Organizing your home can alleviate stress, save time and bring a sense of harmony and calm to your daily life. The key to making it work is to keep it simple, start with the areas causing the most anxiety and develop a routine to maintain the plan. Before rushing out to purchase storage containers, experts recommend taking time to analyse your living space. Many people list getting out in the morning as the most stressful part of their day. Misplaced items such as keys and homework and frantic searches for matching boots, etc., can lead to a chaotic departure which sets the tone for the whole day. With a little organization, you can start your day on the right foot and come home to a serene oasis. Begin by taking a visual inventory of each room to determine how you are currently using the space. Here are some tips for cutting clutter:
Kitchen: Remove small appliances from counters. Keep similar items together such as cups and filters over the coffee-maker, and knives near the cutting boards
Family rooms: Select end tables with drawers, ottomans with storage and wall units with hidden storage for toys and games
Bathroom: Individual caddies or baskets for personal toiletries. Install extra towel bars and hooks
Dining room: Store place settings or serving pieces in a remote location and use drawers and buffets to hide and hold games, homework supplies, etc
Kids' bedrooms: A bookcase can display current treasures and hold bins for smaller toys, crafts, etc. A canvas shoe rack on the back of a door can store stuffed animals or dolls. Shelves and bins need to be at the correct height for kids
Master bedroom: Reclaim it. Remove everything except personal belongings. Clear out closets and drawers to make room for the “stuff” that ends up on a chair. A relaxing environment invites romance and restful sleep.
Linda Laudato/©2008/THE NEW YORK TIMES