Remove clutter from your home, desk and life!


Take everything out

Make sure you start with a clean slate when organising. Take all items out of the area into a large pile that you can access easily- including all the clutter you have lurking in the cupboard. Next, go through each item in the pile and segregate it. Throw out items you don’t need and separate the rest of your items into categories.

Categorise your items

This should be done on a basis that you know you will follow each day. For example, categorise items in your cupboard by placing the items you use most often in the area with the easiest access. You can also sort items into smaller groups such as flours on one shelf, pasta and grains on the other and tinned items on the bottom shelf. This will give you a better idea of where everything is so you don’t end up moving items and creating a mess when looking for a specific thing.

use storage containers

Storage containers can save gargantuan amounts of room in closets, desks and cupboards! They allow you to store items together so they can be reached easily depending on their use. It also  reduces clutter in cupboards and shelves. An example would be to store your cleaning equipment for the kitchen in one container and equipment for bathroom cleaning in another. It prevents the risk of mixing items up and of creating a mess when looking for a specific item. You will know exactly which container items are in.

Find a useful system

This can include colour coding, labelling or segregating. A system allows you to keep organised all the time so mess isn’t made in the first place. This reduces the amount of clutter that is accumulated over time. It can also help you decide whether or not you actually need items or if they need to be thrown away. Show those living with you this system to stop them from ruining your hard work! KonMari | The Official Website of Marie Kondo has some useful tips for creating helpful organising habits.

Get rid of the things you don't need

Throwing items away can be the most difficult part of a cleaning job since its difficult to part with items that have sentimental or economic value. Try to donate what you can – after all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! 

Asking for a second opinion can always be helpful when making decisions on what needs to be thrown away. Someone else may be a better judge of whether you need an item by using  simple methods of deduction such as how often they’ve seen you use it.