Do you ever wonder how organized people keep their homes organized? Organized people understand why organization is important. They recognize that being organized is the key to their success and happiness. Rather than viewing organization as a chore that keeps them too busy to enjoy life. They understand that organization contributes greatly to their well being. They feel less stressed because they can find what they want. I’m a highly organized person especially in my home it just works for me. I think it’s a combination of upbringing and the desire to simplify my life. Growing up my grandparents houses and my mom’s house where always immaculate. When I got my own place I was always clean but not exactly organized. For example I would spend fifteen minutes before leaving the house to find my keys everyday. I got so tired of this.
I began to see other people place their keys in a designated place. I caught on quick. It also bothers me to know that I have something but can’t find it. Then you spend hours trying to find it and you can’t, but you find 2 or 3 other things that you had been looking for. I thought there’s got to be a better way. There is.
Organize your house and stay organized. Especially during the holiday time when you will have a number of guest at your home. You’re already feeling the pressure to pull everything off. The last thing you want is to stress yourself out by not being able to find that beautiful serving dish. You know, the one your in-laws bought for you as a wedding gift that goes so well with your table.
12 Helpful tips to organize your home
1. Everything must have a home within your home. Everything inside your home must be put back in the same spot at all times when not in use. This is the number one habit of people with organized homes.
Utilize Kitchen drawers
You spend less time ironing when clothes are properly hung up.
2. The minute your bills come through the door they are filed. There’s a couple different ways you can do this. If you have a home office you take them to the office if not there should be a designated place for important papers, bills, insurances, house deed, taxes, kids birth certificates, doctors appointments, etc…
3. When you go grocery shopping put everything away that day. I read a blog where the woman says after the store she’s tired so she literally will leave her bags in the middle of the floor for a week. I thought wow what about the milk? It’s natural to want to put your feet up after the store.
4. Have designated areas for toys and teach your children to pick up after themselves. Having a playroom is great. If not at the very least teach your children pick up after themselves. Use baskets or organizational shelves, tell them that the clean up is a part of play time. It’s the last thing you do. So if they are finished playing ask if the toys have been put away if not they’re not finished with playtime, have them go back. You can even bribe them, you’ll get a snack if all toys are put away or whatever your reward for them. When they put their toys away, give them positive reinforcement “That’s Awesome”. It will help them feel more responsible and feel good about themselves and want to please you and do well.
5. You have to work as a family. Especially for large families with several children. It’s not fair for everything to have to fall on mom. Everyone should help out. Having each child assigned a weekly, daily, chore and posting a schedule seems to be the norm. Think of yourselves as a team. What happens when some of the team do the work and others don’t? Simple. For example, if the boys did their chores this week but the girls did not. Then the boys are the ones who get to go to the movie this weekend.
Children have to be taught that their are consequences for their actions, because that’s the way the real world works. Just like one day they are going to learn if you don’t pay your rent, well you get the idea. You didn’t do your chores so as a consequence you don’t get to go to movie. So now they understand in order to get what you want there are things required of them. Better to learn on this level.
6. Use Bins and baskets. Add self- made shelves if your husband is handy, put him to work he’ll love it, especially in the garage. Use them in addition to closet and shelf space to give yourself more room. This can be extremely helpful when organizing. Labeling them and know exactly where to find them.
7. Have an entry way table in the foyer, for your keys, cell phone, wallet. They can also be placed on a hook rack at the door. Just as long as you’re set to go.
8. Clean as you go on a regular basis. You cook a big meal and the last thing you feel like after that meal is cleaning the kitchen. You want to prop your feet up and watch TV or surf the web. For example, if you cooked a meat and two side items for dinner while the meat is cooking and you’re done with the side dish pots, wash them by hand and put them away. Or at least rinse them and put them in the dishwasher. In fact any dish you no longer need while you cook should be cleaned. Wipe down the tables, counters and islands as you go. After everything is ready, load the dishwasher, it takes 1 minute before you serve. There, you’ve already cooked a great meal and cleaned up the kitchen. (Superwoman!)
9. You need a routine. Routinely organize as you go. You can’t let everything pile up for long periods of time, like mail or paperwork. Then it becomes overwhelming and you don’t know where to start.
10. “I’ll do it now” rather then “I’ll do it later”. Organized people are determined avoid pile up, for instance laundry. Or organizing your drawers or shelves. How does a big pile make you feel?
11. Organize your cosmetics. Shoes can be organized to take up less room. Utilize a shoe rack, consider putting your cosmetics in a drawer.
Build shelves for your bathroom.
12. An organized kitchen and pantry runs like a well oiled machine. Worse than a dirty house is a dirty refrigerator. I make a habit of cleaning my frig at least once a week, usually after grocery shopping and get re-organized. Wipe shelves with wet or sponge stay on track.
Interesting refrigerator and pantry combination.
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