Steps to Organize Your Home
Organization advice varies from room to room, but there are some general tips that apply to every part of your house. When you begin working on a space, follow these steps to get started organizing your home.
- Decluttering is the first step in organizing any space. Clear out anything you no longer need or use. You’ll have fewer things left to organize.
- Deep clean after decluttering. Sweep and mop, and wipe down surfaces and the walls. You’ll be more inspired to organize a freshly cleaned space.
- Use labels to organize baskets, bins, totes, and containers. When each area is well-labeled, there is no question where things belong.
- Choose square storage containers. Square containers are a better use of space and they’re easier to organize than round ones.
Organize Your Home Room by Room
In the kitchen, put items you use every day in easy-to-access areas. Choose cabinets near the stove to store pots and pans. Place herbs and spices near the food prep area. Take a look at the pantry and develop a method for organizing there. Keep canned goods together in one place. Store appliances you don’t use often towards the back. Use baskets on a shelf to hold tablecloths and napkins.
An organized kitchen should be easy to use and functional. If you’re a coffee-lover, designate an area for a permanent coffee station.
A well-organized, uncluttered bathroom gives you a fresh space each day for washing up, brushing teeth, and getting ready in the morning. Use the backs of cabinet doors for storage by installing hooks and bins. Keep a laundry basket in or near the bathroom for dirty clothes, washcloths, and towels.
Install a towel hook for each person who uses the bathroom so you don’t have to fight over space on the towel rack. Clear plastic containers are great for storing items under the sink. You can see what’s in each bin and won’t have to search for the product you need. If you keep a first-aid kit in the bathroom, make sure it’s stored in an easy-to-reach location.
An organized laundry room makes the task of washing clothes easier. Start with a laundry bin that has dividers to separate clothes as they are dirtied. If you don’t already have a place to fold clothes, create one. Install a counter or set up a small table.
For additional storage, install shelving above your laundry machines, add corner shelves, and hang an organizer on the back of the door. If you’re short on space, use a slim rolling cart that fits between your washer and the wall. Store often-used items, like detergent, dryer sheets, and stain remover there.