This post is sponsored by People’s Choice Credit Union.
When it comes to having an organised home, half the battle is in the planning. If you have your home set up for organisation and order it makes it sooo much easier to keep it tidy and under control.
There are a few simple things that are worth investing in around the house to help with organisation. Some just require some time, and others a bit of money but none are out of reach with a bit of planning.
Declutter and minimise
It’s no surprise that my first suggestion is to declutter your home and get rid of as much stuff as possible. The more random clutter you have, the harder it is to keep it under control. Start by clearing out a drawer a day or tackle a different category each week (clothing, kitchenware etc). The more you can get rid of the easier it is to organise the rest.
Storage that is functional and accessible is the first step in creating organisation in your home. If things don’t have a home, it’s impossible to keep them tidy.
When we moved into our home it had next to no storage. No pantry, no built ins, no broom cupboard, it didn’t even have a laundry cupboard (let alone a laundry). My highest priority was to create storage, so we allocated ourselves a (very small) renovating budget to doing it as quickly and cheaply as possible. We started with built ins but as we were short on cash we bought second hand cupboard inners (Ikea style) and then paid for mirrored doors when we had some more money free. We then moved to pantries and again DIY’d it with self assembly units. We ended up having doors made to match the kitchen. The increase in storage made all the difference for us, suddenly everything had a place to live and I was actually able to properly tidy up.
Invest in multipurpose furniture
Once you’ve tackled the biggest storage areas, look at other ways to combine usable everyday storage with other furniture. I’m a huge fan of hidden storage; from ottomans that double as storage for throws and pillows to sideboards that hide a computer or printer. When it comes time to update a piece of furniture, make sure it works well for you in as many ways as possible.
Multipurpose toy storage is also super useful. Things like Lego storage tables that also act as play spaces are a great space saver.
Create routines and systems
Once you’ve got your home decluttered and organised with suitable storage, it’s time to create systems and routines that help you to keep it under control. Start by creating an evening routine that involves a quick tidy of the main living areas and a speed clean of the kitchen and bathroom as needed.
Make it a habit to put mail and paperwork away as soon as you get in the front door, have somewhere for shoes to go near the door and a place for your handbag and school bags. Check out Pinterest for some awesome ideas on “command centres” for organising all the everyday family stuff that comes through the door each day.
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance!
Getting the house under control, decluttered and organised to start with takes a big effort and a bit of time. Keeping it that way is actually much easier. Make sure that once you have it organised and tidy you maintain it. Don’t let little things slip, work with one area at a time and be consistent. If your goal is to keep the kitchen bench clear and organised then focus on that until you’ve mastered it. Then you can move to the bedside tables or the dining table or the bathroom. Start small and work up and then maintain, maintain, maintain!
As I mentioned in the beginning, some of these ideas require just time and effort where as others (storage in particular) need a bit of financial input. If creating your dream storage space requires some additional funds, you could consider whether a Personal Loan would help you. Check out People’s Choice Credit Union’s online calculator to work out what the cost of borrowing for a small storage renovation would be. You may find it’s less that you think and worth it for the long term benefit.