If you want to get organised and stay organised within your home, our top seven tips will help you achieve your goals! The guide below is all about useful information on how to be more organised, creating a household that’s not only easier to live in, but also one you can be proud to show off to friends and family.
How to Be Organised
- Have a place for everything – Living spaces often become cluttered with items without a home: so assign them a place to go. Everything from stationery, road maps and keys to sports equipment, outdoor clothing, and gardening tools should have a rightful place in your household. Make sure everyone else in your home knows where these things should be kept, so no one gets confused! It also helps to label what should be put where.
- Put everything back right away after you’ve used it – If you help yourself to a snack, put the rest of the food back in the cupboard or fridge. If you consult a map, put it back along with the others. Don’t let things lie out, or it’ll just increase the clutter, and no one will be able to find anything.
- Keep your surfaces tidy – This means all tables, countertops, desks, nightstands, and dressers. It’s remarkable how much of a difference clean, uncluttered surfaces can make. Papers and books on tables should be stacked up into only one or two piles. Instead of leaving them on the kitchen counters, put away all utensils, food products, and dishes.
- Use vertical storage – This is a great way to create more space in your home. Look into bookcases, stackable shelves, and tall vertical cabinets to store your belongings. Hooks can have a wide range of uses, and (believe it or not) pans can make a nice statement feature on a kitchen wall – leaving you with more cupboard space as well.
- De-clutter and purge what you don’t need – All too often, homes pile up with unnecessary objects. Do you really need to keep those two-year-old magazines? Be ruthless and purge whatever items you don’t need by recycling them, giving them to a friend or a charity, or throwing them away. This may be difficult for the natural hoarders among us, but mastering the purge is an essential part of learning how to be more organised.
- Organise a little bit every day – Rather than letting all the cleaning and organising tasks build up, tidy up as you go along. Every time you take off your clothes, put them back or re-hang them, instead of throwing them into a pile on your bedroom floor. Gather up dirty clothes when you see them and put them in the laundry basket.
- Schedule regular organising sessions – Set aside time every week to focus on organising your home. This way you’ll always have a moment for regularly necessary tasks: clearing out expired or old food items, recycling opened post, tidying up your shoe rack, or picking up any clothes lying around the house.
These seven tips will help you answer the question: “How do I organise my home?” Don’t despair at the clutter. Instead, by following these basic rules, you can maintain a tidy household that is organised, inviting, and presentable.
Originally published 19 July 2018