Everyone is talking about home organizing tips. From de-cluttering small spaces to a complete overhaul of an entire home – spring cleaning fever has definitely come early this year.
There are so many home organizing tips and and suggestions. I’ll be honest – a lot of articles I found online were not helpful. There were great pictures, but it took a while to find something to help get me from where I am to where I want to be. Some sites even made me feel like I needed extensive renovations to build a custom closet or pantry in order to be organized.
After I read through several articles, I came to the conclusion that there is no one-size fits-all solution. Some home organizing tips will work in some situations, but not all. I did however, start to notice some patterns.
When you want to organize anything in your home, you need a good system. A set of steps you follow over and over again to get a positive result. This post will help you set in place a system to use in all of your home organizing endeavors. These 6 tips can be applied to any area and will help you achieve the type of home you really want.
Start with These 3 Steps
Before we get to the 6 best home organizing tips, you will want to a little planning so you’re ready for success. Here are 3 steps you need to take before you actually start any home organizing project.
1. First, Break your Home into Sections
You can break your home into sections room by room. Or you can focus on a few key areas that you want to change. It’s overwhelming to take on your entire home at one time, so break things down into manageable sections.
2. Next, Prioritize your Sections
Decide which section is your highest priority. Highest priority could mean the section will be done fast and serve as a quick win. Or your highest priority may be the area causing you the most stress.
3. And third, Set a Goal for each Section
Is your goal to make the area more visually appealing, do you want it to be more functional, or do you have too much in the space and need to eliminate several items? It’s important to know what you want to accomplish as you work on your home organizing.
Below I share three areas of my house that I want to organize. These are common areas found in every home.
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Back to my three examples
Section 1 – Bookshelf
The first section I want to organize is a large built in bookshelf. This section is my highest priority.
Normally a bookshelf doesn’t annoy me. In our house bookshelves are more functional and less decorative. The problem with this bookshelf is it’s one of the first things you see when you come into my home. It is also in the room where my kids take off their coats and backpacks when they get home from school.
This room usually feels untidy and is definitely unorganized. I want to find a way to keep the bookshelf functional, but looking nice when anyone comes over.
Section 2 – Closet
Oh boy. This is the closet in our guest bedroom. This is our go to closet for anything and everything. You can see in the picture that I even tried to make things better with clear bins. One bin has winter hats/gloves and another for stuff we take to the pool. But obviously the clear bins aren’t enough and this closet is a nightmare.
The goal of this closet is to de-clutter and get rid of anything that is not needed. If the items are actually needed, but not used very often, I’m going to find another place to keep them. I want this to be a functioning closet.
This closet is my second priority, because my mom is coming to visit. I don’t want this closet to look the same or worst than the last time she visited.
Section 3 – Spice Cabinet
To make my life a little easier, I would like to have a more functional spice cabinet. As with any cabinet, items in the back are buried and it’s difficult to find things. It’s not uncommon to pull out 5 or 6 spices in order to find the right one.
This cabinet should be pretty fast to organize, but will require a few organizational product purchases.
There are the three areas of my home that need organizing. Now it’s time to apply the 6 home organizing tips.
6 Tips for Home Organizing
Everyone is different. Some people cannot stand a messy kitchen. The counters are clear, there is never a dirty dish in the sink and food is in airtight containers with custom labels. I haven’t actually seen a kitchen like this in real life, but after all of my time spent searching home organizing online I’m starting to believe I am the only person who doesn’t have a perfect kitchen.
Remember, home organizing is a process. And the way you decide to organize will likely change over time. One thing that doesn’t have to change is the steps you use as you organize. Follow these 6 Home Organizing Tips as you work through any section of your home.
1. Clear Everything Out
The first tip is to pull everything out of the drawer, cabinet, closet or secret hiding spot for the section you are organizing. This can be painful, but is necessary. You need to see everything before you can evaluate what to do next.
2. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate
The second tip is to evaluate three things
Evaluate if this is the correct location for these items
It’s easy to focus on making the area look neat and organized, but that does no good if those items don’t belong in that specific location. Take time to evaluate whether or not those items actually belong there.
Think back to the example with my guest bedroom closet. Sure I can build shelves, find bins that work for the space, label everything and it would look great. But then that closet wouldn’t be accessible as a guest room closet. Go back to your goals and make sure your evaluation matches up.
Evaluate similar items
Evaluate how you will group similar items. If you’re working on a bookshelf, for example, books can be grouped by size, color, genre or the book’s target age group. Consider your goals – are you going for a specific look or does it need to be more functional?
Imagine you’re organizing a drawer full of office supplies. Will this be the one location in the house for all office supplies? Or will you have multiple places around the house where you can find office supplies? There isn’t one right answer. You just need to find the right answer for you.
When my kids were in diapers I needed (probably more wanted – which is totally ok) two stations where I could change them. This made life easier and it was great. In your quest to organize your home, it’s more than ok to choose to do what you want.
Evaluate your goals
It sounds like a broken record, but remember to go back and make sure your decisions align with your goals. You can always change your goal while working through the process, but make sure to keep your goal in mind as you are organizing.
3. Eliminate Items You Don’t Need
Get rid of the items that aren’t needed. This can be really difficult. You may even feel like you are being wasteful by throwing something away. Consider re-purposing the item, donating it or holding a garage sale. And realize, sometimes items just need to be thrown away.
If the items don’t fit in the space, it’s not always necessary to find a bigger drawer or bin. Often the solution is to eliminate items you don’t need.
4. Consider Home Organizing Products
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5. Everything Has a Place
The next step is to put the section back in order. This won’t be a problem, because you know everything will fit and you have purchased organizing products to meet your goal for the section. If you run into any problems, go back a few steps and work through the process again.
In my old job we actually used tape to outline and label where specific items went. We would say – Everything has a place and everything in it’s place. I use this same method for my keys. At my old house the place for my keys was a hook just inside of the house next to the garage door. At my new house my kids always go in my purse. When I have a place for my keys and always put my keys in the same place my keys are never lost.
This tip may take some trial and error. Initially you may like where you put an item, but then decide to change things around. That’s great. Take time to figure out what works for you. Once you have everything in a good place, do your best to
6. Take 5 Everyday
As a family, take 5 minutes everyday to tidy up the common areas of your home. When everything has a place, it’s easier to put everything in its place. You will be amazed how quick it is to tidy up your home!
Are you ready to begin a home organization project? Considering starting with your kids’ closet! Check out 7 Steps to Set Up a Capsule Wardrobe For Your Kids
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