If your kitchen is the common area of your home where everyone congregates, then your bedroom/living room/playroom may be where all of your non-guest-friendly junk and clutter ends up, becoming a catch-all room. To keep things looking neat and tidy, keep a big trunk, basket, or box in each room where toys and blankets can be stored. If you have children with lots of toys, limit them to one at a time so items don’t build up, and cycle through their allotment each week to keep toys feeling “new” for your kids.
Your vanity or dressing table is a consistent space for clutter to build. By keeping an inventory of your makeup and beauty items you’ll know when you need to restock, and when you need to toss expired items. Make sure to keep this list close (a top drawer or on the inside of a cabinet door will do) and update it often. Organize your small and frequently used items in pretty containers that are easily accessible, yet aesthetically pleasing.
Bedside tables are also common places for miscellaneous and forgotten items to build. If you no longer need the Nyquil from months ago or the muscle relaxing cream next to you every night, go ahead and toss it or return it to its proper location. For items you do use daily (eye mask, moisturizer, Chapstick, essential oils, etc.) place them neatly on a tray where everything has its place. If you don’t need something regularly, it shouldn’t call your nightstand “home”.
Next let’s venture over to your closet. It’s a beloved yet often overlooked space when it comes ot keeping things tidy. To keep it organized daily, make an effort to always hang up your clothes or put them in your hamper at the beginning and end of the day. If a pile isn’t already present, you’ll be less likely to hastily form one after a long day. To create space so your items are more visible (and therefore more likely to be worn), I suggest rotating out your seasonal items. A hallway linen closet, guest bedroom, or under the bed work well for storing clothing you don’t need at the moment. Prior to moving them out, sort through your clothes. You’ll always find items that you no longer need or want after each season, in which case you can sell or donate them, subsequently creating more free space in your home. The items you keep should make you look and feel good, so that you’re more likely to wear them. Having versatile pieces of clothing is great for keeping your closet organized and spacious. A stylist can find these pieces for you and help you create more looks out of fewer items. Win-win!
While in your closet, check your handbags. This is where all of our daily items like pens, receipts, hair ties, etc. end up. Your purse should be cleaned out daily to keep it from becoming a traveling trash bag. I love these removable purse organizers, which help keep things tidy and in their place (and make it easier to spot those items that don’t belong!)