We might dare to say that the key to a happy home is the right organization. When your home is tidy, neat and everything is in its place, your mind tends to perceive it as a relaxing, stress-free zone. And let’s face it, we all need this feeling desperately! However, this is perhaps easier said than done as many of us have jobs and families, which takes up a lot of our precious time, seemingly leaving us with no time for cleaning as well as organizing. That’s where we come in – take a look at some useful tips on organizing your home that we’ve collected for all the people who want to learn how to be more organized. The good thing is that once you organize everything in your home (it will take some time once you start), you just need to maintain the system and you’ll be all set and organized.
1. Sort everything out
Some of the best home organization hacks start with sorting everything out. This is important in all rooms, but we could say that we usually have the most things to sort out in a high-traffic area such as the kitchen. The first thing you need to learn is that it’s more practical to keep things near the place you use them in. For example, it’s more efficient to keep pots and pans near the cooker and mixing utensil on the countertop, also near the cooker, as that’s where you most frequently use them. When it comes to appliances, nowadays we have too many of them, and even though all of them are quite handy and useful, we don’t use them to the same extent. So, what you can do is place the ones that you use every day, for example, a coffeemaker and a toaster on top of the counters, while you can store the ones you don’t use so often in one of the cabinets. Another great organization tip says that you should keep things that are alike together. That means all spices on the same shelf or in the same drawer, wooden utensils in the same crock, and so on – you get the idea. Apply the same principle to the rest of the rooms.
2. Get creative and practical with storage options
Different storage alternatives can easily make you the king or queen of organization and neat home. This is the point when you need to use your research and creativity skills to find out about the possible storage options as well as how to apply them successfully to your home. Storage is of high essence in the kitchen. Make sure your cabinets are divided efficiently into practical shelves that can easily store all the kitchenware. Keep in mind that you should keep all the things that you use frequently on the bottom, easily-reachable shelves while you can store things you don’t use so often at the top shelves. Using see-through containers for storing pasta, spices and other kitchen ingredients can help you in assessing the stock more quickly. The storage method that can help you in better organization and save space is nesting. That means placing the same bowls and plates one on top of the other. Use baskets, bins and open shelving wherever possible to group and sort things.
Getting rid of all kinds of clutter is necessary if you want to run a neatly organized home. We tend to store and keep so many things in our home. We are convinced that we will use them, and somehow we don’t end up doing so. That’s why it’s important to do a re-assessment of all the things every once in a while. That means taking a peek into our, usually, over-stacked closet and tossing out the things we haven’t worn for a year. That is a useful principle and you can apply it to shoes, bags and other accessories as well. The chances are that we won’t wear them again if we haven’t worn them for a year. Also, get rid of any expired cosmetics and makeup. Do the same in the kitchen – you don’t need all the broken and old pots. When you declutter in this way and follow some basic house cleaning tips, your home is sure to look spotless, without too much effort every day.
4. Put everything back in its place
Putting everything back in its place helps you keep the mess and clutter in your home to a minimum. After you finish using a certain thing, remember to put it back in its place. It might be hard at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you’ll do it automatically, without even thinking about it. And if something doesn’t have a place yet, make a place for it.
5. Set up and stick to a daily routine
A daily routine means doing some basic things that don’t take up too much of our time and that helps our home look neat and organized. Daily routine tasks usually include making your bed in the morning, wiping the sink immediately after being used, doing the laundry as soon as there’s some, drying it and putting it away without delay, cleaning after yourself and putting everything where it belongs. So simple and yet so effective.
Once you start thinking about the ways to organize your home better and find out about some practical ways to do so, the ideas and inspiration will just come and you’ll end up with a neatly organized home everyone can envy you on.