- Clean up for a fresh start
- Everything has its place
- Less is more: decluttering according to Marie Kondo
- Sort out clothes
- Clever subdivision
- Use wall
- Cosed society
- Tidy children's room
Bedspread on the bed for a tidy impression in the bedroom
A simple but effective tip: do everything you need to do in the evening so that you don't wake up rudely in a house full of clutter the following day. Cleaning up in the evening doesn't sound very tempting. Start in small steps: Use waiting times sensibly to hang out the laundry. Avoid empty hands when you're on your way from the living room to the kitchen. True to the motto: Take on all the tasks that only take you five minutes and get them done immediately. Your future self will thank you in the morning if there aren't any dirty dishes in the kitchen.
Tip: Be sure to take a moment to make your bed in the morning. A made bed gives you a better feeling. A bedspread is ideal for a tidy impression in the bedroom.
2. Everything has its place
Storage boxes and baskets for odds and ends in the living room
To keep your household tidy, you should create a proper place for each item. There is room for keys, loose change, and shopping chips in a box near the front door. The remote control also looks much more organized in a basket on the coffee table. Get in the habit of putting everything back in its place immediately after use and not putting it somewhere else.
Tip: By the way, you will need about 21 days to get used to the new system. So be extra vigilant for the first three weeks. After that, you'll find it easier to stick to your new routines!
3. Less is more: Mucking out after Marie Kondo
When tidying up and tidiness in the household, you can't avoid the name, Marie Kondo. Her KonMari method is based on the fact that we regularly get rid of everything we no longer need. This has two positive side effects: On the one hand, there is less that can gather dust if you sort it out regularly. On the other hand, clearing out makes a tidy impression because you automatically keep more space free.
When keeping order, according to Marie Kondo, the Japanese does not proceed according to rooms but according to categories:
4. Sort out clothes
Clean out the closet regularly
According to Marie Kondo, clothes are the easiest thing to let go of. Do you still find it difficult to part with your beloved clothes? Then ask yourself the following questions:
Has it been more than six months since I wore it?
Would I buy this again?
Do I still need this
Does it still suit me?
If you answer no to at least one of the questions, you will discard the item of clothing. It helps to sort according to different criteria: keep, donate, sell, throw away or recycle. If you have a lot of clothing in good condition, you can also organize an exchange campaign among acquaintances and friends and make them happy.
Here are more tips for organizing your closet!
5. Clever division
Uniform storage boxes in the kitchen and wooden organizers for odds and ends
Whether for the bathroom cabinet or desk drawer: organizers are ideal for sorting small items and creating an order. Cutlery drawers are great for converting to your desk and arranging and storing small handicrafts and office utensils. If your mirror cabinet in the bathroom doesn't have enough shelves, wooden boxes that you set up vertically on the shelf can organize your cosmetics. Boxes in the closet help you to divide compartments, sort your clothes thematically and thus keep things tidy. So you have a box with all the scarves, a container for underwear, a box for t-shirts, and so on. Uniform storage jars for sugar, flour, or muesli give a tidy impression in the kitchen.
6. Use the wall
Wall shelves and clever hanging solutions for storage space in the kitchen and study
Keeping order becomes a challenge with little space. If you have little room, you can use the wall. In a small bathroom, you can add wall shelves above the door, and the same goes for the wall above your desk. You can use the space under kitchen wall cabinets with steel hanging baskets to store washing-up utensils.
7. Closed society
It is advisable to choose closed shelves and cupboards for a tidy appearance. You can hide your belongings behind the fronts, and your belongings come to you through the drawers when you take them off. Open shelves overflowing at the seams leave a restless impression and should therefore be cleaned out regularly.
8. Tidy children's room
Order in the children's room through regular mucking out
Mucking out in the children's room
Keeping order in the children's room is probably one of the supreme disciplines. For rough cleaning, you divide old toys into three boxes: one for broken ones, one for unpopular toys to swap or give away, and one for items in good condition.
In addition, you can introduce an internal exchange box: your child will not play with all the toys at the same time anyway but will undoubtedly have changing favorites. So you can swap toys every few months and create new incentives to play without buying new ones immediately. It would help if you also curated children's books: Unlike adults, book spines do not arouse much interest in children. Wall shelves on which you can place books with the book cover facing forward are best. So your child can choose what looks the most exciting.
Keep order in the children's room.
The principle also applies in the children's room: tidy up thematically. You can add colorful stickers and labels to boxes so that your child can immediately see what is where. The magic word is also creating incentives! After cleaning up, offer your child to spend time together, for example, reading aloud. If you want to avoid jackets and hats flying around, you should attach children's coat hooks at your child's eye level so that your child can actively take care of the tidying up.