Top Ten Ways to Simplify Your Home

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It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to simplify, cleanse and organize. There’s no need to get overwhelmed, though—simplifying and streamlining is a process made up of lots of tiny steps. Today, we’re looking at ten small steps you can take to simplify in the new year.

  1. P u r g e. You’ve likely decluttered before, but chances are you still have unnecessary items taking up space in your home. Start with one space—a guest bedroom, the hall closet or under the bed—and relentlessly throw out or donate everything that no longer serves you. The Homeless Alliance’s Day Shelter is always accepting donations for winter clothing and supplies. View their wish list here.
  1. O r g a n i z e  s u p p l i e s. Instead of spray bottles and cleaners peppered throughout your home, try dedicating cleaning caddies that you can carry with you. For a bathroom caddy, for example, you might include rags, disinfectant spray, toilet bowl cleaner/brush, and wet mop sheets. Tip: As much as it’s possible, minimize the number of different cleaners you use. Most likely, one bottle of cleaner will do the trick.

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Image from packagingdigest.com

  1. M i n i m i z e  w a s t e. When it comes to products, it’s easy to go through bottle after bottle of toiletries, detergent, spray cleaners and more. We recommend checking out Plenty Mercantile’s reusable bottles and refill stations in their store. They have glass bottles for laundry detergent, hand soap and more. They’re beautiful, minimal and good for the environment. Win, win, win.
  1. C l e a r  o f f  s u r f a c e s. It’s surprisingly refreshing to create visual white space on the surfaces of your home. If you have a coffee table, entry table or counter that serves as a holding ground for papers, keys and junk, try clearing everything off and finding a new space for those items. Even decorations may need simplifying here.

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Image from popsugar.com.

  1. U t i l i z e  b i n s + t r a y s. If you’re short on hidden storage, corral loose papers and other items in a bin or tray. That way, all the clutter is confined to one small space. Then, make it a point to sort through this bin once a week or so to keep it manageable. And for the right container, hop over to our new local Container Store. They’ve got options for every size, space and budget.
  1. C l e a n s e  y o u r  d i e t. This is obviously more for you than your home, but while we’re in the mode of simplifying, it doesn’t hurt to cleanse our bodies as well. Make small goals each week that challenge you but don’t overwhelm you—maybe you aim to drink more water, eat 3 veggies every day or cut out sweets. For resources, support and delicious meal options, check out local clean-eating guru Emma Ryan and Nourished Food Co.
  1. S t r e a m l i n e  s t o r a g e. Take stock of your kitchen cabinets and other storage areas. Are the most commonly used items the easiest to access? If not, take some time to place items in a system that makes sense. For example, store prep bowls and knives right beside the spot where you typically chop and prep.

Image from Calvert's.

Image from Calvert’s.

  1. A d d  s o m e  g r e e n. There’s plenty of research on the benefits of plants in our homes. After you’ve cleared some surfaces and decluttered, add a few plants to bring in calming energy to your space. Calvert’s is one of our favorite spots for small and large potted plants.
  1. U n p l u g. Technology isn’t going anywhere, so it’s important to learn how to set healthy boundaries. Consider setting up a charging station for your phone and leaving it there for even just an hour a day. The benefits of even a small amount of screen-free time are massive!

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  1. O u t s o u r c e. Local services like LifeSquire make it easy to organize, declutter or tidy. Contact them to achieve peace of mind that comes with a tidy home without taking hours out of your evening or weekend to do it yourself.