The average American home today is often filled with possessions and furniture, not all of which are even useful or desired any longer. A person does not have to be a diagnosed hoarder to have an excess of extraneous items in his or her household, but clearing away unwanted stuff can not only clear up a lot of storage room, but it can have a positive mental effect and allow quicker, easier access to everything that is left. Redecorating or remodeling the home can also become much easier once unwanted items are cleared out, and the leftovers can be sorted into new organizational units of all kinds. How much stuff is too much? What should be thrown away? And what organizational furniture is most useful?
Clear the Clutter
The first step is simply to remove what does not belong, and a good way to do this is removing items by category instead of on a room by room basis. Closet and dresser space can easily be cleared up once unwanted or redundant clothes are cleared out. A person can gather all clothing in the home in one pile and pick out what stays versus what gets discarded, and unwanted clothes can be bagged and given away to nearby charities. The same can be done for books, DVDs, CDs, children’s toys, paperwork, electrical appliances, and anything else. After all, statistically speaking, every American household should do this; the Daily Mail showed that over a lifetime, a person will spend some 3,680 hours, or 153 days, looking for misplaced items, and a person may lose up to nine items daily. Clearing out clutter and reorganizing the remainder can seriously cut back on hours wasted looking for lost items, such as wallets, shoes, kid’s toys, and cosmetics.
Organize the Rest
Once a home is clear of all junk and unwanted items, the leftover stuff can be sorted and stored, and this doubles as an opportunity to buy organization products such as modular cubes or a white cube organizer. Organizing your bedroom, organizing your laundry room, and more becomes both easier and more fun when such storage equipment is used, and existing dressers, shelf units, armoires, bookcases, and more can be reorganized and arranged for more room in the home, and the creation of more empty space. During this time, whole rooms can gain new purposes; expecting parents can clear out a room to make it into a baby’s nursery, or conversely, once an adult child moves out, that old bedroom can be made into a craft room, complete with craft room storage.
A white cube organizer, and similar products, have the advantage of not only sorting and organizing supplies and items, but having a simple, charming look to them, and modular ones can accommodate nearly anything of great quantities. A crafting room for sewing, quilting, model building, and much more can use a white cube organizer for fabric, needles, buttons, glues, hobby knives, and much more. Similar units can be used for a child’s toys; a white cube organizer may hold dolls and action figures, collectible cards, board game supplies, and more. For adults, storing shoes in a white cube organizer is useful for larger shoe collections instead of leaving them laying around, and accessories like gloves and hats can be stored there, too, although jewelry is probably best left to a dedicated jewelry box or shelf. A dresser can easily hold a pared-down, streamlined wardrobe, and a closet will have a lot more room.d
A home’s overall theme and decor, if the budget allows, could also change to fit this clearing and reorganizing project. Buying entirely new furniture is useful if excessive numbers of items have no furniture to go on, or if existing furniture is worn out, damaged, or very out of style. Homeowners can buy new furniture such as a white cube organizer, a bookcase, a new dresser, a toy chest for the kids, or even an armoire, and the color, material, and style of these pieces of furniture can coordinate to create a new theme. The rest of the house could even be updated or repainted to match.