How To Organize Your Home in 4 Simple Steps
Getting organized isn’t the easiest chore, but once it’s done, it feels incredible. Learn how to organize your home with these helpful tips, and you and your family will be enjoying your best lives.
Just like pretty much everyone else, I love having a clean and organized home. At the end of the day, I like to take a look around and see everything where it’s supposed to be. It keeps me happy (and sane).
Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for all of the toys, clothes, and books to pretty much take over the entire house at times. When this happens, I know I need to take some time to dial it back a little and get organized again.
Imagine coming home from a long day, taking a deep breath, and realizing everything is in its proper spot.
There’s no clutter or junk you have to take care of—just pure, organized bliss. It’s pretty much paradise, isn’t it? Your space will feel so peaceful. It’s a pretty awesome feeling and so much less stressful!
Why Learning How to Organize Your Home Should Be A Priority
There are several reasons why it’s a great idea to keep your home organized. You may be thinking if it looks clean, isn’t that enough? Well, for some people, it might be, but there are so many added benefits you would be missing out on.
For me, it’s:
- Stress: This one is a big one! I can’t say enough how valuable it is to have much less stress. Without being weighed down by things, you can feel like you can breathe again. Trust me—you’ll be so glad you did just for this reason alone.
- Energy: You’ll be surprised to know that once you start organizing, you will actually be finding some extra energy that you didn’t even know you had. That energy boost is enough to keep you going and working towards the goal of completing your organization.
- Feels Good: It just honestly feels SO good to know where everything is. The cans are organized, the clothes have been gone through, and you don’t have to rummage through stacks looking for a certain paper. This sounds like Heaven, doesn’t it?!?
- Saves Time: You will be able to have some extra time on your hands and use that time elsewhere. Time NOT spent on organizing will give you more time for self-care of spending time with your family and friends.
Tips On How To Organize Your Home
Once you learn how to organize everything to your liking, you are going to feel so great about what you can accomplish. I like to follow these tips and stick with them every time I organize any space; whether it’s my home, office, the kids’ playroom, or anywhere else.
These are pretty general guidelines for organizing your home. It starts with decluttering and then moving on to organizing, so if you’re at the declutter stage, you’ll want to read my “Less of a Hot Mess” 30-day series all about that exact topic!
But if you’ve already decluttered, it’s time to move on to the organization part!
Step 1: Decide What’s Important
Go through everything and decide what is important to you.
If it’s something you use on the regular and you don’t want to get rid of it, then figure out where the best location is for it to be. If it’s something that’s extra special and you don’t want it displayed, should you find a storage solution? Or should you find a spot where it can be enjoyed every day?
This goes for everything! Breakables, jewelry, clothes, toys, books, you name it. Everything that doesn’t fall under this category should be put in one of the following categories.
Step 2: Figure Out What You No Longer Need
Take a good hard look at everything in your closets, drawers, garage, toy room, and everywhere else.
Do you have a jacket from 5 years ago that you are hoping to fit back into one day? If so, now is the time to let it go. What is the worst thing that can happen? If you get rid of it and end up losing weight, use it as a time to go shopping to celebrate!
It’s a fact that if you don’t use something for a long period of time, you’ll eventually forget all about it. If you forget about it, is it even worth keeping? Gather everything that you no longer are going to keep and figure out where its new home is.
Step 3: Decide Where Unwanted Things Should Go
Once you have all of your items split up between things that are important to you and things that you no longer need, place the items you want to get rid of in these 3 categories. This will help you decide what to do with everything.
Are there broken toys, crayons, or books that aren’t usable anymore? Throw them out!
There is no need it keeping things that you really can’t even use anymore. You’ll be surprised how much trash ends up accumulating over the years, whether you have kiddos or not.
If you have items that have been gently used, you may be able to make some extra cash.
Appliances, dishes, toys, jewelry, and technology usually go over well when you try to sell them. You can use places like eBay or even your local places on Facebook Marketplace to get started. Plus, you’ll make a lot more money selling items in this manner versus an old school yard sale.
If you have a local consignment shop, this would be another great option too. Then, they do the hard work, and you can collect your money!
If you things that are useful to others who don’t have as many things, donate to your local charities and churches.
Take old books to schools or libraries. You could take toys to daycares or even churches. If you have a bunch of towels, bedsheets, and other cloth, you could even take them to an animal shelter for unadopted rescues.
You’ll be amazed at how many organizations are happy to take items off your hands. If you have a shelter for homeless or women, they are almost always excepting clothing and unused toiletries.
Step 4: Put Everything In Order
Yay! You have made it to the final step in getting organized.
This is my favorite part because you really start to feel accomplished at this point. Organizing is much easier without all the extra items you no longer need or want in your way.
I would recommend taking one last walk through and…
- Go through all your cabinets and make sure everything is neat and orderly.
- Store items that are similar together.
- Keep all your hair accessories in one drawer or basket, for example.
- Put all your canned goods in one cabinet.
Keeping similar items in the same space will also show you how much you have of something. This will save you from going to the market and buying multiples again before you need it.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
If you are just too overwhelmed to know where to start, I would highly recommend my friend Abby’s free organizing guide called: 7 Simple Starting Points: A Guide to Starting an Overwhelming Organizing Project. She’s a dear friend of mine and a super organized person with an excellent teaching gift. So, you’ll love learning from her!
Also, don’t hesitate to hire a professional organizer. It’s hard to separate the emotions from the stuff in your home, and hiring and outsider to come in and help you declutter and organize can sometimes be the best gift you can give your sanity!
How To Organize Your Home Room By Room
If you really want to set yourself up for a challenge, take a look at 30 Days to Less of a Hot Mess ,that I mentioned before, where we tackle one room at a time and declutter and organize EVERYTHING! I’m was so excited because I am not naturally organized, but I’ve learned to have routines and structure in my life. You can too!
Now that you have the tips, tools, and know-how, here’s to organizing your home and staying organized, you’ll find it feels great!
This is a great guide and you obviously are good at it. I’m not gonna lie, I am not. My first step would be to hire the professional organizer and follow their lead. Now where to find those highly skilled OCD people 😉
Then I would definitely hire someone! And you might be surprised that after a few sessions with a professional, you’ll learn some new tips and tricks and get good at it yourself! I’m naturally half organized and half not. LOL So, I do have to work at it! But I find it’s always worth the effort! Oh, and I would ask your friends if they know of any professional organizers. Or check Facebook marketplace or a neighborhood app. I find that those professionals are usually recommended on those platforms! Good luck! Laura
Thank you, Laura for your encouragement. I have signed up for Abby’s “How to get Organized” and am looking forward to getting some tips.
I retired from work two Setember’s ago and thought I would be ‘free and clear’ by now, but ‘Life’ keeps getting in the way! Or should I say the clutter keeps getting in the way! But, I am bound and determinned to achieve what I’ve set out to do – and actually getting excited to do it. The hardest part, it seems, is changing lifestyles, without losing what one deem’s important.
Since I retired from working full time, I feel the best thing I’ve done is to sign up for your knowlege. It is very encouraging and I thank you for the support.
You are so sweet, Win! You will love Abby’s teaching style as well. I’m so glad that you are excited for the next steps to come and I believe you WILL accomplish your goals! You’ve got this! xo, Laura