organize kitchen

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Hello everyone,

I’m so glad you’re here. I love to organize and, if you’re on this page, I bet you do too. Or, you want to be more organized! Nothing feels better than a beautiful, organized and functional space.

When you feel like everything is unorganized, I know it can be very overwhelming to try and get it all in order. But if you attack one small area at a time and follow these simple steps, you really will start to see progress more quickly than you think. I turned this mess

into this in an afternoon

SET ASIDE BLOCKS OF TIME

Begin one room at a time. Set aside a certain amount of time each day to get it done – it may be an afternoon, an hour or even 15 minutes. You’d be surprised how much you can get done in only 15 minutes. Or during the ads while watching your favourite TV show (yes, I’ve done that!

DECIDE WHAT NEEDS TO BE IN THAT ROOM

Start by really thinking about what needs to be in that room to make it beautiful and functional for you. For example, your living room might house DVDs and/or video games. Board games, books and magazines, ornaments that you really love. Anything else in that space – toys, stationery etc. should be taken out.

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Next, divide the room up into sections and take everything out of that space. Clearing out the whole space helps you to see what you have, assess your storage needs and really make the most of the space.

baskets

When I cleaned out my entry way closet, these baskets had only one or two items in them – some of which didn’t even belong in a hall closet! I managed to reorganize everything so that it fitted into 3 baskets, creating more space for our gym bags

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PURGE, PURGE, PURGE

Be ruthless! If you haven’t used it in a year, toss it or donate it. If it’s broken, you can’t use it anymore. If it’s stained or worn – throw it out. You will end up with a beautiful blank space in front of you.

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PUT LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER

Separate like items into groups. When I was organizing my entry way, I put all the doggy stuff into one basket (leashes, harnesses, bags) and all our hats, gloves and scarves into another. When everything is divided, it makes it easier to see what kind of organizational systems you’re going to need.

STORE LIKE ITEMS

Find a way to store your items neatly and where they are easily accessible. You don’t need to go out and buy a lot of expensive storage containers. Use what you have in your house or visit the dollar store. I repurposed these two wicker baskets that were sitting underneath my coffee table, to house laundry and cleaning supplies.

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This is what I had going on before that

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You can cover shoe boxes in pretty paper and use them as storage, or place cleaning supplies in a bucket you have on hand.

I reorganized this bathroom drawer with containers from the dollar store for a total cost of $6!

bathroom drawer organize

LABEL YOUR ITEMS

Recently, we repainted and reorganized our Pantry. I used inexpensive labels and a black marker to label the dry goods in the new pantry containers. If you have a printer, you can print labels in a pretty font.

Ikea hack - pantrymakover

PUT EVERYTHING BACK AGAIN

Once you have everything separated, purged and put into containers, it’s time to put it all back together again. Start with the things you use the most. I place things where I’ll be able to reach them quickly and easily. In the kitchen, I have a jar that houses my kitchen utensils. It sits right next to the stove so that everything’s within easy reach when I’m cooking. The same goes for my spices and other things that I use a lot.

kitchen bottles

From there, fill in the gaps until everything has a place.

GET INTO THE HABIT OF PUTTING THINGS BACK IN THEIR PLACE

This is a challenge for me. I tend to leave materials from projects all over the place, and I have to work hard to clear it all away and put it back in it’s place. But I’ve worked hard to organize my house, and if I want to keep it that way, I need to make a conscious effort to put things back when I’m done with them.

TWEAK IT

Sometimes, a system just doesn’t work! Don’t be afraid to tweak it or reorganize it, until it works for you.

Now sit back and enjoy the feeling of your freshly organized space!

 Happy organizing!

jane

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12 thoughts on “How To Organize Every Room in Your House

  • May 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm
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    – Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Ouanttsding choice of colors!

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    • May 19, 2017 at 7:11 am
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      Thank you so much! We must have chosen the same (or similar) theme.

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    • May 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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      • May 19, 2017 at 7:12 am
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        Thank you! I received a lot of help some years ago with regards to home management and it changed my life. I’m so happy to be able to do the same for others.

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  • March 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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    Great post and pictures! It looks likes you really know what you are doing. Thanks for sharing. I wish I could be more organized . This post has inspired me, thank you. My name is Brandy, and I am new to the blogging community, so it is nice to meet you. Have a blessed day http://whimsicalwolfblog.com/

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  • March 10, 2017 at 3:33 am
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    So I NEED TO BOOKMARK THIS! What an amazingly helpful post – especially with my Spring Clean pending! x

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