So as someone who enjoys looking at houses, be it on TV, magazines or open homes (if I can), I’m always amazed at how people organise their homes. Honestly, sometimes I wanna say “thanks for tidying up for us”, AND sometimes I wanna say, “hmm, too clinical/sterile for me”. Anyway, I don’t always have to say something, right?

I personally like my house neat and tidy. Of course I’d achieve this all year round IF I lived alone! But with a toddler, and a man in the house, it’s hard to keep up with organisation. 

SO, to keep up with my desire of a clean and organised home, I use the A-PACT method.

Here’s what it means and how it works.

A pact, according to Dictionary.com is, “a formal agreement, such as one between nations.” The A-PACT method goes like this:

A—>ASK

Ask yourself:

·        What do you want out of the room or area you’re going to organize?

·        What are the goals of the room?

·        What are you aiming for by getting organized?

Digging a little deep into how you want to benefit helps you get motivated and work towards the final goal. Say for instance, you’re going to start the process of organizing paperwork in your home office, the question is “why do you want to organize this space?”

girl asking

Maybe you don’t ever want to have a late bill again, or you  want to find any document in less than two minutes. You know your answer.

Once you’ve answered the question, then move onto step 2…

P—>PILE

This step is where you pile “similar” items together.

Say you’re working in your closet, you could make a pile of all your shirts, or dresses or whatever.

pile of sneakers

Let’s say you’re in your home office (or wherever you keep paperwork), you could start with your file drawer, or grab a pile if that’s what you’ve got for a “filing system.”

Put each piece of paper in “like” files. For example, all the insurance paperwork will go together. All of your energy bills etc goes in another. All medical expenses from the present year in another. I recently sorted our home office and on top of files like house (rates/insurance/mortgage), power bills etc, I gave each member of the family a folder for their bits & bobs. For little Tasha, hers are usually doctor’s letters re vaccinations, Letters from places like swimming pool re term end etc. Just that stuff we’ll either bin or keep in future but for now, needs to be kept somewhere.  

organised docs

A—>ANALYZE

Next you go through the piles and break them down even more, this time into two piles of “treasure” or “trash.”

I like to assign each category with treasure or trash so there’s no in between. No room for maybe or TBC. The trick is to decide right there and then if it’s either staying or going. No in between!

Please bear in mind, trash doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to the garbage.

That step comes next… and remember the saying, one man’s trash (or junk) is another man’s treasure.

SO…..

C—>CASH-IN

This is where you go through the “trash” and break it down once more, deciding what can be donated, what can be sold, and what’s going to the dumpster. 

sale items

Next step is where you get organized…

T—>TIDY UP!

This is where, once you’ve gotten all the “trash” out of the area, you organize the items you’ve decided to keep.

When you’re organizing:

  • always keep “like” items together whether on a shelf, in drawers or in any other type of storage you’re using.
  • Have items you use more frequently be more accessible and within reach too. 

tidy_up

So, there you go…

Will you have A-PACT with your clutter today/soon? Please share your experience with de-cluttering or maintaining an organized home.

 

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61 thoughts on “Five Steps to Get Rid of Clutter and Organize Your Home

  1. Great tips.I want to de-clutter my home.After few months of such cleaning,now it seems we have lot of unwanted or not so helpful items at home.Thanks for sharing these tips.

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  2. Oh my god, I need this post! My stuff clutters up my place so bad and I don’t have the room for it… but I can’t bear to throw anything away! I’m such a suckers for souvenir stuff and mementos!

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  3. Great tips! I HATE the clutter in our house, and with 4 kids, we have a lot! It is so overwhelming, but I’m going to utilize your plan and attempt to conquer the clutter!!

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  4. I’ve recently been on a mission to de-clutter my home and living, and working spaces. It’s an incredibly freeing experience. We often don’t realize how the clutter in our lives affects us. Great article, thanks for the tips x

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  5. These are great tips! I think that sometimes it is really hard to get organized and stay organized. I will be using these tips in the future.

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  6. Thank you for the post, great tips, I stay in an apartment so I hope these tips work for me here, it can get quite cluttered around here with the little ones but I am sure once I get things set up I can get it done, thanks again.

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    • These tips worked for me both in a small place and a big house so I’m confident they’ll work for you in your apartment. With little ones I know how it is, sometimes they think they’re helping when they’re making things worse but we gotta love them, don’t we?!

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  7. Great method! I was on a streak of moving about once a month so that kept clutter down nicely, but now that I have a house I love and plan on staying or awhile I have started to worry about clutter setting in hahaha – I will have to keep this in mind!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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  8. Great ideas to get rid of clutter – it’s hard to know how to approach it (especially when it comes to my closet). I’m due for a closet overhaul and I will use these tips for sure, Thanks!

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  9. Needed this today! I have to start on my spring cleaning but I’m kind of like a hoarder… I have SO much stuff and sometimes it’s so hard for me to categorize something as “trash” because their sentimental value makes them like treasures!!

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