Monday, 15 January 2018

6 easy ways to spring clean and save space in your home

easy ways to declutter and spring clean your home, and save space in small houses. Use clever hidden storage, have regular spring cleans and get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Home organisation tips and ways to make spring cleaning and keeping your home tidy.

Spring cleaning. It’s not the most exciting topic is it? If you’re anything like me, you’ll have put it off for years on end, with the thought of tackling it bringing you out in a cold sweat. However, clutter generates some sort of anxiety in me. I can’t think straight with ‘stuff’ everywhere, so living in a small home with a little one has really tested me, and a major declutter has been on the cards for a while. This year I’ve embarked on the biggest spring clean this house has ever seen. I’m slowly working my way through every room, cupboard and drawer in the house - nothing is safe! 

Decluttering is easier than you think though – here’s my top spring-cleaning tips, and some easy ways in which you can save space, and keep your home clutter-free. 

Re-work your wardrobes

This is the biggest one for me. Ideally we need to fit all our clothes into two wardrobes and a chest of drawers, freeing up as much floor space as possible, however this is hard work to say the least. Regular clear outs is therefore essential, and I have to be ruthless - asking myself three questions:

Have I worn it in the last year?
Does it hold sentimental value?
Would I buy it again today? 

If the answer to at least two of those is no then whatever it is has to go to either a charity shop, clothing bank or eBay, no questions asked!

easy ways to declutter and spring clean your home, and save space in small houses. Use clever hidden storage, have regular spring cleans and get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Home organisation tips and ways to make spring cleaning and keeping your home tidy.

Schedule decluttering into your week

So this is probably the most boring thing anyone could ever suggest, but setting aside a few minutes every Sunday afternoon has worked wonders for me. I’ve been putting off a major spring clean for years, but physically schedule some time to work through one cupboard/draw/space a week, and you’ll quickly get into a routine. I’ve found that I’ve actually looked forward to working on the next space every week, and make sure to take some before and after pictures too – you’ll be surprised at the impact you can make in just a few minutes.

Regular spring cleaning is key

I’m determined to not let things get this bad again – and think an annual clear-out of every cupboard is probably the way to go. Be brutal though – if you don’t absolutely need it, it’s got to go. Every few inches of space counts!

easy ways to declutter and spring clean your home, and save space in small houses. Use clever hidden storage, have regular spring cleans and get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Home organisation tips and ways to make spring cleaning and keeping your home tidy.

Save the space you have

Using ultra-thin clothes hangers can help you to squeeze even more clothes into your wardrobe, maximising the space you already have. And when packing clothes into drawers, rolling them up helps to fit more in, and keeps them from getting too creased (also a good tip when packing a suitcase!) I also use drawer dividers to organise items better, and fit even more things in.

To save even more space you could rotate your wardrobe according to each season by removing your winter jumpers/boots/coats once spring rolls around, packing them away into storage boxes on top of your wardrobe? That way you’ll only ever need to find space for half your clothes at any one time.

Maximise your storage options

This is a big issue for me as our home has only two built in cupboards, so we’ve had to get very creative with storage. Almost every piece of furniture we own contains hidden storage, such as our slim shoe cupboard, which holds over 30 pairs of shoes without taking up valuable hallway space. I’ve previously shared the other pieces of furniture I couldn’t live without here.

easy ways to declutter and spring clean your home, and save space in small houses. Use clever hidden storage, have regular spring cleans and get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Home organisation tips and ways to make spring cleaning and keeping your home tidy.

If you’re stuck with the furniture you have then storage boxes can hide a multiple of sins. Choose pretty ones that you don't mind being on show – I’ve got wicker baskets absolutely everywhere, for example.

Our kitchen was becoming increasingly cluttered with paperwork/important letters/recipe books etc, so I invested in a filing cabinet which although super ugly, holds a ridiculous amount of stuff, and helps me to keep organised too (no more hunting for the passport the night before a flight!). Ours is hidden in the coat cupboard, so isn’t on show and doesn't take up valuable space.

Utilise lost space

Pack things under the bed, on top of the wardrobe and even under the sofa - babies toys don't need to be stacked in a corner or all over the floor! I’m currently on the lookout for some nice looking under-sofa storage boxes which I can whip out and fill full of plastic crap at the drop of a hat.

easy ways to declutter and spring clean your home, and save space in small houses. Use clever hidden storage, have regular spring cleans and get rid of anything you haven't worn in a year. Home organisation tips and ways to make spring cleaning and keeping your home tidy.

How often do you spring clean your home? What are your top tips?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx

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