7 Top Tidying Tips to Calm the Clutter this New Year
The New Year. A fresh start. The perfect opportunity to kick things off with a good old tidy! This may come as no surprise, but we are big fans of storage and organisation here at Mustard. Ok, so our own lockers, cupboards and shelves may not always look picture-perfect, but we love a good scroll through Pinterest to find new, quick and easy ways to label our pantry or sort through the clothes mountain. After literal years of creating and using products designed to make your space more organised, we like to think we have become pretty in-the-know when it comes to the best tricks for calming the clutter.
You know what they say: tidy space, tidy mind. Which is why we’re bringing you our favourite life hacks for keeping things neat!
quick fix tidy trick
When you just need a quick fix to help you start getting organised, give yourself an instant lift by clearing off and tidying up the surfaces around your home. Just simply clearing off your benches will instantly help your space feel less cluttered and more calm.
give everything a place
As you tidy and organise your space create a clean and special spot for each item to live. Utilise jars, boxes or baskets to help you thoughtfully and purposefully create a specific home for different things, rather than just swiping everything indiscriminately into ‘that drawer’ (you know the drawer I mean, we all have one!). Not only does this help keep your home more organised, making it easier to find everything, it helps create a sense of appreciation and value for the things you already own.
Functional storage is about making your life easier and more organised. Once you’ve given each item its special home, make sure you can remember where you put everything with labels. Whether it’s the pantry, your craft cupboard or the linen press, save yourself the trouble of trying to remember which item is which with clear (and cute) labels. Check out this DIY for magnetic labels that are perfect for labelling your locker shelves so you know what’s where! Or add spell it out with Wordbits so everyone knows what goes where!
pretty and practical
We all know how good it feels to have everything organised, but you can give yourself next-level organisation satisfaction by storing things in a way that is pretty as well as practical. One of my favourite ways to do this is to organise things by colour. For example, I like to colour-coordinate my wardrobe; it makes it feel more ordered as well as looking lovely and aesthetically pleasing. And if you really want to have fun with it you can also colour match your hangers to your clothes. We made the perfect hangers for doing just that!
change with the seasons
Sort through anything that is out of season and store it away to create more space and ease of access in your wardrobe. If you don’t have the extra space to store it away, organise your space to keep the things you use the most within easy reach. Summer clothes in one side + Winter in the other, maybe? We love the Twinny for this idea!
make your storage work for you
Any storage solution you invest in needs to be flexible and adaptable to your needs; you want to make sure you get as much usable storage real estate as possible! Look for adjustable shelves, extra hanging space, handy hooks, anything that will help you to utilise the space effectively.
think outside the (storage) box
Utilise the extra space on top and underneath your storage cupboard or locker by using baskets or boxes to give you that extra bit of storage space. Did you know our baskets were designed to be the perfect height to fit under our lockers? How handy!
What’s your life-saving tidying tip? Let us know in the comments! Bonus points if your favourite organisation hack involves a locker (almost all of ours do!)