Organization is a skill and quality that not everyone possess. Some of us are just naturally slobbish, and some are not. You will find below home organization tips to make it easier for your family!
The first tip is to determine your organizational personality. Once you have decided how organized you can be, go with your instincts, home size, income, and family participation. No system will work if you are the only one following. As a fairly organized person, and the mom, certain rules and living accommodations can be forced. Getting the family to adhere to them is another story.
Foyer Organization Tips
For the foyer, coat tree is a great option to hold the coats and jackets when you walk in the door. Then a large two shelves unit can hold the book bags, brief case, purses, and a basket for winter needs. The closet has coats hung up, containers for boots, shoes, rain gear, etc..
A few years back, at my house there was the elimination of nick knacks, and places to put the nick knacks. Less tables, shelves, etc., and less to dust. This means there are only a few areas to pile things besides the floor.
Entry Floor Organization Tips
On the entry floor, you can add an old stylish trunk. This holds different things depending on the need. During the spring/summer, it’s used for the sporting equipment, mitts, balls, cleats, etc.. It the winter, it holds mittens, scarfs, tuques, etc., and some other not used items.
My mom always said “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.” This is so true and is the best tip for being organized.
Office or Computer Area Organization Tips
Baskets on the computer desk or at the top shelf of the computer desk can hold magazines, papers, and a nice plant. You can also add a clear plastic rolling three drawer unit and use 1 drawer per child or family member. This is also where the tablet, iPad, cords, phone charge, and other electrical items should go.
On the wall you can hang a giant wipe off one month calendar. You can stick notes on it. The dry erase pens are in a one drawer unit.
If the computer station has one file drawer or a two drawer filing cabinet, you can sort house hanging file folders, which can be personalized, colour coded, etc. Use the F.A.T. rule, File, Act, Toss for all the papers that accumulate.
On top of the file cabinet, add a flat basket for current things and a larger stylish file box with dividers inside for greeting cards. A cork board is another great organization tool. Place it on the wall and add important/invites/meetings and school calendar.
Kitchen Organization Tips
The kitchen is next. A point that needs to be made, organizing is something you have to revamp, repeat, or rearrange. Your lifestyle and things always change so keep up on the switches.
Under the sink, you can add two cans. One holds trash, and the other holds recycling. Liquid soap and a dollar store sponge holder can adorn the sink. On the counter, you can place the blender, the coffee maker, and a toaster oven. Less on the counters is better. Some kitchens have the space to hang other items like pots and pans. Use pull out shelves to store items in your pantry which make it easy to reach for items stored at the back.
Use drawers for spices, silverware, and towels. The other drawers can store pots and pans, storage wraps, and kitchen needs.
Your cupboards, available space, layout, family size, and needs determines organization in the kitchen. This is a very personal place for most, so do research or watch those Home Renovations TV shows. The hardware stores have tons of ideas and books as does the library.
Bathroom Organization Tips
In the bathroom, it’s closet, and other storage spaces use the same techniques. You can use baskets and bins in a drawer/shelf unit. Empty baby wipe containers are great. The can hold cotton, band aids, Q-tips, shavers, or more. Label with a permanent maker.
Hall Closet Organization Tips
Same goes for the hall closet. On the bottom, two bins with toys, 1st shelf holds the kids homework station, 2nd shelf holds the board games, and the last shelf is for extra blankets and pillows.
Basement and 2nd Floor Organization Tips
If your home has a basement and upstairs, use the same ideas and tips.The bedrooms are their own domains, but encouragement can bring organization.
You can use a wall in the basement for the school projects and art. The laundry room and extra bath need to be arranged and functional like the bathroom.
Basically the best home organization tips are what works for you. Everyone has different needs and lifestyles. The goal is to make it better and easier for yourself and your family. A home is never absolutely perfect because it’s lived in, but it can be organized.