Have you ever tried to organize your house and realized how drudging of a task it can be? Whether you have too much stuff to fit into your house, or you just don’t have any idea how to utilize different areas in your home, home organization is often nothing short of a nightmare. I’ve put together 7 of the best home organization tips that we use on a day to day basis to help you organize your home.
I know exactly how frustrating and difficult organizing a house can be, especially when it comes to organizing small spaces.
My husband and I seem to have a tendency to live in small spaces. We’ve moved around several times, yet a two-bedroom basement suite is the biggest place we’ve lived in thus far, (we’re living on a little income and being very diligent with sticking to our budget and living below our means, so you can bet we are constantly working on being as frugal as we can be) so we have to be very diligent with what we allow to come into our home.
Learning how to downsize and purge our home has still been one of the biggest learning curves I’ve faced.
Many people would assume that learning to cut costs and live frugally would be the biggest challenge I would face, but since I grew up in a frugal home, it came naturally and learning how to lower our bills is something I have always enjoyed doing, though it can be a challenge.
If you’ve hung around here for a while, you might already know that throughout my life I have constantly gotten loads and loads of hand-me-downs, and I’ve always accepted them because I felt bad saying no.
I felt that if I declined the hand-me-downs that I was being offered, I would in some way offend the person offering it to me, and therefore I would be a terrible person.
Yup. I didn’t want to offend anyone, so I would accept the many clothes I got offered, and would rarely get rid of them even if they didn’t fit because I felt like somehow I would make that person mad.
Yikes, reading this is making me cringe. I can’t believe I used to be such a terrible clothing hoarder – but it’s the truth – and I want anyone else out there that is struggling with the same thing I used to struggle with know that it is okay to say no.
You don’t have to accept every little thing that gets offered to you. You can say no without offending people. Or, if you have already accepted whatever is being offered to you, you can get rid of it without feeling bad.
It’s better to get rid of whatever you’ve gotten that you really don’t want or need before waiting too long or else you might start to grow a connection to it, but we won’t go there.
Okay – now that this massive spiel is out of the way (it was supposed to be short. Thanks for hanging with me), it’s time to get to the home organization tips that will help you keep your home looking spotless.
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7 HOME ORGANIZATION TIPS TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE SPOTLESS
1. PURGE YOUR HOUSE
The first one on my list of home organization tips is, of course, to purge your house. And to do it often.
To purge your house is to go through your entire house and declutter, declutter, declutter. Get rid of anything and everything that you have no need for, or maybe you have more than one item laying around your house, get rid of all duplicates.
If you don’t start off your organization ventures by purging your house you are going to have a very hard time trying to get organized – you can buy all the organization tools in the world and still have a house that looks completely unorganized and cluttered.
Why is that?
Because if you don’t have a place for everything in your house, your house is going to look messy.
It’s as simple and complicated as that.
So before you do any other organization tasks, go through your house with three bags, boxes, or bins (which can also later double as storage bins). One bin will be for donating, one will be for throwing things out, and one will be for selling.
If the thought of purging your entire house is overwhelming, remember that in order to get one big thing done, you have to start with multiple small tasks.
So – in order to create an organized and clutter-free home, you have to start with these small home organization tips and tasks, and the first thing to start with is to purge your house.
When you go to purge your house, break your house down into small sections, then focus on completing one section at a time. Don’t look at your house as a whole, or you may get stressed out, rather look at just one section of your home and set a goal to complete that section in a day or a week.
Your first section could be a bedroom. Walk into that bedroom with your three bins, start in one corner and slowly but surely work your way around the entire room.
By splitting your house up into small sections and having the mindset of completing one section at a time, not even thinking about any of the other sections until you have completely finished the one, you will be able to complete the entire house in less time than if you went in with the mindset that you have an entire house to purge.
It’s all about how you think about it.
2. DON’T USE YOUR FLOOR AS STORAGE SPACE
It can be tempting to store things on the floor around the corners of your house. This is one way that your house can become very unorganized.
When you store things on the floor, your house will look cluttered and full. Never mind the fact that when you go to vacuum and mop the floors you will have a lot of things to move out of the way.
Storing items on the floor means that you are organizing your house horizontally. The best way to organize your house is to organize vertically.
Rather than organizing things horizontally along the floor of your home, store items vertically to take up much less space.
Have you ever learned about vertical storage? I wasn’t familiar until recently when I got lost down some home-organization rabbit hole. And I sure am glad I wound up down there, or else I never would have learned about this smart storage hack.
Organizing vertically has been especially handy for my husband and I since we have to work on organizing all our stuff in very small spaces.
Here’s more on organizing your home with the vertical rule:
3. ORGANIZE VERTICALLY
One of my favorite home organization tips especially when it comes to organizing small spaces is the vertical organization.
Instead of storing things beside each other and spread out all over your home, you organize things above one another, fully utilizing all that space that gets wasted above eye-level in our homes.
To organize vertically you can use vertical storage bins to pick up and organize items that are laying around on the floor, hanging baskets to organize items in a way where they are off the ground and out of the way, but easily accessible, vertical storage cabinets to organize and keep things hidden that don’t look nice in open storage bins or hanging baskets.
To organize your kitchen using the vertical storage method, you can get handy storage items such as racks to hang your pots and pans on so they are easy to get at, but aren’t taking up cupboard space. You can utilize the inside of cupboard doors to hang things such as serving utensils and measuring spoons.
Purchasing an affordable wall spice rack will free up counter space and keep your spices where you can easily get at them (and it doubles as home decor – it’s a win-win).
You can also use the backs of doors to hang small storage bins on so they are out of the way.
Many people like to use a mason jar organizer like this one to free up counter space in their bathrooms and have a cute little decoration hanging on the wall.
Putting a cute mesh basket on your wall can also organize any miscellaneous items you have laying around in a fashionable way.
Another fun and cute way to organize and free up more space in your kitchen is to install some small shelving on the wall to store food items, serving dishes, and more. You can also use utility hooks to hang serving utensils on.
There are countless options when it comes to vertical storage, all you have to do is take a look at your house and choose which options will work best for you and your home.
4. ORGANIZE DRAWERS
I find that more times than not, drawers become a place to throw little things that don’t have a place of their own into.
It may be notepads, pens, batteries, car keys, paper clips, or anything else that’s small and often laying around where it doesn’t belong.
Then, when you open that drawer to look for your car keys, they’re lost in a huge mess of random junk.
One way to eliminate all the drawers in your house from becoming junk drawers is to purchase some small drawer organizers to keep your belongings organized.
This way, you can still throw all that same stuff into the drawer, but instead of it becoming one big mess, you will have different compartments in that drawer so you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for.
I think drawer organizers are some of the smartest inventions around, and that anybody who struggles with cluttered, messy drawers should have a few of these on hand.
5. KEEP STUFF WHERE IT GETS USED MOST
One rule of thumb when it comes to organizing is to always keep things where they get used the most. Rather than storing your toilet cleaning brush in the storage under the stairs, why not find somewhere to store it right in the washroom?
Since we don’t have much room in our washroom, I like to keep our toilet brush right behind the toilet. This keeps it hidden and out of the way, but easy to get at when I go to wash the bathroom.
This way I don’t have to walk through the entire house with a toilet brush in hand.
Keep things like pens in drawers near notepads or other places where you often stop to write things down.
I like to keep most of our pens in our office, with a few pens in a drawer in the living room, and a few pens near my grocery list. This way, no matter where I am in our house, I don’t have to go far to find a pen.
Keeping items where you use them the most will be more convenient for you and it will also help you make less of a mess in your home.
If you keep your notepads in a drawer in the office, but find yourself writing a lot of things down when you’re in the kitchen, rather than risking the notepads getting left in the kitchen when you’re done with them rather than returning them to the office, create some space with a drawer organizer in your kitchen to keep a couple notepads on hand.
6. ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSETS AND CUPBOARDS IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY
When it comes to closets and cupboards, I know firsthand how easy it is to just throw stuff in there without thinking twice about where it’s going.
Then when you go to look for a certain object, you have to search high and low in that closet to find it.
To make things easier on yourself, start organizing your closets in a way that makes your life easier.
To effectively organize your closet, put the items that get used the least on the very top shelf. You know, the shelf that you need to drag a chair over to get at. Then, work your way down the shelves in order of how often things get used.
Since your cleaning products likely get used often, they should be on one of the lower shelves so you don’t have to hassle yourself to get a chair every time you need to clean your house. Likewise, if you have a fancy raclette maker that gets used only on special occasions, store that on one of the top shelves since you won’t be grabbing it out of the closet very often.
The same rule goes for organizing cupboards. Put stuff that gets used the least on the top, hard-to-reach shelves, then put the stuff that gets used the most on the bottom shelves.
7. USE TRENDY DUAL-USE STORAGE CONTAINERS
One of my favorite home organization tips is finding things that can be used for multiple purposes.
Things like an ottoman that doubles as a storage container. How smart is that?!
Now you can put your kids’ toys and miscellaneous items into an ottoman, put the lid on, and have company over without them even realizing that there is stuff packed into that ottoman.
I love how versatile an ottoman can be, all while being a storage container.
There is your list of 7 organization tips for the home to get you started today. Now it’s time to get rid of any excuses you have been making as to why you can’t make time to start organizing today and get to it.
When it comes to organizing your home, it is important to remember that practicality is your friend. You don’t want organization solutions that create extra work for you, instead, you want to find things that make your life easier all while helping you create a neat and tidy home.
Let’s get started! Remember, the longer you put it off, the harder it is to start.
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