Everyday Organizing Tips to help you keep your home as organized as possible everyday.
I’m often asked what I do to keep my home clutter free and organized. Here are the tips that help me. The first thing most of us have to do to keep our home better organized is to change our mind set. Change your thinking from big organizing projects to small and simple things you can do everyday to keep your space organized. It’s always quicker and easier to keep up on things by doing a little at a time rather than letting things add up then trying to take care of them all at once. You might need to do an initial big organizing project first then use these tips to help you keep your space that way.
Put it back where you got it – Often times we get something from it’s place, use it, then just put it down where ever we are at the time. Take an extra minute to put it back where you got it. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Always leave a room better than you found it – It seems like there is always something in the wrong room or things out of place. Before you leave a room pick up a few things to put where they belong in another room. It also only takes about 2 minutes to fluff the pillows, fold up the throw blankets, and straighten the books and magazines to tidy up your space.
Never go up or down the stairs without something in your hands – This is similar to above. Always be thinking of ways to save time. If you’re going to be walking up and down the stairs anyway grab something that needs to go up or down the stairs and take care of it throughout the day instead of waiting to do it all at one time. If you let things stack up it will take even longer to get everything put away.
Keep things where you use them – Think of where you use the items you have and store them in that area. If you use scissors in the family room and the kitchen then store them in both places. You’re more likely to put things back if it’s convenient for you and your family to do so.
Create a donation box – Always have an ongoing donation box. If something is too small, not being used, not needed, outdated, or no longer wanted place it in the box then donate it once it is full. Get rid of broken, stained, or worn items regularly. Recycle papers and other recyclable items weekly.
Tidy as you go – When you’re working on a project, cooking, or even playing clean up as much as you can as you go. Try to think of ways to save yourself time and energy as you strive to keep your space organized.
Do a quick clean up 10 minutes before bed – Add a quick family clean up to you bedtime routine. Before family members put on their pajamas, brush their teeth and get a bedtime story have everyone pick up their own things and do a quick tidy of the house.
Delegate to other family members – Don’t be responsible for the whole house organization yourself. Help family members be responsible to keep their own spaces clutter free and organized.
Watch what you bring into your home – This is probably the most important and easiest way to keep your home organized and clutter free. Always consider and question what new items you are bringing into your home. Do you have a place for it? Is it needed? Can you get rid of something else so it can take it’s place? Do you love it or are you going to be getting rid of it in a few months?
Start thinking of these tips regularly and as your mindset changes you will notice your home is more organized and with less clutter.