Organizing your home may seem overwhelming from time to time, but it doesn't have to be. Rather than throwing everything out or leaving the clutter as it is, find a manageable way to go through everything. Tackle one room at a time and see what you can do to prevent future clutter from building up. There are plenty of ways to organize your home right at your fingertips -- it just takes a little time and patience. Check out these tips on how to organize easily and effectively:
- Clear the bathroom of anything you don't use.
- To keep counters clear, store your accessories in a plastic tub. Put the tub under the counter when it's not in use.
- To keep the shower clutter-free, buy caddies for shampoo, conditioner and other hair products.
- To keep medicine cabinets tidy, buy and install a magnet to keep track of scissors, tweezers, nail clippers and other personal care products.
- If you need more room in cabinets, roll up linens instead of stacking them to provide additional shelf space.
- Have a hamper at the ready for dirty clothes.
- Get rid of old clothes, shoes and other accessories.
- Separate and pack up clothes by season to free room on the racks. Store out-of-season items in a closet shelf area or underneath the bed.
- Hang smaller clothing items -- gloves, hats, scarves, etc. -- on racks for easy management and access.
- Install a shoe rack for easy access and management of your footwear.
- Organize cabinets in order of glasses, plastic storage containers, plates, kidware, etc. Group together for easy access and management.
- Do the same with your pantry and foods -- spices, canned goods, cooking ingredients (flour, sugar, etc.).
- Organize your refrigerator door, if possible, according to condiments, cooking ingredients and other items you might need.
- Install a spice rack for easy organization and access. Consider alphabetizing and labeling the heads of each spice jar in case you're looking down at them.
- Create a recipe book out of the cards, pages and other papers to hold your recipes. It will be easier to access and manage than looking through drawers.
- Everything must have a place. Regardless of where it is -- entryway, living room, dining room, etc. -- assign a place to an item and make sure every family member knows where that is. That way, nothing gets lost.
- Put trash baskets and recycle bins in each room of the house to promote cleanliness and eco-friendliness in your home.
- Create a system when entering and leaving your home -- where keys go, how to lay out shoes, etc. -- so everything stays clean and in its place.
- Clean, clean, clean! Your home only stays de-cluttered if the dust and debris are removed on a regular basis. If you don't have time, call a cleaning service to do it and pay about $150.
- Stay the course. Don't give up, even when it seems like most things are organized. It takes one misstep to go back ten steps.
Items to Invest In
- Cardboard boxes
These are only a few of the organization options available to help you achieve your master goal. Consult with a home organizer if you need more tips on what to do or how to start your home organization project. Remember, the goal is less clutter, not more!