- Tackle each room individually.
- Break up home organisation into manageable chunks.
- Create a checklist to help you efficiently manage organising your home.
Home organisation can make day-to-day activities and tasks more efficient, more convenient, and more enjoyable. Organising your home doesn’t have to be strenuous or time-consuming! It’s simply a case of tackling a little at a time to create a fresh, clean, and relaxed living environment.
How to Organise Your Life
If you’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately, you’re certainly not alone. Sometimes, life can seem to get away from us as we try to create a healthy balance between work, household chores, family time, and social activities. Every so often, you may just need to take some time out to organise your life and get back on track, and home organisation is a great place to start regaining control.
Organising the home is really a combination of tidying, decluttering, cleaning, and freshening up all areas. Regardless of whether you have a large or small home, the prospect of home organisation can seem downright terrifying, but we’ve got some tips to help you not only make a start, but also maintain this level of organisation long term.
Home Organisation by Room
The absolute best way to tackle home organisation is to look at each room separately, rather than looking at the entire home in one go. Breaking home organisation up into manageable chunks not only keeps things simple, but it also boosts motivation as results are seen quicker than if many rooms are tackled at once.
- Go through your refrigerator and food cupboards. Throw out anything that is beyond its use-by date, and donate anything you don’t anticipate using to a local food bank.
- Recycle any cardboard or other packaging that has been lying around. It’s so easy to leave empty packets or cartons around without realising it!
- Make sure everything has a place. Frequently used items should be easily accessible, and those items that are used infrequently can be packed neatly away in a cupboard.
- If something doesn’t have a place, give it a place! Consider installing shelves or other storage solutions.
- Use plastic containers to store food rather than keeping leftovers in open packets. Not only will these keep food fresher, it will also reduce the risk of spills.
- If you’ve got a number of small appliances that you don’t use very often, store them in the attic or garage, or give them away if you really don’t need them.
To prevent drawers in any room of the house becoming messy and unorganised, use drawer dividers or allocate one type of storage to each drawer. This will ensure you can easily find items without having to raid through the drawers.
- Clean out the medicine cabinet, throwing out any medicines that are beyond their use-by dates, as these could be ineffective or even dangerous to use.
- Implement systems and storage solutions in the bathroom for toiletries, cosmetics, and towels. Don’t leave things lying around.
- Declutter the floor and any surfaces so that they’re clear, moving anything that doesn’t belong in the living room to its correct area in the home.
- Consider media storage for safely and securely housing DVDs and CDs. Tall media shelving accommodates many items while taking up limited space.
- Add visually appealing storage solutions that you don’t mind being out on display, such as floating shelves and decorative baskets.
- Vacuum all over, including the curtains, and then open the windows to air the room out. This will make the room feel fresh, and instantly more appealing.
- Storage, storage, and more storage! Plastic boxes, wooden toy boxes, wall-hanging pockets – use whatever you can get your hands on to help keep your child’s room clean and tidy!
- Keep similar items together – for example, group all toy cars in one place, or put all the dolls together. This makes them easy to find, but also gives them a place they belong.
- Encourage kids to use drawers and wardrobes for clothes, rather than the floor.
- If the amount of toys is simply too much for the room, operate a rotation system, keeping half of the toys in a storage container in the attic or garage for a month, then swapping them out for the ‘current’ toys. Kids love it – it’s like getting a whole new toy box!