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Feeling a Bit Overwhelmed? Maybe it’s Time to Declutter!

blogPeople declutter for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes from necessity when there’s simply no place left to put anything. Sometimes when you can’t stand looking at an overloaded closet or clothes piled up on every dresser, side table, on the floor, and everywhere else, it seems.

Or, maybe you’re inclined to declutter your home because your life in general seems like it’s on perpetual overload and you feel the need to fix something around the house to help you feel like you’re back in control.

Whatever your particular reasons might be, here are a few effective ways to start decluttering and feel better for the effort and the end result.

Baskets: Having a few more baskets around your house is a great way to achieve a greater sense of organisation. How about one for your regular laundry and another for sheets and towels.  Might be a little easier to fold and put everything away.  Baskets in the toy room make for easier clean up and smaller size baskets, one per bedroom, gives no one an excuse to throw dirty laundry on the floor.  Thinking smaller still, how about baskets to declutter your bathroom:  one for certain make-up items, one for first-aid items, another with a decorative flair for pot pourri, and so on.

The Banish box: Any items that’s no longer used should go in your banish box. If the items stay there beyond the proscribed time limit, they get donated, thrown out, or added to your tag sale pile. Usually a year for clothes that don’t get worn is a good amount of time, but other items like magazines and newspapers become obsolete much faster.

Labeling: If you find yourself starting to go box (or other container) crazy, start labeling them.  That goes for shelves, too, areas of a shared coat closet, the tool shed, under the sink, places for dishwashing, laundry detergent, or other household cleaners. The possibilities are endless.

Everything has a place: One simple way to ensure that everything has a place is with drawer organizers. You know, one spot pens, another for stationery items, another for certain types of kitchen gadgets – whatever it takes to take away clutter and make it easier for you to find what you need, when you need it.

Here’s another tip on keeping yourself better organised. Create a Word Document or Spreadsheet with critical dates and information about home upkeep.  That way, you’ll have just one place to look to see when, for example, you last had your home plumbing inspected.  You never want to go longer than a year if your goal is to keep it running as smoothly and safely as possible.

Has it been that long, or longer?  If so, contact Kalamunda Plumbing today to schedule service.  Once we complete our inspection, you’ll have one more item to record in your home upkeep file for ongoing reference.