Keeping your home organized is important, but in a small house it is critical. If you don’t put things back where they belong then your home is going to become cluttered very quickly. This is going to be the hardest part for me because I am not naturally organized; I thrive in chaos.
The first part of organizing is getting rid of anything you are not using. It’s a lot easier to prevent clutter when there’s less of it. So, grab a box or a trash bag and start getting rid of everything you have not needed in six months to a year. Go room by room. Declutter every closet, too. It’s amazing how much junk ends up in our closets.
If you are a book collector like me this is going to be hard. I have plenty of books that I have either never read or I haven’t read it in a long time. I keep them because they mean something to me. Just make sure that they stay where they’re supposed to and don’t start taking over your house. Actually, living in a library doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
If your obsession is clothes, shoes, etc. I want you to get rid of anything that does not fit first. If it has needed repairs for six months or more and you have not had time, it’s a lost cause. Toss it or give it away. Now look at what you wouldn’t wear to spend the day by yourself, but it was a gift. You aren’t going to wear it when you see them. Donate it. Someone else will love it. Probably.
The last place I want you to declutter is your kitchen. Go through your junk drawers and start throwing stuff away. If everyone in your family has iPhones and iPads you do not need Android cords. Throw them away! Get rid of extra plates, silverware, cooking utensils, and pots and pans. I’m not talking about the good stuff Grandma gave you. I’m talking about the worn out broken stuff you don’t even know why you still have it. Now is the time to get rid of it. You only need one place setting per person. If you have company buy paper products. As a bonus you’ll clean up after big family meals faster.
I hope that this has motivated you to clean up and get organized. I’m going to read it to myself again later to motivate me. I’ll be honest, I hate cleaning and getting rid of stuff, but I know that sometimes I have to. This is one of those times.