Monday, September 21, 2015

5 Tips For Keeping Your Home Organized & Fresh

We all know those friends. The ones who have the perfect home every single time we're there. Everything is always clean, organized, and placed neatly in its area. Or maybe we even are that friend. In either scenario there are some super easy ways we can tidy up our space to help keep our home organized and fresh looking as we move into the new Fall season. 

So here are 5 helpful tips that will enable your home to look gorgeous, clean, and organized, no matter how chaotic the Fall may get.

Put things away as soon as you are finished using them

I know this seems like a silly statement, but there are so many of us who will use an item and leave it out.  If we consistently place dishes in the dishwasher, put garbage in the trash, and place our items in their designated space, the less there will be to clean. This is super important with the mail. We all have those mail piles that stack like a skyscraper at times. Read what you need to, shred the rest, and do it often so paper does not stack up all over your home.

Pick decor for fashion and function

I love baskets. And I place them all over the house. But they're not just there to fancy up the room. I strategically locate them around my home to hold shoes, magazines, books....just about anything. They can lay out on the floor to add pzazz to a space or they can be tucked away under a bench for storage. Either way, when your decor is functional it minimizes the clutter around your home.  

Clean as you go along

I don't always have time to spend eight straight hours cleaning my home every week. I still want it to look clean though. So I clean as I go. (Not trying to make a rhyme but I'll take it!) This may look like vacuuming on one day, bleaching the kitchen the next day, laundry on the third.  Spreading out your chores through your week, doing a little at a time, will leave your home nice and neat at the end of your week.

Throw out food in your fridge regularly

This is something I am personally bad at. But it's absolutely necessary. When old food and leftovers start to pile up in the back of your fridge, it leaves less room for you to add fresh food. Doing a weekly clean out of a few things will help you to avoid a massive cleaning at the end of the month (or two). This allows for you to have mostly fresh and delicious food, easy to grab, without having to question how long it's been there for.

Keep it minimal

There is absolutely a cozy minimalist craze going on right now, and rightfully so. Minimalism is the perfect way to keep your space organized, clean, and fresh. Before I buy something for my home I ask myself, "Do I really need this? Where can I picture this going? Is it a necessity?" These questions always help me to realize if it is an impulse purchase or something actually useful. Also, going through the items in your home yearly for a sort of spring cleaning, can really help you get rid of the old and keep it minimal.

I hope these tips were helpful for you. I love to clear out and organize at the beginning of each season to help prepare for the newness that is to come. I have to admit that I am one of "those people" who always has her house looking clean and organized. I really do follow the steps above and it honestly takes me almost no time at all to have everything in its place and looking fresh and clean.

Let me know if there are any tips you have for keeping your home organized and beautiful!

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