Do you feel like your home is overflowing with clutter that's making it hard to find anything? It's easy to get overwhelmed when there are so many things in your house, and the only way to make it better is by getting organized. In this blog post, we will give you some tips on how to get started with organizing your home today. You'll find your house will be in order in no time and you'll question why you put it off until now.
Home organization can be a massive task to take on, so much so that you may avoid it far too long because you are afraid of just how long it will take. However, as you probably already know, the more clutter you let build up, the less motivated you’ll be to clean it! Trust me, we’ve all been there. No judgment here.
In this post, you'll find my best tips for getting organized within your home. These tips will help you get your house in order, and make it feel more like a home.
Don't put things off! When we have that sinking feeling of dread as we walk into our homes because there's nothing good to look at or enjoy – what do you think happens when we finally decide to clean up? We're already overwhelmed with work, school, and personal commitments. We're already tired and worn out, so how do we get motivated to tackle the mess that is our home?
It's easier said than done! But it CAN be done. If you take baby steps then organizing your house can become a sustainable habit instead of an overwhelming chore.
Start Small with Home Organization
I know this sounds kind of counterintuitive but you will not be able to organize everything at once, so it’s best just to pick one or two things and start there. Pick anything, from a desk drawer that has been overflowing with papers for the last five years to your laundry room floor being cluttered with old towels.
The good news is that organizing your home doesn’t have to take weeks or months. Once it is complete, you are 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 now!
Declutter before your organize
There is no need to organize items you aren't using. Start by doing a deep cleaning of all your belongings throughout your home. If that's easier for you, start in one area and move on the next if it helps ease some stress from getting everything done quickly! It'll be much easier when only storing what matters most – get those closets clean with just clothes we wear too often or rarely enough? Clear out shelves full of books not read in years and donated piles clutter the floor space!?
It's time to get rid of some things!
It can be hard but it will make everything easier and more organized if you simply don't have too much stuff being stored at your home for now or later. The less clutter, the better – that way when organizing what you do still own,
Everything needs a home
It is important to have a space for every item you own. This will help prevent things from getting too cluttered and chaotic. You will be able to find the things you need quickly and effortlessly. The last thing you want is a pile of dishes in the sink! A space for everything, and everything in its place. When items are stored correctly, they take up less physical space than when left haphazardly strewn about your home. This is something you don't want to be dealing with when trying to find a place for your belongings.
Keep only the items that make you feel happy or add value to your life – as well as fulfilling their function in it best!
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 main living areas, such as a bedroom or formal dining area because these rooms may be big and require more work to move things around them inside of their walls than smaller spaces like closets that can easily have items swapped out for reorganization. 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. You want the room to be completely finished before moving on to the next one. Moving around the house like this is less productive and adds more work for you in the long run. This will keep you from getting distracted with other tasks and allow you to finish organizing a space easier while keeping everything straightened up.
Once you’ve organized a room, if something needs to be put into an already cleaned room, make sure you put it all the way away in that room. This will make it easy to find that specific item when you need it.
Organizing your decluttering
The organization process is always a lot easier when you have some helpful tools. You will want declutter bins, containers or bags to store things as you remove them from your home and labeled by what the items should be done with them: Keep, Sell, Donate or Trash. When organizing through this method it's not necessary that all of these categories will apply so use whatever works best for each item in question!
*Don't forget to take care of yourself during your decluttering process by taking breaks and being mindful of how you're feeling. There's no shame in needing a little time out for self-care.*
You may need more than one box for a particular category, and that’s okay. The goal is to be able to identify what needs done with an item and then take care of it. 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. This will be an area where you can put full boxes of items you're purging from your home as you go. This will help you to stay focused and motivated as your home becomes clutter-free.
Find hidden storage opportunities
As you are decluttering and cleaning, look for ways to store the items that make it easy for you. Wall shelving is probably one of the best things to do. So, if your closet or bookcase gets too full on a regular basis, this might be something worth looking into. More often than not, walls go unused while closets get overfilled with clothes. You can use the walls to store items like books, photos frames, and more.
Under the bed is another great location for storage. If you have a lot of clothes, this is the perfect spot to store them. You can use bed risers to elevate your mattress up and then put storage bins or shelves under it. Storage furniture can also be used for items that are more difficult to organize like shoes, sports equipment, and other things when they're not being used. That way, things can stay in their proper places and be easy to find when needed.
Baskets can transform the shelves in your pantry or bathrooms to hold more items than before. You may also want to consider investing in organizational containers like drawer dividers and closet organizers. These will allow you to store items more efficiently without wasting space or spending a lot of time figuring out where everything goes.
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You want to maximize the space you have, too! There is some prime household realestate that we all tend to overlook!
Get the family involved
Organizing your home should never 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 take some of the workload off yourself. Plus, when everyone is pitching in to organize the home, they are more likely to take pride in their work and keep it looking great. It also saves you the hassle of the “hey, where’s this?” questions you’re bound to get later on.
Emphasize the importance of every item needing a home and approach the differing standards of tidiness. The more you have, the less space there is for necessary items. Unnecessary things are often too overwhelming to even look at it all. A great way to declutter your living spaces with children around is by making bins labeled for toys, clothes or shoes in their rooms. Then they can sort through what's theirs, while also getting them excited about tidying up themselves!
Set boundaries for how much space you’re willing to give each item. Once you have picked a good enough spot for all of the items in your home, it's time to set boundaries and limits so that there is room left over for essentials like food storage or laundry space.
Best tips for getting organized
Getting organized at home doesn’t have to be so scary if you go about it the right way. I've shared my best tips in this post. Break down the task into manageable chunks. Remind yourself of how great it is going to be once everything is decluttered and has a home. Organizing your home is a big task that can be overwhelming. But with the helpful tips I've given you , it won't seem so daunting.
The best part about home organization is that you might find some hidden treasures in the process! What have you found while organizing your closets or dressers, kitchen or dining room? Tell me below and I'll be sure to share yours too.