27 Nov 8 Easy Ways to Tidy and De-Clutter Your Home Year-Round
Organizing a new home sometimes feels overwhelming, but it’s an amazing opportunity to start from scratch! Not sure where to begin to get a Martha Stewart style home with an Instagram-worthy pantry, hall closet or laundry room? Here are some of our favorite routines, tips, and tricks to ensure your new home organization success.
Optimize Your Entryway or Mudroom
Have a coat rack, key hook, a place for shoes, and anything else you use on a regular basis near the front door to make coming and going more streamlined. Always losing track of your mail? Consider an attractive bill organizer or tray for the entry table.
Write It Down – All in One Place
Having a central space where you can jot down tasks, lists, appointments, and more is a lifesaver to keep your new home (and it’s residents) organized. Whether it’s a whiteboard, notepad or calendar, keep all your daily reminders in an easily accessible location to keep it current.
Have Stations for the Whole Family
Make sure everything has a place and keep related items contained to that area. Making this a habit means you’ll (almost) never have to hunt for book bags, shoes or lunches as the school bus arrives.
Add Storage Solutions
Make a game out of putting away the toys or keep a box where each toy “goes to sleep” every night. Hidden storage in ottomans and benches are the perfect place to tidy away blankets, magazines or toys. Need more storage in the bedroom? Use bed risers to maximize the storage area under your bed.
Create a Schedule
It doesn’t all have to get done at once. Break your new homeowner tasks down by week, month and season. This prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and gives you attainable goals that can be steadily being checked off your list.
Complete Tasks When It Makes Sense for You
While you’re watching your favorite show in the evening, get things done during commercial breaks. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish. Playing a song and trying to get as much done before it ends is also a great way to get motivated.
Maximize Your Storage Spaces
As you are planning your new home organization tools, consider how you will use your space: do you need systems in your bathroom cabinets or smart ways to store knives and pans in your kitchen? Do you prefer a custom closet organizer or to work with over-door and under-bed storage? Determine what will best suit your needs and add it to the mix.
Have a Plan for Out-Of-Place Items
Add attractive baskets to your foyer or keep bins for each family member at the bottom of the stairs. Remind each family member to drop items that need to go back upstairs into their personalized container throughout the day. Once the basket is full, it’s easy to carry up to put everything back in its place.
Plan Seasonal Cleaning and Organization
Organizing for Winter in Your New Home
Before the temperatures chill, take time to dust your ceiling fans (and reverse them to push warm air down), and replace air filters before turning on the heat. Cold-weather gear like coats, scarves, and gloves can take up more space, so be sure to make a little more room in the closet or entry. Now’s also the perfect time to think about any additional storage items you need to better organize your holiday decorations for next year!
Preparing for Spring in Your New Home
Spring is often thought of as a time for deep cleaning, but why not a little deep organizing too? Create boxes labeled fix, toss, and donate, and ask each family member to see what clutter can be sorted into each. Then do it! Want to organize the pantry? Take inspiration from Pinterest for labeled bins and boxes – and you’ll look forward to grabbing that cereal box each morning from your beautiful cabinetry. Before the temperatures warm, take time to dust your ceiling fans and replace air filters.
Get Excited about Summer in Your New Home
Make a place for things you’ll be using more often this season such as outdoor sporting equipment or pool toys. Instead of hats and gloves, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got flip flops, sunscreen and bug spray stored at your fingertips. Power wash your deck or patio, organize your grilling tools, and clean out the cooler so it’s ready to go on summer vacation too.
Planning for Fall in Your New Home
Leaves may be lovely on the trees, but they aren’t as much fun to clean up off your lawn. Keeping lawn bags in an easy-to-reach place and investing in a garage organizer for rakes and other tools saves time so you can back to enjoying the fall weather. Take time now to get things organized for the spring thaw: clean the grill, wash the patio, and replace your furnace filter. Take time to eliminate the things you don’t need: donate toys, clothes and non-perishable foods to local charities before the holidays.
Less stress means more time to enjoy settling into your new Sunrise Builders’ home. Combine these suggestions with your own practices so you can focus on making memories. We’d love to you show all of the beautiful custom options available as part of your new Sunrise Builders home. Please contact us here or call us at (770) 749-7216 to learn more about communities in your area.