13 Best Organizing Tips & Ideas To Tidy Your Home In Minutes
All of us want, in our heart of hearts, to have an organized home. Sometimes you wonder where to start and how long it takes.
There are thousands of organizing tips and ideas out there to choose from, so which are the easiest ones to implement? After all, you want your home to be organized and easy to maintain, all so you can spend less time taking care of your home and more time living your life.
There are certain tried and true organizing tips to follow to get every part of your home organized quickly.
When you assign a home to all your belongings, putting them away is quick and easy. The problem happens when you don’t know where to put your things, and they start piling up around your home.
The best way to organize your home is to find a way that works best for you. Every person is different and has a way of doing things. The way your best friend organizes their house may not work for you.
When you tweak organizing strategies to fit you and your personality, the organizing sticks. The trick is to find the way that works best for you and to make organizing fun!
Here are 13 of the all-time best quick organizational tips and ideas.
1. Have a place for everything, and put everything in its place.
This means when you take something out, put it back when you’re finished with it. Don’t leave it lying around. It doesn’t belong there.
2. Have nothing in your home you don’t need or want.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” That’s advice from William Morris, a late 19th-century English craftsman that’s still quite relevant to this day.
3. ‘Later’ is not a time.
When you say you’re going to do something, assign a day and time to it. Then it will happen. When you say, “I’ll do it later,” you’re giving yourself permission not to do it. Beware of this.
4. Beware of doing ‘one more’ thing.
People sometimes want to do one more “quick” thing before they leave the house, and then they’re late. Don’t do it! Make a note of the task and leave.
5. Focus on what’s important.
Ask yourself: What is the best use of my time right now? Then do the thing that is most important to you.
6. Set priorities each day.
Even if it’s just one small area to clean or organize. Setting a priority can give you the motivation to accomplish this goal, no matter how small or big it is. It gives you purpose for the day.
7. Keep it simple.
Don’t go overboard and wear yourself out. Start small then escalate. You don’t want to make yourself hate cleaning because you went too far at first.
8. Listen to yourself.
Resist the urge to organize your home the way your best friend does; it may not work as well for you. Find what works best for your mind and your routine, then organize it as such.
9. Consider your lifestyle.
As you work to get better organized, consider your good habits and routines. Organize your home to benefit from what you already do. This way there isn’t much change happening to your routine.
10. Sort like with like.
Group things by category. It makes them easier to find. This applies to almost everything in your home. In your closet, sort your clothes so that you have pants together, tops together, and so on.
11. Practice ‘one in, one out.’
Before you bring something new into your home, decide what you will let go of. If you buy a new mug, throw or donate a mug you already have. This helps to not become cluttered.
12. Close the loop.
Certain tasks have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Close the loop and see the task through to the end before saying it’s done. Laundry, for example, is done when the clean clothes are put away, not when they come out of the dryer.
13. Do a sweep at the end of every day.
Tidy the communal living spaces at the end of the day before bed. This allows you to start the day in a clean home giving you a better mindset first thing in the morning.