I don't know about you but when I look around my home, I feel overwhelmed and frantic when things are not organized. Now, I am not talking about a “lived in” environment. What I am talking about is when the members of my family are just downright lazy and don't put things away or clean up after themselves! Hopefully these cheap ways to organize your home will help maintain the clutter that is threatening to take over!
My favorite motto has always been, “a place for everything and everything in its place”. This has helped so much in cutting down on the disorganization in my home. But let's face it—everyone has a “catch all” area. It's the one place that everyone uses to put their items on—backpacks, keys, mail, etc. You name, it gets thrown there! To keep this area neat and clean, make an effort every night to put away any items that have collected here. Make it a family group effort and pass out rewards to the kids for pitching in and helping out!
15 Minute Clean Up
Another easy and free step in organizing your home is to set aside 15 minutes each day to de-clutter. Do as much as you can during that time. Start in one room and begin picking things up and putting them in their respective places. Set a timer so that when that 15 minutes is up—you are done for the day! Then the next day, do the same thing again and before you know it, you will have a clutter free living environment.
What about clutter that is not so easily stored away?
If you have items that are taking up room in your home that you are no longer using, it's time to sell those items! By doing this you will be clearing out your unwanted items and making some extra cash on the side.
Two of my favorite places for selling used items are Craiglist and Ebay. When I finally decided to clear out some of the bigger items in my home, I made almost enough money to pay my rent for a month! So keep an eye out for items that are not being used. Clutter sold is cash in the pocket!
R e-purpose and Recycle Items to Use for Organization
Try saving baby food jars, cereal boxes, or other items that can be used in another area of the home. Baby food jars are great to organize nuts, bolts, screws, buttons, and small objects. Then place them in a box or bin with a label on the outside. Cereal boxes when re-purposed can be used to hold magazines or books that need organizing.
I took a trip to my local dollar store and purchased enough laundry baskets for each member of the family. When I am folding laundry I place each person's laundry into their own laundry basket. This is definitely a much easier way for the laundry to stay organized. Before, I would pile all the laundry in one basket. Now each member of the family can come to the laundry room, grab their basket and go put their clothes away! Less work for me and more organization for my family.
These are just a few tips I have learned over the years in helping organize my home. While I am not completely organized all the time, I strive to take steps in creating a more peaceful and “put together” home life for my family.
Something that's made a huge difference for me is the “30 Days To An Organized Home” ebook by MomsinaBlog.com.
Work your way through organizing and decluttering every room in your house in 30 days. The daily tasks make it easy to follow along and kept me from getting overwhelmed with the task at hand.
You'll also find some helpful printable checklists that will keep you on task and allow you to track your progress.
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