How to organise your home

We all know life can be busy – and when you’re completely unorganised at home, it makes things even more of a #struggle. Follow these quick tips to get your home organised in no time.

When you realise you simply cannot find anything at home, things can really take a turn for the worse. It then becomes such an ordeal to do simply chores like cleaning, and that doesn’t have to be the case. If you start with easy steps, you can create a steady sense of organisation at home. Now doesn’t that sound ideal? Here’s how.

1. Sort mail outside the home and deal with recycling immediately

Junk mail should go straight in the recycling bin instead of on your kitchen bench. Picture: Ross Campbell

Take the time to sort your junk mail before bringing it into the house, where is it likely to pile up on your kitchen bench.

2. Create a home for the items you use daily – shoes, handbag, keys

A pretty bowl by the front door is perfect for everyday items like keys. Picture: Ross Campbell

By creating a home for all of your belongings, you will not only know where to find what you’re looking for as you’re walking out of the door, but you will also know where to return the items once you’ve finished with them. This means less stuff lying around the house.

3. Meal plan

A weekly planner keeps your pantry, health and bank account on track. Picture: Ross Campbell

Weekly meal planning will not only save you time and money, but it will also save your sanity.

4. Have a central docking station for all of your devices

No tangled cables in sight. Picture: Ross Campbell

Having one place in your home where you can charge and store your electronic devices in the evening will enable you to keep all your cords neat, tidy and organised. It will also prevent mindless scrolling while sitting up in bed.

5. Check tomorrow’s calendar and update your to-do list

Make it a habit to check your calendar every morning and night to prepare for the day ahead. Picture: Ross Campbell

Make it a habit to check your calendar every morning and night to prepare for the day ahead. This will help you mentally plan for your day, which assists with productivity. Also, ensure you’ve highlighted the tasks that need to be completed by the level of importance. It will also determine what time you need to wake up to ensure you can get up and get ready without being rushed for your first appointment.

Organising your bedroom

Storage is your best friend in a bedroom to keep clutter at bay – excess items make a room feel busy, not restful, so follow these quick tips to organise your bedroom:

  1. Capitalise on underused spaces for easy storage, such as beneath your bed.
  2. Use racks to organise items within your wardrobe, such as shoes, jewellery and scarves.
  3. Maximise the functionality of your furniture with additional storage capacity, like bedside tables, bed frames and ottomans.

Organising your living room

As a hub of the home, the living room can quickly become messy without some pre-planning and tidy habits.

  1. Give loose items a home. For example, store remote controls in an open box or tray, and keep coasters and pens tucked away in a drawer.
  2. Conceal electronic cords. They can add up when you think about the number of appliances you use in the lounge, such as TVs, lamps and chargers. Cable caddies and covers are a sightly solution.
  3. Sort through your shelves. Neatly stacked books and DVDs not only look better, but they’re also easier to browse through.

Concealing electronic cords and organising your shelves are two ways to keep your living room tidy and functional. Picture: Ross Campbell

Organising your kitchen

Everything in your kitchen should have a permanent home: preferably behind closed doors or drawers.

  1. If you don’t have the storage capacity to tuck everything away, only consider leaving everyday items out in the open, such as the kettle, toaster, spice rack and tea and coffee jars.
  2. Use labels and set containers for staples and meal prep to keep your cupboards, pantry and fridge organised.
  3. Removable drawer organisers, racks and stands are useful ‘habitats’ for utensils and kitchenware.

Organising your garage

Often used as a multi-purpose space, the garage can become a dumping ground for clutter.

  1. Keep it organised by creating specific zones, such as excess storage, maintenance, and gardening, and then group these items together.
  2. Tools can be easily stored on a hanging pegboard and in drawers. For storing bulky and miscellaneous items, invest in a stand of drawers or some stackable boxes (clearly labelled for future reference).
  3. If this space is overflowing, a good old-fashioned ‘garage’ sale should help you scale back.

Creating zones for different functions, such as tools and storage, and is an easy way to organise your garage. Picture: Getty

This article was originally published as How to organise your home by realestate.com.au written by Kristy Barratt

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