6 Ways to Keep Your House Organized {Organizing A Little Every Day}

The following post is from Becky of Organizing Made Fun:

6 ways to keep your house organized

source: Organizing Made Fun

I’m often asked how I can keep my house looking so clean all the time. It’s no secret that I enjoy organizing, but I also really don’t like cleaning for days on end. My habit of choice is to do a little bit everyday.

Organizing can, initially, take a long time to set up. But, keeping things organizing only requires a little bit of effort from you {and your family} each day.

Here are SIX tips so you can keep your house organized a little bit each day:

1. A Place for Everything

This is such an important place for anyone who wants to try and be organized, even a little bit! If you don’t have a place for something, you’ll never be able to fully clean up or keep something organized. If you haven’t found a place for everything, you’ll either need to get rid of some of it or get it organized in a specific place.

2. Clean Up as You Go

When you are cooking, doing a project, or just starting to work on anything, be sure to clean up as you go. I know when I’ve worked on a project for awhile and I have a huge pile of things at the end of the day to clean up, I’m much less motivated to put them away. But, if I clean as I go, putting things away that I’m not going to need later on, it’s much easier to get it all put away

3. Take It with You

I’m an avid believer that anytime I’m heading to one part of the house or the other – no matter how far the distance may be – I am looking for something to take with me to put away. It’s simple really, but if I need to go into the basement I make sure the trip down there is worth it. The same for going into the kitchen, bedrooms, or garage – look around you to be sure to pick up something and put it back when you leave a room to go into another and make the trip back and forth worth it, saving you time later on.

4. Don’t Leave It There

It’s tempting, when the mail comes in, to leave it laying there for days. Grab that trash can and put the junk in there right away. Put the bills where they belong. Any coupons you get in the mail, put in your coupon stash. Just don’t leave it there. Same goes for coming home from a trip or an activity for the day. Don’t be tempted to leave it all over, put it away right away {or as much as you can} and you’ll be surprised at how much more organized things will continue to be.

5. Don’t Keep It

The old organizing rule that if you don’t use it for a long period of time, like six months or more, you probably don’t need it. It’s time to let that thing go. This is especially important for clothing or household products. They take up unnecessary space in your home and you just need to get rid of it – give it to a friend, sell it, or donate it.

6. Get Some Help

In our home, everyone helps out. My kids started helping around the house very young. It begins when they are babies, teaching them to put a little toy in the bucket where it goes, and continues throughout their lives. Set up chore charts, have them put away things, make their beds, and teach them the value of keeping organized. In our household, we believe that we all contribute to the mess, so we all need to pitch in and help. Plus, I can’t do it all and need their help. Be patient with kids – you’ll need to spend time teaching them how to do a job properly and it may take many times before they get it, but once they do it will help keep your house organized and cleaned up. Your kids will become more independent, helpful, and self sufficient.

By keeping up a little bit of organizing each day, you’ll easily be able to keep your home fully organized. It’s not always easy, but it’s certainly worth the effort.

What is your best tip for keeping your home organized each day?

Becky blogs at Organizing Made Fun. She has been married to her college sweetheart for almost 18 years and is a mother to two children. Becky organizes just about everything and she enjoys motivating other women to learn to organize, schedule, and run their home imperfectly but efficiently.