Ally is the creator of The Orderly Luxe, a home organization service that helps you create gorgeous spaces. Ally uses her eye for style, extensive product knowledge and love for shopping to curate products perfectly tailored to each client’s style and taste, ensuring each space looks and feels beautiful from the inside out!
Just as The Botanist helps us to maintain a clean and healthy home, we at The Orderly Luxe help to maintain an organized, decluttered home. In this guest blog, I wanted to share a few of our favourite #ORDERLYTIPS for each room of the house, to give you some ideas on how to keep it clean and organized.
But first, it’s important to know why we should declutter. Here are a just few ways that decluttering can improve your overall well being:
Reduce Stress: Clutter can cause stress, anxiety and frustration. Rushing around looking for your keys in the morning? These unnecessary stresses can be avoided by keeping your space organized. Eliminating the clutter will help make you feel more at ease and in turn can reduce stress levels.
Increased Productivity: With the clutter gone you will feel lighter and more at ease. Research shows that visual clutter can increase cognitive overload and in turn reduce our working memory. With less visual clutter you can then focus on other important tasks, and with that increase your overall productivity.
Sense of peace and boosted self-esteem: Not only will you feel awesome knowing that you space is well organized but you’ll probably be more likely to invite guests over more frequently. You’ll also feel way more prepared when the unexpected guest pops over.
Increase Generosity: Not only does it feel good to have a more organized space but you can also make great use of the things you no longer need. Consider donating to people or organizations who may really be in need. Now something that was just taking up space in your home is going to good use.
Now, the how! There are some simple things you can do in each room of the house to help get things more organized, and your state of mind more relaxed.
I personally think this is the most essential space to keep organized in your home. I would suggest taking a walk through your kitchen space. Then take pen to paper. Write down all of the different types of sections you want to create in your kitchen. What I mean by this is that you want to create a section for coffee/tea and section for pastas and lentils, an area for snacks/treats and so on and so forth. Once you’ve done that you can start to put a plan together on how to organize the space that will work best for you. Make sure to take measurements of the kitchen before you decide on what products to purchase. There are so many great products on the market that are not only beautiful but also very practical. Designated zones and the right supplies will help you to maintain an organized space.
My top tips:
- Lazy Suzan’s are great for cupboards, its rotating design makes it easy to reach each item without having to pull everything out of the cupboard.
- Use food canisters for dry foods, not only will they last longer in air tight containers but they will also look beautiful
- Use shelf risers in tall cupboards to create additional shelving space
When it comes to your closet, unless you have unlimited space I would really adapt the minimal mentality… LESS IS MORE. Decluttering your closet is super important not only for your closet space but also for your mental health. When you can’t find your clothes because everything is stacked one top of the other or hanging items are so squished you can’t see what you have you aren’t really utilizing your clothes to their full potential. Not only will it cause you stress, it will slow you down when getting ready and no one wants to be late!
To avoid this headache I would suggest trying to declutter your closet every 6-12 months. This is one of the best ways to keep it organized so you don’t get overwhelmed.
My top tips:
- If you have limited closet space try maximizing it to its full potential, file fold in drawers to make sure you use up every inch of space (It’s super important to utilize proper folding techniques and even more important to maintain them so things don’t get messy again).
- Try using dividers to create zones, and group like items together in drawers.
- Add shelving where you can to give yourself more space for folded items. You can also use shelf dividers to keep sweaters and jeans separated on the shelf.
- Utilize wall space for small items and accessories such as hats, scarfs, bags, etc.
- Utilize storage under the bed and try vacuum sealed bags, for items you don’t use all the time.
- You can also add some labels to the outside of your drawers to help you quickly see the contents without opening each drawer.
Keep a storage bin or basket of things you want to tailor, donate or give to a friend.
In keeping with the eco-friendly theme, I would suggest bringing this into your bathroom as well. Go through your products and remove the ones that are filled with chemicals, face creams, lotions, shampoos & conditioner all of them can contain harmful, unnatural ingredients.
Because bathrooms have so many different layouts I will give a few general suggestions and hopefully some of them will work for your space.
My top tips:
- If you need more storage a quick and easy way to add more real estate is to put a shelf above your toilet.
- Another great way to organize your small products like toothbrushes and loss is to use drawer organizers as they come in a variety of sizes to fit any drawer and product.
- Add some beautiful glass jars to your counter top, not only will it serve a practical use it will also double as a beautiful piece of decor for your bathroom, you can use these for cotton pads, hair ties etc.
- LABELLLL. I love labelling in the bathroom, especially if you’re using bins and can’t see the contents inside. It makes it much easier to find things and keep it nice and tidy.
- If you have a medicine cabinet or shelves you can utilize turntables for tall products like hairspray and lotions.
- Clear bins work really well under the sink as you can see the contents of what is inside, if you don’t have shelving under the sink consider a stackable container option. Put the lesser used items on the bottom and keep the more frequently used items on top.
- A wooden ladder is a really fun way to add hanging storing for towels, not only are you adding a bit of aesthetic flair you're also gaining more storage space.