Dealing with an unorganized mess? Try these 2 simple ways to organize your home!
When I organize my home, I know that each room has its own unique challenges and solutions. And every home is different.
For instance, in my current home, I only have cupboards and pull out drawers in my kitchen. And I only have a built-in three-shelved cupboard in my bathroom. In my family’s last home, we had a large kitchen pantry and a linen closet in our hallway.
So my organizational challenges and opportunities in my current home will be a lot different if I ever move. And, they’re completely different than YOUR challenges and opportunities.
Even though each room is very distinctly its own space, I use the same sort of organizational approach to all of my rooms. And I gravitate toward 2 simple ways to organize my home:
- Keep belongings near where you’ll use them.
- Group like things together.
Keep belongings near where you’ll use them.
When I keep belongings near where I’ll use them, it makes my life easier. Of course I keep the pots and pans I frequently use in my kitchen, near the stove. And I keep extra bottles of shampoo in my bathroom.
But this also might mean that I keep certain things in unconventional places:
- I keep my microfiber cleaning cloths where I use them – my bathroom cloths are kept in my bathroom.
- Umbrellas are stored in my car, instead of coat closet, because I’m typically in my car when I need an umbrella – not in my home.
- Scissors are kept in several rooms, where I know I’ll use them most.
As you’re deciding where to keep things, I love Dana White’s advice on A Slob Comes Clean: “If I needed this item, where would I look for it?” Once you’ve answered your question, then take it there.
Group like things together.
Unless you’ve ruthlessly KonMaried your home, you probably own multiples of certain things. Like combs. Or paperclips.
Instead of having these multiples scattered around your home, gather each thing in its own separate place. Gather all of your combs into one container in your bathroom. Collect all the paperclips you own and put store them together.
Now that everything’s in one place – and as long as it’s kept near where you’ll use it – you won’t have to wonder where a note pad is the next time you need one. Or a marker. Or an elastic ponytail holder.
One more hugely important tip
Now that I’ve shared my simple organizational tips, the important thing is actually organize in this way – and then to keep them organized in this way.
When you’re finished using something, put it back where you found it. There’s nothing that will undermine an organized house quicker than not taking the time to put things away in their proper places. (Just ask me. I know all too well.)
By using these simple organizational tips, you can begin to bring some order into your home, one room (or space of a room) at a time.
In your experience, what have been some simple ways to organize your home?
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