These organization ideas are going to be your BFF in the new year to come!
Who is ready to get their ducks in a row. This is the point each year when I begin to crave organization. There are so many things happening, that I long for the days when everything is in order and the to-do list is much more manageable. There is something about the holidays that has me wanting peace more than anything else and that begins right in the walls of my home. What is a girl to do? Head to Pinterest and get some organization ideas that will have me armed and prepared to tackle the weeks ahead!
Weekly Cleaning Schedule by 30 Handmade Days
An Organized Cleaning Closet by The 36th Avenue
20 Organizing Ideas by The Real Thing with the Coake Family
7 Steps to an Organized Fridge by Decorating Your Small Space
Bathroom Cabinet Organization by Living Locurto
School Paperwork Organization by I Heart Organizing
Pretty Kitchen Countertop Organization Ideas by The Kitchn
The Simplest Closet Organization Ideas that No One is Using by The Creek Line House
Home Office Organization Ideas by A Bowl Full of Lemons
Make a Toy Garage Parking Lot from I’m an Organizing Junkie
Shoe Cubby from Sincerely Sara D
I think you’ll also love these organization tips, too!
What’s your favorite? Do you do any of these?
These are the list of items we use in our home. Alternatives are what I am aspiring to work towards doing more of. We need to be more self-conscious about what we are doing to our beautiful Earth. Also, this is a brilliant way to be creative and save more money.
|Bath: Bar for body, hair, and handwashing; the moisturizing bar for body|
|Bath: Cotton fabric rounds|
|Bath: DIY mouthwash|
|Bath: Recycled/biodegradable toilet paper wrapped in paper (Tushy) + bidet|
|Bath (ladies): Thinx period panties and menstrual cup|
|Cleaning: All-purpose cleaner (make at home in a reusable container)|
|Cleaning: Compostable bamboo brush heads for dishes|
|Cleaning: Bar soap for dish soap|
|Cleaning: Rag towels for cleaning|
|Clothing: Thrifting clothes|
|Dog: Flush dog poop down the toilet|
|Eating: Beeswax wraps instead of cling/aluminum/ziplock|
|Eating: Cloth napkins|
|Eating: Pyrex and stainless steel containers for food storage|
|Eating: Reusable Cinemark popcorn and drink container|
|Eating: Reusable straws|
|Food: Bulk hummus, pesto in a mason jar|
|Food: Flour/sugar/salt from bulk|
|Food: Compost egg containers|
|Food: Compost pizza box|
|Food: Condiments: Make pickled jalapenos|
|Food: Distilled water made at home|
|Food: Make juice at home|
|Food: Make kefir at home|
|Food: Make own bread/buy a fresh loaf in own bag|
|Food: Make own ice cream|
|Food: meat packaging (the butcher paper) in compost (bokashi)|
|Food: Nuts/dried fruits/spices/chocolate/candy/popcorn from bulk|
|Food: Oils: Vinegar, olive oil, coconut oil, honey in bulk|
|Food: Package free produce|
|Food: Scraps composting (bokashi!)|
|Laundry: Wool dryer balls|
|Paper: Books (library + kindle)|
|Paper: Credit card mailings opt-out|
|Paper: Digital newspaper|
|Travel: Boarding passes + tickets in-app|
|Travel: Hotel toiletries when traveling: bring all from home in reusable containers (shampoo bars, body soap bar, face soap bar, face lotion de-potted, body lotion de-potted)|
|Travel: Que bottle for water|
|Bath: Hair + styling spray*||Best option atm|
|Bath: Shaving cream can||Bar shave soap|
|Bath: Sunscreen spray||Best option atm|
|Dog: Canned food||Best option atm|
|Dog: Toothpaste in a metal tube||Best option atm|
|Food: Baking powder||Best option atm|
|Food: Canned sparkle water||Best option atm|
|Food: Canned veggies, sauces, pantry items||Best option atm|
|Food: Cider*||Fill reusable growler|
|Food: Cooking spray||Make at home using a refillable can or don’t buy anymore|
|Dog: Treats||Make at home; buy bulk|
|Food: Baking soda||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Butter; compost paper||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Cereal inbox (plastic liner inside can be recycled)||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Cookies, crackers in a box (but also with plastic at times-not recyclable)||Buy in bulk with own bag; make own|
|Food: Cream cheese wrapper in paper box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Garlic bread (but also with plastic-not recyclable)||Make at home|
|Food: Milk and cream in a box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Pasta in a box||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Tea||Buy tea in bulk with own bag|
|Food: Vegetable/chicken broth||Make at home using veggie/chicken scraps|
|Home: Candles||Make at home using old jars; buy beeswax candle kits from Etsy; buy soy wax/wicks from Refill Revolution (packaged in the paper)|
|Laundry: Biodegradable laundry detergent in cardboard||The best option at the moment|
|Paper: Amazon boxes||Buy self without packaging; save boxes to re-ship|
|Paper: Junk mail||Contacted to remove self from catalogs and mailings|
|Paper: Magazines*||Digital edition; only get ones you love|
|Paper: Receipts||Email whenever possible|
|Bath: Antiperspirant – European Nivea (husband)||The best option at the moment|
|Bath: Face + body oil||Buy bulk from Refill Revolution|
|Bath: Face wash||Bar soap|
|Bath: Nail polish (8-free)*||The best option at the moment|
|Bath: Natural deodorant – Meow Meow Tweet (me)||The best option at the moment|
|Food: Condiments (siracha, pastes. ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, bread yeast, jam)||Make at home (too much work); reuse glass containers for storage|
|Food: Pasta sauce||Make at home using canned tomato|
|Food: Peanut butter||Buy bulk|
|Food: Salad dressing||Make at home|
|Food: Vanilla extract||Best option atm|
|Food: Yogurt||Reuse glass container for storage|
|Home: Essential oils||Buy from Refill Revolution and mail back bottle|
|Home: A room spray||Make at home|
|Bath: Face sunscreen, moisturizer, masks||Find in glass; no pump; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Haircare products||Use aluminum or glass container; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Medications||No other option|
|Bath: Nail polish remover||Switch to a non-toxic formula in a glass bottle|
|Bath: Toothpaste||TerraCycle; metal tube|
|Cleaning: Dishwasher Packets||Biodegradeable dishwasher detergent in cardboard|
|Cleaning: Shower + toilet cleaner||Make at home|
|Dog: Teeth spray||TerraCycle|
|Food: Baking sprinkles*||Find in a glass jar or packaged in paper|
|Food: Berries||Buy from farmers market; bulk pick at berry farm once/year|
|Food: Plastic container lids||Lids are generally small and fall off the recycling conveyor belts. Always make sure that a plastic lid is attached to a plastic container so that it gets through the system.|
|Food: Granola||Buy in bulk; TerraCycle current bags|
|Food: Salad box||Buy in bulk? (difficult to find)|
|Home: Ant killer/household chemicals||Get from city’s chemical reuse facility for free/reusing|
|Laundry: Dry cleaning bags||Don’t dry clean?|
|Paper: Amazon boxes interior packaging||Buy at the store without packaging; buy bulk orders; save packaging for re-use|
|Bath: Beauty product pumps||Stop getting things with pumps; Return to Origins, TerraCycle|
|Bath: Brush heads/toothbrushes||TerraCycle; Switch to bamboo brushes|
|Bath: Floss container||TerraCycle; water flosser + dental lace|
|Bath: Floss picks (Meera) and floss (AJ)||Biodegradeable floss|
|Bath: Hair elastics||Eco-friendly version|
|Bath: Makeup products*||Buy products that containers can be returned to the maker or recycled; Return to Origins|
|Bath: Razor blades||Safety razor|
|Bath: Tissues||Hand kerchief|
|Cleaning: Trash bags||Find biodegradable|
|Dog: Dog food bag (split with canned)||Best option atm|
|Eating: Wax paper||Stop using it!|
|Food: Cheese wrap||Buy in bulk and ask to put in beeswax wrap|
|Food: Chips/snack bag||On TerraCycle waitlist|
|Food: Frozen fruits/veggies||Buy fresh and freeze at home|
|Food: Take out containers/styrofoam||Bring your own takeout container; stop using this (it can’t REALLY be recycled!)|
|Home: Air filter||Reusable air filter|
|Home: Pens||Refillable pens using ink in glass jars (use up existing first); donate old to Pen Guy Art|
|Home: Water filter||Ship back to recycle (for a fee)|
|Laundry: Lint roller||Ever lint|
|Paper: Gift cards||Online only cards|
|Paper: Label stickers||No avoiding this|
|Paper: Tape||Use washi tape when possible; get a boxed tape with refillable dispenser|
Do you really need all that stuff? This advice from the Organizing Queen will help you decide what stays and what goes, fast.
Unless you’re living underneath a (very cluttered) rock, you know Marie Kondo is the ultimate organization queen. Her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is jam-packed with tips that will turn your messy room into a neat, minimalist oasis. Read along for 10 genius tips from Kondo that will change your life in minutes.
1. Keep only what brings you joy
Would you have seconds of that Buffalo shrimp macaroni and cheese if you didn’t love it? Would you continue to watch a bad movie? Um, no. So why should you treat your belongings any different? Marie Kondo’s advice is simple: Keep what brings you joy and get rid of everything else.
2. Tackle categories, not rooms
Decluttering your home is a huge undertaking, so it’s important you have a plan before you get down to business. Organizing room by room seems efficient, but Kondo urges you to focus on categories. Think about it this way: You probably have a lot of towels scattered throughout your house. By taking stock of all your bathroom, kitchen and powder room towels at once, you can get rid of any duplicates or towels that have overstayed their welcome.
3. Don’t let nostalgia cloud your judgment
A movie ticket stub from your favorite film or a program from your kid’s school play may tug at your heartstrings, but these mementos aren’t doing your space any favors. So why keep them around? We know what you’re thinking: What if yesteryear’s trinkets bring you joy? Find a way to consolidate ’em. Instead of having a box with old birthday cards from Grandma Sue, place them in a scrapbook that can fit on your newly organized bookshelf. Or store your treasured family recipes in these clever ways.
4. Respect your belongings
Look at your closet. Are dresses slipping off intertwined hangers? Are expensive shoes scattered all over the floor? It’s OK, you’re not alone. We’re not sure what we think of Marie Kondo personifying clothes—she asks her readers to consider their clothes’ feelings—but we do see the importance of taking care of them. Regardless of how much their clothes cost, nobody wants to face the world in wrinkled, stained or scuffed pieces!
5. Learn the art of folding
If you don’t have a dresser, we recommend you get one, stat. According to Kondo, your clothes will be “happier” if you fold them. After you fold your scarves, dresses, and pants, Kondo recommends stacking them vertically in your closet—she claims you can fit 20 to 40 folded piece where you’d normally be able to hang ten.
6. Get rid of the paperwork
Speaking of superfluous systems, your filing cabinet needs to go. It’s the digital age, after all! You can find copies of almost every paper in your home office online. As for those important documents—like your birth certificate and recent W2s—Kondo advises whittling down your paperwork into two piles: “Papers to Save” and “Papers to Deal With.”
7. Ditch the fancy storage systems
Before you whip out your credit card to buy that fancy spice rack, Kondo recommends detoxing your home first. She argues the only reason we think we need those pricey filing systems is that we have too much stuff. Go ahead, donate what you don’t need. You and your space will feel infinitely better.
8. Store everything standing upright
If you’ve spent the majority of your life stacking your socks, bras, and underwear on top of each other, you’re in for a surprise. The organization queen recommends you store items side by side, so they look more like a row of book spines. Why?
“This will allow you to see what’s inside at a glance and take inventory of what you own,” Kondo said told Architectural Digest. “If you store your clothes in a drawer standing upright, you will be able to survey how many articles you own that are the same color. This will prevent you from unknowingly buying more of the same type of clothing.”
9. Start from square one
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you want to give your wardrobe a complete overhaul, you’ll need to remove all your clothes from your closet. Sure, it sounds time-consuming, but Kondo argues it’ll be easier to spot duplicates and items that don’t bring you joy. Once you donate the clothes you don’t want, you can replenish your closet with your favorite pieces.
10. Dig deep
Saying goodbye is never easy, but there are some items we can’t bring ourselves to discard. Before you start your organizational awakening, Kondo urges you to ask yourself why. She explains most items fall into one of three categories: an attachment to the past, fear of the future or a combination of both. The better you understand why you can’t part ways with those old kitchen gadgets from Grandma, the easier it’ll be to conquer that obstacle and have a brighter (and indisputably cleaner) future.
I think we all need this list from time to time, to help us declutter and organize our lives!
What do you think?
I’ve been on a cleaning rant for a while now, making everything spotless and tidy, thanks to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Have you watched it? I am in love with that show. I’ve learned some things in the past month due to this show, although I do not have OCD or anything I’ve really enjoyed learning about the cleaning tips and decluttering. My Mother has a cleaning company and I’ve grown up knowing most of it. I think for the most part I blocked her rants out, or even her trying to teach me things, I didn’t want to know I guess. My Mom has always said to go into a room and work in a circle, clearing it out, and then cleaning it. It amazes me how they put someone with OCD with someone completely polar opposites and they both equally learn from each other.
Here are some important tips from the show and the things I truly enjoyed learning! Steps to also help you learn how to declutter, organize and clean your home!
1. Work through the clutter.
Making bins, or boxes for things seem to help. You most likely don’t need everything that is cluttering your space. Donate, Recycle, and Throw out. Something like this.
2. Start cleaning everything.
I was going to say put away but that will come later. First after decluttering, we should clean up everything, Keep the “keep” box unpacked for now. I feel like I should add some cleaning steps also, for those that aren’t sure where to start. I think it is important to know where you want to start and what your decluttering goals are. I’ll make a list for you to see at the end of this post.
3. Organize your stuff
Here’s the fun part, organizing each thing that you have, even what is in the keep box. After cleaning up, you should organize everything and put it all in its proper place. Be creative and enjoy this process, you’ve earned it by now.
Now I’ll go step by step on this process a bit more. Cleaning charts seem to help and keep you tidy. Here’s a chart that you can download and keep for yourself. I hope this bit helped you all.
The Japanese art of decluttering has been made popular by the wonderful Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In her book, she goes into great detail about the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing and it truly is an art.
Although, sometimes clutter is unavoidable and hard to fight. I found the Japanese art of decluttering and Kondo’s methods exceptionally helpful because she gets into the psychological basis of these issues. This book has changed so many lives, I love it. So insightful and just plain brilliant!
Here are 5 basics ideas of the book, this just barely touches everything she has in it. It is a must-read.
1. Does the item give you joy?
The principle of Kondo’s method is to analyze if the object itself gives you joy. She says to hold the object in your hand and then simply listen to your feelings about it. Does it give you joy? Does this shirt make me happy? If not, then get rid of it. That shirt hanging in your closet for the past year unworn is clearly not loved.
2. There is a RIGHT Method to Tidying Up
The Japanese art of decluttering your home uses a smart and efficient method to tidy up. But there is a right method to tidying up and a wrong method. Marie goes into these details in her book. Most people fail at decluttering because they use no method at all. We simply throw stuff away and straighten up when we feel like it.
To prevent clutter from coming back in the next few days, you need to tidy in the right order, according to Kondo.
There are only two tasks involved: discarding and deciding where to keep stuff. Discarding must come first. “Do not even think of putting your things away until you have finished the process of discarding…In the middle of discarding people start to think of where to put things.” This causes a halt in the actual work of discarding and then you don’t get rid of half as much as you need to.
3. A Little Bit At a Time Will Get You Nowhere
In the life-changing magic of tidying up, one of the core concepts is the fallacy we have that we should declutter a little at a time and over time, your work will be done. Kondo, however, disagrees with this approach and argues it gets you nowhere. The best way to declutter your home and life is to devote an entire day or week or however long to the project, and then do it ALL. Yes, don’t stop or do 10 minutes a day.
4. Arranging Your Clothes to Energize Your Closet
Her secret to energizing your closet is to arrange your clothes so that they rise to the right. This has the effect of making you feel lighter because lines that slope up to the right make people feel more comfortable, she says.
On page 79, Kondo goes into great detail about how exactly to accomplish this.
5. Never Start With Family Mementos
This is a tip I never personally would have thought of myself, but she says that starting your decluttering process with family mementos will bring failure. She argues that people have trouble discarding things they find have functional value, informational value, and emotional value. The process of discarding will go a lot faster if you start with the items that are easier to get rid of such as clothes. Things like photographs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Her preferred order of discarding is clothing first, then books, papers, and lastly mementos.
I hope you’ve learned a little bit from Marie’s book, but like I said, these 5 tips only scratch the surface of her insight and brilliance. Decluttering our lives is something we can all do and is something that has the potential to radically change our day-to-day lives on both a physical and spiritual level.
You’re ready, you’re going to tackle this clutter once and for all. You’ve got your boxes and bags and you’re doing it. Then, you sit on the couch and stare at the mess that is your home. And, you’re overwhelmed with how to even start decluttering.
I get it, clutter is overwhelming in and of itself. It causes overwhelm in our lives, but the sheer existence of it and trying to tackle it? It’s a lot to handle.
Those piles just keep piling up and you sit there wondering how in the hell Marie Kondo made it look so easy! Am I right? She made it sound like this was going to be the easiest thing you’ve ever done in your life. (I love her)
Well, dear… it’s not. Not at all. In fact, for most of us, decluttering, at least in the beginning, is one of the most difficult things to start. Because we do not know where to begin. We lose all motivation just staring at the overwhelming heap of junk that we’ve accumulated.
But while we can all sit and come up with excuses. We can all be completely overwhelmed with the prospect of decluttering. I’m telling you, the difference doing this will make in your life is worth the challenges you’re going to face.
How to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed
Just Get Started
No kidding… right? I know, you’re sitting there saying are you serious, this is your advice? I just told you I can’t start. But, listen. The best way to get over that feeling of overwhelm is to just go for it. Once you get started, it’s so much easier to continue because you’ll start feeling the benefits and it will feel good.
So let’s go, Here’s how to get started!
Pick a Space
It can be your worst space, the easiest (less cluttered), the smallest, the biggest, the one you spend the most time in (this is my personal suggestion). Whatever it is, you’re going to pick a space. Yes, an entire room. A lot of people suggest the living room, some even suggest the bathroom. I suggest the worst space. Yes, I know, you’re overwhelmed. But once you tackle that incredibly overwhelming space, the rest of your home is going to seem like a cakewalk in comparison, remember that heading in.
Now, you’ve picked a space, you need to actually start. You’re looking around and thinking nope, not today. Stop. You got this, here are the steps to get you through.
A small spot. A very small spot. Maybe a bookshelf is overflowing with junk. Walk over to it and pick just one of the shelves on the bookshelf. Top to bottom, bottom to top, the stuff piled in front of it, whatever. You want this to be manageable so you start small.
Other super small spaces would be things like the top of a table, one drawer… you get the point. If you don’t have anything like that in this room or that isn’t where you want to start, I suggest picking a corner, furthest from the door. Make space somewhere around a 2X2 section. Do you need to go get a tape measure? Of course not.
Just know you’re only tackling that small section of the room, not the entire thing.
Set a Timer
You’ve picked a small, manageable area. Set a timer. Everyone says they never have time to do this, but this is a different post for a different day. For this post, I’m going to tell you to set a timer for 10 minutes, just 10. Everyone can spare 10 minutes in their day.
Set that timer and know you’re only tackling this small area and when the timer goes off, you’re going to be finished.
Toss the Trash
We all have trash, unwanted papers, broken items, etc that have no real purpose, they just got added to the pile. Throw them in your trash bag. You’re just going to go through that small space and find anything you can’t donate or sell and toss it.
If it’s paper or other recyclable material, great. You can absolutely do that with it. Just know you’re not donating or selling this stuff and it’s already lightening your load.
See an old trinket on that shelf that you can’t stand? A book you read once and will never read again? An old jacket in the closet that hasn’t fit you for a decade? Let it go. Put it in the donate box or bag and get rid of it. If you’re planning to sell your items, that’s fine. But, if you can donate them to a good cause, that’s even better.
Whatever you decide to do, sell or donate, add them to that bag or box. When you’re finished, tape it up, take it out. Do not leave it in your house. Put it in the trunk, the garage, remove it from the room.
Keep or Relocate
Stuff you want to keep, you’re going to dust off and well… keep. These things will be put back in the small space (or wherever it is they belong). Things you’re keeping that do not belong here can quickly be put in their proper spot when you finish. This will only take you a few moments to add them to their own pile.
There are no Maybes
I know… even I have said in the past to keep a maybe pile. But, the truth is, maybes are donation pieces. If you don’t love it, want it, or need it enough for it to be a keeper automatically, it needs to go.
If you absolutely insist on having a maybe pile, put it in a separate box. When you’re finished, tape up the box and put it up on a shelf. Not just any old shelf, one that you don’t really notice the things sitting on. Leave it for 30 days (set a timer on your phone).
After 30 days, if that maybe box hasn’t been opened, out to the trunk of the car it goes. Do not open it. Just place it in your car. If you didn’t miss that stuff in 30 days, it was all donation stuff, to begin with.
You just spent 10 minutes decluttering! That wasn’t so so bad, was it? Now, if you have anything that doesn’t belong in the place it was, go put it where it belongs.
Put the bag of trash in the trash. Put the box of donations in your car or garage and you’re finished. You can do another 10-minute session or you can wait and do it tomorrow. But, try to set aside 10 minutes every day and continue tackling the clutter in that space. Once you finish your small space, just move to the next small space until you finish the entire room.
Don’t quit until your space is uncluttered and organized. When you can walk in and you don’t feel overwhelmed with the sheer amount of stuff that’s piled in that room… it’s probably done. If you’re still overwhelmed, go through it again. Small, simple steps.
Suggestions on Where to Start Decluttering
Like I said, I usually say pick the worst room in the house and go with it. While the task may seem insurmountable right now, it will make the rest of your house seem like a walk in the park.
You could also go with the room that is going to make the most difference. Somewhere where you and your family spend a lot of time.
- Living Room
- Kids Room
- Master Bedroom
And lastly, you could pick the smallest, easiest room to declutter and that, my friends, would be the bathroom. I love decluttering the bathroom. There’s nothing in there that I question whether or not I should keep. It’s either out it goes or in it stays.
The bathroom is small and there’s generally tons of junk in there for you to toss out. Expired, unused meds can go in kitty litter and be tossed. The half-used bottles of hotel shampoo can be tossed. Extra, unused toiletries can be donated to a shelter. You get the drill. Easy peasy.
A word of caution picking the easiest room first, though. In my experience doing the difficult stuff first makes everything else seem achievable. If I know to go in that it’s only going to get more difficult, sometimes I lose my momentum. Don’t let yourself do that, you can get this done.
Tips to Decide What to Keep when Decluttering
I know how difficult it can be to decide what to let go of. We constantly say what if I need this someday. The truth is, you probably won’t. But, some tips for all of those emotions are:
- Touch everything for just 3 seconds. If you don’t love it after 3 seconds, donate it goes.
- Remember, if you haven’t used it in the past year, it isn’t likely you ever will.
- I know we’re not made of money (or I’m not anyway) but if I can replace something in the unlikely event I actually need it for less than $20, it goes. This doesn’t mean I throw out my hand mixer every month. This is the stuff that you are trying to hold on to for someday that hasn’t been used since the day you got it.
You did it. You’ve got a whole entire space decluttered! Awesome!
What keeps you from decluttering your home?
It can be hard to always stay on top of your home and keep things clean and organized. You may begin to think that women who always have a clean home have some sort of secret. However, these are just habits that they’ve learned over the years. And down below, we’ve found eight that you can include in your daily cleaning regimen. So try them out and let us know how it goes!
Hey, If you also want to know the 9 habits of people who have organized homes? Click here to check them out!
1. They Start Their Day Off By Making The Bed
Although making the bed is a task that takes two minutes, it can have monumental effects on the feel of your home and also on how you feel when you get home each day. I learned this very early in my life because of my Mother, an entrepreneur of a major cleaning company! She never let me or my brother leave in the morning without doing this step first.
2. They Wash Clothes More Often
People whose home is always clean, wash clothes regularly. They do not leave clothes to wash on the weekend, but instead, they wash as soon as they have enough clothes for a load. Yes, this is true, it is better to just get them done with a load at a time rather than saving a few loads for the end of the week! Don’t we all just want to relax on our weekend?
Click here to get laundry detergent and save yourself from having to run to the store!
3. They Keep Papers in The Right Place
These people keep their papers organized and controlled. They separate them based on whether they will be recycled or stored in the proper folder for future reference. If those papers just get stacked up in a junk pile, then you put more work for yourself. (..and no one needs that!)
4. They Clean the Refrigerator
They clean the refrigerator often. Dirt and clutter can accumulate in the refrigerator in the form of spoiled food or spillage. And sometimes, your refrigerator could need urgent cleaning without you knowing it (such as meat juices draining and spilling at the bottom of your fridge).
5. They Put Shoes and Coats In The Right Place
They make sure that shoes are not just thrown around the house. And the same goes for coats. A simple tip is to take off your shoes when you get home and put them in the closet. Make sure that you enforce this as a rule as well with your coats.
6. They Make Sure Dishes Are Washed After Use
People with always clean homes never leave dirty dishes in the sink and they do not allow the kids to do so either. A good tip is to get rid of the dirty dishes before going to sleep. This will give you fewer dishes that need to be cleaned in the morning after breakfast. My mother always taught me that it’s best to wake up in the morning without a chore first thing! It helps you feel less stressed and more “put together.”
7. They Store Things After Use
These people also make sure to put all objects where they belong. Putting things back from where they were taken ensures that everyone will know where to look for things and keep the house clean and tidy.
8. They Dust & Vacuum Regularly
They vacuum daily or as often as they can. If you dust and vacuum the house weekly, your house will be cleaner and you’ll save time since you won’t have to do a huge cleaning every month or two. Things will stay presentable for longer.
Keeping the home clean and organized can feel pretty overwhelming, but thankfully, there are great ways to make this easier. Especially when you’re building daily and weekly habits that will cut down on cleaning time!
These are my top 8, and they work every time. Being more organized helps all of us stay organized and on top of things, Like they say, Time is money!
What are things you do that help you stay more organized?
Sometimes it is too easy for the home to get cluttered, and it can be even easier for us to get seriously overwhelmed and panicked. But thankfully, there are some easy habits that people with organized homes do that we can implement ourselves. So try them out and let us know what you think!
1.) Make a To-Do List
By having a cleaning list of regular cleaning and organizing tasks, you will be able to stay on track and reduce the chances of forgetting all of the things that need to be done. But if you’re not a fan of creating paper lists, you can find list-making apps to help keep you on track.
2.) Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed
This one is key to maintaining tidy rooms. As you go around the house, pick up anything that doesn’t belong and carry a laundry basket with you if there’s a lot to be picked up.
3.) Don’t Procrastinate
This is probably the easiest thing to do, but letting all those chores build-up creates even more resentment when doing them. Therefore find the best time weekly or daily to clean and stick to it. Creating a routine will help keep you from procrastinating and maintain a more organized home.
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4.) Keep the Floors Clean
A tidy and organized home doesn’t have things strewn about the floor. So to keep things tidy, find a place for your things instead of throwing them on the floor.
5.) Load the Dishwasher Overnight
One of the best parts of waking up in the morning is waking up to a sink empty of dirty dishes, am I right? So load the dishwasher before bedtime so you have clean dishes to use in the morning.
6.) Don’t Let Spills Linger
It may be easy to just let the crumbs or liquids dropped from dinner sit around, but make sure to clean them up as quickly as possible. Cleaning these spills immediately will help keep your home looking tidier.
7.) Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy
Instead of wasting time looking for your cleaning supplies, keep them all in a caddy together under the sink. This will make it easier to grab your supplies and get cleaning.
8.) Clean Your Fridge Weekly
Cleaning your fridge weekly will reduce clutter, leave room for groceries, and reduce the likelihood of having a stinky odor. So what’s the best time of the week to clean your fridge? The day before trash day.
9.) Don’t Hang Onto Garbage
If you throw out those old receipts, boxes, and junk mail immediately, you’ll be able to reduce garbage and stop the buildup of clutter.
If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed with keeping the home clean, then you definitely need to implement these habits. So feel free to try them out and let me know what you think!
Before you dive right in, figure out what your decluttering goal is. Do you merely want to get rid of visible mess, or do you want to create entirely new household organizational systems to use going forward? Knowing what your end goal is can help you prioritize tasks and figure out your next steps are.
Another trick to kickstart your decluttering? Start with what you feel is the easiest room first. For example, if you know you need to do an overhaul of your entire wardrobe, don’t tackle your bedroom and closet first. If you begin with a simpler decluttering job — say, cleaning out and reorganizing your spice rack or that beautiful junk drawer— it can empower and motivate you to tackle bigger decluttering projects.
The Best Way to Tackle a Cluttered Room
As you get ready to start the decluttering process, it helps to have a system in place that you can use as you clean and reorganize. One super simple, straightforward option is the “Four-Box Method” — using four boxes or storage bins, you can streamline your decluttering job. Here’s a breakdown of how just four boxes can make tackling a cluttered room a breeze.
Box 1: Trash
The first box will be your designated trash dump. Any items you want to get rid of that aren’t worth donating or selling go here.
Box 2: Give Away/Sell
Next, designate a box for items that are still in OK condition, but that your household could do without — like old books or toys, for example. Whether you want to give these things away to family/friends, donate them to charity, or sell them in a yard sale to make a little extra money is totally up to you.
Box 3: Storage
This box is for things that you can’t or don’t want to get rid of, but that you aren’t in need of on a day-to-day basis (think things like seasonal decorations). It’s also a good idea to make an inventory of items that you’re putting in storage as you go — that way, you won’t be left wondering what exactly is taking up space in your garage or attic down the line.
Box 4: Put Away
Lastly, have a box ready to place any items that need to be kept in your house, but relocated to their proper place. If you want to get really organized, you can have a few smaller boxes — one each for places like your bathroom, kitchen, or bedrooms — and sort misplaced items into their “homes” to save yourself the hassle later.
Want one last decluttering pro tip? If you have the need for it, you can add a fifth box to this method: one for items that can be repaired/replaced rather than tossed out or donated, like a watch that needs a new battery.
How to Declutter Your Bedroom
Tackling your bedroom may seem like an overwhelming project — especially if you’re just learning how to declutter efficiently. To start your bedroom decluttering off on the right foot, spend a few minutes tidying it up first: make your bed and pick up any dirty clothes that might be strewn across the floor. Once the visible, day-to-day mess is out of the way, you’ll be more motivated to move on to these problem areas.
If you have a nightstand that you use as a catch-all storage space for your clutter, now’s the time to go through it with a fine-toothed comb. Unless you need access to something before bed — like a sleep mask or earplugs — the nightstand is not the place for it. Don’t forget to declutter the top of your nightstand, too: clear off anything that isn’t essential (lamps or alarm clocks, for example) and minimize the knickknacks and décor you keep displayed on top for a less cluttered look and easier cleaning.
Is there anything worse than messy, overstuffed drawers? If you’re tired of having to dig through a sea of disorganized clothes to find what you need every day, it’s time to sort each item of clothing in your dresser using the Four-Box Method. A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in at least six months or it no longer fits, it doesn’t belong in your dresser drawers. Once you’ve pared things down, try folding your clothes into small rectangles and placing them face-up — instead of stacked atop one another — so you can easily see each item when you pull the drawer open.
If you want to really declutter your home, it’s necessary to spend a significant chunk of time decluttering your closets, as they can be major havens for clutter. Before you start sorting things using the Four-Box Method, it’s a good idea to remove everything from your closet and lay it all out so you can easily see exactly what you have. This is also a good opportunity to wipe down any shelves and surfaces in your closet that rarely get cleaned.
Next, ask yourself a few key questions as you decide what items you want to keep: when is the last time I wore this? Does this piece of clothing make me feel good when I wear it? Do I have something similar to this that I like more? It’s also a good rule of thumb not to keep something for “someday” — like if it no longer fits but you’re keeping it around just in case it fits again one day. That mindset is how clutter accumulates!
When you’re putting away things you want to keep after the purge, make sure to put your most-worn items in easily accessible spots, and then organize things however works best for you — whether that’s by color, season, or occasion.
Decluttering Ideas for Your Bathroom
Although bathrooms can be relatively small spaces compared to other rooms in your home, that doesn’t mean they can’t accumulate just as much clutter. Here are some decluttering ideas that will make your bathroom more organized than ever before.
Purge Your Beauty Products
Some of the biggest culprits of bathroom clutter are beauty products: makeup, skincare products, hair accessories, and more. It’s also good to break the habit of accumulating duplicates of things — for example, don’t open a new bottle of shampoo if you still have a couple days’ worth of product left in an old one.
Take Stock of Your Medicine Cabinet
You might open your medicine cabinet every day, but when’s the last time you actually cleaned it out? Take everything off the shelves, and toss anything that’s old or no longer usable — like stretched out hair ties or expired medications — then wipe down the inside before returning the items you’re keeping to your medicine cabinet.
Create Hidden Spots for Storage
Short on storage space? There are plenty of handy tricks that can create a more organized bathroom instantly. If you keep finding bobby pins strewn all over the place, try attaching a magnetic strip to the inside of a cabinet door and sticking your bobby pins on it for easy access. You can also use a file organizer as a handy spot for your hair tools by attaching it to a wall or the side of a sink cabinet. For smaller items like makeup brushes, cotton balls, and cotton swabs, have labeled jars dedicated for each and then set them on your counter or a shelf for easy access that won’t look messy.
Your Living Room Declutter Checklist
Your living room is where a lot of household action takes place — meaning it can be a magnet for clutter from everyone in your family. If you want to make your living room a clutter-free zone, follow this simple, three-step declutter checklist.
Step 1: Sort Through Toys, Books and Magazines
If your living room acts as de facto storage for books, magazines, and children’s toys, it’s a good idea to do a sweep of these items and sort them using the Four-Box Method. Donate old books to a local library or school, recycle old magazines, and toss any toys with too much wear and tear to donate or sell.
Step 2: Reduce the Number of Knickknacks
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying décor in your home, but too many knickknacks in your living room can make it harder to make use of the space — and harder to clean around, too. Take stock of things you have sitting out on tables and shelves, and decide what you might be willing to part with: are there old picture frames, throw blankets or potted plants you no longer care for?
Step 3: Create a Permanent Storage Spot for Everyday Items
Instead of just leaving things lying on your coffee table, designate a basket for everyday items — like remotes, chargers, and video game controllers — and then stow the basket under an end table or in a drawer for easy access.
Decluttering Tips for Your Home Office
There’s nothing less motivating than trying to get work done in a home office that’s messy and disorganized. If that sounds a little too familiar, check out these quick and easy decluttering tips for your home office that will help make it a productivity paradise.
Remove Items That Don’t Belong
The first step of decluttering a messy home office? Removing or putting away any personal/household items that don’t belong there, such as toys, dishes, or workout gear. Your workspace should be for work only — non-work-related items act as reminders of other responsibilities, which can be distracting when you need to focus on work.
Sort Through Documents and Papers
If your desk is barely visible thanks to a jumble of papers, now’s the time to sort through them. Make three piles: one for papers to shred or toss, one for documents to file away, and one for things you need to take action on. If most of your work-related documents are digital, go ahead and spend some time organizing and cleaning those up, too. Even though digital clutter isn’t visible, it can be just as detrimental to your productivity.
Organize Your Desk Drawers
One simple hack that can work wonders? Organize your desk drawers according to what items you use most frequently. For example, you might fill your topmost drawer with everyday items — like a notepad, pens or phone charger — while the bottom drawer is home to things like your hole punch or envelopes. Pro tip: Within each drawer, have the most used items towards the front for easy access.
Clean Up Unruly Cords/Cables
Just the thought of a tangled knot of cords can be stressful — and your home office is the last place you want to feel stressed. One of the easiest decluttering tips for a home office is tying cords and cables together with zip ties so they stay together and look more streamlined. Once they’re together in one convenient bunch, you can tape or hook them under or behind your desk so they’re out of sight and out of mind.