Have you ever wondered how people keep their homes organized and tidy? Have you ever asked yourself, how can they do it when I can barely find the time to do laundry? or wash the dishes? Although it may seem like a farfetched goal to have your home clean and organized, especially if you work full time, have children, pets and one hundred other obligations, I am here to tell you that it is not. You can maintain a clean and organized home by following the 10 tips below. Keep reading to learn how to maintain an organized and clean home.
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1. Containers, Containers, Containers!
The best way to keep an area organized and tidy is to use organizational containers such as lazy susan’s, clear bins, baskets, drawer bins, dividers and such. I personally love using organizers throughout the house. For example, in all my bathroom vanities I use clear bins to organize my skincare, feminine hygiene products, medicine and such. Every now and then, I can easily take the bins out, wipe them down, quickly filter through my things and group them back in their containers and pop them in the drawers. Not only does this keep my vanity drawers neat and organized but the containers help prevent things flying around in the drawer every time I open or close it. Another way I use containers are in my kitchen. I use the pop containers to store my cereal, rice, flour, and such pantry items. Simply label them and stack them for a neat looking and functional pantry,
Now think about an area in your home that’s not looking its best. What can you do to make it tidy? What kind of containers will help you organize it?
I am the queen of throwing things out! I love nothing more than for my husband to utter the simple words, “you can throw it out”, it’s like music to my ears! I absolutely hate clutter, I feel like I can’t function well and every time I look at a clutter space I am bothered! Now, I am not saying I am miss perfect but I try my best to every now and then take a section in my house to filter through and declutter! I throw out anything that has not been used for the past year or two (because chances are I will mostly like not use it). Every week or so, I will filter through my car and throw out any garbage and maybe treat myself to a car wash. As spring approaches, I am already thinking about taking a corner of my house to deeply clean and organize.
You may be thinking, okay what areas can I declutter in my home? Think about your basement, your garage, your closet, your bathroom vanity, your linen closet, your pantry, your car, your handbags, your mail! Don’t overwhelm yourself, start small and the rest will follow! Edit out what you need and purge, purge, purge! If you are looking for inspiration and simple how to start, I highly suggest you check out Horderly. Their Instagram page is full of inspiration and tips and tricks on how to edit, donate and organize everything in your house.
3. Tidy Up Every Night!
Rather than have the mess pile up, commit to 20 minutes every night to tidying up the house. That can look like quickly wiping down the kitchen counters, loading or unloading the dishwasher, picking up toys from the floor, folding the throw blankets and organizing your pillows. These small tasks will help you wake up to an organized house the next day without feeling overwhelmed or stressed! Put your timer on for 15 or 20 minutes and you will be amazed by how much you can accomplish in this time frame!
4. Clean Out the Fridge Weekly!
This is one of my favorite and least favorite things to do! I love grocery shopping but hate putting it away. But what’s even worse is shoving the new groceries into the fridge that probably has old, mold or wilted food. So, before I go grocery shopping I like to go through my fridge, take everything out and wipe down the shelves. Then I go through everything, throw out what is expired or old and rearrange the fridge. This also gives me an idea of what I need to buy at the grocery store. Do you know how many times I thought I didn’t have something at home and bought it at the store only to come home and find it shoved in the back of the fridge!
If you are motivated and want to give your fridge an updo, check out these amazing containers that can be used to organized your fridge for easy access and overall tidiness.
5. Do Your Laundry Every Other Day!
I know, I dread doing the laundry too. My least favorite part is actually putting the folded laundry away. So to make this chore less tedious, don’t let your laundry pile up! Depending on the size of your household, you may need to do your laundry every day or every other day. Try to be on top of your laundry, make a rotation schedule if you have to, just don’t let it pile up!
6. Vacuum Daily
Nowadays vacuuming has become so easy, with a push of a button your Romba or Eufy can go around your house and vacuum your floors. Make a habit of vacuuming daily or every other day if you can, especially if you have children and pets. Vacuuming will keep your floors nice and clean and urge you to pick up anything that’s on the floor. In our household, I have both Romba and a cordless vacuum that I use diligently. With a German shepherd who sheds so much, I have to vacuum every day! I alternate between both my vacuums but just this little task has helped me keep my light floors dust free and most importantly hair free!
7. Make Your Bed Everyday
I am sure you have heard this before a thousand times! But is it something you practice everyday? Believe me when I say it can be life changing. There is something about making your bed everyday that sets the tone. This small task can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment and it takes less than 5 minutes to do. Also think about how amazing it will feel when you come back from a long day of work/school to a tidy, made up bed!
8. Have a Place For Everything!
Do you ever get something in the mail or someone gifts you something that you just leave on the kitchen island and you’re not sure where to store it? I can think of a handful of miscellaneous things that just don’t have a designated space such as candles, a pair of mittens, keychain and such. So rather than letting things pile up in random places around the house, create a place for them. Buy a clear box and put all the miscellaneous things that don’t have a place and that you know you won’t need to use on the daily and store it somewhere like the basement, garage, or attic. Pro-tip you can also label the outside of the box with the items inside so you can easily scan over the list when you’re looking for something.
9. Keep a Caddy of Cleaning Supplies Close!
You know what’s harder than finding the motivation to clean? It’s having to drag yourself down to the basement or out to the garage to get the cleaning supplies. It just feels like an extra hassle that no one wants to do. So, give yourself permission to buy a cleaning caddy where you can store things like swiffer, disinfecting wipes, windex spray, Mr. Clean sponges and whatever you like to use. The caddy makes cleaning easy in that you can just pick it up and go. You can also take the caddy anywhere around the house.
10. Get Everyone Involved
It’s easier said than done but I truly believe that one of the best ways to keep a house clean and organized is to have involved family members who can be responsible for a few chores. If you have children, have them help with cleaning up their toys, making their bed (you may have to teach them this but trust me it will be worth it), putting their clothes in the laundry basket and so on. If you live with a significant other, discuss who can take care of what. Divide and conquer! This takes the load off just one person and allows everyone to do a few chores without feeling burnt or overwhelmed.