Having an organized home is a great way to feel less stressed out on a daily basis. Many people make it their New Year’s resolutions to become more organized and clean up their lives. While it can be a daunting chore and overwhelming, it will make your life so much easier and relaxing.
A good place to start is to pick a place for everything and then you can begin to tackle the organizing and labeling. Here are a few rules to having a more organized home.
Place things in useful locations
Rather than storing coupons and advertisements in a drawer, put them by the phone where you’ll remember to use them. Rather than putting towels tucked away in a closet, put them on a shelf in the bathroom where they will be easily accessible.
All of your possessions need their own home rather than adding to clutter in the home. Once you have everything put in a place, you can begin labeling, dividing and organizing.
Make it a group activity
Getting organized alone isn’t going to benefit the rest of the family. If they don’t know where to find things in the home or aren’t familiar with your organizational system, it’s less likely to get implemented and your home is more likely to get unorganized again. Have your family be a part of the organizing so that they can give their input.
Create activity stations in the home
Preschools tend to organize their classrooms with different stations and a great place to take notes. They set up their classrooms to keep energetic kids in order by creating “centers” dedicated to different activities. You can do this in your home too. Their stations are for playhouse, kitchen toys, art or story time.
You can set up centers in your home to include storage for tools and supplies and specified areas for work and play. Have an area for grooming, outdoor clothing, recycling, paper handling, homework, reading, telephone, correspondence, laundry and entertainment.
Use these tips to get a more organized home this year.