We close an eye on our mess for a moment and it turns into a volcano! You may be bored with the usual organizing tips and tricks already because it didn’t really help much. However, an organizing and de-cluttering guru from Neatnik, Nicole Anzia, shares tips and tricks unlike any other. She tells us what NOT to do!
1. DO: Organize first, buy second
Don’t shop for more items before actually decluttering! You may end up with more than you need. Sometimes after decluttering, you’ll find the items that you already have but was temporarily ‘lost.’ If you have a lot of similar items, be very strict with yourself by throwing out or giving away the extras that you don’t use.
Once you’ve thrown or donated what you don’t need, you can reassess whether you have the space for the beautiful containers and bins from the shops.
2. DO: Start in sections
Most of us put off spring cleaning because the thought of clearing everything in a day is way too daunting. Instead, start in small sections and spread it out for a few days. It is a much more efficient way to organize your home without getting cranky. If minimalism isn’t for you, adopt the ‘organized mess’ method.
3. DO: Complete each task – completely
Decluttering doesn’t end when you have cleaned and sorted your belongings. The clothes you’ve set aside for donation or recycling? Take it to the centre immediately. Never ever leave it for the next day because to be honest, it’s going to stay at the corner you’ve placed them for another month or year.
4. DO: You still need regular upkeep
Now that you’ve cleared the house and the air is feeling fresher, maintain it with regular upkeep. You don’t want to have a spring clean every month. Put things back to where they belong and never buy stuff that you don’t really need. A convenient way to put things where they belong is to assign a designated space and stick to it!
5. DON’T: Be hard on yourself
Nicole says no one has homes that look like house catalogues. Homes are used by actual human beings after all and not styled and staged by stylists for marketing. She also added to forgo perfectionism. As long as it works for your lifestyle, it’s good enough.