Most people will wait for spring to come before they make any type of effort to deep clean their home. They’ll do a good job of doing their spring cleaning but the hard part where people fail is maintaining a freshly cleaned and basic home organization. Luckily, if you are someone who has a hard time maintaining your freshly cleaned home, you’re not alone in the matter.
Maintaining a clean home is what prevents you from having to deep clean every time you clean your home and the key to maintaining your clean home is organization. Clutter happens to everyone but it doesn’t happen alone… you play a huge part in the build-up of clutter in your home but again… it happens to everyone; you just have to be conscious and aware of what you do and bring in your home. This is especially important if you’re a busy mom or dad.
It could be something as simple as getting the mail and leaving the mail on the kitchen table or changing clothes and leaving those clothes on the bathroom floor. It’s simple little things like that, that is the leading cause of clutter piling up. If you’re having a hard time maintaining a clean home, take a look at some of these tips to keeping order and basic home organization.
Tip 1: Get the Right Storage Containers
Storage containers can help your home out tremendously. The clear containers are best for visibility but not all storage containers have to have the “container” look. There are actually stylish containers that still provide the function of storage. Take laundry baskets for example.
What is the purpose of laundry baskets? To store dirty clothes, right? Yes. Some people let their bedroom floors, bathroom floors, and empty chairs be their laundry baskets but that’s not where your dirty clothes belong… they belong in a dirty clothes basket. Maybe if you had a laundry basket a little more stylish that would go better with your home decor, you’d be more apt to put your dirty clothes where they belong. If that’s what you’re looking for, then there are wicker handmade laundry baskets that will go with any decor you may have. This small step will help a lot with home organization!
Tip 2: Keep Things in the Vicinity of Where You Use Them
It wouldn’t make sense if you kept your dishwashing detergent and house cleaning supplies under the sink in the bathroom, would it? Of course not! You would want to keep your dishwashing soap and dishwasher detergent under your kitchen sink to be able to grab it when you need it. That’s the logic you need to have when you want basic home organization.
Here are some examples of how to keep certain items in your home in the vicinity of where you would use them.
- Near the kitchen stove: spice rack, cooking utensil holder, and potholders
- Near the bathroom sink: hand soap, hand towel, and toothbrush and toothpaste
- In the laundry room: laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets
So many times, people keep things far away from where they need them but this is so impractical, especially for busy moms! Find a way to hide or store your items where you use them the most.
Tip 3: Practice Organizing on Your Own By Starting Out Small
If you’re not quite ready to make such a big leap in the world of home organization, then start out small… after all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Try a few of these things to get you started.
Make Your Bed Every Morning
This might sound like a minor step in home organization but it’s really not and there are a lot of people who don’t make their beds up at all. In fact, thespruce.com states that making up your bed every day not only starts your day off right but it also leads to increased productivity. If you practice this habit on a daily basis, it will also help you in that same manner, and it will also make you not want to “junk up” your bed.
Sort Through Your Mail
Mail can be an annoying thing that you encounter on a daily basis and if you don’t sort through your mail daily, it can just pile up and turn into clutter. Try purchasing a mail basket to set all your mail in. Some people have hanging mail baskets and others have baskets that you can set on your table or entertainment center. The only thing you have to watch out for with mail is where you keep it.
It’s perfectly fine to keep your mail in the living room or kitchen as long as you don’t keep it in your bedroom. Keeping mail in your bedroom has been known to bring a stress factor into the very room where you’re supposed to get rest and relaxation. So keep your mail anywhere but there!
Clean Out a Drawer
This is something that you can do over the course of a couple of days or all in one sitting but it’s something that you can do to practice tidying each room and learn your organization style. A great way start would be cleaning out that infamous drawer that holds everything you don’t need but finds it hard to throw any of it away. Typically this drawer is found in the kitchen. Take the time to clean it out and get rid of what needs to go in the trash.
These are just a few tips for basic home organization that you can start with and before you know it, you’ll be organizing everything like a pro!