Top 40 Tips On Organizing Your Home

10 Best Organizing Tips To Help You

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We all want that “perfect” house that is organized, every day.  Right? I know I do.  I like my house to look “Pinterest ready” every day and I do not like to have anything out of place, it brings me down.  I like everything to be fresh, organized, and beautiful.  This is a serious task for every day for most of us!  I work all day, and I don’t feel like doing it after work, right?  Well, that’s where my nightly planner comes in and I must say, that’s the only way I keep a tidy home.  Once in the morning before I start work and once in the evening before bed, I clean up everything.  This morning I was able to get my kitchen done, some laundry, and the bathroom in the hallway.  I’ve compiled 10 of the best organizing tips for you all to go through!  Tonight I’ll redo my kitchen after dinner, fold up the basket I have, and vacuum my living room!

  1. Create a Command Station

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I have a command station right on my kitchen wall and it works.  It makes you aware of what you’re doing that day and things like that. The kitchen command center should be where all of your paperwork arrives – bills and other mail, school papers, medical papers, etc. Think of what type of papers you tend to collect and receive, and create a file folder for them.

2. Add a Towel Rack to the Linen Closet

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They’re not just for bathrooms. An over-the-door hanger creates out-of-sight storage space for extra tablecloths, throws, or towels.

3. Practice File Folding
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Folding towels (or even t-shirts!) upright allows you to see everything you own in a single glance. Color code from light to dark for added organization.

 

4. Make Car Seating Work Harder
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Plastic shower pockets hold everything a mom could possibly need on a road trip (or, heck, a supermarket run) with kids or even yourself.  As a person that LOVES hiking in remote places, this would is amazing.  You can take a bunch of things and always have those things in place for when you want to go.

 

5. Hang a Hair Station
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Affix small bins with adhesive strips on cabinet doors to create a home for hot tools, brushes, and hair ties. A magnetic strip keeps bobby pins, nail clippers, and tweezers from getting lost.

 

6. Corral Underwear
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Storing undies in cute compartments helps you instantly see every pair you own.

 

7. Use Cabinet Sides for Storage
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Get wet sponges and scrubbers off your countertop by placing them in desk organizers hung on the side of nearby cabinets (an ever-underutilized space).

 

8. Block Clutter With Something Pretty

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Since it’s often too easy to just throw things anywhere, flip the script and make it harder to cause a pile-up. “Place a plant, a figurine, or a framed photo on your side tables, or add a table runner or centerpiece to a dining room table,” says professional organizer Maeve Richmond.

 

9. Organize Makeup With Magnets
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Glue magnets to your favorite palettes and stick them up on a magnetic board, like Margaret did at Janicki Photography. This way, your countertop remains clear, but your makeup is still within easy reach.  I really like this idea!

 

10. Take Back Dead Space
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A traditional ironing board eats up a valuable room with its X-like frame (and who actually folds it up after every use?). This clever IKEA hack turns the top of a long table into an ironing space and offers spots for baskets underneath.

 

 

Do you have some useful tips?  Share them with me!

Night Cleaning with a FREE planner!

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This 20 – 25 -minute cleaning routine has changed my life. I no longer have to spend hours cleaning on the weekends, and I get to wake up to a clean and tidy home each and every morning. (Which keeps me grounded.)

If this seems overwhelming to you, I get it. Starting a new habit is all about baby steps, so just do ONE thing from this list each day until it becomes an easy habit, then add another. Before you know it, this entire checklist will be a habit that you don’t even think twice about!

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So, click HERE to download your FREE copy of my Night Time Cleaning Checklist and give it a try for yourself!

The most important part of implementing any new habit or routine is your state of mind. Remind yourself that you are doing this for YOURSELF. This is about your happiness and your peace of mind. You are not cleaning up after people, you are cleaning for you and only for you. You deserve to wake up to a clean and tidy house.

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Five Ways To Stay Organized When Life Seems To Be Out Of Control

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Some people seem to be more naturally organized than others. My mother was the queen of organization. Her motto was always, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” If we dared walk away from a piece of paper for more than five minutes, it disappeared. She was notorious for putting everything in drawers. She just wanted them out of sight!

If being organized doesn’t come naturally for you, don’t lose hope. You can take control of your workday and your environment if you wish to. It’s just a matter of creating a system. Being organized is about behavior and how you take control of your surroundings — or don’t.

Find below some tips for getting (and staying) organized when the going gets tough.

1. Plan ahead. 

Remember the Girl Scout motto? Be prepared.

Being prepared is the key to everything. It doesn’t happen by accident, though. Being prepared requires thinking ahead and anticipating obstacles.

Back to my mom. When we were growing up, she insisted that we put our clothes, shoes, socks, the works, out the night before. She was always caught up on the laundry, so we never had to scramble for something clean. She was an extraordinary planner. She left little to chance. She tried to anticipate every contingency. All that planning kept the potential for any kind of drama at bay.

Plan as much as you can for the next day before you go to bed the night before. That includes putting out your clothes and your kids’ clothes. Put work and school bags near the door. Check your to-do list and, if possible, prepare the things you need for breakfast and lunch the night before. Meal planning may sound boring, but it will save you time, stress, and money. Even if you feel tired, you will appreciate the effort the next morning.

You can even plan for the week ahead. Keep a selection of pre-prepared meals in your freezer. Freezer cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. By cooking up meals during the weekend and freezing them, they’ll be available all week.

On Sunday evening, scan the calendar for the week ahead. Knowing in advance what the schedule is will help prepare you. You can’t control unforeseen events that may occur, of course. But you don’t want to be surprised by things that are already on your calendar.

2. Turn off extra technology.

Studies show that you lose focus and productivity if you try to multitask. If you’ve got a long list of things to do, turn off your email and set designated times when you will check it. Do the same with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Avoid TV, and give 100% of your time and attention to the project at hand. You will wind up completing the project more efficiently and faster.

Once you’ve completed everything, you can go back to technology and enjoy your time on the phone or computer without guilt.

3. Prioritize.

Don’t try to be a superhero. Instead, take a look at your to-do list and rank each item. Cross off or move to another day anything that isn’t essential. Check off anything that you’ve already completed. Delegate whatever you can. Only do the things that need to be done, and you’ll feel more in control.

If it’s not essential, ignore it.

4. De-clutter.

Clutter is easy to create. Don’t let it become a problem.

Take a few minutes each day to put things away and throw out the junk. Put the dishes in the dishwasher. Deal with the mail immediately instead of letting it pile up on the counter. Throw out things you aren’t going to use. Clean drawers and closets periodically. Toss, give away, or sell (have a yard sale) items that you haven’t used for a year or more.

Some people find a certain comfort in collecting things. There is a fine line, however, between collecting and hoarding. If you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t need it.

If you need help, get help. Use online storage tools like Dropbox and Google Drive to keep your computer desktop organized. For paperwork, you don’t want to discard, like receipts, use file folders and keep them in a filing cabinet. Hang on to things you need for your taxes. Mark and organize items in such a way that you will make it easy for yourself to find later. Organize everything for your relatives, too, in case something happens to you and you can’t deal with your own affairs.

5. Get up a little earlier.

While getting up earlier may seem pointless, it can help you get a head start on your day if you use the extra time wisely. Create a morning routine. Practice healthy habits. Exercise, meditate, eat a healthy breakfast. Take a few moments to run through the calendar for the day, so you feel more in control.

By getting up earlier, you can start your day feeling both energized and organized. By completing essential tasks, you make sure that you and your family are ready for the day ahead.

Another thing, before I go, remember to take care of your mental, physical and emotional health. Exercise regularly, eat healthy meals, and practice meditation or mindfulness. This will help you feel more able to cope when things don’t go as planned or when life seems to spiral out of control. And don’t forget to get enough sleep.

No matter how organized and well-planned you are, there will be times when life gets busy. You may start to worry that you can’t get everything done. But following these tips will help you stay in control. Happy organizing!

 

You can download this planner and print it!  

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7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

Often times people tell me that they can’t tidy up every day, they’re too busy, it’s too much, etc.  Marie Kondo has a lot of amazing tips for us to use on a daily basis, she’s helped many people worldwide learn how to tackle their unorganized homes. 

My mother raised us with nearly this exact list.  She is very OCD about keeping things tidy, in order and simply kept up with.  She hates a mess. 

If you don’t have a lot of time, follow these steps every day!  

7 Ways to Keep Your Home Tidy Every Day!

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Task 1: Make your bed

While making your bed each day might sound like a tedious task, you’ll be surprised at how tidy your room will look with a made bed. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, take the time to make your bed.

 

Task 2: Do a morning tidy

Marie Kondo believes that one of the secrets to a tidy home is tidying first thing in the morning. By doing a quick tidy in the morning, you are starting your day off on the right foot! Choose a trouble spot in your home, and start by tidying this area first thing in the morning.

 

Task 3: Let in some fresh air

Our homes can sometimes feel stuffy, especially in the winter months when we are spending more time indoors. Open up the windows for a few minutes to let in a fresh breeze.

 

Task 4: Put things back where they belong when you’re done using them

As our days go on, we may find ourselves bringing out pots, pans, clothes, and other belongings to use. As soon as you’re done using these items, remember to put them back where they belong.

 

Task 5: Fold your clothes

Marie Kondo believes that the best way to store clothes is by using her folding method. This method takes a little bit of extra time but has a great payoff! If you are doing a load of laundry today, take the time to fold your clothes.

 

Task 6: Make sure everything in your home has a home

If you are finding that items in your home are constantly out of place, this might be because these items don’t really have a home. Take time to find a home for these items. If you find that something you’ve stored doesn’t work well for you, take the time to change it.

 

Task 7: Tidy in the evening

Before you go to bed or prepare for bed each night Marie Kondo suggests making one last tidying effort for the day. This might be as simple as making sure the toys are put away or tidying up your counters from dinner. Take this time to clean up your home so that you can have a fresh start in the morning.

This really does wonders for your mood in the morning to come!  Try it out!  

 

Do you follow any of these?  

31 Ways You Can Reorganize Your Life With Dollar Store Stuff

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1. Hang baskets on the wall to hold towels in the bathroom.

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Try using two different sizes to keep it from looking too boxy. Get the tutorial here.

2. Hide hot tools in a file box on the side of your sink.

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And free up storage space under the sink. Get the tutorial here.

3. Keep your favorite nail polish colors in a spice rack.

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Now, you probably can’t fit all of your colors in there, but use a spice rack to display your seasonal inspiration. Or leave out the colors you want to wear more of.

 

4. Add a second shower rod for extra bathroom storage.

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Hook hangable baskets to the second rod and store all the body washes.

5. Or DIY bottle holders with suction cups and hair ties.

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Suspend bottles to keep them from cluttering the shower ledges. Learn how to make them here.

6. Keep makeup in a binder.

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When you travel, open the binder locks and pull out the bag you need. Organize bags by themes (like everyday makeup, evening makeup, etc.) so you have everything all in one place.

7. Organize medicine by category and store it in clear bins.

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Because you shouldn’t have to go through a sea of bandages before getting to the Pepto. Get the tutorial here.

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Which will cut down on the times you drunkenly use your roommate’s brush.

9. Make a tiered tray for jewelry and perfume.

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You need candlestick holders, metal trays, super glue, and a sponge brush. Get the tutorial here.

10. Store your kid’s small toys in travel soap box holders.

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Keep track of playing cards, crayons, beads, stickers, and more.

11. Place plastic cups inside a muffin tin to make a mobile art caddy.

12. Put baskets on the stairs for kids to place their loose toys.

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Cute and helping you stay clutter-free.

13. Use dollar-store pizza pans for on-the-wall magnetic storage.

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Magnets have found a new home (besides the fridge). Put them in your kid’s room to keep them inspired. Learn how to make them here.

14. Stash bobby pins and barrettes in a craft box.

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Type A pro-tip: Organize them by color.

15. Slide books into a napkin holder.

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Organize a desk space by stacking books vertically in a napkin holder. Get the tutorial here.

16. Use buckets to organize their art supplies.

17. Use a mesh laundry bag to hold toys kids like to play with at the beach.

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That way you’re not scrambling around day-of the outing gathering up toys to take with you. Just grab the bag and go.

18. Keep your car clean by using a cereal container as a trash can.

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Line it with a bag and prevent random trash from flying around.

19. Keep car essentials in a hanging shoe organizer.

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Hang it from the back of the passenger seat and have everything all in one place.

20. Use velcro and office trays to organize your drawers.

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To keep trays from moving around when you open the drawer, stick adhesive Velcro tabs to tray and drawer bottoms so that each container has a sturdy spot. Learn how to make this here.

21. Organize jewelry on accordion hooks.

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So cheap. So easy.

22. Stash hair ties with a carabiner.

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Keep the clip in a bathroom drawer for easy access.

23. Hang the second bar in the closet for your sweaters or your kid’s clothes.

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If you’re hanging folded-over pants or skirts on a high rod (with a lot of space beneath it), hang a second rod to double up on closet space. You can do this for kids’ closets, too. Get the tutorial here.

24. If you need a shelf, hang a few baskets instead.

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If your TV console could use a shelf to store remotes and the like, screw in a few hooks and hang a row of baskets. Get the tutorial here.

25. Use shower curtain rings to hang belts.

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Secure a rod to the inside of your closet wall and keep belts organized. Learn how to make it here.

26. Use shelf dividers to organize bags.

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Keep bags from getting wrinkled up with cheap shelf dividers. Group them by season.

27. Use self-adhesive hooks to hold measuring items in a kitchen cabinet.

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Making cookies just got easier.

28. Keep tea in trays.

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Stash tea bags in a drawer without them clogging up the cabinet.

29. Use storage baskets in your fridge.

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And feel a wave of serenity every time you open the refrigerator door.

30. Baskets are your friend when it comes to the pantry.

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And here is where the god/goddess stores their edibles. Get the tutorial here.

31. Turn magnetic baskets into spice racks.

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Or glue magnets to the backs of any baskets you like.

Which one do you like most?  Do you do any of this?

8 Habits of People Who Always Have Clean Homes

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It can be hard to always stay on top of your home and keep things clean and organized. You may begin to think that women who always have a clean home have some sort of secret. However, these are just habits that they’ve learned over the years. And down below, we’ve found eight that you can include in your daily cleaning regimen. So try them out and let us know how it goes!

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Hey, If you also want to know the 9 habits of people who have organized homes? Click here to check them out!

1. They Start Their Day Off By Making The Bed

Although making the bed is a task that takes two minutes, it can have monumental effects on the feel of your home and also on how you feel when you get home each day. I learned this very early in my life because of my Mother, an entrepreneur of a major cleaning company! She never let me or my brother leave in the morning without doing this step first.  

2. They Wash Clothes More Often

People whose home is always clean,  wash clothes regularly. They do not leave clothes to wash on the weekend, but instead, they wash as soon as they have enough clothes for a load.  Yes, this is true, it is better to just get them done with a load at a time rather than saving a few loads for the end of the week!  Don’t we all just want to relax on our weekend?  

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3. They Keep Papers in The Right Place

These people keep their papers organized and controlled. They separate them based on whether they will be recycled or stored in the proper folder for future reference. If those papers just get stacked up in a junk pile, then you put more work for yourself.  (..and no one needs that!)

4. They Clean the Refrigerator

They clean the refrigerator often. Dirt and clutter can accumulate in the refrigerator in the form of spoiled food or spillage. And sometimes, your refrigerator could need urgent cleaning without you knowing it (such as meat juices draining and spilling at the bottom of your fridge).

5. They Put Shoes and Coats In The Right Place

They make sure that shoes are not just thrown around the house. And the same goes for coats. A simple tip is to take off your shoes when you get home and put them in the closet. Make sure that you enforce this as a rule as well with your coats.

6. They Make Sure Dishes Are Washed After Use

People with always clean homes never leave dirty dishes in the sink and they do not allow the kids to do so either. A good tip is to get rid of the dirty dishes before going to sleep. This will give you fewer dishes that need to be cleaned in the morning after breakfast. My mother always taught me that it’s best to wake up in the morning without a chore first thing!  It helps you feel less stressed and more “put together.”

7. They Store Things After Use

These people also make sure to put all objects where they belong. Putting things back from where they were taken ensures that everyone will know where to look for things and keep the house clean and tidy.

8. They Dust & Vacuum Regularly

They vacuum daily or as often as they can. If you dust and vacuum the house weekly, your house will be cleaner and you’ll save time since you won’t have to do a huge cleaning every month or two. Things will stay presentable for longer.

Keeping the home clean and organized can feel pretty overwhelming, but thankfully, there are great ways to make this easier. Especially when you’re building daily and weekly habits that will cut down on cleaning time!

These are my top 8, and they work every time.  Being more organized helps all of us stay organized and on top of things, Like they say, Time is money!

What are things you do that help you stay more organized?

 

9 Habits of People With Homes that Are Always Organized

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Sometimes it is too easy for the home to get cluttered, and it can be even easier for us to get seriously overwhelmed and panicked.  But thankfully, there are some easy habits that people with organized homes do that we can implement ourselves. So try them out and let us know what you think!

 

1.) Make a To-Do List

 

By having a cleaning list of regular cleaning and organizing tasks, you will be able to stay on track and reduce the chances of forgetting all of the things that need to be done. But if you’re not a fan of creating paper lists, you can find list-making apps to help keep you on track.

 

2.) Never Leave a Room Empty-Handed

 

This one is key to maintaining tidy rooms. As you go around the house, pick up anything that doesn’t belong and carry a laundry basket with you if there’s a lot to be picked up.

 

3.) Don’t Procrastinate

 

This is probably the easiest thing to do, but letting all those chores build-up creates even more resentment when doing them. Therefore find the best time weekly or daily to clean and stick to it. Creating a routine will help keep you from procrastinating and maintain a more organized home.

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Hey, also want to know the 8 habits of people who have clean homes? Click here to check them out!

 

4.) Keep the Floors Clean

 

A tidy and organized home doesn’t have things strewn about the floor. So to keep things tidy, find a place for your things instead of throwing them on the floor.

 

5.) Load the Dishwasher Overnight

 

One of the best parts of waking up in the morning is waking up to a sink empty of dirty dishes, am I right? So load the dishwasher before bedtime so you have clean dishes to use in the morning.

6.) Don’t Let Spills Linger

It may be easy to just let the crumbs or liquids dropped from dinner sit around, but make sure to clean them up as quickly as possible. Cleaning these spills immediately will help keep your home looking tidier.

 

7.) Keep Cleaning Supplies Handy

 

Instead of wasting time looking for your cleaning supplies, keep them all in a caddy together under the sink. This will make it easier to grab your supplies and get cleaning.

 

8.) Clean Your Fridge Weekly

 

Cleaning your fridge weekly will reduce clutter, leave room for groceries, and reduce the likelihood of having a stinky odor. So what’s the best time of the week to clean your fridge? The day before trash day.

 

9.) Don’t Hang Onto Garbage

 

If you throw out those old receipts, boxes, and junk mail immediately, you’ll be able to reduce garbage and stop the buildup of clutter.

If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed with keeping the home clean, then you definitely need to implement these habits. So feel free to try them out and let me know what you think!