how to get your house in order without buying anything new

Written By Mekaila Oaks

With all the time you’re spending in your home these days, you’ve likely noticed that there’s plenty of items lying around that you hardly use, or food that’s gone bad but is still sitting in the back of your fridge. However, with this extra downtime and lack of visitors, now is the perfect opportunity to finally get your house in order. So, it’s time to toss out any junk that’s managed to sit on your nightstand for far too long, and throw out those old, expired salad dressings to go, along with the broken can opener that still hasn’t made its way to the garbage. 

While the thought of decluttering and reorganizing your home can be overwhelming, it’s much more doable than you think. Better yet, it can all be done without needing to purchase anything new. To help you get started, we pulled together tips from decluttering and organizing experts living in Nashville all the way to professionals living in Vancouver, BC (and many more in between). Here’s how to get your house in order without buying anything new.


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Remember that less is more. Try to not have too many big pieces of furniture in a small space. If possible, try to keep just the TV, couch, some end tables, and a coffee table. Having your TV mounted on the wall saves space and makes the room look much bigger. When organizing your living room, use underneath the coffee table and end tables for storage. – Manny Muro, Tidy Techs Professional Organizing


Consider what the intentions for the space are, then design and organize accordingly. The core of organizing any room is first considering what the intentions for the room are and the realistic spatial needs of those activities. The name of the game is always “accessibility” and the better we can access, use, and store the things we use most frequently in a space, the more ease we feel within that space. – Shea Hofferica-Dickson, Zen Method Organization


Rearranging furniture is a free and simple way to freshen up your living space. Look at your living room as if you are seeing it for the first time, paying attention to everything in the space. Then think how you can open the space up, making it more user friendly or aesthetically pleasing by moving or removing those items you no longer use or love. – Linda Deppa, Uncluttered


Before tossing out any furniture, think of creative ways that it could be re-purposed. I recently took a vertical bookshelf, turned it on its side and made it into a horizontal bookshelf and toy storage for a kid’s play area in a living room. – Tori Cohen, Tori the Organizer


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