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10 Helpful Ways to Organize your Home

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Corral items to keep an organized space.


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated"

- Confucius

 

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Lean into simplicity and you'll discover functional and elegant ways to organize your home.
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Our House Experts act swiftly, removing the most disorganized elements first, and then methodically attacking each subsequent challenge in a separate, but deliberate manner.
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Here's how you can start to maintain your space and keep it looking pretty and still functional:

1. Corral Loose Items

Dedicate trays for miscellaneous items.
Everything in your home has a place where it belongs. For all the things got lost along the way, a dedicated space will help keep your living spaces organized. 
Introducing a marble tray is an elegant way of elevating a living room's decor while organizing miscellaneous items.
A basket or dedicated drawer will also get the job done.  A storage tray or basket serves as a temporary space for everything that has been left behind, like jewellery, headphones, glasses, and the tv remote. 
Ensure to keep this space minimized by organizing it once it gets too full. It's not a one and done situation. Items may gather here easily so declutter consistently.
 

2. Clean The Obvious

Put away your dirty dishes before going to bed: We love to keep our kitchen sinks clear of bacteria that can grow on dirty dishes. You'll thank yourself the next day when you've kept the dishes from piling up. This means ensuring the drain guard is clean, and scrubbing down the sink walls with some soap and water, and leaving no soaking dishes in the sink.  It's usually a couple minute job, but totally with it!
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Clear your vanity: Keeping your toiletries in a drawer prevents any airborne germs from contacting your dental hygiene apparatuses. Simplify Home premium refill soaps are made with only the essential ingredients required and we believe that your bathroom vanity should be the same. Vanity drawers should be organized and separated by categories.

 

Keep Your Entryway Tidy: When you walk in, hang your jacket, put your shoes away. Keep your keys in a bowl or in a drawer, that way you always know where they are. Create extra space and eliminate clutter in your shoe closet by hanging a shoe organizer.  Put seasonal jackets away in suitcases or storage. Lastly, organize your closet and shoes after you've cleaned out the mats, dust, and dirt.

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Anticipate your departure (and your return): The morning rush can be hectic. If you're early, you're on time and if you're on time you're late.
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“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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Precious moments are spent looking for things that we know we needed ahead of time. Whether you're arriving or departing, put it in the same place.
Creating a space to help keep things organized can be as simple as installing hooks or adding some baskets to store what you need when you're on the go. 
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Keep the areas of your home that you see the most neat and clean by putting stuff away.
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Contact us to help you find a spot for it all! We will bring all the tools and materials you need to make an organized AND functional home.
 

3. Take a Minute to Put Stuff Back When You Are Finished Using It

When you leave a room, leave things the way you found them. 
When you finish watching a movie, put the pillows back the way found them. Made yourself a sandwich? Return the peanut butter to the top shelf. When you finally finish that art project that's taken you all day, clean those paint brushes and put away that easel. Taking a minute to put stuff back helps to keep the tidiness in place! This might seem kinda obvious or like a lot of work, but leaving messes after you finish something makes it harder to maintain!

4. Grab and Go (don't leave a room empty handed)

When you leave a room, scan for things you can take on your way.
Grab that empty cup and put it in the sink on your way past the kitchen. Pick up the garbage and throw it in the trash as you walk by a space. These "multi-tasking" moments are super quick and easy. The more little tiny efforts you make, the easier it will be to keep clean and organized.
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5. Share The Load

Be responsible for your own possessions and employ the family to help keep their items in order.
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Every member of a household plays an important role in keeping the home organized. Independent tasks are easy tokens of responsibility for children or for those who aren't as active as they used to be. Many hands make light work, and one hand washes the other. But beware, it only works if you do it too.
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6. Start Your Day In The Right Mindset 

The activities or thoughts that occupy our minds first thing in the morning can influence our mood, focus, and perspective for the rest of the day. Starting your day with certain rituals or habits can set the tone for the hours that follow.
 
Make your bed in the morning 
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. - Marcus Aurelius
We believe a made bed creates a bedroom of calmness, and that this is a great starting point for day. The making of your bed is nothing more than an intentional action. A voluntary behaviour employed by you as a means of attaining certain ends. When you intentionally create joy it can be present in any room of your home. Take care of your bed, your mind, and home.
 

7. Plan and Prep

Anytime you plan and prep, you get the opportunity to create a space of intentionality. Whether it's for a road trip, a playdate, a week long vacation or even a movie night at home, making activities and moments intentional gives you insight into the tools and items you need.
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Plan your dinner for the next day (or week): If you haven't made a menu for the week, planning your dinner for the next day is a helpful way to plan to eat healthy. Defrost & season your meats. Clean and cut your veggies.... This will help alleviate any stress and keep last minute shopping spree's to a minimum.
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Create a To-Do List for Tomorrow: Take a 10 minutes before bed to jot down your top 3 to-dos for the next day. This will help declutter your mind and allow you to start your day with a clear focus.
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Budgeting and Financial Goals: Plan a monthly budget and prepare by setting up automatic transfers to savings accounts or debt repayment plans. This simplifies financial management and helps you live within your means.
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Family Calendars: Use a shared family calendar to plan activities, chores, and important dates. Preparation could involve weekly family meetings to discuss upcoming commitments and adjust plans accordingly.

8. Label Stuff

Labeling items at home is an essential strategy for maintaining organization and efficiency. By affixing labels to containers, shelves, and storage spaces, you create a visual roadmap that streamlines daily routines.
 
Labels provide instant guidance, ensuring that items find their designated places, and making it easier to locate what you need promptly. Whether it's the pantry, the garage, or the kids' playroom, labeled spaces eliminate the guesswork, reducing clutter and stress.
 
Moreover, labeling promotes a sense of accountability among family members, encouraging them to contribute to the neatness and orderliness of the home. In essence, these simple labels become powerful tools that contribute to a harmonious living environment, where everything has a rightful spot, and chaos gives way to calm.
 
Start with masking tape and a marker until you have items situated in their "forever place". Once you're happy with your organization, print out labels on the computer or ask a friend with nice handwriting to help!

9. Declutter Regularly

Regularly go through your belongings and purge items you no longer need or use. This prevents unnecessary accumulation and frees up space.

Regular decluttering is a pivotal practice in maintaining an organized and serene living space. By routinely assessing and purging items that have outlived their usefulness or no longer align with your lifestyle, you prevent unnecessary accumulation. This process not only frees up physical space but also contributes to mental clarity, allowing you to focus on what truly matters. Regular decluttering sessions, whether in specific areas or throughout the entire home, help create an atmosphere of simplicity and efficiency, where each item finds its purpose and place. This continuous effort to let go of the excess promotes a sense of renewal and rejuvenation, fostering an environment where both physical and mental well-being thrive.

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10. Implement the "One In, One Out" Rule

For every new item you bring into your home, try to remove an older item (or an item that no longer serves you). This helps maintain a balance and prevents overstuffing. 
Embracing a minimalist lifestyle involves adhering to principles like the "One In, One Out" rule, which promotes intentional consumption and prevents clutter. By prioritizing quality and functionality over quantity, you ensure that each new item entering your home displaces an older one, maintaining a balanced environment.
This practice extends beyond possessions, fostering a mindset that values experiences and relationships, resulting in a clutter-free, organized living space that encourages tranquility and purposeful living. Click here to read more about living simply.
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How to start living a slow and intentional life today:

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We provide end-to-end services to help you live the simpler life. We start with removing the unnecessary and help you declutter every nook and cranny. We then use systems to organize your home, according to your lifestyle, in a way that makes it easy to start slowing down the pace of your life.
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We will:

  • declutter any space you want or need
  • organize with practical systems, solutions and functional storage
  • provide all materials and procure all necessary items to complete the transformation
  • complete any handy work including patching that hole you made 2 years ago, installing shelving units, hanging painting etc...
  • provide optional design and decor suggestions and solutions
  • finish off with an optional deep clean to leave your home sparkling and new so you can enjoy the newly organized and relaxing space

We guarantee that the organizational systems we teach you and put in place will stay! 

Now is the time to get organized and start living in a home that you love!