ones you no
longer need. Is it really necessary to have eight black singlet
tops and 25 blue pens?
Create more space by investing in furniture that serves
a dual purpose, such as an ottoman that has storage or a
coffee table that has drawers for your remote controls.