“Organization isn’t about perfection it’s about efficiency. Reducing stress & clutter, saving time & money, and improving you overall quality of life.“
Organization, it’s one of the few things in life that I am really good at. I love to organize things because when I do, it’s more likely that my home will stay cleaner longer. Having a clean home means having a clear mind. When my house is clean I am at peace. Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep your house clean even for a few days (or hours if you have kids), but I’m hoping that these organization tips will help you.
The secret to having an organized home is that you must be willing to give up things that you no longer need or want. You may be hanging on to old clothes that don’t fit or trinkets that have no useful purpose. Unless it serves a purpose or it’s really important to you, you have to start by getting rid of everything that you no longer need. You can try to make a little extra money by selling your more valuable items on craigslist or offer-up, just know that you probably wont get as much as you want for the item, but it’s better than nothing! You can also donate old clothes and household items to Goodwill rather than throwing them away, or have a big yard sale! Anything else goes in the trash.
Here are some organizational tips that have been helpful for me:
1: Sorting the Mail
Junk mail has got to be the biggest culprit when it comes to having unwanted trash laying around the house, especially if you are not the only one receiving mail in your household. It is important to get into the habit of throwing away junk mail as soon as you look through it and realize that you don’t need it.
If the mail belongs to someone else in the household then I would suggest getting a mail sorter and designating each section to each person who receives mail in your home. This way the mail will be out of the way and in a safe place for the recipient to go through themselves when they have the time.
I would also suggest signing up for online banking notifications to save yourself from ending up with a bunch of bills lying around the house. If you want to keep it old school and continue getting paper bills, then get a file box to keep your important papers safe.
If you’re like me, then you probably have a certain piece of furniture in your room where all of your dirty clothes end up. That was my problem until I got a hamper worth using. This hamper has four different sections and wheels! I can separate my colors, whites, darks and delicates AND I don’t have to carry a huge pile of laundry in my arms all the way to the laundry room because I can just stroll the whole hamper over! The only negative thing about this hamper is that it is pretty big so if you don’t have a closet large enough to store it where it will be out of sight, it may not be the best option for you. But if you can at least get into the habit of keeping your dirty clothes off of the floor then you will definitely have a cleaner room.
3: Storage (out of sight-out of mind)
For those of you who do not have a ton of closet space, think about getting under-ther-bed storage containers. I like to use mine to store my shoes in. You can store seasonal clothing items under your bed during the moths which you will not be using them, I keep my boots and other shoes that I don’t use a lot under my bed in containers. You can also put risers on your bed to be able to fit more stuff under there. Just be practical about what you keep under your bed and make sure it is easy to keep organized.
Recently, Blake and I purchased these cube organizers to use as nightstands and they are really great for storage. The cool thing about them is that the come in many different colors and so do the drawers. You can get up to 4 pop-out drawers for each square or you can leave them empty and use them to display books or any other items you want to have out in the open. We purchased them from Target but I know that Ikea also has a similar item, however I think Target has a bigger variety of pop-out drawers.
Letting a drawer get messy is easy to do. For bathroom or vanity drawers, I would suggest that you find a drawer insert so that you can keep your jewelry and makeup organized. It’s those drawers full of smaller items that can get really messy and inserts provide a way to keep those items separated and make them easier to find.
Dresser drawers can get messy too, a few years ago I organized my dresser drawers by getting rid of any clothes I no longer wore and I organized my clothes within each drawer. For example, my drawer full of tops is separated into four piles, tank tops, t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and crop tops. If you have things in your drawers that are able to be hung in your closet then move them so that your drawers aren’t too stuffed full of clothes.
5: Making use of closet space
Take advantage of whatever closet space you have and invest in some closet organizing tools. I purchased a shoe hanger where I keep all of the shoes that I use most often. (As seen in first image)
I also have re-purposed gift boxes to hold things such as bathing suits, purses and hats, you can find boxes like this for less than $10 at Marshals and they come in different sizes, if you can’t find a style you like, baskets would be another good option.
If you have a lot of smaller odd and ends that need to be organized I would suggest using plastic storage containers as long as you don’t mind the way they look. Blake and I have four of them and they serve as Blake’s personal “dresser”. To keep from over-loading my dresser drawers, his clothes are stored in the plastic drawers in our closet. This is only temporary while we live here but it is a good (cheap) way to keep things organized for the meantime.
I hope this has helped you in some small way! Now organize away my friends!