Having an organized space should help you move towards a more stress-free, organized and balanced life. After all, when you know where your things are and you can find what you need when you need it, then you won’t stress about it so much.
How to organize your living space?
Organizing your living space, however, is a very personal thing. It depends on what activities happen in the house (such as cooking, eating, sleeping, socializing, working from home, homework, craft, watching TV, computer games, laundry, playing with toys, washing and hygiene, playing musical instruments, guests staying over etc…) and what are the storage needs of the people that are living there (washing, laundry, cleaning, linens, toiletries, food, kitchen equip, presents and wrapping, paperwork, toys, DVDs, CDs, DIY and tools, crafts, hobbies etc…)
The list will be different for everyone, that’s why I highly recommend you to think about your personal needs and what is the optimal organization of the living space in your particular case. Having done this exercise will help you to really understand what do you need in your house and what not.
For me, there is nothing that gives me more anxiety than disorganized living space. Therefore, I have found some quick and easy ways to put my stuff in place and tidy up without losing too much time. In the next lines, I will share with you a few suggestions on how to start and some inspirational ideas on how to organize your living space.
Start with the Entryway Clutter
The entry of a home is the first thing you step in but it can become a dumping ground of all sorts of things from coats, shoes, bags, cosmetics, etc. If you want to make it instantly cozy and organized, then you will need to identify what tends to pile up there and create a space for everything.
For instance, one thing that I’ve made is, I got a couple of these decorative hooks that can be put in the wall, so coats, hats, and scarves don’t get thrown all over the place. You can choose from a variety of hooks online that look great and can fit in any interior. A shoe cabinet or a shoe rack can sort the problem with shoes lying around and a simple basket can do for the kids’ shoes as well.
Put some order in your Bathroom
In case your bathroom is jammed with dozens of bottles and tubes, then you may want to put some order in there. The truth is most people have way too many products. So my suggestion is to start with what you actually use and get rid of what you don’t. Once you do that, organize your most used items in appropriate containers and boxes so that you can access them easily.
Go through all your beauty products.
Having all of your cosmetics exposed can make the space look and feel cluttered. If you have open shelving then one smart solution to get your things out of sight is to use organizers or baskets to hold your products and hide them. This trick also makes cleaning the shelves much easier because you don’t have to take a bunch of small things off the self but just a couple of baskets.
Store your daily/weekly medicines in a separate box and make sure you don’t keep pills and bottles that are outdated and clutter your cabinets with them. Keep a small emergency kit of first aid and don’t store on big bottles of ointments that you may or may not use over the course of a year.
Organize your wardrobe
In another post of mine, I speak about how the capsule wardrobe concept has changed my approach to clothing. Even if you are not a fan of this, it is a good idea to take stock of what you have and purge ruthlessly. Getting rid of what clearly doesn’t fit, is uncomfortable, worn off, stained or unable to repair will free so much of space for what you love and feel good in. If you have a friend, invite them over to consult and maybe make some clothes tradeoffs to freshen up your closet and have fun together. Or, if you need more professional advice, contact a stylist to help you with the process.
Enter in the kitchen
I know this sounds scary but, If I survived it, you will. Trust me. So, simplifying your kitchen may go like this:
- Go counter by counter and get everything out.
- Toss things that you don’t need, like or use.
- Create a space for every pan, plate and bowl to go every time it’s put back.
- Get rid of the random dishes that don’t belong to a set.
- Toss old coffee-stained, chipped mugs, chipped plates, pans and casseroles.
- Limit the number of plastic reusable items (water bottles, food storage boxes, plastic cups, etc.).
- Separate utensils used for cooking and the other kitchen gadgets into two drawers.
- Put in drawer dividers.
- Stop buying random sippy cups, bowls, plates and bottles and opt for pieces that go in a set or fit together.
- Get a nice garbage bin.
- Put some sticky hooks.
- Put in baskets and labels for food in the pantry.
- Throw out old spices.
- Buy the food you need for the week so the fridge stays organized and you don’t waste food.
- Put some small storage basket on the counter for those little things that are always sitting around.
Check the expiration dates of medicine and goods you’ve stocked
Expired medicines and goods you’ve stocked on won’t just taste bad. They are also bad for your health. That’s why minimize the clutter in your cabinets by disposing them (make sure you dispose medicine responsibly) and make more free space.
Keep in mind that products, once opened and used, don’t last forever, especially make-up, so make sure you check them often and get rid of what has expired. If you are not sure about an item’s expiration date you can check out Eat by Date, this site has an excellent database of food expiration dates which you can use as guidelines.
Some positives I’m seeing since I started living in a more organized living space:
- Less mess to clean up.
- Makes everyday life easy as I find what I need quickly.
- Helps use available space to its maximum.
- Feels peaceful in a clutter-free home.
- Saves money not shopping for duplicates and unnecessary things.
Feel free to share your hacks for organizing your living space or maybe brag about your progress in the comments below.
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