Inside: learn a few easy things to organize in your house when it’s an absolute disaster.

Have you ever felt like you’re in over your head? Like the words “organizing” and “easy” don’t belong in the same sentence (or maybe “organized” isn’t even in your vocabulary these days)?

Like you just can’t keep up with the housework no matter how hard you try? You spend hours… hours!… every week tending to your house and you still can’t tell it apart from your local Walmart’s toy aisle after a busload of kids have been in there tearing it apart.

Or, maybe you’ve been so busy lately that you haven’t had time to spend hours doing housework and now it’s all one big mess of dishes, clothes, books, recycling, and toys. 

Here are 11 simple and extremely easy things to organize in your house today that will kick-start your home-tidying project and help you get your house back in order.

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11 Easy Things to Organize in Your House to Get Rid of the Mess

Feel like a mess has overtaken your home? Worry no more. Here are some key areas that you can organize in your house right now that will give your house an instant face-lift (and help you start to feel human again).

1. Kitchen Counters

Kitchen counters are a clutter hotspot (you can learn more about clutter hotspots here).

With the kitchen being the center of the home, you don’t want it to be a hot mess. When the kitchen is a mess, it can feel like your whole house is falling apart (or bursting at the seams with clutter).

Keeping your kitchen counters clutter-free, organized, and clean will help your house feel not quite so messy; and you’ll feel much more relaxed every time you enter the room since you are no longer met with a disastrous mess thanks to a quick tidy-up.

**Tip: keep a catchall basket hidden somewhere in your kitchen or nearby to store some of the miscellaneous items that would otherwise be dumped on the countertops. (Be sure to empty the catchall basket daily or weekly so it doesn’t get out of hand.)

2. Pantry

Since you’re already in the kitchen scrubbing the countertops, move on to the pantry shelves. 

The easiest way to organize your pantry isn’t by trying to organize things by just shuffling them around a bit. The easiest way is to take absolutely everything off of the pantry shelves and put it into a pile on the floor.

Then, start by tossing old expired food. Then, go through the rest of the items and group them into like-groups. Then put them all neatly back onto the pantry shelves, organized nicely and in a way that makes it easy for you to access the things you use most often. 

Put the things that don’t get used as often towards the back of the pantry shelves (or better yet – the basement).

3. Entryway Closet

The entryway closet is often the first play you – and your guests – go when you walk in the door. Keeping it organized will help your house feel more under control and less messy. 

This is another great place to put a catchall basket for items that would otherwise just build up in the entryway (remember the rule for catchall baskets: empty them out at least once a week).

4. Night Tables

Night tables collect all sorts of gadgets on the surface, and inside the drawer is a bomb waiting to go off (or, maybe it has already gone off…). 

Start by clearing the surface of your night tables and being intentional about keeping them clear of clutter. Next, grab a dusting rag and give that puppy a thorough scrub (when was the last time you wiped down your night table/dresser completely instead of just wiping around stuff?).

Try to keep the items on top of the night table to a minimum. You may choose to keep an alarm clock, a favorite book, and a glass of water; but don’t let it get much more cluttered than that.

Now before you move on to the next area to organize in your house… tackle those night table drawers (I know. I know. They’re a nightmare but you must deal with them!).

5. Linen Closet

We have young kiddos in our house and the linen closet seems to be one of their very favorite places to make a mess out of. I don’t know why pulling absolutely everything off of the shelves and then parading it all around the house, leaving a trail of bedsheets and magic erasers, is so much fun… but apparently it is.

Needless to say, keeping the linen closet organized is not my favorite thing to do.

But still, at least once a week I poke my head in there to see what kind of damage has been done to my nicely folded piles and then proceed to spend the next 20 minutes re-folding everything.

And although the linen closet isn’t typically a space that guests see, it is somewhere you look into often; and keeping it organized will help you feel accomplished.

6. Fridge & Freezer

Organizing the inside of your fridge and freezer has more benefits than just an organized space; it also results in far less food waste.

Since you no longer have that hidden spot in the back of the fridge where food goes to die, after you clear it out you’ll be able to organize it in a way that helps you easily access everything and allows you to see everything that’s in the fridge. This way you won’t forget about that leftover lasagna for a month and come across it long after it has made some hairy friends.

The same goes for your freezer.

7. Papers

Papers such as receipts, documents, mail, flyers, and whatever else may be creating a paper clutter situation in your house need to be sorted through.

As dreadful a job as it is, it needs to be done. 

Set aside an afternoon in the near future to organize the paper stacks in the office, kitchen, or wherever else they may be piling up. File away the important papers and discard the rest.

8. Under the Sinks

The space underneath the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room sinks can quickly become cluttered, unorganized messes. Empty everything out from under the sinks and get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. Then, put everything back in a way that makes sense for you: the things you use most to the front, with the things used less often, but still needed to be there, towards the back of the cupboard.

9. Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet is one of my very favorite places to tell people to start organizing and decluttering. If you’re stuck and feel like you can’t get rid of a thing, or your house is such a disaster you can’t fathom where to start, the medicine cabinet is the perfect place.

Chances are, those old and expired T3’s don’t hold as much sentimental value to you as your pictures, so getting used to decluttering and clearing out unnecessary items is easy to do in the medicine cabinet.

10. Mealtimes

Organizing meal times will make your life 1000% easier. No more spending (wasting) an hour each evening trying to think of something to make for supper. 

No more scrambling through the freezer only to find you don’t have any sort of meat left in the house.

No more dreading the, “what’s for dinner, mom?” question. 

When you organize and pre-plan your meals (specifically, dinners) you’ll save time, always know what you’re making that night so you can start dinner earlier in the day if it needs more time to cook, and save money (by ordering less takeout, spending less money at the grocery store, and wasting far less food).

If you have time to plan your meals for the following week on a Saturday or Sunday, that’s the perfect strategy. If you don’t have time to do that, a pre-made meal plan may be the right fit for you. This is the one I use.

11. Clothes

Organize your closets and dresser drawers; fold clothes, pick clothes up off the floor; wash, dry, and put away laundry.

You can even donate a few pieces of clothing that you no longer wear to clear up some additional space in your closets and help them stay organized.

10 Easy Things to Organize in Your House Today: Your Turn

This is a list of my favorite spaces and places to organize in my house when I feel like it has all gone to chaos. But I’d love to know, what are some of your favorite things to organize when you:

  1. Don’t know where to start
  2. Have a house that resembles that of something a tornado has torn apart
  3. Feel bored and want to be productive (psst – if you find yourself bored, here are a few more things you can do after these 11.)