Show your Home Some Love by Getting Organized

Home is where your heart isFebruary is the perfect time to show your home some love.

By having a clutter-free home, you will also be showing the love to all who live there.  Here’s how to jumpstart the process.

Entryways or mudrooms of your home should be welcoming and free of clutter.

When someone enters your home, you want it to say “Welcome, glad you came.” Have a basket or decorative box to throw your mail into each day and go through it daily so it doesn’t pile up. Create a new habit for your family by establishing a home for shoes, coats and backpacks that is easy to manage for the whole family. It takes 90 days to create a new habit so keep gently reminding them so they will get into the routine.

Kitchens are the heart of the home.

Counter tops should be free of items that your family does not use on a daily basis. Cluttered counter tops do not encourage meal preparation so you would rather make reservations than make a home-cooked meal. When your family is finished with a meal, encourage them to tidy up before moving away from the kitchen. Dishes quickly should be placed into the sink or dishwasher so another huge job isn’t created when the dishes start piling up. A quick 10 minutes after each meal is all it should take to keep the kitchen clean. Show the love by keeping a clutter-free kitchen for all your family to enjoy.

The living room or family room (whatever your family uses for relaxation time) should be maintained as well.

At the end of the day, there should be a quick pick-up to restore order and be ready for tomorrow. Have a place to put toys, books, games and throws so everyone can help with the process of keeping this room tidy and welcoming for company and comfortable for the family. Having a chore chart or a daily routine of picking up before bed really helps!

Bedrooms should be calming, serene and conducive to sleeping.

Clutter on the floor or on dressers cannot give you that feeling. Spend the time to get that space organized by setting a timer and beginning to find homes for all that stuff. Halfway through the process is the time to stop sorting and start putting things away. Having the bed made is also a great way to keep your bedroom calm and relaxed. Look through that closet and those drawers and eliminate the clothes you no longer wear. Believe it or not, statistics show that you are only wearing 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. So you know you can donate some unworn clothes. If you are having problems sleeping, clutter may be contributing to that. Try it. What have you got to lose? You may gain a good night’s sleep (7–8 hours). Love yourself and sleep in a clutter-free room!

It’s time to show the LOVE this February and create a sanctuary for you and your family by getting your home organized!

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Donna Jumper

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Donna Jumper is a Greater Philadelphia professional organizer with Jumpstart Organizing in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
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