How to Organize Your Home in 4 Days

We’re not claiming that keeping your home beautifully organized is a simple job – it takes some serious work and dedication to stay on top of such a large task! To make the job easier, we recommend tackling organization in small spurts, rather than all at once. If your whole home is a cluttered catastrophe, try following our 4-day home organization plan, and stick to it! Just like a home maintenance checklist, a home organization plan should be updated regularly, and personalized to reflect your home’s specific needs.

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The 6-Month Rule

Whether you’re sorting through books and magazine or shoes and scarves, it is essential that you follow the 6-month rule, also known as the golden rule of organization. Here’s how it works: as you're organizing, ask yourself if you’ve used the item in the past 6 months. If you haven’t used it, add it to your toss or donate (depending on the item’s condition) basket, and move on to the next item. If you have used it, ask yourself if you’ll ever need it again. If you’ll need it again, toss it into your keep basket. Got it? Great - let's get started!


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Day 1: Bedrooms

Closet & Drawers

There is no reason (or excuse) for hanging onto those business suits, circa 1983. To avoid having the fashion police called, and to increase closet space, take an evening to sort through your old clothes, shoes, and accessories. Also, think outside of the hanger - don't be afraid to store your jeans in a basket or your scarves in a box. The trick to organization is finding a system that works for you. Don't forget to follow the 6-month rule!

Under the Bed

If you must store items under the bed, invest in a few under the bed storage containers. Also, to create additional storage space, try utilizing bed risers.<,p>

Shelves

Clear the clutter from bookshelves, decorative shelves, and all shelves in-between! If you've got too much "flair" in one room, and not enough in another, re-purpose the decor in other areas of your home.


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Day 2: Bathrooms

Designate & Separate

Your daily moisturizer should not share the same space as your monthly deep conditioning treatment or the family’s bottle of cough syrup. Invest in a few baskets or storage boxes, and label them with descriptive notes, like “hair care” and “medications.”

Under the Sink & Vanity Drawers

Unless you have a logical reason for holding onto those nearly empty shampoo bottles and expired sunscreens, it’s time to toss them. Go through your vanity drawers and storage areas with a fine tooth comb, paying extra attention to expiration dates on cosmetics and medications.

Shower & Tub

Why in the world do you have three half-empty bottles of body wash along the edge of your tub? Do you enjoy knocking them over every morning? Surely not. If your shower is overflowing with items that never seem to make their way into your daily routine, you know the drill – condense and toss!


Day 3: The Kitchen

Under the Sink

Firstly, clear out those cleaning products you've currently got living under the sink and assess the items – are they all necessary? Are any expired? Once you've separated the items you need from the ones you don’t, install a tension rod under the sink, then hang your cleaning products from it! The bottom of the cabinet is now free to house everything from extra paper towels to trash bags.

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The Pantry

To create harmony and combat clutter, strategically sort your foods. For example, if your pantry has five shelves, give each shelf a specific purpose; all boxed items are to be stored on the top shelf, canned goods on the fourth shelf, etc. The same rules apply with your refrigerator – rather than treating the veggie drawer, shelves, and fruit crisper like a black hole that magically swallows your leftovers, utilize them to organize, sort, and separate.

Dishes & Glassware

Unless your home doubles as the neighborhood’s local coffee shop, there’s no reason you need 47 coffee mugs. Go through your cabinets and decide how many plates, cups, bowls, etc. your family uses on a daily and weekly basis, then donate the excess items to a family member, friend, or charity in your area.


Day 4: Garage & Basement

Toys & Sporting Goods

If you've got children, we’re 99.9% certain that you've tripped over a scooter, basketball, or hula-hoop in your garage. Teaching your child organization skills is a whole different topic, but in an effort to reduce those far-too-common trips and falls, try creating this unique storage system with bungee cords and wooden boards.

In addition to creating additional storage, you may want to reassess the amount of toys your child has – is the amount excessive? Are you storing toys your child doesn't play with anymore? Has your child outgrown the toy? Ask yourself these questions as you’re organizing, and invite your child to help you make a decision about what to do with the excess toys; should they be donated to a local charity, or given to a neighbor, friend, or family member? Getting your child involved in the organization process will make them feel less bummed about the fact that you’re purging their old toys.

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Tools

When it comes to organizing your tools, repeat these two words: peg boards. If you’re reading this, it is obvious that you’re not using peg boards to organize the tools in your garage and basement.

For organizing commonly used items, such as hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers, hang them on a large, square-shaped, “master” peg-board above your work bench, or in another easily accessible area. For organizing less used items, like gardening tools and extension cords, hang long, rectangular-shaped peg boards along the side walls. Of course, as you’re organizing, be sure to toss or donate any items that you no longer have a use for. Also, don't forget about magnetic strips - they are great for organizing tools in plain sight!

Create Storage Solutions

Rather than tossing that empty container of peanut butter, rinse it and re-purpose it as a handy holder for everything from nuts and bolts to screws and pins. Think outside of the typical storage bin, and get creative! If you aren't using transparent storage containers or boxes, be sure to clearly label them on the exterior surface.