The first real secret to getting organized is decluttering. In this blog, virtually all our organization efforts start at the point of de-cluttering. However, some people aren’t really sold to the idea of minimalism and de-cluttering. They just love having too much stuff in their space. Perhaps the items mean a lot to them. Others have too little space that even after de-cluttering, they still end up with plenty of stuff. Whichever category you fall into, staying organized with too much stuff can be a real nightmare.
Today we are addressing the question, “How do I organize my room with too much stuff?” Here’s our best answer: Begin by determining your style and your clutter limits. Know what makes you tick and realize when things are getting out of control. Then put away things you don’t need every day, clean as often as you can, be creative about your storage solutions, and think outside the box when it comes to displaying stuff.
Having too much stuff is not a death sentence. There are millions of people that manage to keep a neat and tidy home without having to give up half of what they own. It all comes down to being smart about it. There are some strategies that will set you up for success. Here is a rundown of the tips.
1. Know your personal style
People are wired differently. There are those that love filling their homes with craft and décor pieces. Others would rather have blank walls than have art all over. Some home owners would love to display only chosen few items while others don’t mind having all their collections displayed for all to see. You want your house to feel like home so decide which style best suits you and run with it.
Knowing your style will help you know your favorite things to have. When you go out shopping, you will minimize impulse buying. To determine your style, look around your home and see if you like rustic or modern, classic or traditional, and so on. Also check your favorite colors and patterns. What puts a smile on your face is what you love the most. Stick with it.
2. Identify your limits
Sure, go ahead and keep all your favorite items in your space. However, you also need to know your limits. When you realize you have way too many items that you feel chocked when you walk through the door, you might want to catch yourself before it’s too late. Else, you might be the next guest on TLC’s Hoarders (wink wink).
Look out for the tell-tale signs that show you that you need to slow down and de-clutter a little. Look through your closet; are your clothes pilling up so high that they are falling to the floor? Is your desk paper stack at the office brimming with paper that you can’t grab it without spilling its contents? Is your shoe rack full of shoes that it no longer looks neat and tidy? Go through these questions in your mind and decide whether your limit has been reached or not.
3. Put things away
The third shot at keeping an organized space despite having too much stuff is storing things away. It is very tempting to clutter your surfaces with items that you don’t really use on a daily basis. These are things like make-up, jewelry, notebooks, kitchen appliances, you name it. If you keep this habit up, the likelihood of having a cluttered room is very high. The secret is finding storage solutions for all the items. Most of these items don’t occupy lots of space so you should be able to come up with a creative solution for them.
Take jewelry for instance; you can literally create a spot for all your items on a wall or your wardrobe’s door. Make-up brushes can be put in one of your closet drawers or a temporary storage somewhere in the room. If you don’t use it every day, find a spot for it away from your dresser tops and end tables.
4. Be creative with storage
People with too much stuff cannot afford to use the same storage solutions as people with minimal stuff. If you fall in the former category, you’ll have to really be creative with your storage solutions. You will need to invest in tools that can accommodate more items without taking up too much space. Additionally, you should be able to access the items when you want to.
Here are a few storage ideas for people with too much stuff.
- Stackable storage bins. These are perfect for items that aren’t used on a daily basis. Simply fill as many containers as possible and stack them up in your closet. The market has different shapes, sizes, and materials of construction. Pick what tickles your fancy and get organizing.
- Hang shelves: many people don’t know this but shelves are real lifesavers for displaying and organizing stuff. They save on a ton of space, look beautiful, and are very functional. You can swap your tables or nightstands for shelves if you wanted to. There are different types of shelves – corner, floating, rope, geometrical, built-in, and the list goes on. You’ll be spoilt for choice when making a decision which one to go for.
- Hanging organizers: are your doors empty? How about optimizing storage by hanging some organizers on them? The most common items stored over the door include shoe racks and jewelry. However, you can get really creative and have things like accessories, toiletries, underwear, or pens over the door as well.
- Under-bed storage: the space under your bed can also be turned into a storage unit of sorts. This is particularly great for things like extra clothes, bedding, collections, and shoes. Just ensure your organizing game is top-notch. You don’t want to just clutter the area in the name of hiding things in there.
5. Clean often
When you have too much stuff, cleaning becomes a real battle. This is the reason minimalism is trendy right now. It makes cleaning a breeze. Items attract dust pretty fast. Creating a mess is also quite easy. To be safe, you have no option but to clean your space as often as possible. Dust, clean, and vacuum frequently. That way, your items will stay neat and tidy round the clock.
6. Be smart about your displays
Besides being creative with storage, you also have to think outside the box when it comes to displaying your items. Ever walked into a room with a display case with too many disorganized items? It is unsightly, demotivating, and downright life-sucking. You don’t want that kind of space in your home.
To score high, research and come up with brilliant ideas for displaying your collections. A good example is ceiling displays. Most homes don’t utilize this important space to hang items. However, if you are smart about it, you can create a great display up there. If you must use shelves, be creative with your organization game. Group like items together to create a good balance and not tire the eyes.
In a world where minimalism is taking over, having too much stuff can seem like a huge crime. Granted, having minimal items will always be a good idea but you can still have a lot of items and still stay organized. Follow the tips above and bring some order to your life.