Does the thought of decluttering and organizing your entire house overwhelm you and send you crawling to hide behind a pile of clutter? What if I told you that you can achieve the organized house you desire, without having to feel overwhelmed, with these 12 small everyday organization tips.
If the thought of tackling your entire house all in one go stresses you out, but you know you need to do something about the mess that you’re surrounded with, here is a list of 12 small everyday organization tips to help you tackle your clutter one bit at a time.
12 SMALL EVERYDAY ORGANIZATION TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR HOME AND KICK THE CLUTTER
1. JUST START
If you’re staring into a room or house filled with clutter and extremely unorganized, I know just the mere thought of starting can be overwhelming.
Where do you even start when there’s so much to do?
The key to tackling a messy house is to just start. Pick a corner of the room or a certain area of your house to start in, and slowly work your way around. If there is laundry strewn across the floor, start with that. Gather all the laundry up into a laundry basket and it’s dirty, put it straight into the washing machine.
Then go back and start with the next thing.
Do a handful of small tasks a day, but don’t overdo it. Remember, it doesn’t all have to be done today. Start with a little bit, then tomorrow set aside some time to do a little bit more, and so on.
It can be difficult and discouraging if your house is so clutter-filled that even an entire afternoon of decluttering doesn’t make the room look any different, but you just have to keep going.
Remember that you need to start somewhere, and it doesn’t matter where that somewhere is, as long as you start.
2. SET A TIMER
A handy way to get started with decluttering and organizing your home is to set a short timer each day and dedicating that amount of time to the task at hand.
It doesn’t matter if you want to set a timer for an hour or just 3 minutes. Choose the amount of time that you will work on organizing your house for then turn off all your distractions, set a timer, and get to work.
Don’t do anything except organizing and decluttering until that timer dings, then as soon as the time is up, you’re free to carry on with your day.
3. CLEAN AS YOU GO
Clean up after yourself as you go throughout your day. After you and your family have breakfast, either hand wash the dishes or put them straight into the dishwasher, and the same thing after lunch and dinner.
Doing this will eliminate that undeniable pile of dishes that you often have to face after dinner. Dishes that have been sitting on the counter or table all day and likely have food that is stuck onto them.
The same goes for if you eat or have your morning coffee in the living room or bedroom. Pick your dishes up as soon as you are finished with them and load them straight up into the dishwasher.
You can also help keep kids playrooms and the rest of your house tidy by teaching your kids to do the same thing with their toys. As soon as they’re done playing with certain toys, and before they move on to play with the next thing, have them clean up the toys that they were playing with so that your house doesn’t become a disaster zone.
Doing these small everyday organization tips throughout your day will save you a world of time.
4. CUT YOURSELF SOME SLACK
It’s important to realize that creating a decluttered and organized home isn’t going to happen overnight, it is going to take time. Don’t get disappointed when you don’t see the progress you were hoping to see instantly.
Instead, cut yourself some slack and come to the realization that it’s not going to happen today, tomorrow, and maybe not even next week, but as long as you keep at it and keep pushing forward, you will achieve the home you are working towards.
5. MAKE YOUR BED
Making your bed helps your bedroom look much neater and is an extremely simple task to complete.
I’ll admit, when I was growing up I didn’t like making my bed. I didn’t know why I had to make it look nice if I was just going to go jump back into it come bedtime. Now, I can see why people should make their beds and also teach their kids to make their beds.
If you’re not in the habit of making your bed every morning it may be something that takes you a little while to get used to, but start today and you will be one day closer to it becoming a habit and something that you don’t even have to think about doing anymore – it just comes naturally.
Teaching your kids to make their own beds every morning is also a great way to teach responsibility and cleanliness.
6. SORT THROUGH YOUR MAIL AND OTHER PAPER CLUTTER AS YOU GET IT
Rather than leaving all your mail and papers to sort through at the end of the week (or next week, or the week after that), start dealing with them on the days that you get them.
If you pick the mail up every day, sort through it every single day. I know it’s not always fun, but it’s one of those everyday organization tips and tasks that just needs to be done.
Toss the things you don’t need and organize bills and other pieces of mail neatly somewhere that you will remember to deal with them.
This is a much more effective way of keeping paper clutter under control rather than leaving everything for a week or two.
7. DO A LOAD OF LAUNDRY EVERY DAY
If you have enough people in your house to get away with doing a load of laundry every day, don’t hesitate to do it. Rather than leaving the laundry to do at the end of the week and having to dedicate an entire day to washing, drying and folding laundry, start spreading the laundry doing out over the week.
Do a load a day, or if you don’t have enough laundry to get away with a full load a day (if you don’t have to do a load a day, then don’t do it, or else you’ll just be wasting water and energy), do a load of laundry every two days.
If you have kiddos running around in your house, I’m willing to bet laundry day in your household is not one of your favorite days, with all those dirty clothes piling up and overflowing out of the baskets.
Spreading your laundry doing out throughout the week will free up a lot of time in your days as you won’t have to wait around doing 8 loads of laundry in one day. Instead, you can do a load or two a day throughout the week to spread it out and help laundry day become bearable.
8. REALIZE THAT “SPOTLESS” SHOULDN’T BE YOUR GOAL
If your goal is to have a completely spotless house, you are never going to be satisfied and nothing will be good enough for you.
Life happens, and some days there just aren’t enough hours to get everything done and something has to be compromised. If for some reason you don’t get around to doing your organizing chores for the day, don’t beat yourself up.
Don’t let spotless become your goal, because there will always be a bit of dirt by the door and some dust collecting on the windowsills. Spotless isn’t what you should be aiming for, but rather a house that is organized and put together. That doesn’t mean that some days there aren’t toys thrown all across the floor because some days there will be. It just means that you’re doing your best at creating a comfortable home for you and your family.
9. GIVE EVERYONE A CHORE
Keeping your house organized and uncluttered shouldn’t just fall on a single person, it should be something that the whole family participates in.
Rather than feeling like everything is weighing down on your shoulders, create an organizing and decluttering schedule and give each member of your family a task to do each day.
Even the little kids can join in with the chores. While they won’t be able to do all of them, they can certainly lend a hand by putting stuff into its place. Even if your kids are too young to put things back into their proper place, you can find other age-appropriate tasks for them to do. It could be something as simple as starting to pick up after themselves.
10. PURCHASE A COUPLE SMALL BASKETS
Keeping a couple small baskets in different rooms throughout your house will help keep all those odds and ends in check. Those pens that don’t exactly have a designated spot to go, or notepads, or other knick-knacks, can all be put into these baskets and the baskets can then be stored in a drawer, closet, or desk.
Be sure that you don’t get into the habit of throwing junk into these baskets – that’s not what they’re intended for.
They are intended to keep knick-knacks that you use regularly neatly placed together and out of the way, but easy to access.
11. REALIZE THAT YOUR PURSE ISN’T A DUMPING GROUND
Is anyone else guilty for shoving junk and unwanted items into their purse, or is it just me?
I have a terrible habit of throwing anything and everything into my purse, thinking that I will empty it out later, only to go on for weeks and weeks with a purse that keeps getting heavier.
Rather than throwing things that should go in the garbage and other miscellaneous items into my purse, it’s time for me to start being intentional with what I put in there, and put everything that doesn’t belong in my purse in its proper place.
I have had times of extreme frustration because I couldn’t find my car keys in my purse, even though I was certain I put them in there. As it turns out, there were in my purse, they were just buried under 10 pounds of junk. Yep, it’s definitely time to address this purse issue.
12. DO A QUICK CLEAN UP EVERY EVENING
Dedicate 10 to 20 minutes every evening to doing a quick tidy and cleanup of your whole house. If you have been picking up dishes and toys throughout the day, 10 to 20 minutes will be more than enough time for you to get the house looking tidy quickly before you head off to bed.
Doing this quick nighttime pick up will allow you to start the next day off on the right foot. Rather than starting your day with a mess, you can start with a neat and tidy home, all with minimal effort.
Completing these easy and small everyday organization tips will help you achieve the organized and clutter-free home that you desire, while still leaving plenty of time to be spent with your family.
What are some of the everyday organization tips that you do on a regular basis? What did I miss on this list? I would love to hear from you!
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12