While I don't want to encourage obsessive compulsive disorder, I do encourage establishing habits to help you organize your house. Organizing can be harder than de-cluttering and cleaning because it usually only lasts for a day or two. While you want to avoid Matchstick Men moments, there are habits you can adopt to stay permanently organized . . . or at least make it easier for yourself.
To avoid having to do an organizational overhaul once a month, after the initial organization project a new habit must be adopted: put things back where they came from. It sounds elementary, but it's key to keeping things organized.
is organization? It's a logical sorting process. Things get grouped with like
things: tax receipts go here, printer paper goes there, paper clips and extra
pens go there. Organization requires planning every bit as much as
de-cluttering does, but similarly it can also be tackled in five minutes a day.
Like you did with de-cluttering go through your home room by room and list everything that needs to be organized, whether it's shoes in the closet or dried goods in the pantry. By keeping similar items together in logical places they are easier to find, and this organization adds a touch of zen to your home. You will be surprised by how much time you save in the long run just by keeping your home organized. Trying to find a watch will no longer be like going on a treasure hunt in a dragon's cave. And all you need to do is set aside five minutes a day.
Once you have your list prepared, the most efficient way to go about planning your organization tasks is to use a weekly planner. It's not a really quick process doing it this way, but it is manageable, and if you're feeling overwhelmed by life's demands this is how you must start. By tackling one room per week instead of parts of rooms over time, you'll be organizing more efficiently. Plus, you'll get a lot of satisfaction from the completion of one room at a time. Use the list below as a guideline, and alter as you need.
Now, since you have started to declutter and remove the excess that is in your home - by filing papers, cleaning messes, throwing out and bringing surplus materials to a Charity, you are ready to organize what is left. Let's go.
To organize your home, you need to begin one room at a time.
My latest ebook, "I Dream of Clean" helps you do that - working through zone by zone, in 3 easy steps - declutter, organize and clean. It organizes these tasks into 16 weeks and each week is already divided into daily tasks on a printable cleaning schedule.
Follow the step by step practical guide to home organization and bring your home into order with this house cleaning schedule with printable checklists.
Join with me - in the DOC Challenge (Declutter / Organize / Clean). Follow the step by step weekly and monthly organizational tips to get you going one room at a time.
Since you have just spent time decluttering, it is easier to see what is left and put it in places that make sense. You may find yourself looking for storage solutions to help organize what is left. If you have the money, you may find yourself enjoying a visit to a showroom full of organizational treats - or otherwise, be creative and design some yourself - change your old furniture into a sensible storage idea or search for a clever secondhand alternative.
In a bedroom, check out ways to maximize your cupboard space or underbed space. You can store winter/summer clothes away in special storage bags which remove the air and can be stored under a bed without getting dusty or mouldy.
Ideas such as space saver bags, under bed shoe storage ideas, ways to use hanging closet organizers, kids storage ideas and storage cubes and boxes.
In the kitchen, the scope of organizational products is huge. There are space savers in cupboards (really cool shelving ideas, ways to stack plates or hold cups), but if you have a budget, you might just need to keep it simple and pack things together in a way which makes sense to you. If you are short on room, get rid of the trinkets and the odds and ends. On the other hand, keep your own style - so if you are a second hand shopper - enjoy your quirky buys and display what you can to exhibit your artistic flair. (There's got to be beauty in organizing too!)
Check out ways to use drawer dividers,slide out pantry ideas to save on space, spice racks for beauty as well as functionality and other great kitchen storage ideas.
In the lounge, you may think of units which can hold your CD/DVD collection; even a makeshift shelf made of planks of wood and bricks is a helpful place to keep your sound equipment, magazines, audio/video collections.
I love small boxes and these are especially handy for holding a selection of things you might have in your bathroom;
Larger buckets can be useful to keep your cleaning products. I have 2 main bathrooms in my home and in each one I have a bucket with the necessary cleaning items - scrubbing brush, cream cleanser, anti-bacterial/ disinfectant wipe, wiping cloths and so on.
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