Many of us have a room (or an area!) in our house that we just can’t keep organized.
Unfortunately, though, all too often the home isn’t one of the most organized parts of our life. The guest bedroom may serve as a “catch-all” of sorts—where random papers, pieces of unopened packages, and other random items all end up. Let’s not even talk about the garage or never ending laundry pile. By the time you get around to doing work in the home, there’s so much clutter that you either spend a good portion of your time organizing—or attempting to live amongst the chaos.
We’ve got you covered with 5 steps to an organized home.
1. A Load A Day Keeps The Clutter Away
In the blink of an eye, the laundry can become the mountain you wish never existed. The first step is committing to be more intentional about how you manage your time. Sunday are not specially designed for cleaning and laundry. Not only is it the day before a fresh week, but it should be spent doing the things you love. (not sure who LOVES laundry??) Challenge: place a load in the washer + dryer every day before or after work.
2. A Made Bed Makes For Clean Room
It’s a simple task that takes no more than 10 minutes, yet it somehow never get done everyday. When you bed made it opens your bedroom to see what other areas need improve. Plus, coming home from a long day and climbing into a cozy, made bed is magical. Trust us! Challenge: make your bed everyday before leaving your room in the morning.
3. Give Each Space A Purpose
First, assigning each room a specific purpose can help you to organize it in a way that will allow you to get the most out of it. It will also save your space from becoming an overflow spot for random clutter and other items.
Determine what you want out of your home.
- A place where you can work from home?
- Somewhere you can be creative?
- A place to organize and fold laundry.
- All of the above?
Once you’ve assigned a purpose to each space in your house, you can go about setting it up in a way that will work for you, allowing you to make the most of your space.
4. Give Everything A Place
To have a clean, clutter-free house, you must start fresh. Avoid spending too much time arranging clutter or moving items. Start from scratch. Bringing things in on an as-needed basis is the best way to go. Take everything out of your house that you rarely or do not use at all. If you don’t use it for a few days, chances are you don’t need it—or, at least, you don’t need to store it on your desk. Next, give everything a place. This will make it easier to find things when you need them, and will alert you to house items that you’re running low on. It will also help you keep your place organized—you’ll know in an instant where to put miscellaneous items.
5. Use A Dry Erase Board To Organize House Tasks
Are you using an organizational tool to write out what home tasks you have to do for the day or who you can assign tasks to? Maybe your kids have alternating dish nights or your husband has specific tasks to complete. All in all, keeping an organized house is no one small feat. Use a dry erase board (place on your refrigerator) and write weekly house chores. Cross them off as you go.
An organized home office is within your grasp! Take small steps toward decluttering and work to find ways to make your space more efficient. Get started today!