40 Organizing Tips: Getting Started
Pick one small project to focus on. The idea is to get something completed each day.
Don’t expect perfection.
Every time you leave a room take something with you that doesn’t belong there and put it away.
Organize for you and your life, not to meet anyone else’s expectations
Make it fun – turn on music, invite a friend, take before & after pictures
40 Organizing Ideas: The Kitchen
Declutter first – take a look around the room and grab everything you can that belongs elsewhere
Wash dishes right after eating to avoid clutter and dish buildup.
Unload the dishwasher as soon as it’s ready so that you have room for dirty dishes.
Go through your cupboards and remove any dish or pan that you didn’t use in the last 12 months – because that means you don’t even need them for the holidays
Spend 10 minutes in the morning before you leave for work or start you day and clean out a drawer or cupboard (check your spice rack too)
Clean out your spices. You’ll probably find some that expired before your kids were born
Add shelf risers, baskets, and dividers to make your drawers and cupboards work more effectively for storing your stuff
Tackle your fridge – start by cleaning out all the expired foods, then get shelf organizers and corral everything else
Hang your pots and pans, either on the side of a cupboard or from a pot hanger
Add cord organizers to keep your appliances in check
40 Organizing Ideas: The Bathroom
Declutter first – throw away outdated and unused products
Make sure there’s a place to hang everything – add hooks if needed
If you have a small bathroom, use wall space for storage by adding shelves and hooks
Add baskets and cupboard storage – even hang a towel rack inside the cupboard – to keep clutter on the sink counter to a minimum
Take advantage of every space – don’t forget to think vertically
If it makes sense for your space and family type, add a hamper so you aren’t constantly picking wet towels and dirty underwear off the floor
Add towel hooks, which take up less space than a towel bar
Add a shower caddy to help organize shampoos and other items in the bath
Invest in an over-the-toilet shelf for additional space
Add corner shelves in unused spaces
40 Organizing Ideas: The Bedroom
Do a quick round of decluttering first
Start with small projects you can handle quickly, like cleaning off the dresser or cleaning out a drawer
Since your closet will likely take more than one round, start with a quick sorting of items you know you don’t need to keep, like extra purses, old shoes, and clothes you’ve been saving for just in case
Get in the habit of making your bed every day – it helps your room feel less cluttered without much effort at all
Create space by using storage bins for shoes, off-season clothing, belts, and purses
40 Organizing Ideas: Kids Rooms
Enlist the help of your kids so that they feel responsible for keeping the space clean and uncluttered
Establish rules about putting a toy away before getting another toy out
Use things like hanging, clear plastic shoe holders on the back of the door to hold toys or bins for logos, crayons, and other smaller items
Use bins, crates, and racked shelves to store books
Get a lidded toy box for all those items that need a place to be when they’re not being used
40 Organizing Ideas: The Garage
Add hanging storage for bikes, tents, and seasonal gear
Use bins or baskets for sports equipment – label them and keep them sorted
Use plastic bins for storage since they are not only waterproof but stackable
Visit Family Handy Man for more ideas
For a great list of decluttering ideas, visit The Spruce.
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