Clutter has such a way of getting out of control and away from us at times. We've come up with some great practical clutter busting ideas to help you get started.
Keys: Avoid losing or misplacing your keys by allocating a certain place for them. As soon as you walk through the door - place them on the designated hook or in a designated bowl. You will never have the frustration of not being able to find them when you need them again.
Desk Drawers: It is easy to stash items in desk drawers so you do not have to deal with them --- out of sight, out of mind! Try to keep your drawers as organised as possible by storing only what you need in them.
Umbrellas: Umbrellas can make a mess when it's been raining and you're eager to get inside where it is nice and dry. Store umbrellas standing up in a stand to avoid mess - this also allows the umbrella to dry more effectively.
Bed Storage: Most beds have the provision for underneath storage which can save you valuable space and clutter. You can store pillows, sheets, doona's toys in containers underneath while using a bed shirt to conceal the storage. This is a fantastic idea if you are running low on storage space.
Cooking Station:Putting implements and ingredients that you use on a regular basis when cooking can make your life a lot easier in the kitchen. There are plenty of items that you can use for this such as a Lazy Susan, spice racks and many other products that you can easily find in any Ikea store. Just be sure to leave enough surface space for meal preparation.
Pots And Pans: Pot and pan clutter can be a never ending battle in some kitchens. A great idea is to store one pot inside a larger one which can save on the amount of space that they can take up in cupboards. There are many great pot and pan storage utilities available now which helps keep your cookware accessable AND organised at the same time.
Kitchen Tables: Tables can be a huge place for clutter - where everyone dumps everything that they can't be bothered putting away. Dining tables are for eating at, not dumping paperwork or doing homework. Create a central area in the middle of the table where you can store items that are used on a regular basis - such as napkins, salt and pepper.
Shower Storage: Items such as body wash, shampoo, conditioner, washcloths should be stored in a shower caddy or shelving installed in the shower to avoid clutter on the bottom of the shower or around the bathtub. There are so many shower storage systems available which are effective and reasonably priced - you have no excuse left!
Laundry: If you have a large family or if you need to pre-sort, having more than one laundry hamper is a great idea. This ensures that clothes are never thrown on the floor and that washing is easier to sort. Use a cupboard or shelving to keep your laundry items such as fabric softener,detergent and bleach all together and out of reach of little hands and paws. If your laundry is large enough, it is a fantastic idea to also designate a folding station which will help reduce clothes becoming clutter in the bedroom or lounge.
Car: Keep your car organised by only keeping what you may need while travelling. Sunglasses, cd's, maps, manuals, registrationd documents, etc. If you don't have enough storage in the glovebox, use a visor organiser. Remember, it is always a good idea to keep emergency supplies like jumper leads, a spare blanket and first aid kit in the boot. I always keep a travel umbrella and spare pair of shoes in car as well - I can't tell you how many times I have needed this.
Now it's your turn --- Brash and Sassy would love to hear some of your clutter busting ideas.