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How to Organize Every Space in Your House in 8 Simple Steps

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Learn how to organize every space in your home using one simple, proven process to keep every room in your home neat and tidy.

A white writing desk in the corner of an organized home office

Ah, organizational battles. It’s a constant struggle around here. With two crazy boys running around, this place can feel like a crazy house if it doesn’t have some kind of organization.And I know organizing can have so many things advantageThat’s why I’m constantly working on improving and fine-tuning the system to remove clutter and avoid clutter as much as possible!

After years of learning about organization and experimenting with different methods at home, I’ve created a simple system that you can use when organizing any area of ​​your home.

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When I get an email from a reader saying, “I’m disorganized and I don’t know where to start!” Ask him to pick a space in the house and follow these steps to organize it. (It doesn’t have to be an entire room, it can be as small as a drawer!)

You can then move on to the next area. It doesn’t happen overnight. But if you clean up the clutter little by little, you’ll be able to organize it before you know it!

You can learn the system in the video below or read the information in the blog post form. Let’s do this!

8 easy steps to get organized

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Organized pantry with decanted baking items, pasta and spices

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In this quick guide, we’ll show you seven simple, practical ways to get started on your overwhelming organizational project. (And once you start, you can keep the momentum going until it’s done!)

1. Take everything out of the space.

You know what they say: sometimes you have to get worse before you get better! This is common in organizing. I’ve found that starting with a clean slate helps.

Clearing out the entire space allows you to always see what you have. Then you can assess your storage needs and really get the most out of your space.

Cluttered home office space, instantly decluttered

(When I cleaned out my craft closet to organize it, this scene happened before the neatly organized “after” photo! Eek!)

What if I have too many things in my room to take them all out?

If you’re working on organizing an entire room, it may not be practical to get rid of everything at once.

For example, in the kitchen, you could divide the projects into organizing the refrigerator, organizing the pantry, and organizing the cabinets.

Or in the bedroom, it can be broken down into organizing clothes, organizing nightstands, and organizing floors and other surfaces.

If you’re overwhelmed with the number of items you need to remove from your space, divide the space into smaller chunks and work a little at a time.

2. Organize like crazy.

In the decluttering process, I try to be as unruly as possible. If you haven’t used the item recently, that’s a pretty good sign that you can throw it away. And if it’s dirty or worn out, I know it’s time to get rid of it.

Our spaces feel less cluttered than we can get rid of. We can have things, we can have spaces, but not both.

We have cleared the space and have this beautiful blank slate in front of us. I want to restore only what is absolutely necessary!

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We tend to hold things back because we think we might need them “someday.” But I actually use a lot less than I think. And if I’m not using it, I have to go!

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Need to move items?

In addition to selling and donating things, decluttering a space can also mean moving things to more appropriate places.

For example, if you find decorations in your kitchen cabinets, you can move them into your storage space instead.

Or, if you’ve disposed of your items and your closet is still full, you can move your blazers into the coat closet, or off-season items into the bin under your bed.

This second step, decluttering, often happens in tandem with step three…

3. Group similar things together.

As you clear and organize items from your space, you can start grouping similar items.

For example, when I was organizing my pantry, I put together all the spices, all the canned goods, all the baked goods, etc.

Items taken out of the pantry for organization

Separating items by type makes it easier to keep track of exactly what you have. If you have double or triple items, you can organize the excess.

Maybe some categories of items that were in the space actually turn out to be better kept elsewhere, so you can move them.

Also, by categorizing your items, you can easily see what you’re dealing with, so you can choose the appropriate bin to enclose each category.

Organized pantry with decanted items and tidy trash cans

And if anything…

4. Enclosure-like items.

The next step in the organization process is finding a way to take your categorized items and store each category in a neat and accessible way.

This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a bunch of fancy trash cans. I always start with what I have at home and try to get creative.

I used clean paper-wrapped shoe and diaper boxes to store things in some of the spaces.I added clean tape to otherwise boring bins. Getting organized (in a clean way!) definitely doesn’t have to be expensive!

RELATED: How to stay organized without spending a lot of money

Organized area under the bathroom sink, learn how to organize

(The townhouse reorganized the bathroom cabinets using only items they already had on hand, ending up costing $0!)

To take it a step further, I often put the bottle inside the bottle. This further reduces confusion as each item has a specific location. When you take items out and use them, they have their own space to return to, increasing your chances of putting everything back together correctly.

Office supplies organized in bins within larger bins

(I used lots of small containers to enclose items like glue, paper clips, rubber bands, and dry erase markers in boxes in my craft closet.)

5. Label your bins, boxes, and organizers.

Oh my favorite part! I love labeling! Not only do the labels make it easy to see what’s where, they also look nice.

There are several methods of labeling. Occasionally I print a simple tag from my computer.sometimes i use mine cricut machine Cut self-adhesive vinyl labels designed by me.and sometimes I label maker Create a label. You can handwrite the chalkboard label. So many possibilities!

Organized Y Weave Bins with Labeled Tags

Along with labeling the outside of the jar, you may also create and attach a list of contents. I did this to the trash can in my townhouse craft closet. This made finding what I needed very easy.

Related: Find free printable content labels here.

Bin lid with a tag on the underside that describes the contents of the bin

6. Replenish the space.

Our space has been blank up to this point, but once everything has been separated, binned (if desired) and labeled, it’s time to put it back together.

I always start with the items I use most often and put them in the most accessible places.

Infrequently used items can be moved to higher shelves or other hard-to-reach spaces.

From there, fill in the gaps until it’s all home, always putting similar items together.

gif of an organized pantry filled with items, learn how to organize

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7. Train yourself to put things back in their place.

Step 5 talked about making sure everything has a specific location. Once everything is organized and put back in place, the only way to keep it that way is to get into the habit of putting things back in place as soon as you’re done using them.

grab a towel from the linen closet

Honestly, this is a challenge for me. My scatterbrained side tends to leave materials and half-finished projects all over the place.

But I’m working hard to create a solid organizational structure, and if I want to keep it, I have to promise to put it back where it was when the work is done.

Add visual cues as reminders to stay organized.

One way to get into the habit of putting things back in their place is to give yourself visual cues. Maybe start in the kitchen, put a sticky note on the fridge and just say, “Put it back!” Or try writing similar notes on your bathroom mirror or closet door.

New habits don’t form overnight, but if you make it a priority to create and maintain a smart organizational system, over time you’ll be able to put things back in their place and make your job easier. You won’t feel like

8. Don’t be afraid to change organizational systems that aren’t working.

Finally, don’t be afraid to tweak a system that doesn’t work well. There have been instances where we spent a lot of time setting up the system and making it look good, but when it came to everyday use, it was neither practical nor viable.

For example, when I was organizing under the sink, I stacked boxes with lids. It looked like a neat pile, but I was too lazy to get the ones at the bottom, so I either didn’t use those items or caused a lot of chaos trying to reach them.

Shoe boxes wrapped in wrappers with printable labels stacked in a cabinet under the toilet sink

When I realized the system wasn’t working, I was able to replace the box with a drawer to make it easier to grab what I needed and it worked much better.

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Don’t be afraid to reevaluate and fix broken or annoying systems.

If this system works for you, you can learn more about how to apply it to each room in our proven organization course. influential habits, tidy home!

Final thoughts on how to organize your home space

I’ve used this same simple method over and over for years in spaces of various sizes and shapes and it still doesn’t disappoint!

Sure, different parts of the house may require different types of bins, dividers, or shelving, but as far as actual organization is concerned, this is the system I follow on every project I do!

When everything feels disorganized, it’s very difficult to try to put everything back together. But if you attack one small area at a time and follow these simple steps, you’ll start seeing progress faster than we think! Nothing beats it!)

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Do you have a favorite strategy for organizing your home space? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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