We only have 24 hours each day. Since Americans spend 8-9 hours of their time on sleep, 259 minutes working, and 292 minutes on leisure, that eats into how much time we have left to keep our homes free from clutter and well-organized.
Also, while I love a good decluttering and organizing session, even I don't want to spend all of my free time on these tasks. Organizing is supposed to cut down on the amount of time we spend working in our homes.
With that in mind, here are my favorite easy-organizing tips for every room in your home.
Since the kitchen is one of the most often used areas in the home, it's also the most prone to clutter. And this is one area you want to keep as clean as possible for safety reasons. Here are a few ways to ensure it's clutter-free, well-organized, and kept clean with as little effort as possible.
Declutter your fridge and install clear bins to keep your favorite foods and beverages organized.
Declutter your utensils. Make it easy by placing them in a separate box and every time you use something, put it away where it belongs. Whatever is left after 1-3 months you probably don't need.
Lazy Susan's helps keep condiments organized and easy to reach and see.
It's also easy to quickly fill up a space with used plastic bags. To help tame them either use them as garbage liners, dispose of cat litter waste, bring them back to the store to recycle them, or invest in a plastic bag organizer.
A bedroom is a place for you to rest and rejuvenate. It's really important for you to keep this area free from clutter as clutter causes anxiety. Here are a few ways to keep your space clutter-free:
Utilize space behind doors, walls, and under the bed for extra storage
Invest in organizing tools like shoe organizers, hooks, and bins to store everything neatly
Have a place to put dirty clothes
Sort like items together
To help you easily declutter items in your closet, hang everything backward. After you wear the item, place the hanger forward and anything you have still hanging backward
after a year can be donated or tossed.
The Living Room
The living room is often a multi-use room, especially for families. This can make it harder to keep the space organized. Here's how to make it easier:
Invest in shelving to showcase nice items and keep books organized
Tame those wires
Use baskets or bins to keep toys, blankets, pillows, or other items organized
Invest in multi-use furniture with storage
Designate a spot where everything belongs and make a habit to return items as soon as you're done using them. You'll spend far less time looking for the remote that way.
The Laundry Room
Did you know that you probably don't need to wash your clothes as often as you think you do? Washing less saves you time, money, and the planet. Here are a few other ways to save time, money, and space:
Use dryer balls. You can use them 1,000 times before replacing one, they're inexpensive, and you can keep them in the dryer saving space.
Use laundry strips. The big plastic bottle takes up space and wastes your money as it's mostly water.
Plan laundry time into your schedule.
Hooks, bins, and shelving will also help you keep track of all of your items in a neat and orderly fashion.
Ask An Expert
It's easy to let clutter start to accumulate during the week, so it's a smart idea to schedule in time to declutter and organize. It will cut down on stress and help you feel like you're back in control, at least in your own home!
But there are times when it gets too overwhelming and you need to ask for help. Many people struggle with clutter and disorganization and it's nothing to feel bad or embarrassed about.
Asking for help is a sign of strength and we all deserve help. If you're ready to learn how to implement your own easy organizing tips for every room in your own home, book a free 20-minute consultation with me to find out if my program is right for you!