While talking on the phone with a high school friend last month, we attempted to make plans to meet in person. However after a quick glance at our schedules, it was clear that another opportunity would not arise for weeks. Like me, she’s a busy mom with a house full of kids, and she’s got a lot going on every second of every day.
A few days after we spoke, she texted and asked for some organization tips, because I had mentioned that I was re-organizing our school room as we spoke.
Organization is therapy. It calms and comforts me.
Since I love to talk about organization, this month I’m sharing 100 home organization tips for busy moms; and because sorting is one of the key ingredients to staying organized, I’ve sorted all 100 tips into different categories for you 🙂
23 Home Life Organization Tips
- Don’t bring anything into your home, unless you know where it will live. A place for everything, and everything in its place.
- Ask a friend or family member to help you get through tasks or projects that feel overwhelming.
- Keep a catch-all sorting basket handy as you clean the house. Use it to collect then put away anything that is out-of-place.
- Attach hooks to an old picture frame and turn it into a decorative key holder
- Do a quick 1 hour declutter around the house every three months. You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you’re hanging on to for no reason.
- Are you a visual person? Use labels whenever possible. This will help you AND your family put things where they belong.
- Be conscious of your space. Ask yourself if you need it, and if you have room for it, before bringing anything home.
- Don’t sacrifice space for the sake making things look pretty. There is always a way to work with what you have, save money, and keep your home organized.
- Find creative ways to use what you already have, and dual purpose everything.
- Magazine holders are a must. Use them to organize tin foil, plastic wrap, board games, puzzles, small toys, hair brushes, hair spray, and so much more.
- Use your wall space, look for tall shelving units, hanging plant and condiment stands. Try storing things vertically, in order to save space.
- When placing furniture in a room, be conscious on how the room will be used, and less focused on how things will look. A big part of organization, is functionality.
- Create shoe storage near entry ways. Corral the shoe mess with decorative baskets or bins.
- Add a frame to a pegboard to organize cleaning supplies.
- Use color coded craft tape to label chargers, cords and headphones, for easy recognition.
- Take charge of your junk drawer with individual baskets. You can find a variety of sizes at the dollar store.
- Add hooks and shelving to your entryway. Hang keys, name tags, grocery bags, umbrellas, and anything you’ll need to quickly and efficiently make your way out of the house.
- Just because it comes as a set, it doesn’t mean you should buy it that way. Consider this when purchasing furniture, kitchen ware, office decor, etc.
- home – Consider your space, before saying yes to free items, hand-me-downs, and giveaways. Do you need it? Will you use it? Where will you keep it?
- Re-think storage solutions, and consider switching to open storage instead. We’re more likely to keep things organized when our stuff is out in the open.
- Use utility carts whenever you’re limited on space. They’re great in the kitchen, office and even as a night stand. Just load it up, and use it wherever you need it.
- Keep a towel near the door to clean up dog paws as he comes in the house.
- Place pet dishes on a doggie place mat to prevent spills and allow for easy cleanup.
20 Productivity Tips
- Schedule at least an hour per week on your calendar to organize and declutter. No excuses, keeping your home organized and clutter free takes time.
- Use a receipt scanner app to quickly store your receipts just as you get them. Save time at tax time, and save valuable purse and desk space.
- Recycle junk mail immediately, don’t let it get anywhere near your desk or table. Focus only on paper mail that matters.
- Give space clearing a try. Cluttered spaces affect how you see and feel, and eventually clutter your thoughts. Do your best to keep counters and table tops clear.
- Get a planner or bullet journal. Make a plan to be organized.
- Create and follow an organization routine.
- Create a single to-do-list and start working through it one task at a time, no matter how long it takes. Getting one thing done is better than jumping from unfinished task to unfinished task.
- Keep and charge all your devices in one central location. This charging station has been a game changer.
- Create a family binder and keep important information (doctor information, insurance policies, emergency numbers, etc.) accessible. This is specially helpful for baby sitters, pet sitters, etc.
- Store new batteries in a compartment container with a lid and keep them in a central location.
- Research BEFORE you buy. Read reviews, suggested maintenance, compare prices, etc.
- Place a weekly calendar in a visible place. Be sure to include organization projects as well as weekly activities, to keep our family on the same page.
- Stick to using a single calendar, planner or planning app. Jumping from app, to planer to calendar, is confusing, time-consuming, and counterproductive.
- Keep a well stocked cleaning caddy (or two) with frequently used items like disinfectant, glass cleaner, wood polish, and cleaning rags; in a strategic place. Your family will be more inclined to help out, if they don’t have to search for each item at clean-up time.
- Keep a small receipt box or basket near the door. Scan receipts using a receipt tracking app like Expensify once a week.
- Set calendar reminders for home maintenance tasks like changing the air filter, replacing smoke alarm batteries, and insurance renewals.
- Think before you buy: Do you already own something with a similar purpose? Do you know someone who would be willing to lend it to you? Why do you want it?
- Organize your life at least a month in advance (when possible). Pull out the calendar at the beginning of each month and fill in as much as you can. Go a step further and pre-purchase birthday cards and gifts when applicable.
- Assign a specific area for outgoing items, like mail, donations, returns, etc. Keep them near the door, so you can easily take them with you on your way out.
- Quit aiming for perfection, your house will never be perfectly clean and organized, specially if you have kids.
14 Bedroom & Closet Organization Tips
- What’s in your night stand? Be strategic about what goes inside. Give it a purpose before you start using it as extra storage.
- Mount a wooden thread rack to the wall to help you organize jewelry.
- Shoe hangers aren’t just for shoes anymore. use them to store rolled up sweaters, leggings and t-shirts.
- Keep a small ‘outgrown bin’ in the kids closet. Drop anything they’ve outgrown or no longer wear. Sort through it once a month. If your kids are old enough, get them involved.
- Got 10 minutes? Set a timer for closet decluttering.
- Shower hooks on a hanger are an easy way to store belts, scarves, and even pants using a belt loop.
- The average woman wears only 20% of her wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to purge.
- Organize closets by color and length. You’ll save time when looking for something to wear, as well as when putting away.
- Free drawer space, by attaching shower curtain rings to a hanger, and hang your tank tops.
- Attach towel bars to the back of closet door or to the side of your closet to create off the floor shoe organization space.
- Keep scarves organized on a small curtain rod behind a closet wall.
- Make your bed every morning. Taking just a few moments to make your bed every day will encourage you to get the rest of the bedroom going as well.
- Free-up dresser space with stackable bins to on the top shelf of your closet. Remember to take advantage of vertical space whenever possible.
- Save space and time by storing folded sheets inside their corresponding pillow cases.
5 Kid Organization Tips
- Aim for simple toy storage solutions, and teach your kids the key to staying organized. Choose heavy-duty colorful bins and attach a picture of the type of item that should be stored in each box.
- Attach small pieces of velcro to the walls or closet doos to keep stuffed animals organized and off the ground.
- Use a behind the door shoe holder to organize kids socks and underwear.
- Use clear compartment boxes to sort and store Legos by color.
- Get creative with command hooks. They are easy to hang and easy to remove. Put them in places kids can reach to hang coats, backpacks, towels, etc.
9 Bathroom Organization Tips
- Add a shelf above your bathroom door, for extra storage space.
- Create extra storage space above the toilet by adding some floating shelves or towel racks.
- Use kitchen utensil holders to organize bathroom drawers. They’re great for storing combs brushes and hair accessories.
- bath – Use a mop to clean your tub/shower. Add a little vinegar to some dish soap and get it done in under 5 minutes!
- Check for, and purge expired make up, toiletries and medications twice a year.
- Attach a mesh wire basket to the bathroom wall to neatly organize wash cloths.
- Use a pretty magazine holder to organize curling irons, hair straighteners and brushes.
- Add some magnetic tape to the back of your medicine cabinet door. Place Bobby Pins on the strip, and you’ll never lose them again.
- Multiple kids sharing a bathroom? Use a kitchen drawer organizer to keep toothbrushes and toothpaste in order.
14 Kitchen Organization
- Organize your kitchen by zone. Create a baking zone, coffee zone, canning zone, etc. Having everything where and when you need it will maximize your productivity.
- Use a file organizer to keep pan lids, cutting boards, cake tins and large dishes in place.
- Make a meal plan and avoid the never-ending “what’s for dinner” question. We are currently using these printable sheets from BrilliantBungalow on Etsy.
- Prepare food ahead of time whenever possible. Take some time on Sunday nights to chop and package produce of portion meat for the week.
- Clean up as you cook. Place pots, pans, spoons, prep bowls, etc in the dishwasher or sink as soon as you’re done with them. Wash them as the meal cooks to save clean up time later.
- Save space, by using a tension rod to organize cleaning products underneath the kitchen sink.
- Organize your pantry by zones. Divide by type of food and storage container. Add labels when possible and keep them facing forward. Read this post on the Clean Mama website for more.
- Routinely check your pantry and throw away expired food. Also take some time to pull items out for donation.
- Store pantry items in reusable containers and canning jars. Getting rid of the original packaging will give your panty a more organized look.
- Keep a few magazine holders in your kitchen cabinets. These are ideal for storing tall reusable water bottles, travel mugs and container lids.
- Create a snack box in the pantry and as well as in the fridge. When kids know exactly where things are they’re less likely to make a mess.
- Store fresh greens in canning jars with sprouting lids. They will take up less space in your fridge and look beautiful. Check out this post from The Intentional Minimalist for more. I can’t wait to do this myself!
- Hang a rail under the wall cabinets in your kitchen. Pair them with hooks and small buckets to store utensils, dish towels, oven mitts, etc.
- Use stackable milk crates, plastic bins and fabric grocery bags to make the most use of your chest freezer.
4 Home Office Organization Tips
- Go paperless. Sign up for online billing whenever possible. This simple hack will reduce your desk clutter by half.
- Use drawer organizers to help sort like-items together. Nothing is more frustrating than a big drawer full of small stuff you can never find when you need.
- Color code your filing system. Chose up to 6 main categories and file everything accordingly. This is an easy way to get organized if you don’t currently have a system.
- Keep important documents such as birth certificates and passports in a water and fire resistant box.
5 Laundry Organization Tips
- Create a laundry schedule and wash according to age, room or category. Putting things away afterwards is much quicker!
- Add a small pegboard to your laundry room, hang baskets to keep dryer sheets, lint rollers, etc., handy.
- Keep excess cleaning and laundry supplies in matching containers, and store them above the washer and dryer. Remember to take advantage of vertical space.
- Put your laundry away immediately. No more piles, or baskets, or cribs full of laundry.
4 Car & Garage Organization Tips
- Keep a small trash bin, in your car specially if you have kids. Take the trash out as you come home and bring the container back in the car next time you go out. These flip top cereal boxes are perfect.
- What’s in your car? Take time this week to pull everything out and put back in only what you need.
- Attach an old pallet vertically to a garage wall, and use it to store garden tools. See an example here.
- Keep your garage storage organized by labeling bins with a number. Then keep an up-to-date list of items stored in each bin.
3 Crafting Organization Tips
- Store crafting fabric on pants hangers. Check out this awesome crafting closet for more inspiration.
- Attach magnetic tape to a shelf to organize bobbins in your sewing room.
- Use a magnetic bar to organize scissors and other crafting tools.
If you have additional tips, please share them with me! Either through a comment or just send me a quick note.
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