Genius cleaning and organizing hacks to finally declutter your home for good!
Even with the best intentions to clear the clutter, sometimes we just need a little help!
It is easy to get inspired by searching Pinterest for organization tips, but it’s hard to put those “pins” to use.
We pin them to our “Home Organization” board and forget about them.
Our lives are busy, and it’s easy to get inspired, but it’s much harder to do the work.
Cleaning And Organizing Hacks
Trust me, with three kids and a husband that likes to hold on to things because “we might need them someday,” there are days I still struggle with clutter.
Several years ago, I made a considerable change in how I saw my home and all the clutter surrounding me.
It was the first step I took to get my home in order finally.
You can read more about the ONE strategy I used to FINALLY clear the clutter here.
From there, I went on and cleaned out some of the most cluttered rooms, like the kitchen, closets, and bedrooms.
I cleaned and organized my bedroom really fast in just ONE day. Trust me, and it was one of the worst rooms because it was the catch-all from all the other rooms.
It wasn’t as complicated as I thought it would be, and I made a checklist of how to get it done fast.
DIY Organization Hacks 101: Give Everything A Home
Now, decluttering your home is one thing, but organizing your home is something else.
One of the reasons that our homes become so cluttered is that we don’t designate a “home” for the things we have.
That’s right, everything you decide to keep after decluttering needs a home. If something doesn’t have a home, make one or get rid of it.
Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out. – Marie Kondo
If you need more decluttering inspiration, you should read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.
Genius Clutter Hacks For Home Organization
You must have storage solutions if you want your home to stay organized.
When everything in your home has a place, it will help keep it tidy and organized.
1. Organize Under The Sink
Most of us have a lot of cleaning supplies under our kitchen and bathroom sinks. It is easy for that small area to become crowded with a lot of half-filled cleaning bottles and used sponges.
Clean it out and then organize it with one of these shelving units.
Don’t forget to utilize the cabinet door space.
2. Use Under The Bed Storage
A little organization hack that I use in every bedroom is under-the-bed storage. I
t is the perfect solution for storing winter clothes, keepsakes, dress shoes, or my children’s stuffed animals.
Remember, the trick to cleaning out the clutter and organizing our homes is EVERYTHING must have a home.
So we need to be creative with our storage solutions.
3. Use Baskets
Baskets are an organizer’s best friend.
Having baskets around your home looks trendy while clearing the clutter!
I keep baskets in every room.
We have a large and medium one in our family room and small to medium ones in all the other rooms in the house.
My kids even have baskets with their names on them, and at the end of the day, their things that are scattered around the house get tossed in, and they are in charge of putting their stuff away.
4. Clear the Clutter On The Kitchen Counters
A cleaning and organization hack for a clean kitchen is ALWAYS to keep your counters clear of clutter.
When there is nothing on your counters, it instantly makes your kitchen look cleaner.
So try to store all those appliances you don’t use in the pantry or a cabinet.
I keep one appliance on my counter: a coffee pot. That’s it!
Seriously, I even keep my can opener in my pantry.
There is no need to keep mini appliances on counters if you can help.
Think about it, unless you really love baking, you probably barely use that KitchenAid Stand Mixer displayed in the corner of your counter.
So find everything a “home” and clear the clutter.
Here is a post on some great ways to keep your kitchen clean and organized.
My husband and I are both guilty of putting the mail on the counter when we come home.
To fix that, I have now made it a habit of throwing away junk mail IMMEDIATELY.
Then I found a storage solution for the mail I want to keep.
5. Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Organization Hacks
Our cabinets and pantries can definitely be cluttered messes.
Many of us have tons of Tupperware (with missing lids) and plenty of pots and pans we don’t use anymore.
Go through what you have; if you don’t use it, toss it!
Then find some storage solutions for what you have and organize it.
6. Organizing Hacks For The Laundry Room
Let’s face it, none of us like doing laundry, but it must be done.
Having your laundry room organized and all your laundry already sorted will help with laundry hassle.
I use some other things to keep everything neat and tidy in my laundry room.
7. Clutter Hacks For The Entryway
One of the rooms we use the most is the entryway.
It is where we take off our shoes and coats when we come home.
It is also the first place people see when they enter my house, so keeping it organized is a priority.
Shoe storage in our entryway is very important.
I have three kids, so it keeps their shoes organized, and they ALWAYS know where to find them.
The best part about storing the shoes by the door is it keeps the dirt from being tracked all over the house!
I have a shoe storage bin from Ikea that I love!
However, I know that not everyone has a local Ikea store.
So here is one very similar to mine and some other trendy ways to store shoes.
8. Have A Command Center
Having a command center for our large family has organized our life.
With all the appointments and extracurricular activities, it really helps us keep track of what is going on.
Another great tip to organize your family is using the FREE app Cozi!
I use it for grocery lists, doctors appts, extra-curricular activities and more. It really keeps me organized.
9. Use Over The Door Storage
Many people don’t realize the storage potential of over-the-door storage.
I have some over-the-door storage in the laundry room, bedroom closets, coat closets, and bathroom closets.
They are tucked away and out of sight, but they have so much storage space to utilize.
10. Declutter and Organize Your Closet
Most of us have overloaded closets filled with clothes we no longer wear.
Last year, I did a massive purge of my closet.
Guess what? I went from never having anything to wear, to a closet with clothes I actually DO wear.
You can read my tips on how to declutter your closet and downsize your wardrobe here.
Not only will you find great tips to declutter the closet, but also some mindful insights about not letting it get cluttered in the first place.
For instance, stopping the habit of buying things on the clearance rack that we never wear.
If you have already downsized your wardrobe, you are ready to organize it.
Here are some excellent storage solutions for the closet.
Home Organization Hacks To Get Rid Of Clutter For Good
So now that you have decluttered, use these cleaning and organizing hacks to help give everything a home.
Be sure to read the list of 99 things you can throw away to declutter your home instantly.