When your home is overwhelmed with clutter and you are at the point of despair; when it’s not just a matter of organising one room but rather you need to refresh and redesign your whole home; just the thought of it is exhausting.
I myself, was a little overwhelmed thinking about how to write this and what tips to give. There are just so many ways of doing it and so many little tricks that can make it easier.
I decided to pare it back to the essentials. The intricacies and details will be ironed out as you get going.
The most IMPORTANT rules to follow when organising and decluttering a whole home are:
Now you’re on a roll:
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Is it time to sort the bday cards, letters, school master pieces, keepsakes and memorabilia?
If you don't have a regular spot to store these things and they tend to clutter in the corners of drawers and pile up on bench tops and shelves, how about getting them all together and making a home for them. You'll clear space and always know where your treasured memories are hidden.
Head to a variety store (Red Dot, Discount stores, Thingz, etc.) and collect some funky boxes. Colourful boxes are great as you can simply lift the lid, throw your keepsakes in and stack them on a shelf. They are both functional and decorative. Alternatively, fit them neatly into a spare drawer, at the bottom or top of wardrobes.
If you need larger storage, head to storage stores (Bunnings, Officeworks, Kmart, etc.) for plastic storage tubs. There are two great plastic tub options:
1. Document tubs are shaped and sized to fit A4 and A3 paper and files. Great for school reports, uni projects and the like.
2. Under-bed storage tubs are long and low. They hold a lot and are simple to roll in and out from under beds. Keep a couple under each bed and your keepsakes storage is ready to use anytime.
If you keep every little thing that comes home from school or every card you ever get, you may need to get tough, and be a little selective.
That said, whether you want to keep everything or just the best, making a permanent home for it will make keeping the memories easy forever more.