Inside: If a cluttered house has got you down, you can easily reduce the cluttered feeling by taking a few moments each day to organize a little at a time. You’ll see how much time you’ll save and how to organize your home by implementing these 11 steps.
Are you one of the people who cringe every time you hear the word organizing? If so, today, I’m going to share with you 10 of the most amazing, easiest tips you’ll ever need to know when it comes to learning how to organize your home. All it takes is just a matter of minutes a day.
Organizing your home is relatively easy, and for some weirdos (present company included) it’s rather enjoyable.
You see, there’s no greater joy in homemaking; aside from making the best double-chocolate cake the world has ever seen, than knowing exactly where something is when you’re looking for it.
The following 11 tips I’ll be sharing below will not only step up your homemaking game but will fill you with so much joy and accomplishment, that you’ll wonder why you didn’t implement them sooner.
Incorporate organizing into your everyday routine
The best way to start the organizing process is to do a little bit each day. It doesn’t have to be an hour here and there, but you can start in as little as 5 minutes.
Find one spot and start there. Let’s say you’ve been wanting to tackle your linen closet and it’s rather overwhelming. Instead of being overwhelmed, and giving up before you even begin, organize one shelf, then be done for the day.
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As an advocate for taking baby steps when it comes to cleaning, decluttering, and household organization, you’ll find it’s easier, less stressful and a time-saver to do a little bit each day.
Throw junk out, don’t organize it
When it comes time to declutter, you’ll want to remove everything from a specific drawer or closet. You’ll want to clean out your space before putting items back in the drawer or closet. Remove the crumbs and/or dust and wipe the area clean with your favorite household cleaner.
You’ll want to look at the items you removed from the drawer or closet, and decide what items you want to keep. If you find items you haven’t used in over a year or things you don’t remember ever using, throw them out. Keeping things in case you’ll eventually use them will only cause more clutter.
Make your area pretty
We’re all visual beings, and who doesn’t love to look at something attractive, cute, or pretty? One of the easiest ways to organize your home is to do so by adding decorative boxes, bins, and baskets. Not only will you have a place to store your items, but your home will also become more visually appealing.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on baskets or boxes. You can always find some great storage solutions at your local dollar store.
Another option is if you get a lot of packages in the mail and some of the boxes are rather large, why not decorate the box with fabric, contact paper, washi tape, or even wrapping paper? Although they may not hold up that well, they’ll work beautifully in a pinch.
Keep your coffee and end table clean and clear
A flat surface, such as a coffee or end table seems to get cluttered up rather quickly. Once you straighten up your surface, by either piling the items on top of each other or strategically placing them on the surface, your area will look cleaner.
Eyes tend to be drawn to a coffee table or kitchen counter more so than to a bookshelf or armoire. If you have a lot of items on your coffee table or kitchen counter that are not a necessity to have to lie around, find a place to store your items where they’re accessible at a moment’s notice, but are out of plain view.
Smaller spaces are easier to organize
Sure we all want to tackle an entire room at one time, but there are times when organizing these larger spaces is not only overwhelming but maybe more than you can chew at the moment. It’s best to start in a small space first, like under your bathroom sink, or the kitchen utensil drawer.
By organizing and decluttering a smaller area, you’ll have that sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to tackle the bigger jobs; like your kitchen pantry, or living room.
Everything should have a home
How many times have you looked for something and couldn’t find it? This happens to so many people and the reason why you can’t find it is simple. It didn’t have a spot to call home.
One of the biggest culprits for living in a disorganized and cluttered environment is putting things down where they don’t belong and not in a specific place in your home. All items should have a designated space in your home.
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Your knives, spoons, and forks typically live in the utensil drawer, which makes it easy to grab and locate when you require one. Why? Because they’re in a designated spot. If you do this for your utensils, your towels, and bedding, why wouldn’t you do this for other items in your home?
Once you’ve designated a spot for your items, as soon as you’re done using it, escort them back to their home.
Organize your supplies
Before you head out to the store to buy organizing supplies, take stock of what you already have in your home. Try to avoid purchasing duplicates of items, or buying baskets or drawer organizers that are too big to accommodate the space you’re trying to organize.
Take stock of what needs to be organized. Once you locate the area you’ll want to keep your items, look the area and items over to determine the size of the storage box, container, or basket that’ll be required to keep them neat, tidy, and organized.
Just going to the store and buying organizational supplies on a whim, without a plan will only cause you to spend more money than necessary while adding extra clutter to your home.
Slow and steady wins the race
Before moving on to the next area that needs to be organized, finish the area you started. By jumping around from area to area or room to room, you won’t see any change and you’ll give up in defeat.
It’s best to start with a small area. It doesn’t matter if it takes you days, weeks, or months to complete. Until that area is organized to your liking, don’t move on.
Groups are great
Grouping like items will save you time when it comes to organizing. If you have a lot of gift wrap stored in several places within your home, gather all the rolls and store them together in one spot. If you have batteries stored all over the house in different locations, gather them up and keep them in one spot. Now when you need batteries or wrapping paper, you’ll know exactly where to go to retrieve them.
There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all
Whoever came up with “one-size-fits-all” didn’t know what they were talking about and were highly delusional.
When it comes to organization, everyone’s style is different. Not everyone organizes the same. Sure, you may read a blog article here and there, and perhaps even read a book or try that Marie Kondo organizing method, but one or all may not work for you.
Testing things out is great until you find your organizational groove, but you need to remember, that everyone’s brain works and sees things differently when it comes to how to organize.
The key to organizing is simple and can be drilled down to one thing:
Like things should be kept with like things.
It’s as simple as that.
From that point on; however, you organize your home is up to you.
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