Don’t try to deny it: sometimes your home feels chaotic.
You might often walk around, wondering how to fix it without too much effort.
You might dream about living in a perfectly organised place, where it’s easy to find anything and anyone, without a struggle or wasting time.
You enjoy feeling the satisfaction, happiness and fulfilment that comes from being a very organised person. And desperately trying to come up with a plan for how to become one.
But then, you dismiss it. “What me?” you think. “That will never happen!” or some other version of self-doubt.
No wonder you feel demotivated and discouraged!
I have prepared a list of 45 random, but proven ways, to make your home more organised. So the next time you feel an overwhelming desire to polish your organising skills, why not try tackling a few points below and feel instantly better about yourself and your home:
1. MAKE FREQUENTLY USED ITEMS IN THE KITCHEN MOST VISIBLE.
When organising your kitchen and pantry, keep the most frequently used items at easy reach and in your sight. Heavy crockery should be kept below waist level, and items that you don’t use very much, on the highest shelves or in another room.
2. ORGANISE YOUR CLOTHES ACCORDING TO THE SEASON.
Current season clothing should be on the lowest or most accessible portion of the closet, while out of season articles should be stored elsewhere while you aren’t using them.
3. ASSIGN A LAUNDRY BASKET TO EACH PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY.
Label each basket with a family member’s name, so that nothing gets mixed up. Once washing has been done, have each person pick up their own pile of clean clothes from the laundry room so that it doesn’t accumulate elsewhere.
4. USE A CLEAR COOKIE JAR FOR NAIL POLISH.
If you have a large collection of nail polish, a clear glass cookie jar is a great way to keep similar colours together. It keeps all the nail polish out of the way but also makes it easy for you to find the colours you want when you need them.
5. MAKE USE OF SPARE SUNGLASS CASES.
Sunglass cases are a good place to store makeup brushes. They protect your brushes and make them portable, especially if you’re travelling overseas.
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6. USE A MULTI-TIERED TRAY.
A multi-tiered tray can be used to neatly store accessories, watches, and perfumes. Also, it can provide lots of room for extra storage, as well as being an adorable addition to any room decor.
7. USE A PAPER TOWEL HOLDER TO STACK BRACELETS AND BANGLES.
Take advantage of vertical space and stack bangles and bracelets on a paper towel holder, to free up more surface area on your dresser or vanity table.
8. ONLY USE ONE TYPE OF HANGER IN YOUR CLOSET.
Different hangers can end up getting stuck in each other and make your closet a disorganised mess. Tip: You may want to consider using thin hangers that are covered, because they will prevent your clothes from slipping off them.
9. TOSS AWAY EXPIRED GOODS.
A key tip in effective house and apartment organising is to throw away expired, as well as unused items. These include lotions, makeup, beauty products, old razors, and perfume. Also, you can return old medications to a pharmacy so they can assist in their proper disposal.
10. ARRANGE OFFICE EQUIPMENT.
Office equipment can be arranged according to frequency of use. If you use the printer every day it should be within easy reach. Hardware that you may not need daily (such as scanners) can be placed outside the work area. Keep cables off the desk and hide everything else if not used all the time.
11. MAXIMISE SPACE UNDERNEATH YOUR BED.
Get more space out of your bedroom by using a storage bin that goes underneath your bed. This kind of storage bin is one of the most well-known organising tricks and can also act as an extension of your closet. It’s ideal for storing items that you don’t use often, such as backpacks or bed linen.
12. INSTALL MAGNETIC STRIPS FOR YOUR CABINETS.
A simple magnetic strip installed in your cabinet is an effective method of organising, where you can hang scissors, nail clippers, and tongs. IKEA sells magnetic bars for knives which can be adapted for cabinets.
13. KEEP YOUR DAILY ESSENTIALS IN A DESIGNATED LOCATION.
This includes your wallet, keys, and the purse you are using, which you can keep in the living room or bedroom. This way you don’t have to waste time looking for things, the next day before leaving for work.
14. ORGANISE YOUR MAGAZINE RACK.
Purchase a decorative magazine rack to display current magazines and reading material. Give away or recycle outdated magazines, so that the rack doesn’t overflow.
15. DONATE, DONATE, DONATE!
Give away clothes, shoes, and accessories that you haven’t used for more than a year. These items can occupy a lot of space in your closet, creating more clutter in your house or apartment.
16. USE BATHROOM HOOKS.
Strategically placed hooks on the back of your bathroom door can be used to hang robes, towels, or sleep wear. Hooks are easy to install and are effective in eliminating clutter in your bathroom.
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17. REPURPOSE OLD SHOE BOXES.
They can be used to separate various kinds of folded clothing, underwear, and even office supplies.
18. USE MULTI-PURPOSE FURNITURE.
Choose a coffee table for your living room, that comes with a built in shelf underneath where you can use to store books or decorative items. You might prefer to cover it up with a table runner or cloth.
19. MAXIMISE BED SPACE BY USING A HYDRAULIC BED.
This is a great way to store extra beddings, blankets, and other bulky bedroom accessories. These would normally take up a lot of space but hydraulic beds can neatly store them beneath the mattress, away from your eyes.
20. PLACE WIRE BASKETS NEXT TO THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF YOUR HOME.
You and your family can put their dirty shoes in these, without leaving tracks all over the house. It’s also an effective way to prevent mould and dirt building up during wet seasons.
21. ELIMINATE PAPER.
Prevent paperwork and mail from accumulating on tables and flat surfaces. Store papers in a dedicated folder or drawer, so you can prevent paper clutter in the future.
22. ORGANISE YOUR DRESSING AREA.
Hair and makeup products are typically bulky and can easily accumulate, taking up a lot of space in the bathroom or dressing area. Use plastic tubes or boxes to organise your beauty products.
23. CREATE AN INVENTORY OF ALL YOUR COOKWARE, UTENSILS, AND DISHWARE.
Get rid of any duplicate or odd items, anything you don’t use anymore, or that have been damaged beyond repair.
24. ARRANGE SMALL KITCHEN ITEMS.
Flour, sugar, salt, coffee, and spices can be kept in clear glass bins. Use removable stickers to neatly label them for storage in your pantry or cupboard.
25. SET ASIDE SPECIAL OCCASION ITEMS.
Cutlery, expensive glassware or china can be stored in a separate place in your home, instead of in the kitchen. You may want to consider displaying any beautiful glassware in the living or dining areas.
26. BE CREATIVE WITH YOUR JEWELLERY STORAGE.
Stylish wall displays can be useful when it comes to keeping your jewellery neat. Corkboards or hooks can save space in keeping necklaces and bracelets tidy, while preventing them from tangling up (which tends to happen when they are stored in a drawer).
27. USE ROLLING STORAGE TO ORGANISE YOUR LAUNDRY ROOM.
Laundry rooms often have a lot of items such as cleaning products, and without proper organisation it can easily get cluttered. Rolling storage can be used to keep all items organised and easy to find.
28. BUILD SHELVES UNDER STAIRCASES.
If your home has a staircase, take advantage of extra space by building shelves underneath it. Doing so can turn an empty wall beneath the stairs, into a stylish storage area.
29. MAXIMISE WALL SPACE IN YOUR BATHROOM.
Declutter your counters, by installing narrow shelves on the wall. Doing so will free up more space and vanity drawers can be used to store smaller, necessary items.
30. USE SEE-THROUGH BASKETS TO ORGANISE YOUR PANTRY MORE EFFICIENTLY.
Baskets can be used to store bottles, cereal, canned goods, and other food products.
31. SMALL CONTAINERS ARE GOOD FOR STORING HAIRPINS.
Empty Tic-Tac containers or any other small boxes, are great for organising tiny items such as hairpins. This way you’ll never have to waste time ever again, looking for hairpins when you need them.
32. UTENSILS ORGANISERS ARE A USEFUL, MULTI-PURPOSE HOME ORGANISING TOOL.
Utensil trays are designed with long, narrow compartments that can be used to hold brushes and hair accessories. IKEA has plenty of them, which can be modified to fit any space.
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33. ORGANISE YOUR LINEN CLOSET WITH SPACE-SAVING TOOLS.
Bins, dividers, and vacuum-sealed bags, can help you save space for storing bulky linen products for your bedroom.
34. USE SHOWER HOOKS TO HANG BELTS, SCARVES, AND SHAWLS NEATLY IN YOUR CLOSET.
Another way to organise these, is to use shower hooks and loop them on a hanger inside your closet.
35. BE CREATIVE WITH SHOE ORGANISERS.
It can be used to store bulky sweaters, which are rolled up and stuffed into the space.
36. INSTALL ADDITIONAL CLOSET RODS.
Closets are usually built with just one rod that runs the entire width of its interior. Install a second, or even third rod if the space permits, so that you can increase the hanging space.
37. DIVIDE THE BASEMENT INTO VARIOUS ZONES.
Perhaps you could designate a craft or workshop area, toy, entertainment, or play area. Each zone can have its own storage, depending on the items you keep there.
38. MAXIMISE HEADBOARD SPACE.
Install shelves to hang or display books, lamps, and even photos. You can also use old drawers or headboards with shelves to accomplish this.
39. MAXIMISE FOOTBOARD SPACE.
Some of the options you can use to store items at the end of your bed, include a beautifully designed ottoman, a chest, cubes or baskets.
40. AVOID BEDSIDE CLUTTER.
Choose a nightstand that comes with a drawer or shelf, so that you can keep additional items neatly organised, instead of piling things up beside your bed.
41. IF YOU HAVE TODDLERS OR CHILDREN, CONSIDER PLACING A BASKET IN EVERY ROOM.
It’s a great way to toss in toys and keep them out of sight and not on the floor. Encourage children to chuck toys in, so that you can regularly put them back in their room at the end of the day.
42. CLEAN OUT YOUR GARAGE.
Donate old sporting equipment, furniture that you don’t use or old decorative items. This can free up more space, so that you can keep tools and other useful items that you use on a regular basis handy.
43. KEEP YOUR KITCHEN APPLIANCES THAT AREN’T USED WEEKLY IN YOUR ATTIC OR BASEMENT.
This includes bread machines, blenders, popcorn machines, and other items.
44. ORGANISE YOUR SHOWER AREA.
A shower caddy is a wonderful tool to help keep the bathroom in order. It can neatly organise all your shampoos, soaps or body washes in the shower. These organisers are inexpensive and easily available in home stores and discount shops. Hang them on the bathroom wall, place on the edge of your bathtub, or hang them from the shower head.
45. ORGANISE YOUR HOME OFFICE.
If you work from home, organise all necessary office items to be in one dedicated spot and easily reachable. This includes the computer, printer, scanner and other hardware, as well as notebooks, pens, and office supplies that you use frequently.
How about you?
Do you have your own proven ways to keep your home organised?