There are so many different ways to organize. Just do a quick google search/Pinterest search and you’ll get everything from Marie Kondo to just burn the house down! Sometimes the latter sounds way easier than going through anything. BUT that’s a felony so…don’t do that. I do have one tip that helps me calm clutter in one simple step. And if you’re a parent, you know that clutter happens just about anywhere and EVERYWHERE.
A main source of my anxiety has to do with clutter. I grew up in a home that basically looked like a model home where you met with a realtor and signed papers. No one actually lives there but it looks nice. Truth was, we did live there, there was just no evidence. And that’s the way my dad liked it and, to this day, still keeps it. It’s also probably way easier now that it’s just him and my mom. Now, as a teenager, I wasn’t always like this. I had clothes on the floor, crap everywhere, all the things. I got a little more organized in college and would constantly stay up on randoms nights reorganizing a drawer or two…or five. Was I the cleanest roommate? No. I was terrible at doing dishes and all that stuff and to all my college roommates, I formally apologize.
Fast forward to adulthood…It’s sort of morphed into a bit of OCD. I wish my house looked like my dad’s and I totally get why he would be on edge at times. I live with three other people who are not like me and don’t understand why I feel the way I do. So I had to find a system that was organized, yet not too hard for everyone else. One word – BASKETS.
I have strategically and purposefully placed baskets in different areas to calm the clutter so that it’s not bursting at the seams. We have one at the base of our middle set of stairs to collect any toys that got missed after bedtime or things that need to go upstairs. Let’s just say this one is usually full of discarded socks.
Under the coffee table we have two shallow baskets for books, notebooks, and Gav’s homework clipboard. One basket is for mom and dad and the other is for the boys. They know which one is theirs and it fills up pretty quick. I go through it once every couple weeks just so it doesn’t over flow.
We have an entire system of baskets in the playroom (you can take a tour of it HERE) and my office (full tour HERE). There are so many little toys or parts to toys that if they all had individual boxes or were out, I’d go nuts! The same goes for my craft supplies in my office. It also helps that all of these are cloth and not see through. Cube storage is legit a God send to all mothers.
Lastly, I have a basket in my car. If you have kids, you know how much they love to bring toys in the car. They, inevitably, get left, forgotten, or they bring more than one. The car quickly fills up and you basically just want to take one of those industrial sized carwash vacuums to the inside and call it a day. This is where my basket comes in. Gav and Ro know that toys go in the basket when we leave the car to go in a store or the house. They can bring them back in, but if they choose not to, it doesn’t end up on the floor board. Every once in a while, the basket fills up so we take it in and I tell them they have to put it all away before they get to bring anything else back in the car.
Baskets have been a sanity saver on many days for me and I hope they will for you as well. How do you calm your most cluttered areas?