The holiday’s have come and gone and I’m sure you’ve accumulated lots of “stuff.” Whether it be items you actually need or not, these items do need a space in your home. Keeping a tidy home can be challenging, but even if you’re limited on time or on a tight budget, there are simple, achievable ways you can create room for what you truly want to keep in your home!

I suggest starting with an easy task such as creating a “one in, one out” rule. When you receive an item you already have, first ask yourself “Do I/we really need or want this?” If you do, then replace your old item with the current one. By doing this simple task you are creating a home for your items instead of just accumulating items and not knowing where to put them. Parents, involve your children in this task and have them go through their toys and clothing. You’d be pleasantly surprised what items they don’t want and are willing to donate!

Second, when giving a gift or purchasing a gift for your children, I suggest coming up a with a storage solution before you bring it into your home. Does the gift have a lot of tiny parts? If so, perhaps purchasing an inexpensive storage bin along with the item will help! This eliminates a guessing game for you or the gift recipient! Clear or acrylic bins are recommended to help with being able to visually see what is inside. This also helps with overbuying and easily accessing items you’re trying to find.

Lastly, if you’re trying to achieve a more decluttered and organized home, I suggest writing out your goals for each space. For instance, if you’re looking to create more room in your kids’ bedrooms, think of how you’re utilizing their furniture, closets or under bed areas. These are often overlooked areas for storing toys and clothing. Take your time going through each area in your home and eliminate anything that isn’t functioning well for you and your family. There’s no reason anything should be in your home if it doesn’t truly function well for you and your family, or bring you joy!

Here’s to a fresh new start in the New Year!

Nicole Beverly
Owner of Simply Seaside Organizing LLC

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