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These home organization hacks are perfect for anyone looking for a simple system to keep your home in order – without having to go through a hectic spring clean every week.
Do you ever plan to spend an hour or two blitzing through your home, cleaning, tidying and organising…only to look around you and think, where on earth do I start?
When you’re already juggling a full-time job, family responsibilities, a social life, and maybe even a side hustle or two, it can be so easy for our homes to just fall into disarray. Not necessarily messy, not unclean…but definitely not organised.
The good news is, even just 10 minutes of your time can transform your home into looking tidier. There is evidence that a tidier home can have a real, positive impact on your mental well-being – while on the other hand, many people face anxiety over cleaning.
Below, these 25 home organization hacks will help you systematically go through some of the common offenders when it comes to mess and clutter and provide a much more digestible system to sort your house out without getting overwhelmed.
Try these simple home organization hacks to instantly make your home look tidier.
25 Home Organization Hacks For Beginners
1. Make your bed
If you can’t bring yourself to do anything else, just make your bed. Do it as soon as you get out of bed. It takes less than five minutes but instantly transforms your bedroom.
2. Do the dishes and put them away
Those dishes that have been slowly piling up in your kitchen? Put on some gloves, fill a bowl with warm, soapy water, and get them done! To go a step further, make sure you dry and put away everything once you’re done – ignore the temptation to just leave them to try on the side.
3. Pick up your clothes
Pick up 10 items of clothing and hang them up or throw them in your wash basket. Look around you – is that everything? If not, pick up another 10. Little by little.
4. Put on the laundry
If you’re on of those people that let your laundry pile up until your washing basket is over-flowing, get in the habit is putting on the laundry little and often. It makes it so much easier to tackle.
5. Put your laundry away
Those 10 items of clothing that have been drying on your clothes rack for over a week now? Fold them up and put them away!
6. Clear your surfaces
Go around your home and clear every surface (coffee table, side cabinets, window sills) of unnecessary clutter. That means things like leaflets and magazines, mugs and plates, litter, cables, books you haven’t touched in months. This simple task can totally transform the way your home looks.
7. Organize your kitchen pantry
Clear everything out of your pantry. Wipe down the shelves with disinfectant and let them dry. Use the S.C.A.T.T.E.R. declutter method to systematically organize your kitchen pantry, throwing out anything that’s gone stale in the process. Try to find a system that really works – maybe tinned goods on one shelf, perishables on the other, or sweet vs savoury?
8. Tidy your cables and cords
Using one of these small storage boxes to collect all of the cables around your home. If you have time, go through the cables and figure out if you actually need them or not! Then, coil and store neatly in this box. This is a great way to keep them all together, and the boxes look beautiful on a shelf or in a cupboard.
9. Organize your bookshelf
Go through your bookshelf and organize your books according to genre, size, or even alphabetically to really impress your guests and make choosing books even easier! If you have any knick-knacks on your shelves, dust them and find an attractive way to display them.
10. Clear and shred paperwork
Gather up junk mail, old bills and receipts you no longer need, and any other useless paperwork that has been cluttering up your home and shred. Consider going paperless even for more important documents, too.
11. Tidy your desk
If you have a home office, tidy your desk. Aim to have minimal things on your desk – maybe just your laptop/keyboard, water bottle, and a notepad if you tend to use one.
12. Tidy your vanity
Clean and organize your make up brushes. Find a good way to organize your jewellry, store your hair products, declutter your skincare routine, and again, aim to clear the actual surface of your vanity down to essential items.
13. Declutter and organize your bathroom cabinet
Go through everything in your bathroom cabinet and group items (medical, toiletries, sundries, dental etc) to organize them in a way that makes the most sense. Declutter things you don’t need or use anymore.
14. Plump cushions and fold throws
A simple but effective way to freshen up the look of your living room! Simply plump the cushions and neatly fold any throws/blankets and store them. Have a look at these cheap ways to transform your living room for more ideas.
15. Put all your remotes in one place
If you’ve got remotes lying all around the place, gather all of them for each room and store together (either neatly next to the TV or perhaps on your coffee table).
16. Clean out your fridge
Again, use the S.C.A.T.T.E.R. method to totally clear out and organize your fridge. Make sure you throw out any condiments you’ve had sitting in the fridge door for months!
17. Clean out your freezer
Same as above. If you’ve had things in your freezer for 6 months plus, it may be time to throw them out.
18. Sort out your junk drawer
Get everything out of your junk drawer and throw out anything you don’t actually need (looking at you, used batteries!). Get some drawer dividers to properly organize everything.
19. Get an organizer for your jewellry
One of these jewellry organizers can be a fantastic way to store your jewellry neatly and in a way you can instantly see everything you have. No more lost earrings or tangled necklaces!
20. Organize your shoes with a shoe rack or box organizer
These shoe racks cost $20, but will totally transform the way your shoes look when stored at home. This is a must-do home organization hack.
21. Get storage boxes for under the sink
If your under-sink cupboard is just full of cleaning products with no order, get some storage boxes to organize everything. Sort by sponges/clothes, cleaning liquids, disinfectant etc.
22. Sort your clothes drawers with foldable boxes
These storage boxes may be one of the best investments you make for organizing your clothes drawers. Sort everything by item category: socks, underwear, sportswear, tops, trousers, leggings etc.
23. Decant half-used bags of food into glass jars
These glass food jars not only look beautiful for storing long-life items such as pasta, rice, oats, and granola but will also keep your food fresher for longer. Perfect for avoiding countless half-opened packets of food cluttering up your cupboards.
24. Stack your dining ware and throw out chipped or cracked items
Take all of your plates, bowls, mugs, and serving ware out of your cupboards and (safely) dispose of anything that is chipped or cracked beyond repair. Then, neatly re-stack everything according to size, use, and even colour!
25. Clear out your toiletries and cosmetics
Clear out moisturizers you no longer use. Wash your make up brushes and face clothes. Organize your make up and get rid of the things you no longer use. Then store it properly! Avoid having one big bag that gets everything muddled up and use – you guessed it – some organizers.