There’s no correct way to organise your home and the strategy you use depends on your lifestyle, house, and tastes—as long as it works for you, then it’s all good.
However, if you are constantly feeling overwhelmed, with clutter piling up, perhaps it’s time to rethink your strategy? All it takes is a little bit of tweaking and your home will be organised, with everything in its proper place, in no time.
Here are my 5 tips to improve the organisation in your home!
Make organisation easier
Before you go and clear out your cupboards and get to tidying up straight away, take some time to think about how to make organising easier for yourself. It’s quite surprising how we make the job more difficult than necessary! For example, an easy trick to remember is to make tidying up a one-handed, easy task. If your storage bins or laundry baskets are hidden away in hard to reach spaces, you’re less likely to use them. Open, easy-access bins are much more practical.
Place organisers in your drawers and cupboards, categorise items and store them together in sensible and easy to remember ways. Great things to try are keeping baking items in one place or storing socks and trousers together in a single drawer.
Use clear containers so you know what each one holds. When clearing a room, you can quickly see which container each item goes into rather than having to pull out each one to see whether it contains your toiletries or craft supplies. Better yet, create pretty labels to jazz up your organising game.
Purge before you splurge
When you want to organise your home better, your first thought is probably to go out and buy storage supplies. But before you do this, it’s important to purge your items. Without taking a good look at your belongings, and getting rid of what you don’t regularly use, you won’t know just how many storage containers and boxes you’ll need.
Reducing your items first will save you money on storage supplies and spare you the hassle of trying to find space for excess items. Slimming down your belongings brings so many benefits down the line; decluttering benefits your health, saves you money, and will lower your removal costs.
The main point for this exercise: to drive home the fact that organising is about asking yourself why you have so many items, not finding clever ways to hide your clutter.
Organise by frequency of use
As part of making organising much easier on yourself, storing items by frequency of use goes a long way. In the bathroom, for example, you should keep daily items like toothpaste, makeup, and cotton buds on the counter or in the first drawer. For the kitchen, things you use regularly should be easy to reach and to put away. Keep often-used utensils, cooking oils, spices, and, if you love baking, your baking supplies accessible and in front.
With daily essentials separate from your less regular items, your drawers, cupboards, and countertops will be much better organised and easier to use.
Rolling utility carts are amazing when it comes to organisation. Not only do they provide extra storage space, they are versatile and look great. Whether you are running low on shelf space or in need of an extra table, carts are the perfect solution. A cart adds more storage space and can be rearranged to your heart’s content.
Although they are most suitable for a kitchen—consider it a moveable pantry—they can be used in any room. A bar cart, a place to hold extra toiletries, a bedside table, or even a planter—the possibilities are endless!
Make use of unexpected spaces
We all want to maximise the space in our home. This takes on even greater importance in certain situations, such as in smaller properties or when organising your new home, as you want to be as efficient as possible in your use of space. Take advantage of often overlooked areas. When trying to improve organisation, look up, behind things, and underneath furniture. Use hanging racks for storage behind doors or mount containers on the backs of cabinet doors.
Don’t let higher spaces go to waste either. Use hanging pots and high-reaching shelves to use the vertical space. Consider installing towel bars in the kitchen to hang pots, pans, and utensils. Try buying ottomans or hollow benches to store items. These have a dual purpose of seating as well as a coffee table, if needed. For a more ambitious project, you can convert the space underneath your staircase for even more storage space.
With these tips, you will be able to better organise your home and have a space that is clean, comfortable, and functional all at once.
*this is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own