Being organized can feel like a never-ending battle. It’s easy to let things slide and before you know it, your home is a cluttered mess. But it doesn’t have to be that way! The truth is, being organized doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. These simple tips will help you get any area of your home organized quickly and easily.
In fact, there’s no real “right” or “wrong” way to get organized. The key is to find what works for you and your family. What may work perfectly for one person may not be ideal for another. However, there are some basic organizing principles that everyone can benefit from.
So, no matter how big your mess is, how cluttered your home is, or how disorganized you may feel, these tips will help you get organized and keep your home looking great.
Keep Small Items in One Place
You know, small items like keys, sunglasses, and loose change. One item is here, one item is there, and by the end of the day, they are everywhere, making your home look and feel cluttered.
The solution is simple: Create a designated spot for small items. This could be a key holder near the door, a small bowl or tray on an entry table, or even a basket near the sofa. The goal is to have one central location where you can put these items when you come in the door. Having a designated place for these items will help you keep your home more organized and make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
Organized Things by Colors
There is a reason why most retail stores are organized by color. It’s because it works! Organizing things by color is an easy and efficient way to keep your home looking great, and you can apply this principle to any area of your home. For example, if you have a lot of books, consider organizing them by the color of their spines. If you have a lot of clothing, consider organizing your closet by color. This method of organization is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.
This way of organizing is especially suitable (and eye-pleasing) for bookcases, where the different colors of the spines can create a rainbow effect. Kitchenware, bathroom towels, and other similar items are also good candidates for this organizing method.
Use Clear Containers
One of the best ways to keep your home organized is to use clear containers. This way, you can see what’s inside without having to open each and every container. This is especially helpful in the kitchen, where you can quickly and easily see what’s in each container without having to rummage through your pantry.
In the bathroom, clear containers are also useful for storing items like cotton balls, Q-tips, and other small items. You can also use clear containers to store smaller items in the closet, like socks, underwear, and belts. In the bedrooms, see-through containers are great for storing out-of-season clothes, bed sheets, and other linens.
Either way, the idea of using clear containers is that they help you keep your home more organized by allowing you to see what’s inside, so you can quickly reach what you need without having to search through a cluttered mess.
Get Rid of What You Don’t Need
You already know that letting go of things you don’t need or use is one of the best ways to keep your home organized is to get rid of things you don’t need. Let’s face it: We all have items in our homes that we no longer use or need. Whether it’s clothes that no longer fit, toys your kids have outgrown, or old electronics, getting rid of these items will help you declutter your home and make it more organized.
Go through each room and get rid of anything you don’t need or use—clothes, shoes, books, papers, knick-knacks, and anything else that’s taking up space without serving a purpose. Once you’ve decluttered, put everything else in its proper place. This will make it easier to find what you’re looking for and keep your home looking neat and tidy.
Now, you’re left with unwanted items, right? Garage sale, anyone? This is a great way to sell items you no longer need and make some extra cash at the same time. Another option is to donate items to a local thrift store or charity. This is a great way to declutter your home and help those in need.
No matter how you choose to get rid of unwanted items, the important thing is that you do it. Getting rid of clutter will make your home more organized and help you feel less stressed.
Look at the Room through a New Lens
Yes, I really do mean a lens, which is your phone in this case. Sometimes, it’s just difficult to see your home the way it is. All you see is the clutter, the mess, and the chaos. But if you step back and look at your room through a new lens—literally—you may be able to see things in a new light.
By taking a picture of the room from different angles, you may be able to see things you didn’t notice before, like a pile of clothes that needs to be put away or a stack of books that needs to be shelved. Sometimes, all it takes is to see your room from a different perspective to get motivated to declutter and organize.
Another way to look at your room through a new lens is to imagine how you want it to look. Close your eyes and visualize your dream room. What does it look like? Is it clean and orderly, or is it cluttered and chaotic? Now that you have a clear picture in your mind, start working towards making that a reality.
You can also try this exercise with different rooms in your house. Imagine each room the way you want it to look and then start decluttering and organizing until it matches your vision. This is a great way to get motivated and stay organized.
A tidy home doesn’t have to be a pipe dream! Although it may take some effort to get your home organized, it’s definitely worth it in the long run. As fall and winter settle in, now is the perfect time to start decluttering and organizing your home before the holiday season arrives. Use these tips to get started, and you’ll be on your way to a more organized home in no time.