A pile of cords on the kitchen table. That stack of forgotten birthday cards on the desk. The dog toys scattered across the living room floor. Sound familiar? As much as you love your home, it can be difficult to keep everything neat and organized with a busy schedule. With these simple tips, you can transform the chaos into a calm and clutter-free space.
Organizing is a perfect time to set your creativity free! There are sorting bins in every color of the rainbow — choose your favorite! If bins aren’t your style, you could also use wall-hanging baskets or drawer organizers, or invest in new cabinetry. Your organizational style should be an extension of your personality and your home, so choose whichever style fits you best.
Involve the Kids
April Amys of April Star Interiors suggests that the best way to keep a house with children organized is to get them involved! Kids love to help with projects when you let them, so get them involved by making labels with markers or pens in a variety of colors. When they help, they are more likely to remember where things go, and you can also explain the purpose and importance of organization while you work.
Know Your Family
Create realistic organization methods that complement your family’s routine. If your family just won’t fold the blankets on the couch, get a basket instead for them to throw the blankets into. If your daughter always leaves her purse on the kitchen table, add a hook near the door for easy storage. “Changing too much about the way we naturally do things in the spirit of ‘staying organized’ can create more stress than peace,” says Anna Abrams from Built to Last Custom Closets. Take notice of your family’s habits and design your organizational system around your daily routine.
Make the Most of Your Space
As a closet designer, Abrams sees a lot of underutilized space. Closets are meant for organization, and yours should store as much as it can! Instead of weak wire shelving, opt for adjustable, well-designed materials, Abrams suggests. This way, each of
your personal items will have a home where you can easily find it.
Embedding outlets into drawers is another way that you can make the most of your space. Even though charging cables are necessary for a busy, modern life, they can detract from the aesthetic of your home. A drawer will easily hide plenty of cables and provide easy access to all your electronics.
Tidy As You Go
No matter how many baskets you have or hooks you add, little messes will be inevitable. The best way to avoid these is to tidy as you go. “Make sure at least one routine-based organization task is completed every day,” recommends Caroline Moynihan of Twin Cities Closet Company. “Small, manageable, and repeatable tasks make keeping your home organized way less daunting.” When you wake up the next morning, you can start your day fresh with at least one task completed.
Taking the first step in a new organization routine can seem difficult, but these tips are a simple way to create a stress-free environment.