homemaking 101: home organization

Welcome back to another post in the Homemaking 101 series, where I (attempt) to teach basic homemaking skills that everyone should know!  If you are a new reader, or just want a refresher of what we already covered, click here to see the other topics or here to read the intro post.

Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for keeping your home organized.  I believe a well organized home is one that functions sooooo much better, and is more pleasant overall.  I find organizing really fun, and have been known to organize my clothes by colour, as well as my hair pins by style and function!  Additionally, I enjoy having a well organized bathroom, closets, kitchen, etc.  Admittedly, the one area we need to organize still is the garage, but we are working on it!

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The thought of organizing your WHOLE house can be a bit daunting, and I certainly am not saying you have to do that to be a good homemaker.  What I am saying is that it’s possible to slowly work towards an organized home, and we should all desire that.  Having an organization system in place for everything from bills, to toys, to gardening tools is beneficial in so many ways!  You will know where everything is, time won’t be wasted search in random places for what you need, your family won’t have to rely on you alone to find them things, etc.

Having a well organized home also means you can better utilize the space you have, which is great for a smaller house like mine (people think our home is quite large, but it’s actually around 1100 square feet).  If you desire to being your organization journey, follow my tips below!

declutter first!

Before you can start organizing, take some time to go through your things and get rid of what you don’t need.  There’s no sense organizing stuff you don’t need to keep!   Need inspiration for starting to declutter?  Take a look at my decluttering challenge series, or my list of 130+ items you can get rid of  (my personal preference is to donate as much as possible instead of throwing it away).organizing2

start small

If you are intimidated by the idea of organizing every single item in your home, begin with small area first.  A DVD shelf, bathroom vanity, linen closet, or foyer are great starts!  You don’t even need to buy fancy containers or caddies to organize!  I like to use random small boxes or jars to hold my things, but even just grouping similar items in a drawer is a nice and easy way to be organized (but if you do want to purchase storage containers, I suggest checking out the dollar store!).

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keep similar items together

This seems like a no brainer, but I’m talking about it anyways!  It doesn’t make sense to store your ear swabs in the kitchen, since you are (hopefully) cleaning your ears in the bathroom.  Similarly, any bills you save probably shouldn’t be sorted with the DVDs!

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stay on top of it

What good does a well organized home do, if it doesn’t stay that way? Once you have a good system in place that works for you, be sure to inform the other members of your household of it.  If everybody knows where everything goes, your home can remain organized!

I hope you find this post helpful, and are enjoying this series so far!  Are there any topics in particular you’d like me to address in the future?  I’m planning on concluding this series at the end of May, but can continue if people are interested.

About Christina

20-something; rural dwelling; wife to David; homeowner; pretty good cook; wearer of skirts; friend to all cats.

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