The fifteen best home organising ideas
Some people find it difficult to organise their time and resources effectively. Do not feel bad if you are one of those individuals; you are certainly not alone. You may be tempted to procrastinate about organising things at home, but it’s important to remember that if you don’t get started now, you won’t ever get there. Nevertheless, there are ways to ease the burden of organising. Here are fifteen simple organizing tips from experts to help get rid of clutter finally.
1. Start small
Organising is not easy, but starting small helps ease the process. Organise one drawer or shelf at a time and focus on getting things done quickly. Once you have completed one project, you will notice the benefits of having a well-organised space, and you will want to tackle another area.
2. Create a schedule
You should not attempt to accomplish too much at one time. Instead, break down larger tasks into smaller ones and set aside specific times for each one. In this manner, you will not lose interest and quit midway. You should set realistic deadlines for yourself and remember that perfectionism can lead to procrastination. Remember to reward yourself for accomplishing the task.
3. Use colour coding
Colour-coding items make sorting faster and easier, and it gives you visual cues to remind yourself what belongs where. You can use different colours for different categories, or you can choose a single colour and label every item within that category. Either way, colour-coded systems are great for beginners since they provide instant feedback.
4. Before you can get the clutter out, you must stop it from coming in
People are often surprised by how many unsolicited items arrive at their home each day. They may think it’s just one thing, but it could be anything from junk mail or catalogues to unwanted gifts or items that they bought online and realised they don’t need. Nevertheless, there are a variety of different methods by which we receive unnecessary things. As more things pile up, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep track of everything, which can lead to errors. Make sure you think thrice before allowing any item into your home. Ask yourself:
- Do I really need this item?
- When will I use it?
- Can I do without it?
5. Keep it clean
Cleanliness is the pre-cursor to organisation. Make sure your home is free of dust and unwanted stuff, so you have room to work. Cleaning out drawers and closets from time to time will also help you get organised by:
- Shred away all unnecessary paperwork.
- Throw old stuff that you no longer use.
- Donate items that are in good condition but have outlived utility for your household.
6. Don’t forget the Fridge
The kitchen is often regarded as one of the most important spaces in the home, but it does not usually make sense to keep everything in the kitchen. People throw away a lot of food because they do not know where else they can store it. You do not have to throw out perfectly good food. You can channel your inner Alice in Wonderland by having an “Eat Me First!” fridge bin. Depending on how long you plan to keep the food, you can store it in different ways. For example, if you intend to consume the food within a few days, then you can put it in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep it longer, then you can freeze it. You should store perishable foods in air-tight containers. You should also use cling film to cover food items before they are frozen.
7. Get Ice-novative
If you have ever had trouble finding something small in your home, chances are it is because there is no place to put it. This is where unused ice trays come in. These handy containers come in different sizes and shapes and allow you to store items individually without wasting space. They make organising easy by keeping all your smaller items neatly together like beads, buttons, small jewellery, old Diwali decorations, or tiny craft pieces, which will otherwise be scattered across the house. The best part is, that ice cube trays are also neatly stackable and take minimum space in a drawer or cupboard.
8. See shapes, not things
“You don’t have to buy expensive organising tools to organise your home. There are many ways to use what you already have.
While organising, think about the shape of your items. Shoes go toe to heel instead of next to each other. That makes it easier to find a specific pair.”
says Schae Lewis, founder of Mission 2 Organise. She points out that if you have groups of related items—like shoes in the bedroom or wine glasses in the kitchen—look at how to fit the objects together rather than just putting them side by side.
9. Make full use of the boxes
Old boxes and containers come in handy all the time because you can use them to hold related items. All makeup items go into one box, all sports accessories into another, and so on. This makes it easier to look for items when you need them. Another significant advantage is that you completely put away a box for medium or long term storage if you know that it will not be used for a while. For example, if you are not going swimming for the entire winter season, you can put the swimming box into a self storage facility and retrieve it only in the summers.
10. Get creative with spaces
Is there any extra storage inside your house that you are missing? Under beds, behind doors, inside cabinets and drawers or if you have a garage, basement, or attic – you can always find extra storage space to optimise. Take advantage of unused wall space, such as shelves, hooks, and pegboards.
11. Make smart choices
When buying new storage solutions, consider ways to maximise storage and optimise the use of space. Drawers, for example, occupy less space than shelves and are great for storing smaller items.
12. Use a second shower rod to store toiletries
Showering is not just about cleaning yourself; it is about cleansing your bathroom too. Neither of these is possible when the supplies in the bathroom are not organised well enough and it is difficult to reach the items when you need them. From towels to bathmats, soap to shampoo, toothbrushes to deodorant, toilet paper and cleaning supplies — you have assorted items lying around your bathroom that needs to be organised.
Hangable storage solutions are great for storing everything from your hair ties to your razor blades, and they are perfect for hanging above a showerhead. Even better, they will help prevent mould growth and make your bathroom smell fresher. You could choose from shampoo bags, toilet paper roll holders, bathmat hooks, and toothbrush wall pegs to help you organise your shower without adding clutter.
13. Use a magnetic rack to keep spices tidy
A magnetic spice rack is an innovative way to make sure your spices are easy to find and organise. You should be able to find inexpensive options too. The best part about having a magnetic spice rack is that it is particularly useful around the kitchen. Not only do you have a place to store your spices, but you will also have a magnetized surface where you can stick things like recipe cards, coupons, and even magnets for important documents such as your driver’s license.
14. Use stick-on LED lights to illuminate dark cabinets
This is a very ingenious hack that will help you use even unusable spaces which are dark and unreachable. Stick-on LEDs are inexpensive, easy to install, and do not require wiring. You can even mount them directly onto cabinet doors without having to drill holes into the wood. This will help you store less frequently used items in darker drawers or interior cabinets.
15. Organise with a magazine rack
There is another clever solution to store vertical items like lids in the kitchen, craft supplies, or styling tools in your bathroom. This is to use a simple magazine rack. This way these items will not occupy valuable space in the cupboards or cabinets yet be within easy reach.
No matter what your organising style is, you will need help, tips, and tricks along the way. Organising skills are essential to a clutter-free home. They enable us to get things done efficiently and effectively. Get going by using these ideas and enjoy an organised life.