4 Simple guidelines for an organised home

Do you wish your home was more organised but feel overwhelmed at the idea of getting started?

Let’s do it the easy way.

These guidelines will help you organise your home in a way that fits with your life and your energy, making it do-able long term instead of stressing you out with a big project that makes you feel like it’s too much to handle.

Less stuff = easier organising.

When you have less to organise you don’t need to spend much time and effort organising, because you have space in your home to fit everything and give each item a place to belong.

Declutter regularly.

You don’t have to do a big declutter session if you don’t want to, you can just pop a bag or box in a corner of your home and as you go through the week, add items to it that you know you don’t need anymore. Things that don’t get used much, toys that don’t get played with, clothes that don’t fit anymore.

One small step at a time.

Setting aside a few days to go on an organising mission will just put you into overwhelm and make your home feel messier than ever.

Think of this as a long term change, not a project.

Organise one shelf of one cupboard while you’re chatting on the phone, or listening to a YouTube video, or waiting for the oven to heat up before you cook dinner.

Declutter your wallet one day, your handbag another day, one bathroom drawer the next, etc.

You’ll find these small spaces add up to big results without feeling like a lot of effort.

When you bring something new in, take something old out.

If you buy a new pair of shoes, let another pair go.

If you get a new a winter coat, donate the old one.

If you buy a new set of coffee mugs, say goodbye to the previous ones.

Get into the habit of “processing” the items in your home instead of “collecting” them.

Pay attention to how you feel and break the job down into simple steps.

If you feel cranky every time you walk past the clutter hotspot on top of your freezer, today is the perfect day to deal with it. Keep it simple and do it in 4 steps: Rubbish out, put the other stuff away, spray and wipe the surface, then out the rest back neatly (if there’s anything left that actually belongs there).

If you get frustrated trying to cram your socks into your sock drawer, it’s time to declutter your socks. Dump them out, match the pairs, let go of the ones with no match or that you don’t wear regularly, then fold the rest & put them back in.

If you hate opening the fridge because of how messy it looks, it’s time to clear it out. Rubbish or expired items out first, then clean one shelf at a time, put whatever is left back in neatly. You can do each section in 5 minute blocks over the day if you feel like doing it all at once is too much.

If you can’t stand walking past the kids bedrooms, it’s time for them clean them. Rubbish out first, then dirty washing in the basket, then make the bed, then put things away, then spray and wipe surfaces, lastly vacuum the floor. If that feels like too big a job at once, break it up into 5 minute jobs throughout the day.

I hope you found this helpful. If you’re ready for the next step in organising your home, you might want to check out my popular House & Family Binder. It’s a simple set of prints to help you get organised and run your household without stress and overwhelm.