Having an organised home is different from merely having a clean home. Of course, they’re both important to maintaining a happy, comfortable living space, but it takes a bit of extra work and creativity to keep all your stuff in its rightful place, and stop clutter from accumulating. But don’t worry, there are plenty of simple ways to keep your home tidy and maximise every inch of space – If you’re looking to organise your own home, then we’ve got you covered! These creative tips and techniques will have your home organised in no time:
Start with your living room
Being one of the most-used rooms in the house, the living room is usually a hotspot for clutter. You should therefore make sure that you have ample storage available to keep the space neat and tidy. This can include things like shelves, hangers, cubbies, or you can even get creative and design your own storage solutions using things like mason jars.
Stop clutter from coming in
According to professional organisers at Major Organizers – “The first step to winning the battle against clutter is to control what comes into your home. Unsubscribe from junk mail and catalogs you do not read. Once the incoming flow of stuff and papers slows down or stops, you can focus on decluttering and organising what you have.”
Create storage for mail and papers
Use a decorative box to store all of your papers such as mail, receipts, and your children’s notes from school. Set this up in a communal area like the kitchen, and then sort through the pile once a week to stop paper clutter from accumulating. When a guest comes round, you can simply pop the lid on the box to hide the clutter.
Store items under the bed
The space under the bed is an ideal storage area and so you should make the most of it! Some beds come with built-in storage, or you could make your own from repurposed dresser drawers. You could also store things like bed linens and clothes under the bed in storage cubes, baskets, or bags.
Maximise wall space
High bookshelves are perfect for storing beloved past reads and other items you don’t need regular access to. Make your bookcases and shelves functional and pleasing to the eye by ordering books by height or color for a less cluttered, more cohesive look. You can also use hooks as a clever way to create extra storage space and hang everything from hats to bags and scarves, and even small frames.
Design shoe storage to fit your space
Customise your shoe storage to make the most of your particular space. Shoes can be stored on the floor, on shelves, or in cubbies. You can also hang boots with clothes hangers if you’re low on floor space. Custom shelving is a simple way to create shoe storage, or a footwear cabinet is another simple solution to keep your shoes organised. Mission2Organise advise how you can further make the most of your shoe storage by looking at space – “If you’re using shoe storage cubes, then put the shoes toe to heel instead of side by side. This way you can fit a pair of high heels in one cubbie instead of two.”
Organise your wardrobe
Start by doing a wardrobe cleanse to de-clutter. Go through your clothes and get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, or that you haven’t worn recently. You then need to make sure that your clothing is organised. Keep the same items of clothing together, for instance, shirts in one area, and dresses in another. You can further break down categories by length, or occasion, and then arrange everything in your wardrobe by colour. This may be tedious, but it’s the easiest way to sort through your wardrobe and choose what to wear.
Clear out your kitchen cupboards
Kitchen cupboards are another hotspot for clutter and so start organising your kitchen by doing a cupboard clearout. Go through everything and throw away any food that’s expired, and then donate any unopened items you don’t like to a food shelter. You can help keep your cupboard space organised by labeling your shelves with a name under each item. Only put foods on their designated shelf, so that you know what you have, and don’t end up buying items that you don’t need. This will help keep your kitchen organised and reduce food wastage.
By sorting and monitoring your home, you’ll be able to maintain a system of organisation that will help keep your living space comfortable, clean and put together.