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52 Ways to Organize Your Home
Wouldn’t you love to get more organized in this year? Now is your chance with these 52 ways to organize your home. Use a tip a week to stay completely organized all year long.
- Start with the mud room. Clean out unnecessary clutter, find a place for shoes, put away coats, and hang up hooks as needed.
- Put your keys and purse in the same spot each time you walk in the door. This eliminates losing items on a frequent basis.
- Instead of putting your bills in several different places, pick one place to keep all of the bills. Put reminders on your calendar of when each bill is due.
- Put a rug on the inside and outside of the house, this helps to eliminate dirt in two capacities.
- Designate a spot for each child’s things—give them a gentle reminder when their items are out of place.
- Organize your cabinets one by one. Cabinets can get really dirty, so take everything out, clean it up, and put the items back. Simple enough.
- Make a place for appliances within cabinets. Often times, counters look extra clutter-y when there are too many things like appliances on top of them.
- Make time to sweep and mop at least once a week. This should be an ongoing part of your home organization.
- Each time you open the fridge, make it meaningful. If there is something bad to throw away, just do it and don’t procrastinate.
- Get rid of at least 5 things a week that you do not need. (Old socks, CDs, toys, clothing, old papers, etc).
- Wash the windows on the inside. Take about a week to do this so you’re not overwhelmed all at once.
- Spend a sunny day outside cleaning the outside of the windows, again this will take about a week.
- Eliminate toys to one basket. Let the kids pick and choose which toys are there favorite— put the rest away or donate them to a friend.
- Keep a basket for extra blankets as well. Only keep 2-3 blankets out in the living room, if possible, otherwise this can be a major cluttering issue.
- Keep the living room clear of clutter by getting rid of unneeded items. The fewer items you have in your living room, the less clutter.
- Pick a spot for CDs, game controllers, cords, and remote controls. Put items back where they belong after each use.
- Make dusting a weekly activity in your home. Take an old rag and some Windex and just go over your items. The more you dust the less time it takes in the long run.
- Get in the habit of putting shoes in closet or in the bedrooms as needed, instead of by the door.
- Stop putting all the extra items in the master bedroom (put the items where they go).
- Put away items as needed instead of stacking them up in the corner.
- Keep a basket in the master bedroom for weird items you find. When the basket gets full, either toss-save-donate.
- Get in the habit of hanging up clothing after you decide not to wear it.
- Donate clothing that you will not be wearing anytime soon. Sell it if that will help you get motivated to clear the clutter.
- Again, pick five items a week out of your master bedroom that you no longer need or want or use.
- Let’s not forget to utilize storage tubs and vacuum bags (but if you don’t plan on using it anytime in the near future sell it or get rid of it).
- Pick up dirty towels off the floor after every shower use.
- Designate a specific spot for dirty clothing (decide if you will have one dump spot or if each person will have their own dirty laundry basket).
- Clean mirrors once a week to give the bathroom an always clean look.
- Keep brushes, makeup, and odds & ends in a container that you can store under the sink or in a drawer.
- It’s time to get rid of excess items that you no longer need in your bathroom (old shampoo bottles, moldy bath toys, and even really worn out razors (you get the idea).
- Put a hook on the wall for extra towel storage.
- Add shelves where they are needed in the bathroom.
- Of course, you can also add a hook on the back of the door for extra towel and robe storage.
- Keep a plastic bucket in the bathtub to store bath toys. This helps to eliminate clutter and allows the adults a clear space for actually showering or bathing.
These rooms can be a bit trickier to clean and organize, but just keep in mind that the fewer things that are in their rooms, the less clutter.
- Hang up as many pieces of clothing as possible. (Maybe choose to hang up all shirts and put all shorts in the drawers).
- Eliminate the amount of toys allowed in the bedroom at one time. It’s always fun to switch up the toys once a week anyways.
- Put a nice play rug down in the room just to keep things looking snazzier and a little bigger. (Kids’ rooms can sometimes feel incredibly small).
- Wash bedding at least once a week to eliminate that stinky smell that bedrooms tend to get.
- Keep extra sheets in the room in case there is an night time accident, this allows you to just grab the fresh sheets and make the bed then and there.
- Put a cheap/small book shelf in the room to allow extra organizational space.
- Store as many items under the bed as possible.
- Keep items off the bedroom floor to ensure it always looks as clean as possible.
- Vacuum when needed to help keep the floor clutter free from even the tiniest of items.
- Get rid of unneeded items as it needs completed. Doing this a little at a time eliminates a huge chore later down the road.
- Make it a point to keep your home organized. Completing an item on this list at least once a week will help keep your home clutter free.
- Spend a few minutes each day picking up around the house and putting things back to where they go.
- Keeping a trash can in each room can help make life a little easier.
- Put organizational tools in hidden spots like closets, cabinets, and drawers. (Can a closet have too many hooks or baskets?)
- If you slip up and get unorganized, just simply start at the beginning of your list.
- If it is not where it belongs, then spend 5 seconds putting it away.
- Utilize small children to help put items in their places. (Ask your child to put shoes in the closet or to put toys away in their baskets).
Give your family a reward for working hard and keeping the house organized. Organization isn’t easy to do and if your family is pitching in, they deserve