How can I organize my home
Uncomfortable, untidy rooms and annoying hours of tidying up are now a thing of the past.
We'll show you how to properly create order, equip yourself with a battle plan and also have various tips for you on how to trick your surprise visit into order.
Where to start - mucking out is the ideal starting point
In the beginning there is chaos and you don't know where to start.
Use it to clean things up properly.
After all, you don't want to move objects from A to B that you no longer use and find only annoying in order to create order.
You can use a well-known method for the clearing out action. First, grab a large box.
Go through room by room, drawer by drawer, through your apartment and throw all objects into it that you no longer like or that you have not moved or looked at for over half a year.
Now you have three boxes ready for the following purposes:
- Give away or sell
- To dispose
Sort the items into the boxes - be very self-critical!
Is there still too much in box 1? Then sort items that you are still unsure about into a box with a “start date” and “use by date”.
If you have not used these items after this point, you can safely remove them.
Tip: Don't pick up items just because they cost a lot or because they came from someone close. Not passing things on, but leaving them standing is a waste.
Systematically creating order in 6 steps
Now it continues with a system - because this is the only way to effectively create order.
- Create checklists
Write down your to-dos. Only when you have your tasks on screen can you work through them one after the other and thus create order piece by piece.
- Small steps: drawer by drawer
Take small steps. For example, take the left drawer in your kitchen first. Do you really need five cork openers? No right? Then keep only the best.
Is there a pack of pasta in the drawer and otherwise only kitchen gadgets?
Then rearrange accordingly.
Are you ready? Then on to the next drawer.
- Top down
When you create order, always tidy up from top to bottom. The other way around, you only do double work.
Start with the lamps, shelves, and tables, then there are chairs, carpets, and floors.
- Keep surfaces free
Avoid using surfaces (windowsill, dining table, coffee table, shelf, etc.) as storage space. See it more as free space, the highest of which can be used for a vase with flowers or a decorative group.
The freer you keep these areas, the tidier the room looks and the more time you save when cleaning.
- Free the ground
Grab a box and put everything that is on the floor in it.
Can something get away from it? No? Then put the items in boxes or standing folders. A free floor is essential for the tidy effect of your home.
- Tidying up paper masses
Paperwork accumulates, especially at work, but also in the hallway. These rooms quickly look messy.
Collect the documents, notes, invoices and mail in a folder, which you go through regularly on fixed days of the week and file in the appropriate folder.
Create order with boxes
Boxes create order effectively and easily. They help you make odds and ends invisible and keep items that belong together in one place:
- Clothes for the coming season
- Sewing utensils
- Craft items
- Postage stamps, envelopes, postcards
- Paper, blocks
When you buy boxes, make sure that the color does not stand out from your interior. This makes them even more subtle and also creates order.
Different materials are suitable depending on the room. Wire baskets are ideal in the bathroom and kitchen, in the bedroom and in the office you can use cardboard, felt and bamboo.
Keep your home tidy
If you want to create order in your household, it is best to go through room by room.
Put the kitchen in order
In the kitchen, as much as possible should be hidden behind doors. Remember, however, that you should have easy access to the items you need every day and that you sort and organize them according to categories (plate to plate).
Cookie tins, for example, can be put in a Christmas box in the basement, as they only take up space if they are only used once a year.
You fill muesli flakes, pasta, flour, spices, sugar, etc. into beautiful, large glass containers.
With this action, remove all food that has passed its use-by date. Opened dishes also go in the trash.
You can also collect spices and oils in wire baskets and put them on a shelf. Looks nice and neat doesn't it?
Keep the worktop free - only the coffee machine and the kettle you use every day can stay there.
Magnetic strips and rods for S-hooks provide space for kitchen gadgets and good knives.
You should also keep the dining table completely free.
A bed made every day goes a long way towards creating order.
Piles of clothes lying around are unacceptable and, if necessary, are stowed away in a nice basket or laundry basket.
In the bedroom, you can put the book or tablet in the bedside cabinet when you go to sleep, etc.
Only the alarm clock and a bedside lamp should be on the table.
Clothes that have not been worn for a year are removed from the wardrobe. At best, hang up the remaining pieces or lay them together.
Socks and underwear can be stored in a box or drawer.
You can stow bags in an extra shelf compartment.
You can stow your clothes for the next season in boxes in the closet.
There is also space for additional bed linen.
Tidy up the office
The first step to a tidy study is to put all the documents - all the paperwork off your desk - in a folder.
If you are particularly motivated and exemplary, sort them according to categories (invoices, invitations, to-dos, etc.).
In the next step you can put them in folders.
You put pens and the like, which you need every day for work, in your top drawer - organized in appropriate containers, of course.
Only a PC, keyboard and mouse should be on your desk.
Avoid tangled cables under your table. Label the cables, tie them together and hide them in a color-neutral bar on the wall or under the table.
Your office will make a particularly neat impression if you keep folders and standing files in the same color as the shelf.
Bring the bathroom in good shape
In the bathroom, the focus is on sorting small items and putting them in the cupboards in an orderly manner.
Store cosmetics and daily care utensils in a mirrored cabinet. In this you stow them in nice cups (lipsticks, toothbrushes) or cans (cotton pads).
Check medications and creams for their shelf life - those that have exceeded this will come off.
Put towels back in their intended place and put unused towels in the laundry basket.
Toilet paper and towels are stowed in the closet.
It also looks chic - and tidy - when you put or put larger utensils in wire baskets outside of the cupboards. This can be, for example, shower gel, bath sponge, razor or the clothes that you want to wear the next day.
Tidy living room
The living room is the area in which you and your guests should relax and feel good. Seating has to be freed and surfaces have to be relieved.
Coffee table, TV cabinet or sideboard - clear these surfaces. Nothing looks untidy when it is overcrowded with odds and ends, keys, magazines, etc. Flowers and 1-2 decorative groups are allowed.
Magazines, books, candy wrappers, controllers and remote controls have no place on the sofa or armchairs. Fold blankets and fluff up pillows - a whole new and inviting area is created.
The following applies not only to the living room: dissolve stacks and keep the floor clear. Magazines or newspapers do not belong in piles on the floor, but rather in standing files or magazine holders.
Even the precious vinyl records do not belong in a pile that can fall over due to an awkward movement.
Be it plants or decoration - they look tidier if you don't distribute them wildly in the room, but put them in groups. They look particularly great when you put them in odd numbers.
You can place particularly beautiful pieces in a small display case on the wall.
Books give your rooms an incredibly cozy atmosphere.
You can create more peace and order by sorting them by color. Looks even prettier and you're right on trend (ask Pinterest)!
Create a battle plan for order
We have drawn up a battle plan for you so that nothing can stop you cleaning up.
With this you can create order step by step:
- Give away items that are no longer used or dispose of them
- Create a checklist with to-dos
- Proceed in small steps - drawer by drawer, room by room
- Clean up from top to bottom
- Purify surfaces
- Free the ground
- Collect paperwork in folder and file
- Store items that belong together in boxes, cans or baskets
Tidy up quickly - 7 tips for a surprise visit
There is not always enough time to heed the advice mentioned and to properly organize the apartment.
Especially when a boyfriend or girlfriend announces a visit spontaneously - how nice - it becomes hectic!
But don't panic.
We have put together 7 tips for you, with which you can conjure up your home properly and astonish your guests:
- Collect everything
That is the effective brute method. Grab a basket and take it through the rooms your guest will enter.
Throw everything in the container that looks like a mess (dirty laundry, packaging, dishes, etc.).
Looks a lot better right now, doesn't it?
- Determine the focal point
Designate a room in your home (hello bedroom) as a collection point for the stuff you have just collected. Just make sure this is a room your guests won't enter.
Important: lock this door tightly.
- Take something with you
You will make even faster progress and be more effective if you take something with you to another room every time you go tidying up.
- Cat wash - clean up in no time
Use a damp rag to walk over any noticeable surfaces like the sideboard, countertops, and tables.
Vacuuming the whole apartment is now unrealistic. Instead, grab the handheld vacuum cleaner and remove dust, crumbs, and small snippets.
In the bathroom, you have to brush the wash basin and mixer with soap and water (it's already ready) - you wipe the remaining surfaces with a damp cloth.
- Hide, hide, hide
Closets with doors are your friend.
The quiche from lunch can go in the oven, the dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Clean dishes can be heaped in a cupboard and tidied up after the visit.
The main thing is that objects are no longer untidy and hidden.
- Prepare lounge
Where do guests go first when they arrive? Correct. To the sofa and armchair.
Fold up the blanket, shake up the pillows and toss dishes from lunch, magazines and odds and ends from the coffee table into said basket from above.
Now your guest can feel comfortable.
- Create a nice welcome
Welcome your guests with a tidy reception area. Simply move everything that hangs on the wardrobe (winter jackets, bags, etc.) or is lying around on the floor in the focal point mentioned at the beginning.
If you hurry, these tips should give you a tidy and hospitable four walls within 10-15 minutes.
5 rules for permanent order
A tidy apartment is all well and good. But please keep it that way.
If you want to keep the order you have created, the following five rules can help you:
- A little every day
Set an alarm clock for 3 minutes. Take these daily for every room - bathroom, hallway, bedroom, kitchen, living room, study, dining room. That would be about 30 minutes a day to clean up. That sounds like a lot - but consider how much time you otherwise needed for the whole (!) Apartment and didn't accomplish nearly as much in this period of time.
Because you have a certain amount of time available, you put yourself (positively) under pressure and tidy up more effectively.
If you follow this method regularly, you will notice that you will be even faster and need less time, because you have already cleaned up the day before.
Big and hectic clean-up actions are unnecessary.
- Plan to clean up
Plan to create order firmly in your everyday life. Even better, you can set a reminder in the calendar on your mobile phone so that you cannot forget to clean up.
The more disciplined and longer you stick to it, the more you get used to it and the easier it will be for you in the future.
- Clear out regularly
Only if you regularly question the objects that surround you about their meaning and use for you can you create a tidy home in the long term.
- Allocated fixed places
Every thing has its place. Or at least it should have.
Assign each object a meaningful (!) Place.
Toilet paper and towels belong in the bathroom cupboard, baking paper in the drawer next to the oven and sheets in the cupboard in the bedroom.
If the things are where you need them, you can find them quickly and they are no longer lying around (messy) somewhere.
- Dissolve piles
Dissolve piles or junk drawers. To do this, fill the contents in a box and see what you can throw away, file or move to a useful place.
Is there a lot of decorative stuff? Then open a new box for these with subdivisions according to the occasion (Easter, Christmas, etc.) and stow them in the basement as long as you don't need them.
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