How To Organize Your Life At Home

A clutter-free and organized environment serves many purposes. For one, you have more space to move around without tripping over. Keeping things organized helps you keep track of where things are and what you need to do next. As a result, you can perform tasks quickly and more efficiently. There are many ways that can help you organize your home and life. Some may work for you while others may not. Keep in mind that organization is a continuous process consisting of several steps. You may not see drastic improvements at first but over time, you will see that an organized home and life works to your advantage. Here are some tips and suggestions on how to organize your life while staying at home. Try and experiment to see which methods work for your particular situation and needs.

Start with a Small Area
Some people tend to get overwhelmed easily when faced with an immense challenge. If you are such a person, you may want to consider taking things slowly. Start by cleaning a small area such as a bedroom cabinet or drawer. The key is to get you started with organizing. Continue organizing small niches and soon you will be able to get a hang of it and de-clutter and organize your entire home.

Clearing Up Space
A home filled with clutter can give you a headache. Unless you have impeccable memory, it will take you longer to find the stuff that you need if they are not organized properly. There is also a high probability that you may have kept things longer than necessary. Trash eats up just as much space as the useful items and information kept in your home. Keep at least four boxes labeled Trash, Donate, Sell and Relocate. Objects placed in the Trash box should be thrown away. Items in the Donate box can be given off to friends, family, neighbors or a charity of your choice. You may also consider selling some items, giving you additional funds while sorting out the clutter. The Relocate box or basket is for items that need to be moved to a different room or location. These four containers are only a guide and should not be used as the definite standard. Feel free to add more containers to suit your needs and fancy.

Redesigning the Home to be Clutter-Free
•    Using Storage Space
There are many gadgets you can use to organize the home including furniture such as cabinets, drawers to accessories such as bins and organizers. These can be used to store dried goods such as clothes, tools, toys, food and other items. When it comes to organizing items, one way to make it easier for you to keep track of items and where you placed them is to limit one kind of item to a certain storage bin or cabinet. For instance, you can use one drawer in your cabinet to store all of your socks and underwear, the next one to store your belts and ties and another one to store your jewelries and accessories.

•    Maximizing Storage Space
Look around your home and you will find that there are lots of areas where you can store away items. With the exception of solid platform beds, most types of beds have a gap between the base holding the mattress and the floor. You can use this gap to store away items such as extra pillows, comforters and sheets. There are a number of bed frames that already include a form of storage box underneath the bed. If you are buying a simpler type of frame, you can choose from a wide variety of storage containers made specifically for beds. Some include wheels to make it easier to pull the container out from under the bed. These types of storage containers tend to be shorter but wider to allow you to slide the container underneath the bed. To hide them from view, you can use sheets with skirts.

Storing Items
•    Clothes
The key to keeping the home clutter-free is to use organizers. There are several closet design ideas you can choose from. If you are buying new furniture, choose pieces that double as storage. This is especially useful in small spaces such as apartments. If you have existing storage furniture, you can reuse them to save on cash. Use hangers in different colors to organize your clothes. For instance, you can use red hangers for skirts and black hangers for dresses and gowns.  This will make it easier and quicker for you to pick and combine clothes stored in easy closets.

There are clothes that you do not use on a regular basis. Unlike other types of items, you may find it harder to dispose of your unused or rarely used clothing immediately. One way to free up closet space is to place such clothes in boxes. This is useful in the case of formal attire that you may only use once a year or during special occasions.

•    Footwear
Shoes, sandals and other types of footwear will carry dirt and grime from other places that you visited. As a tip on how to organize your home, try placing a shoe rack near the doorway. This is a subtle way to tell guests and other residents where they can place their footwear. Other simple shoe storage solutions include a tray or even a door mat. The chosen rack should provide adequate air circulation to allow wet shoes and footwear to dry and breathe.

•    Jackets
Wet jackets, coats and umbrellas can cause similar problems as that of footwear. To keep them tidy, place coat and umbrella racks near the door. The shoe racks can be positioned underneath for easy access. Much like the shoe rack, it does not have to be fancy. The objective is to let the item dry naturally. As an alternative, you can use pegs, hooks and hall trees to function as coat storage devices while wicker baskets can function as umbrella holders.

•    Tools
For some people, the garage functions more than just a place to hold one’s car. The same space can function as a workshop or storage facility. It can hold a variety of tools including hardware, paints and the like.  Simple garage organization ideas include attaching a pegboard to a wall near your work space or table.  You can mount the tools on the pegboard offering you easy access. Use of adjustable pegs, hooks and shelves allow you to rearrange tools and items in the garage whenever necessary. Another alternative is placing similar tools and hardware such as screws and nails in similar containers. Place all of the tools and supplies that you frequently use on a table, rack or movable cabinet near the door. This way, you can easily obtain the tools that you need whenever necessary.

Seeing too many different containers inside the garage can still be an eyesore. Installing curtains can work just as well as cabinet doors. The objective is to create a false wall or a more seamless surface to hide the containers and tools.

Keeping the Home Organized
Once you have sorted out and organized your stuff, you should make an effort to keep it that way. If you remove items from their containers, make sure to put them back once you have finished using them. There are items that you can only use for a short amount of time. Once you have finished using them, decide quickly what you want to do with the items. Do not tuck them away thinking you might use them in the future. Keep in mind that keeping useless items can only add more clutter to your home.

Scheduling Tasks
Other than organizing your home to be more visually pleasing, you will also need to organize your thoughts and activities. A calendar can help you keep track of what day it is and the tasks you need to do for that day. Crossing off the days can also give you a sense of accomplishment that you have completed the goals you have previously set. Getting a planner is also suggested. A planner functions in a similar way as a calendar but offers you more space to write details on the tasks you need to accomplish.

Organizing Thoughts
Besides a planner and a calendar, you should also consider getting a notebook. Carry a pen and notebook with you wherever you go. This is a great way to jot down lists of tasks, notes and other information that you may not be able to write on your planner or calendar. It is a more organized way to write down ideas than collecting scrap pieces of paper.

There are numerous other ways to help you organize your home. Mind you that not all of these tips will work for you or your situation. As such, you will need to experiment and see which works. The key to understanding how to organize your life at home effectively is to remember that it is a continuous process. Do not expect your entire life to be clutter-free with a day’s worth of organizing. You will need to keep working at it to yield the best results.

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