Keeping a home neat and organized can seem like an impossible task. Once things start to pile up and just get left lying around wherever things can start to snowball very quickly, leaving you to wonder where even to begin getting things back under control. Fortunately, there are some household organization tips and tricks that you can use to get and keep your home in order for good!
Place a Trashcan in Every Room
Make sure that you have a trash can in every room in your home. If you have a wastebasket in each room, there is no reason for trash, broken items, or junk mail to pile up. This tip can be especially helpful in playrooms and kid’s bedrooms.
Clean Out Your Closets
Clean out your closets and get rid of any clothing or shoes that you haven’t worn in the past two years. Two years takes into account that you might have had an unseasonably cold or hot winter or summer that kept you from wearing items that you normally would. Once you have cleaned them out, organize your closet by seasons.
For hanging items, turn the hangers backward, and once you have worn the piece, turn the hanger facing the back of the closet. Any items whose hanger has not been turned after another year or so can be donated or gotten rid of. Once you have cleaned out your closets, you may find that you have more storage space to organize in than you initially thought.
Hanging Shoe Organizer
Over the door hanging shoe organizers are great for shoes, but they are also great for storing other items as well. Hang them on the back of your closet door to store your scarves, belts, handbags, and other accessories.
You can hang a shoe organizer over your laundry room door for cleaning supplies. Hang one on the back of the bathroom door for extra washcloths, shampoo, hair ties, kid’s bath toys, or beauty products. In your kid’s bedrooms, you can hang one, and they will have a handy place for them to put some of their toys.
Organize your Paperwork
Running a household comes with a lot of paperwork. From insurance information, tax forms, household bills, and instruction manuals, necessary paperwork can stack up quickly and create a lot of clutter. Use color-coded binders to organize all of your household paperwork so that you can find it quickly without it piling up for you.
Have a binder for medical paperwork, instruction manuals, automobiles, pets, and your home. Put all related paperwork for those items in the binders, and then find a convenient place to store the binders where they can be easily accessible when you need them.
Organize your Bathroom
Having an organized bathroom, a small room that can get cluttered quickly can make it easier to get ready in the mornings and to keep it clean. If you have bathroom drawers, use drawer organizers to separate your toiletries and make-up so that they can be found quickly and easily.
Bathroom cabinets often become a catch-all for cleaning products, extra towels or toilet paper, and more. Tension rods can be used in the cabinet to hang cleaning products from, and storage containers can be used to hold other items so that you can find what you are searching for.
Organize your Kitchen
Kitchen cabinets and countertops can get cluttered and disorganized very quickly, making it difficult to get in there and prepare a meal for the family. Whether it’s a countertop full of appliances, or just general clutter in your cabinets, you can’t make a meal if there is nowhere to work and you can’t find what you need.
Start by storing appliances that you don’t often use somewhere other than your countertop. This might be on a shelf in your pantry, or in a cabinet somewhere out of the way. If you find that your countertops often get cluttered with the produce you bought at the store, consider adding a single or multi-tier hanging basket to hang from your kitchen ceiling and store the produce there.
For your cabinets and pantry, consider adding clear, plastic storage containers and baskets to keep things neat and organized. Store like with like such as rice in one basket, baking supplies in another, and dried beans in another. Everyone’s pantry and cabinets will look a little different, but organizing them in a way where you can easily find what you need will reduce food waste from items going out of date, and make it easier to get in the kitchen and prepare a meal.
Organize Your Kids Rooms and Playroom
Kid’s room and playrooms can be a nightmare when it comes to keeping them neat and organized, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Start by going through clothes, toys, and shoes. Donate anything that is in good condition that your children have outgrown, and throw out anything that they have outgrown that is not in good condition.
Now that you have cleared out some of the clutter and made some room help your kids store their things in an organized way. You can use baskets, totes, toy boxes, and closet organizers to give your kids a place to store their toys without having them strewn over the room. Teach your kids that everything has a home, and where that is.
Organize Your Garage
Don’t let your garage become a catch-all for all of the things. Make space for things like bicycles, sports equipment, and tools. If you don’t already have them put up some shelving so that you can store things like seasonal decorations in storage totes, but make sure that you label them so you can quickly find what you need. Make a point to try and store things up off of the floor so that you have room to walk and maybe even park in there.
These are not even close to all of the tips and tricks available to you to keep your home clean and organized. They will, however, help you to get a good start and get things back under control. Once you have completed these tips and tricks for keeping your home in order, you will likely be inspired to search out more tips and tricks to help organize all aspects of your life and home.