We all have that one friend whose home is perfectly organised and Instagram-worthy. But what are the signs that your home is organized? From a clutter-free welcoming hallway (with storage) to neatly organized shelves, we can all implement these tips to achieve a tidy and organized home that works for us! Read on to find out how you can create an organized and functional home for yourself…
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Here are 7 signs your home is organized
1. A clutter-free hallway with storage
Setting up a functional entryway has been a dream of mine for so long. The entryway is the soul of your home. It needs to be clutter-free and chaos-free. The trick is to think about your daily routines and what can be done to make them better with your entryway.
The entryway is the first thing you see when you come home and the last thing to say goodbye to. So it’s super important to install functional systems that cater to all those needs.
To set up the perfect welcoming hallway, start off with putting up hooks for your coats, bags and seasonal wear. Dedicate a hook to each member of your household and don’t over clutter your hallway by hanging more than one (or two max) coats on each hook.
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Invest in a gorgeous bench or chest (cos who doesn’t like pretty home decor) to keep in the hallway. This helps with getting your shoes on before you leave plus it gives you extra storage inside or underneath. So you don’t have to trip over any bags, toys or anything else your kids love to throw around.
Buy a shoe rack to keep your shoes in order. Shoes have a tendency to get all over the place no matter how hard you try. Plus you want to teach your kids more independence when it comes to getting dressed and ready to go. By having an area specifically for shoes they know where to get them from and where to return them to.
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I would even go one step further and dedicate each member of your family their own storage space for their stuff – just like a school cubby. For anyone who knows me, I am all about CONTAIN and MAINTAIN when it comes to home organisation.
Finally, have a dedicated area for dropping your keys, coins and purse when you walk in the door. That way you don’t spend hours looking for them when you’re late for the school run.
2. Neatly arranged floating shelves
One of the best ways to organise your home functionally is to utilise vertical space on the walls. This way you have less clutter on the ground and your home look pretty and cosy.
You can hang floating shelves that look effortless. Or you could add bookshelves for perfectly arranged bookcases. Add a plant and vase to the bookcase to add some lovely decor to your living space.
Go the extra mile to arrange your books The Home Edit way and colour coordinate them with rainbow colours to bring out the professional organizer in you. Another method is to organise your books by height starting with the tallest working your way down. This will give the look of a tidy room automatically.
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3. Your kitchen cupboards have compartments
One essential element of ensuring your home is organized is by organizing your kitchen. And what is the best way to get an organized (and functional) kitchen? Add extra compartments to your kitchen cupboards. That’s right it’s as simple as that.
Try using large Kilner jars for storing baking essentials such as pasta, flour and sugar. They make great storage containers.
Use pretty spice jars for all your cooking essentials. These can be set up on your worktops or inside your drawers if you’re after a tidy minimalistic kitchen. This will definitely ensure your home is organized.
Bonus pro tip: dedicate a separate cupboard for all your pantry essentials – if you’re short on space then this can purely be a separate drawer if need be. Organization is all about creativity & improvisation.
As a professional organiser, I don’t plan what I do in advance as I know once I am knee-deep in a job I will no doubt change things around as I go. And this is the beauty of any organizing project. Take it easy and have fun.
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Be sure to check out the SLT Organising Method for a step by step guide on how to create an organised and functional home!
4. A console table in your dining room
Having a console table in your dining room provides extra storage for your home. If you have a lot of decorative china and dinnerware, opt for open shelving. However, if you prefer a tidier minimalistic look then keep it behind closed doors.
I prefer fitted storage as this maximises space and creates functional systems without comprising the decor of your room. Be sure to keep your cutlery near to your dining area as this makes setting the table easier and saves you time.
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5. Your household essentials have their own space
Keeping your household essentials such as cleaning products and tools are hidden away is not only organised and functional but it’s also safe. If you have small children then you want to make sure that they cannot get their hands on any cleaning products.
If you lack the space for a separate utility room then create one yourself. Whether this is in a cupboard or even a separate space, be sure to organise and store your tools and cleaning products efficiently together.
Pro cleaning tip: Use a storage box or caddy to keep your products together. This makes it easier to transport around the house when cleaning.
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6. Under-bed storage
The best way to store out of season clothes, toys or even extra bedding and linen if you don’t have a linen cupboard, is to get under-bed-storage. This keeps everything organised and out of sight until you need it again. One of my favourite ways to use under bed storage is to store off-season clothes, shoes and bags there. Perhaps even items that you don’t wear on a daily basis but have no other place to store them, like designer bags that you keep in their dust bags for that special day you are invited to meet the Queen 🙂 – maybe just me then!
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7. Organised paperwork and desk drawers
This has to be one of my favourite areas to get organised. When your paperwork and desk drawers are in order, your whole life is in order. I like to set up colour coordinated files, with corresponding notepads for each area of my life. When we finally move out of our apartment and into a house, I will be getting a home office and set it up efficiently to ensure all the elements of my life are organized in functional systems.
The best way to get your paperwork organised is to think about what areas of your life need attention e.g. work, home, blog, kids, personal etc. From here create subfolders that fit into each element with a section for each family member, for example, each property, blog site, social media channel and so on.
You should also have 3 general folders/ containers to keep in plain sight to handle your everyday paper clutter. These are:
- Incoming Mail
- To File
- To Action
Having such a system makes it simpler when dealing with your to-do lists and overall daily tasks. This also makes it easier to get your taxes done on time as all of your receipts and files are in one place neatly labelled.
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3 Signs Your Home Needs ME!
You have a junk drawer (or even room)
The dreaded junk drawer is the easiest area of your home to fill up with clutter. It becomes a dumping ground for EVERYTHING. From receipts to lighters, matches, sellotape, corks, rubber bands, loose papers and guarantee books.
Be sure to include drawer dividers and organisers in your junk drawer to prevent the temptation of just opening up the drawer and dumping everything inside. Decluttering your junk drawers every month is a must to maintain cleanliness and organization.
Your countertops and surfaces are cluttered
Even if you are not a minimalist, keeping your surfaces, tables and countertops clear of clutter keeps your home visually tidy. This is the first rule to achieving a pristine look for your home. Once your surfaces are bare, gleaming out the shiny countertop or surface, your home looks automatically put together. Bonus for when you have guests over and they think you must be cleaning and organising all day long.
The kid’s toys are literally everywhere
As a mummy of 2 small boys, I know a lot about toy clutter. We have toys overflowing from each angle of our home. That is why one of my forte skills when it comes to organising the toy room and games, I like to think I am the queen!
I have implemented an easy to use system using the IKEA Trofast storage system for my children’s toys allowing them to access their most-used toys easily as and when they need them. The Trofast system sets them up for a nursery/ pre-school setting with everything in its own little cubby. This system works wonders in reminding your children that everything has its own space and must be returned after use. They actually remember that and tidying up time becomes less of a chore for them (or as I like to think of it)!
Pro organising tip: declutter the toys frequently and rotate the toy selection every few weeks/ months to keep them interested in what they have. And of course, limit the number of toys your kids receive – use the “one in-one out” rule to ensure you never have too many toys at home at any one time.
And of course, these mesh organisers are amazing at keeping your board games and puzzles neatly stored away!
If you’re looking for personalised and bespoke organising services to tidy up, sort, declutter, organise and create functional systems for your home then book your FREE consultation call with me today so that we can discuss how I can help you!
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