Teach Me How to Organize My Home!

Organizing your entire home may sound like a daunting, time-consuming task. You may be thinking, “How would I even begin to organize my home? My home is too far gone! Can organizing my entire home truly be done efficiently?” Be assured that, when planned out appropriately, organizing your home can be accomplished easily and efficiently. This article provides tips that will guide you in establishing a home organization routine that is suitable to your lifestyle.

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Why Should I Organize My Home?

There are many benefits associated with keeping a well-organized home. As a result of organizing your home you will:

  • Know where everything is. You will never have to scour your home for missing items again. You can just grab and go!
  • Make money. Sell items from your home that are no longer of use/value to you. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
  • Be able to clean your home more easily. Say goodbye to the clutter that used to keep you from dusting off your furniture!
  • Free up space. You can begin to decorate and style your home the way you’ve always wanted to in the new space you’ve created.
  • Know what you have so you don’t overbuy. Save your money and time by avoiding unnecessary purchases.
  • No longer fear unexpected/last-minute house guests. Your house will be spick and span anytime someone decides to pop in for a visit.
  • Free up your mind. An organized home will give you a sense of control and allow you to devote your time and energy to more important aspects of your life. As a result, you will be much more happier and productive.

How Do I Start Organizing My Home?

Through three simple steps — pick a room, pick a space, eliminate and organize — you can organize your home on your own time in a way that is best suited to your lifestyle and home. Go ahead, start reaping the benefits associated with keeping your home organized!

1. Pick a Room: Establish an Order for Organizing

To organize your home, you must first develop an ordered list of the rooms you will be tackling. Decide which rooms will be addressed first by considering the importance of each. The importance of each room can be determined by considering the following factors: how much time is spent in each room, which rooms are most visible to you and your guests throughout the day, and which ones will require the most effort to organize. Once you have established which room is your highest priority, you can then proceed to step two, “pick a space.”

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2. Pick a Space: Break Down the Room Into “Zones”

After you have determined what room will mark the start of your home organization journey, you must break down the room into sections or “zones”. The determination of zones will depend on the layout and functions of the room. A room can be separated into zones based on the activities completed in the space. For example, in the case of a home office, the desk and filing cabinet serve as a “work zone” in the home. If you feel a space in your home has no specific function, you can select a specific corner or area of the room to tackle. Zones can even extend from one room to the next — it all depends on the way you choose to use the spaces in your home.

It is important to divide your home into zones in a way that best aligns with your lifestyle. The purpose of zoning your home is to avoid overwhelming yourself while organizing by only focusing on one section of the room at a time. The zoning method breaks down the task of organizing your home into a smaller, more feasible chore. A small amount of time can be devoted to each zone so that organizing your home doesn’t have to be an all-day activity. A sense of accomplishment is felt once a zone is organized, rather than a feeling of defeat attempting to tackle a room or your entire home at once.

3. Eliminate and Organize

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Now that a section of the room has been chosen to organize, it’s time to get to work! It’s much easier to organize your home once unnecessary items have been eliminated. Now, you do not have to adopt a minimalist lifestyle to keep your home organized. However, when deciding what items you’re going to kick to the curb, it’s best to adopt a “minimalist mindset.” This means you must determine what items are truly necessary for you to keep. These “necessary items” do not have to be essential products, rather, they should have meaning to you. Marie Kondo, an home organization expert, suggests discarding items that do not “spark joy.” For example, you can hold onto as many bathing suits as you please, as long as they all provide you joy. Be sure to separate the items you are disposing of into garbage, recycle, donation, and for-sale bins.

“Discard everything that does not spark joy.”

Marie Kondo

Organizing what you have left in your home becomes less of a task after your purge. The key to organizing items in your home is to give each item a designated place to “live.” This can be accomplished by categorizing and grouping items together. For instance, the cups within a kitchen cabinet may be grouped by plastics, mugs, tumblers, liquor glasses, etc. Using bins or baskets is an effective way to group items together and give them a sleek appearance. Establishing a home for household items will help prevent your home from becoming disorganized in the future.

My Home is Organized! Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve finished organizing your home! Now that your home is organized, how do you keep it from becoming cluttered again? Here are a few simple tasks that should be regularly completed to keep your home organized:

  • Regular Home Clean-ups: To keep your home in tip-top shape, regular clean-up sessions should be established. The frequency of these rapid organization sessions will depend on the rate at which your home becomes cluttered and what your schedule will allow. Clean-ups can occur every day, every week, or every month.
  • Eliminate an Item From Your Home Before Bringing Home a New Item: To avoid making a mess of your home, you should regularly try to eliminate items that are old or unnecessary. A perfect opportunity to do this is when a new item is brought home. Regularly purging your closet of old clothes or checking your kitchen pantry for expired goods is another useful tactic in reducing the number of unnecessary items in your home.
Organized closet

You are more likely to successfully maintain an organized home by establishing a home organization routine that fits your lifestyle. If you commit yourself to a consistent home organization schedule, you will have a home you feel comfortable living in and are proud of in no time.