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How to Get (And Keep) Your Home Organized

Organization reduces stress and clutter from your life and mind. Here are some tips for getting (and keeping) your home organized this year.

Updated April 10, 2024

by Jennifer Zovath

Professional Home Organizer

You look around, and spaces in your home feel anything but organized, streamlined, and clutter-free. You feel like it’s time for a fresh start. But where do you even begin organizing your home? It all feels so overwhelming!

No worries—we’ve got this! As a professional home organizer, I organize for a living, both in person and virtually. So, I know a thing or two about setting up systems in your home that will get (and keep) you organized.

You can do four things yourself today to start bringing more organization into your life. But first, you must pick a space that’s a pain point for you. Pick something manageable. Let’s not decide to take on the entire garage today, shall we? Start with something you can begin and finish in one day. The overwhelming feeling of breathing a sigh of relief is satisfying when you do it in one go. I promise.

OK, now that your space is picked out, let’s get the hard part out of the way. Pull everything out. Yep, you heard me! EVERYTHING. It’s so tempting to “move a few things,” but trust me, you’ll be amazed at how much your brain will begin to see things in a new light once everything is pulled out. We can start the real work once you’ve pulled everything out. Are you ready? Here we go!

4 Steps to Get (And Keep) Your Home Organized

1. Edit Your Belongings

The first step to organizing your home is to be ruthless about what needs to go for good. Throw away/donate/recycle time! Make three piles and sort everything that will not be staying in one of these piles. Here are some pointers:

  • Don’t hold on to something just because you bought it. I promise there is someone else out there who could use it if you decide to donate it.
  • Don’t feel guilty about letting go of a gift someone gave you that you won’t use or need. The person who gave it to you wouldn’t want you to keep it out of some misplaced guilt trip. Let it go.

2. Every Item Needs a Home/Space

Take a step back and think about your space, your home, and your family’s needs. Functionality, visibility, and accessibility are the top things you should consider.

For example, if you’d like to create a coffee bar station in your kitchen, pick out one spot and put all the coffee things there. Why not zone your coffee maker with mugs above it next to your favorite coffee and sugar? It sure does beat walking to three different spots between your kitchen and pantry if you don’t have to.

3. Don’t Put It Down. Put It Away!

This simple mantra helps maintain and keep up with your systems. But I also get it. We’re all human and have a million things to do. This doesn’t mean you should have to live with the guilt of “I cannot stop and put this packing tape away in the junk drawer. Therefore, my systems have failed me.”

Think about creating a “holding zone,” like a basket, where things go that don’t belong. Then, at the end of the day, put them away.

4. Maintain (And Update) Your Systems

Getting your home organized is one thing. But to keep your home organized, you must maintain the systems you’ve created! Following Step 3 above is key for maintaining your systems, especially by labeling them, so anyone in your home knows where things belong for real. Your partner and babysitter should each be able to figure out that bread lives in the bread basket and not just toss the bread in the back of the pantry!

At the same time, when you live with your new system, keep rethinking how you put things away. You will need to tweak the systems over time. This is normal!

Kids grow up. You may start a new job. You may decide to start a hobby that requires some storage. Things happen and change. A common misconception is that once you’ve organized a space, you’re all done, forever and ever. I hate to break it to you, but that’s just not realistic. Since our seasons of life are constantly changing, be flexible and adapt your spaces when and as needed.

One bonus step: don’t buy products until you’re ready! First, figure out what you actually need. Then, see if you already own things around your home you can upcycle. Then, you’ll know if you need to go to the store and buy what you need. This will save you time, space, and money!

So now that you’ve picked a space, you can start and finish in one day. Get to work! Envision your finished, beautifully organized, and labeled space. It’s light, fresh, and ready for that new start you’d been dreaming of. Not only will it be more beautiful and functional, but it will also lessen your everyday stresses. Believe it or not, a huge weight will be lifted from your shoulders when your space is organized for your needs. It changes your daily functioning when it’s organized the way you want it to be. And it will save you time. That’s quite possibly one of my favorite parts of having organized spaces.

I hope this helps you get (and keep) your home organized in the new year!

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