I love scrolling through organizing ideas on Pinterest and Instagram. There are so many beautiful pictures to inspire for organizing. Perfect fridges organized filled with only the healthiest foods, junk drawers that are anything but junk, and closets that are color-coded.
It’s sometimes hard to see all the perfect pictures. It makes us feel like an organized home is unobtainable. However, with a little time and work you can have an organized home that works for you and your family.
Want to get organized but don’t even know where to start? Check out these 6 easy tips for an organized home.
Easy Tips For an Organized Home
Get Rid of Clutter
The first tip to a more organized home is to evaluate what you have and what you need. You need to get rid of the clutter in your home so you know what exactly you need to organize.
For example, if you are organizing your closet but you only wear half of your clothes why take the time to organize it all? Decluttering will make the task of organizing easier and faster.
Sometimes when we are in the mood to organize decluttering is the last thing we feel like doing. We see the beautiful containers at the store or the organized pantries on Pinterest and we just want to start organizing. But by taking a step back and evaluating what you own will make organizing a smoother process.
Find A Home For Everything
When you are done with the decluttering process then you will want to find a home for everything. Often our homes seem cluttered and unorganized because we don’t have an assigned home for everything.
The car keys that are always laying around, the paperwork that needs to be filled out, these are all things that often get left out because they don’t have a designated space to live.
Take some time to look around your home at the things that are always left out. Then, try to find a dedicated place to keep them. Now that you have decluttered you should have more room in your drawers and cabinets for the things that currently don’t have a home.
You could keep a basket near the door to hold things that need to be returned or dropped off somewhere. Hang up some hooks for those coats that get dropped near the front door.
By finding a home for everything in your home you will become more organized. Family members will know where the items live and where to find them. By having a designated home for everything you can keep your countertops and surfaces clutter-free. It’s an easy tip for an organized home.
Label, Label, Label
If you are having a hard time keeping things organized I highly recommend labeling where things go. This works really well in rooms like the kitchen where anyone in the family will be putting things away. You want to make sure everyone know where things go.
If you have small items you can store them in a bin and just label the bin. Or for larger items, you can label the cabinet shelf so everyone knows where things go. You can use a simple label from a label maker, or if you want to get really fancy I love these engraved labels that At Home With Nikki uses in her cabinets.
When you label everything it’s easy for the whole family to help you keep the home organized. You also don’t have to waste your time going through drawers or bins to find what you need. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Organize The Drawers
I used to be one of those people whose home looked clean and organized until you opened a drawer or closet. Then you really saw what a hot mess I was. I finally started getting my drawers organized a year ago and I can’t believe the difference it makes.
If you have your drawers organized you are way more likely to put things back where they belong. It tends to make your whole home seem cleaner and more organized.
The best part is that organizing your drawers doesn’t have to take a lot of time. You can do one drawer at a time at your own pace. Take everything out of the drawer, decide what to keep, and then put everything back into the drawer.
To keep things separated out in the drawers I like to use binning strips and wood. It is inexpensive and is very easy to change around if you need to add or move things.
Eliminate Paper Clutter
Between forms to fill out, receipts, and bills to be paid you can often feel like you are drowning in paper clutter. Taming and organizing the paper clutter is an easy way to have a more organized home.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of some of the paper clutter is to switch bills to pay them online. You can stop the flow of paper that comes into your home. Most utilities and banks will let you switch to online billing. Plus, you save on stamps.
Another easy way to deal with the paper clutter is to have a place to put all the to-do paperwork. I attached a plastic organizer to the inside of our cabinet. Whenever we get a form that needs to be filled out or bill from the doctor we put it up in the folder. On Sunday my husband and I sit down and take care of everything. It keeps everything in one place.
If you tend to save a lot of paperwork I recommend having a filing system that works for you. That way everything always gets filed as it should and it is easy to file.
Use What Works For You
If you really want to organize your home and keep it organized make sure you are using what works well for you. It is so easy in the world of Pinterest to get sucked into the idea of a picture perfect home. The most beautiful home won’t stay organized if it isn’t an organizing system that works for you.
I read an organizing book last year that talks all about the different styles of organizing and it completely changed the way my family organizes. I didn’t really understand why some things in our home we could keep organized and some things were a complete hot mess until I read this book. If you ever felt like you just can’t get organized this book is for you!
Organizing systems that you see at the store are often beautiful, but make sure that it is practical and it will work for you and your family. If it is something you want your kids to use too keep in mind children usually, need a very simple organizing system that they can see.
The organization takes time, and your home isn’t going to magically become organized overnight. But with the time you can find a system that works with you and your family. With these 6 easy tips for an organized home, you can make your house an organized success