How To Organize Your Home

How To Organize Your Home

If you are not careful, a messy home can inspire a messy lifestyle. And when we say messy, we do not mean dust bunnies under the couch, or dirty dishes in the sink.

Every aspect of your home — from its layout and design to its storage spaces and flow — has a critical impact on your daily routine. So, if you are looking to make healthy improvements to your behavior, you may want to consider organizing your home.

Getting a home organized does not have to be complicated. While many folks spend small fortunes on customized closet systems, all it takes to get the job done right is a little time and strategy.

In this blog, you will learn how to get more organized by using simple solutions. In the end, you will be amazed at how much you can solve using only a few hooks and shelves.

Why Bother Organizing Your Home?

Most people want to be organized. It is not always easy to make a lifestyle change, though. As Debra Heberling, store manager, The Container Store, explains, many folks simply do not know where to get started.

To motivate customers to begin getting organized, Debra helps them identify a space in their homes that is especially chaotic — and, perhaps, annoying. By focusing on one area at a time, and not moving on until it is finished, they are allowed plenty of time to get that done.

Like with any lifestyle change, the real challenge comes after the job is finished — when the customer is tasked with maintaining new habits. In order to be successful, Debra recommends her customers’ storage solutions possess 3 qualities: visibility, accessibility and flexibility.

“You want to be able to see what you stored,” Debra clarifies, “either because the container is translucent or you’ve been able to label it.” Additionally, “You want it to be accessible, so that now that you’ve gone through the effort of becoming organized, you can easily stay organized.” Finally, “It needs to be flexible [because] your needs are going to change, so your storage solution needs to be flexible enough to change along with your needs.”

Real-World Examples


A few years ago, Lou put Debra Heberling’s advice — and his own expertise — to the test when he helped Beth Jones, homeowner and mother to 4, organize her home. He focused on a few key spaces: a mudroom, office and closet area. Each one came with its own set of challenges and opportunities for success.

Before Lou arrived, the Jones’ family home was a quintessential symbol of chaotic family life. Their 4 kids ran around, tossing shoes and book-bags freely, and made a habit of making things messy. In particular, the family’s catch-all space was not being used efficiently; there were more books than could fit on their shelves; their desk was difficult to work at because of piled stuff; and their big closet was difficult to use because, well, it was not organized at all.

By the time Lou departed from the Jones’ family home, things looked a whole lot different. In fact, the home was organized effectively enough to inspire a lifestyle change. Through a combination of affordable products and his own savvy know-how, Lou helped transform an entire family’s lives. Keep reading to learn how he did it.

Home Organization Ideas

Countertops

It can be tempting to display some beautiful items on your countertop. In particular, centerpieces and eye-catching art sculptures will turn any surface into a statement. Yet doing that will inhibit your countertop’s ability to serve as workspaces.

That may be fine if you have a sprawling mansion with multiple work areas, but not for a family whose kids study in the kitchen. In the case of the Jones family, Lou identified flat organizers and magazine racks to move the clutter away. Now, children and parents alike have an inviting workspace.

Bookshelves

It does not matter whether you prefer William Faulkner or Dr. Seuss. Either way, bookshelves are multi-purpose pieces of furniture that adds character to any home. On the one hand, they provide convenient space to store your literature; on the other, they serve as a timeless piece of decor in a living room, office or den.

The problems arise when folk try to stuff too many chapters into a small, cluttered space — inevitably overcrowding their bookshelves. In the case of the Jones family, Lou organized their collection using book-ends, then installed additional bookshelves to allow more books to be stored in a safe, accessible manner.

Shelving

When it comes to shelves in general, be realistic about capacity. Too many families try to stack everything — games, sports equipment, video games — and wind up unable to access their stuff. When overcrowding is at its peak, you try to grab one thing and end up with everything falling down. Surely, nobody wins in that scenario.

In the case of the Jones family, Lou installed wire shelves to separate items and allow easier access to everything. Not only can the entire family grab what they need without disturbing the rest, but down at the base, there is room for additional storage.

Anchoring

To organize your home, you need to feel comfortable installing things — shelves, racks, hooks and more. That means not only identifying the right products for your home, but breaking into its walls with the appropriate tools. When working with a hollow door, you may run into trouble, as the material required extra support.

That’s why Lou recommends EZ Anchor — a hollow wall anchor with teeth that helps bite into wood. To achieve the best results, he recommends pre-drilling a hole, then screwing the anchor in with a standard Phillips screwdriver. And if you need something heftier, consider the Big Boy — a toggle lock that holds a lot on the walls.

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