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Home Organizing Tips

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Home organizing for some people comes very easy, while others struggle with it everyday causing their home to look like a cluttered mess and finding things they need almost impossible. Even if you have the best organizational skills in the world, at times it can be hard to keep everything looking nice. The best thing to do is take a deep breath and learn some organizing tips to help make organizing your home easier. Once your home is organized, make sure that everyone pitches in and keeps it that way.

General Organizing Tips

  • One good solid piece of advice is when you are organizing a room, only keep in the room what you need, have places to put the things you are keeping, and what you do not need or have not used in months or even years, get rid of by donating it or having a yard sale.
  • Make sure that you do not try to take on all the clutter and disorganization in one day. Take your time and do it one room at a time. Get the family to help.
  • After getting your house organized, make sure that you have certain areas and containers for mail, coats, book bags, keys, etc., and make sure that they get there. Throw away magazines after everyone has read them.
  • For cleaning supplies, have a plastic tote and put all things that you need to do your cleaning in it. Keep all your laundry detergent, softeners, etc ., on a shelf in the laundry room.

Living Room Organization

This is the room that most everyone who comes to your home sees first. It is also a room where you entertain your friends and family so you want it to look attractive.

  • You need to have room to move around comfortably without bumping into things so do not overcrowd the room with a lot of furniture. Choose something in the room to make it the focal point, like a big screen television, a fireplace, etc., and arrange your furniture around it. If you have a large living room, you could divide it into an area where you can gather to watch television and still have a small area to sit and read or converse with someone.
  • Use an entertainment center to hold your television along with any DVDs you might have. Try to find an entertainment center that has a couple of drawers in which you can store your remote controls.
  • Do not clutter your walls with a lot of artwork, drawings, family portraits, etc.
  • For some reason, it seems that the living room catches everything and before you know it, you have stuff that should be in other rooms, in the living room. Make sure that everyone puts their things away in the right place. Once a week, go through the room and get rid of any junk mail, newspapers, etc. and make sure that you dust and vacuum too.
  • Have a magazine rack to put your newspapers and magazines in. If you have enough room, you could have a small chest with some drawers to store things inside of and on top you could have a small clock.
  • If you need more light, get a couple of floor lamps.

Kitchen Organization

This room can be a high traffic area and one where friends and family gather to talk, play games, share meals, do homework, etc. It is also very essential that you have a very organized kitchen, especially if you and your family live a hectic, fast paced life. Being organized will make getting dinner prepared, having lunches ready for the next day, and homework done easier.

  • It is important that you do not make the table and counter tops a “catchall.” Do not just throw the mail on the counter, but sort the mail and throw away the junk and put the rest in the right place; hang your keys and jacket up.
  • To make it easier to get dinner on the table and lunches packed, organize your pantry or cabinet shelves. Have an area for snacks, an area for cans of fruit, an area for cans of vegetables, pasta, etc. Always rotate everything when you get groceries so you can make sure that you are using things up before they expire.
  • If you have items that you only use at special times like Thanksgiving, Easter, or Christmas put these items on the highest shelves. Things that you use on a daily basis should be easy to get to. Under the counters is where you should store heavier items. Use storage containers for your flour, sugar, and stack them neatly on your counter tops. When you are not using your toaster or coffee pot, store them in a cabinet.
  • If you have the room and money, you could build a small kitchen island to give you extra storage space, plus it makes an area where the children can sit to do their homework.
  • You can also buy a small counter top plastic cabinet with drawers in which you can keep your silverware and sharp knives.
  • Put up spice racks to store your spices.

Bedroom Organization

If you do not organize your bedroom, it can become cluttered really fast and the clutter does not help you to get a good night’s sleep because you will be dreaming about this mess.

  • Before buying any new clothes and trying to stuff them in drawers and your closet that are already full, you should go through the clothes you have and get rid of some of them first, especially ones that do not fit or are worn out.
  • Your bedroom is a place to relax, sleep, and spend time with your loved one so do not use it as a place to store things that do not belong in the bedroom.
  • When you take your clothes off to go to bed, have a small hamper that you can put them in so they do not just land up on the floor. Put your shoes back into the closet and do not leave them on the floor. You can also purchase a shoe organizer that goes under the bed to store your shoes.
  • Do not pile things on top of your dresser or chest. Have a tray or small decorative container to put your change in on top will keep things organized. If you have room for nightstands, have a small lamp on each one. If you like to read in bed, keep the book in the nightstand drawer when not reading it.
  • After doing laundry, put it away and do not stack it on the floor, the bed, or even leave it in the laundry basket or on top of the washer or dryer.
  • Make sure that you make your bed each day so it does not look messy.
  • Vacuum and dust at least once a week, twice if you have the time.

Kids Room Organization

If your child is small, keeping their room organized is a big chore. As soon as your child can walk and do small tasks, let them help keep their room clean and give them a small allowance. It is also important to keep their rooms organized because children love to play in their room and you do not want to see them falling over something and getting hurt.

  • Get them a pop-up laundry bin for them to put their dirty clothes in. They are inexpensive, durable, and can fit into a corner of the room.
  • Make sure that your child has a small trash can in their room for trash to help remind them that the trash goes in there and not on the floor.
  • If they have a lot of small stuffed toys, you can use a shoe organizer with pockets to put them in and hang it on the inside of their closet door.
  • Make the closet “child size” by putting in a lower rod for them to hang their clothes on. As they grow up, the rod can be moved upwards. Being able to reach their clothes makes it easier for a child to dress themselves.
  • You can also purchase a bookcase with two shelves for their books and for any of their toys, DVDs, and other things.
  • You can purchase bins that they can put some of their toys in so they are not on the floor to be stepped on.
  • If they like to draw, put up a medium size dry erase board for them to draw on. It can also be used to write down their daily chores and activities.
  • Every one or two months, go through everything in their room and either have a yard sale or donate the items that they do not play with or clothes they have outgrown.

Bathroom Organization

This is probably the third busiest room in anyone’s house and the room that many people do not like to clean, especially when they have to scrub the toilet. Once you have everything organized it should not be hard to keep clean.

  • To help organize your bathroom, you can buy some inexpensive shelving units to help hold your towels, washcloths, and toiletries. You can also purchase an under-the-counter sink cabinet to store extra shampoo, conditioner, soaps, etc. The kind of shelving you can use depends on the size of the bathroom.
  • Using a shower caddy can keep all your body wash, soap, shampoo, and conditioner neat and ready when you need them. The style you can use in your bathroom depends on the layout of your shower. There are styles that slip over the shower head and hang down behind it, or there are tiered shower caddies that go into the corner of the shower. You can also get them with hooks at the bottom that you can hang your washcloth or your mesh shower puff on.
  • On the shelves, you can put small containers with or without lids, to store your cotton swabs, razors, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Have towel racks to hang towels on instead of them being thrown on the floor.
  • If you have an enclosed area, you can keep your bathroom cleaning supplies in a small tote so they will always be handy.

Basement Organization

Many homes today have a basement and instead of utilizing it as an extra play or entertainment area or as the laundry room, it can be used for storage. If you have a finished basement, use half as a storage/laundry room and the other half for an entertainment area, but before you can do that you will need to clean out the basement and get rid of what you do not use or need. When you have gotten rid of everything you can, divide the two areas by hanging up a curtain or putting in a dividing wall with a door that can be locked to keep people out of the storage room.

  • In the storage area, do not just pile things in there but organize them. Have shelving units put up along the walls to store your garden tools like your weed eater, shovel, rake, etc. You can also use one of the shelving units to store things you have purchased in bulk such as toilet paper, paper towels, etc.
  • If you are using it for a laundry room, you should have shelves to put your laundry detergent on. You should also have a small table where you can fold things after taking them out of the dryer.
  • In the entertainment area, have shelves to put games on, a place to put your television, and a comfortable couch and chairs. You also need to make sure that you have an area for a game system, games, and controllers.
  • Have a trash can so people do not have to bring their trash up to the kitchen trash can or leave it in the basement.

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