Keeping an organised home isn’t easy. Between work, family and social engagements, it’s easy for your home to get cluttered or disorganised. However, with a little effort and methodical organisation, you can create a clutter-proof system to make sure your home is as organised as it can be.
To help you in the process, we have put together a home organisation checklist that will turn any space into a functional family home. So, read on and discover our top tips for a tidy home!
Our home organisation checklist
There are a few steps you should follow to keep your home running smoothly. And, by regularly allocating some time to organisation and upkeep, you will be able to maintain your new-found organisation, making it easier to stay on top of it in the long run.
Take some time to identify the problem areas in your home, such as cluttered surfaces or overflowing closets. Make a list of what needs to be organised and prioritise the areas that will make the most significant impact on your home’s functionality.
Once that’s done, it’s time to start organising. Start by grouping similar items together, such as all your kitchen utensils or your children’s toys, and use storage containers or shelves to make things easy to find.
The first step to getting your home organised is to declutter; this means getting rid of anything that you no longer need or use. You can start with one room and go through everything by sorting it into three piles: sell, donate, throw away.
Create a system
Establishing a routine is essential to keeping your home organised in the long run. Make a schedule for daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. For example, you could do laundry on Mondays and Thursdays, clean the bathrooms on Tuesdays, and vacuum the house on Fridays.
Another great idea is to create designated spaces for everything; this means giving every item a home. For example, designate a specific spot for shoes, backpacks, and coats near the entrance. Create a homework station for your kids and a dedicated space for your work or hobbies.
Having designated spaces not only makes it easier to find things, but also helps keep clutter at bay.
Establish new habits
This is particularly useful for families with young children. You can teach them to keep their things tidy and organised in a fun way by introducing point systems or weekly challenges for the household.
Teach them to make a habit of clearing surfaces of clutter every day and to put their items away where they belong, in the designated areas.
Use hooks and hangers
Hooks and hangers are an excellent way to keep things off the floor and easily accessible. Use hooks for coats, hats, and bags, and hangers for towels and robes.
These are also useful to store children’s toys in hanging baskets and make a great organisation game. Children can “play basketball” with their toys and throw them into the baskets at the end of playtime, rather than having to place them into drawers or boxes.
Use storage containers and organisers
Plastic storage containers are perfect to organise your items – these work well with a “Russian doll” system. Use smaller containers for smaller items and place these within larger containers, and organise items by category. For example, you can neatly store all your cables into a small box, which can then be placed into an “Electrical” box containing any other pieces of tech you may own.
This is where labelling comes into play, making it easy to find anything you need in the future. Label storage containers, drawers, and shelves, so everyone knows where things belong.
Resort to extra space
Space is in an ever-shortening supply these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to part ways with the things you love. By opting for a domestic self-storage unit, you can store your treasured belongings elsewhere safely and securely if you simply don’t have space at home.
Vanguard Storage is a family-run business specialised in offering reliable and trustworthy self-storage to customers in London, Bristol and Manchester for over 55 years. With a range of flexible storage solutions available – from 10 sq ft lockers to large 150 sq ft units – you can store all your belongings in one unit, freeing up precious space in your home. And all Vanguard units offer flexible access to your unit, robust security, and clean facilities for your peace of mind.
So, it is possible to have a tidy family home
Keeping a functional family home is a team effort. You can get everyone in the family involved by assigning tasks to each family member, and holding everyone accountable for completing them.
Although this requires effort and planning, coming home to a tidy space every day makes it worth it. By following our home organisation checklist, you’ll be on your way to a tidy and functional home that works for your family’s needs in no time. Whether you opt for systems to improve your space at home, or you decide to rent a domestic self-storage unit, the key to making your organisation last is planning.
And remember that this is a continual process, so make it a habit to review and update your organisation systems regularly!