I’m the first to admit that home organization can be a massive task. It can seem overwhelming, because I’m afraid of how long it will take. But I learned something that I already knew, the more clutter that builds up, the less motivated I’ll be to clean it! And I’m sure you are too. Trust me, we’ve all been there. No judgment here.
The good news is that organizing your home doesn’t have to take weeks or months. And once it is complete, you’ll be rewarded with a neat and tidy home, where you can find any item when you need it. That will be worth the time and effort you spend organizing. After that you can tackle the task of keeping it tidy.
THE ART OF HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOME
Declutter Before You Organize Your Home
There is no use in organizing items you aren’t using. Start by doing a deep cleaning of all your belongings, throughout your home. Start in one area then move to the next. Getting your home organized is much easier, when you are only storing the items you really want.
Don’t feel you need to get rid of everything, or that you can’t keep your most precious items. Just let go of anything that you don’t use often, haven’t seen in years, or can live without. You may find it easier to let go of more stuff, as you continue organizing.
To Organize Your Home Everything Needs A Place
A good rule of thumb is that every single item you own should have a place where it belongs. This is really the only way that good home organization will work. If you have too many things and not enough space, you can’t possibly keep things from getting too cluttered and chaotic. Only keep the items you most love and cherish – or that spark the most joy within you and your family.
To Organize Your Home – Take It One Room At A Time
Organizing your entire home is much easier, when you break it down into manageable chunks. Start with just one room in the house. The main living areas are ideal to begin with, as you may be moving things from these rooms to bedrooms or closets. By doing this first, you eliminate the need to re-organize other rooms later. You also get some small wins under your belt, which can create a snowball effect to help you keep moving along with your organizing tasks.
In the first room, start on the floor and work your way to the ceiling. Clean out every single drawer and shelf. Make sure that room is completely finished, before you move elsewhere. You may feel like you should stop organizing the DVD racks and go clean out the kitchen junk drawer. However, moving around the house like this is less productive and adds more work for you, in the long run. Plus, moving your focus around is what starts to become overwhelming.
Once you’ve organized a room, if something needs to be put into an already cleaned room, make sure you put it away in that room. This keeps you from having to go back and reclean areas. No need to do double the work, right?
To Better Organize Your Home – Label As You Declutter
When you start to declutter, use an assortment of bags, tote boxes, or bins. Label these based on what you plan to do with their contents. A great method for labeling is “Keep, Donate, Sell, Trash.” Everything you declutter from the rooms in your home should fit into these bins.
You may need more than one box for a particular category, and that’s okay. It means you are working hard to declutter, so you can live in an organized home. Create a relocation center in your home for the items that you plan to get rid of. All full boxes should be moved here until they can be removed from the home. An attic, garage, basement, or storage shed are ideal places to temporarily store your unwanted stuff.
While You Organize Your Home – Find Hidden Storage Opportunities
As you are decluttering and cleaning, look for ways you can store the items you plan to keep. If closets and bookcases are overloaded, you may have wall space. That’s a great place to put some shelves to better organize things. Shelving can be a good way to create more storage for your belongings.
Under the bed is another good location for storage. But don’t simply toss shoes, out-of-season clothing, or toys under there. Get bins and label them with what they hold, so you can easily find what you need, later. It’s useful to keep items in their proper places.
Baskets can transform the shelves in your pantry or bathrooms, as they hold more items. Specific baskets in your kitchen may hold coffee pods, tea bags, or kids’ snacks. In the bathroom, baskets can hold small toiletries like toothpaste, tissues, or cotton swabs. Using this technique gives you more space, but also makes you feel more organized and makes carrying items around easier.
Get The Family Involved To Organize Your Home
Home organization shouldn’t be a one-person job. You didn’t clutter the house, all by yourself, so why clean it alone? Get the entire family involved in the process to share the workload. Plus, when everyone is pitching in to organize, they are more likely to care how it looks, and keep things put away.
Emphasize the importance of every item needing a place, and that unnecessary items should not be kept. While you are working on the main living spaces, create bins for the kids to sort their toys, clothing, and shoes. That way, you can just do a quick check of the bins later, cutting down on the time you spend decluttering the bedrooms. The kids will be happy about where all their things are, since they had the choice.
ORGANIZE YOUR HOME AND YOU’LL BE RELIEVED THAT YOU DID!
Home organization doesn’t have to be intimidating. Just break down the tasks into manageable chunks and imagine how nice it will be when you’re done. It’s good to feel organized, and more relaxing to be in your own home. And it’s rewarding, when you know where things are.