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How to Organize Your Home

Would you like to have an organized home but do not know where to begin?

Here is a step by step solution for creating organizational systems in your home to help simplify and unclutter your life.

 

 Tips & Tricks for How to Organize Your Homephoto courtesy of Rubbermaid flickr.com/photos/rubbermaid/7203339996Make Piles
Starting in one room of your home, take all of your accessories and artwork out of that room, dust them off, and organize them in piles - one pile to donate, one pile to keep, and one pile to give away.  You might want to use laundry baskets to contain each pile.

Only put back the accessories and art that look the best in that particular room.

Collections and smaller pieces of art should be grouped together in one portion of one room, not scattered throughout your room or home.

The more accessories you have in a room, the less perceived value each piece has.

Consider keeping the most treasured and valuable accessories and donate the less impressive.

Not every surface needs an accessory.

Move on to all other rooms once one room is completed.

 

Easel Frames
Reduce the amount of easel framed photos you have around your home.

In order to have an organized home, there should be only one surface per room for easel framed photos.

You can put the photos from easel frames in wall frames.

Use wall frames that are all the same color in different shapes and sizes.

Use black and white photos for a more elegant and sophisticated look.

Hang them all together on one wall as a collection. This technique is especially popular on a wall going up the stairs.

 

Fake Plants
Artificial plants collect dust and usually don't look very good, especially those above your kitchen cabinets.

They tend to shed dust onto your countertops and floor every time you shut your upper cabinets.

Put nothing on top of your kitchen cabinets except concealed lighting. 

If you must use the space above your cabinets for storage, put pretty boxes or baskets up there to hide your stuff.

 

Clothing
Remove all of your clothes from your closet.

Organize your clothes in stacks to donate, mend, and keep.

Clothes that you have not worn in a year or more should be donated.

Clothes that need mending should be removed until fixed.

Good clothes can be put back in your closet, however hang them on the rod with the coat hanger facing backwards.

After you launder an item that you have worn, hang it forwards like normal.

At the end of the year, donate the clothes on hangers that are still backwards because they were not worn. 

Only keep what you use in order to keep your home organized and tidy.

 

Mail
Sort mail immediately when it enters the house since most mail is usually junk mail.

Throw away junk mail immediately and sort your mail per person.

Consider getting a decorative storage basket to contain mail that needs to be distributed to help organize your home.

Create one location for today's newspaper and another location for old newspaper to be recycled.

 

Storage Containers
Get storage containers for under your sinks in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom.

Go through all of your items and discard anything that is expired or you do not want.

For items you use everyday, get one container that you take out of the cabinet each day then return underneath once finished to keep your countertop clutter free and your items organized and under control.

 

Functional Accessories
Make sure all of your accessories in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room are functional since you do not want to clutter your countertops.

Use clear glass jars and canisters to display items that you actually use in an organized fashion. 

Remove from your countertops decorative jars, platters, or figurines that are not functional. 

Sort through all of your cooking utencils for duplicates or specialized items that you don't use. 

 

Kid Art
Remove your children's artwork from the refrigerator.

Make the front of your refrigerator free of all clutter, magnets, and everything else.

Consider hanging the best pieces in frames in their rooms, the bathroom, laundry room, or play room.

If you have to hang something on the refrigerator, try to keep it organized and hang it on the least visible side only.

See the article How to Display Children's Art in a More Organized and Sophisticated Manner for more information.

 

Toys
Create boundaries in your home for your childrens' toys so they don't end up throughout your entire home.

Perhaps create a rule that toys are only allowed upstairs or only allowed in the playroom.

Go through your children's toys at least twice a year (maybe after Christmas or their birthdays) and donate those that have been outgrown.

Throw away those that are damaged.

Consider the one in, one out rule. If a new toy comes in, an old toy needs to go out.

 

Designated Place
I'm sure you have heard "a place for everything and everything in its place" in order to have an organized home.

Some items that seem to never have a designated place in a home are remote controls, cell phones, backpacks, lunch kits, briefcases, purses, wallets, and laptop computers.

Purchase shelving units, bookshelves, storage units, built in shelving, charging stations, and any other storage device that will help organize your home.

If you have tall ceilings, make sure you take advantage of storage opportunities up high.

Everything should be well labeled.

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