The Golden Rules of Home Organisation

The Golden Rules of Home Organisation

 Today’s post comes from guest blogger Olive Moore. 

 

Every home looks better if it is organised and clean. But a place can get crowded very easily especially if you have children. And even though it’s really difficult to cope with your family’s messes, you need to stay positive. There is a way to keep everything under control. Just organise your home so it’s easier to find your stuff or to clean up your loved ones’ messes. How do you do that? Check out our golden rules of home organisation.

Every item in its own place

It’s hard to keep your home organised if you don’t have a special place for every item. If you don’t know where your stuff should go after you use it, your home will soon become a mess. Use organisers, dividers and labels to help you put everything in its place.

Simple as it is, however, many people find it difficult to assign a place for their stuff. Which is why they cannot manage to deal with the mess they make. Our tip: make sure you find a place for every belonging and half your work will be done.

For example, assign a place for all the pencils, ballpoint pens and other stationery. Put them in a box, don’t just leave them scattered on your desk. Also, it’s a good idea to arrange your spice jars on a rack. Store newspapers and magazines where your books are. Always keep your clothes in the closet, don’t leave them lying on the floor. Store your bathroom accessories in the bathroom. Use organisers to keep everything in one place. Your cosmetic products should be held in a box too. Once you do this, cleaning will be less annoying and much faster. After all, all the stuff which is always coming your way will be stored away.

Give away items you don’t use

Some things just weren’t meant for you. What’s the point of keeping possessions that serve no purpose? If you don’t use it, it can go. However, a lot of people have emotional connection to objects. This condition should be overcome.

Imagine you keep buying stuff and you never let go of your old possessions. Your house will become very, very crowded. It’s always best to dispose of those items you don’t need. For example, you can sale them. That red dress you never wear will probably look good on another woman. Or how about that old coffee maker? Perhaps there is a person who will use it more often than you ever do.

Furthermore, if you like buying stuff by the dozen and you have loads of cosmetic products, shampoos and other necessity goods, consider inspecting them. It’s best to keep only the ones your really use. Which leads to our next point—

Avoid overcrowding

Sort through all of your clothes. You probably have too many of them, don’t be afraid to let some of them go. Give away the ones you don’t wear and organise the rest using hangers. There is a rule that says “one in, one out”. That is, every time you buy a new piece of clothing, something old will have to be taken away. The stuff you don’t want to keep can be donated or sold online. There are many options to deal with this problem, you only need to make up your mind to what’s right to do.

Keep your home clean

And finally, a clean home looks tidier. It’s not a secret to anyone. If you do the chores regularly, your place will be less crowded. Try to do a little cleaning every day instead of letting household work pile up day by day. You’ll notice it’s much easier to deal with housekeeping on a regular basis than if you do it at the weekend.

The article is written on behalf of Quality Cleaning West London

Olive is not a professional organizer but she owns a small cleaning agency. Cleanliness and organization are her best strengths.

7 Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

7 Organizing Tips for the Busy Mom

It can be hard as a busy Mom to be organized. Especially when the kids are running around and it doesn’t feel like there is enough hours in the day. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You can get started organizing with just a little bit of work every day. Below I share with you my 7 steps to getting organized.

1. Identify Problems

The first thing you need to do is identify the problem areas. I like to go around the house and identify the areas that are bothering me the most and why.

2. Set Goals

Once you have done that you can put down your goals for each area. This is a good way to get the entire family involved also. Ask everyone what they would like to see for each area. It is important to get their input because if you don’t consider how they move through the space then your efforts will quickly be in vain as things return to how they were.

3. Plan

Then it is time to plan. If you don’t have a plan you won’t go far. Many people skip this step and just want to jump right into the doing. But this is what leads to overwhelm. If you don’t have a plan then you don’t know where to start and if you don’t know where to start then you will quickly do nothing.

4. Assign an Area

Each person can be assigned an area in the home to get organized. This helps to break up the monumental task that is ahead of you into nice bite sized pieces that everyone can handle. Plus each person will have ownership in what was done and be more likely to keep their area clean and organized.

5. Schedule Time

Scheduling time to actually get the organizing done can be a bit tricky with everyone’s schedule, but you can just let each person put on a calendar a time and day they plan to tackle their area. You can also plan organizing with your family every weekend. It can even be on a Friday night for like an hour or two where everyone works on their area.This is a fun way to spend family time and to get your organizing done.

6. Setup Routine Maintenance

Once you have your areas organized you are going to have to set up regular maintenance in order to keep it that way. The good news is that this is the easy part. It doesn’t have to take a very long time to maintain an already organized area. As little as 15 minutes a day or about an hour a week and your on easy street. The key is to make sure whatever time you commit to that you follow through with it every day or week. This will instill a habit.

7. Enjoy a Stress Free Life

This is the best part of the steps. Once you have organized your home and you are keeping it maintained as a family you now have more time to enjoy your home and each other as a result. Instead of spending wasted time worrying about the mess you can focus your attention on more fun things, more peaceful things.

I hope that these steps will help you to become a more organized homemaker and that you see it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or confusing. With a little planning and help from your family and a little bit each day you can have a organized home.

 

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