Organization Inspiration for a Tidier Home

Jan 3, 2023DESIGN

A tidy home can bring a sense of calm and order to our lives, but sometimes it can be a challenge to stay organized. If you’re struggling to keep your home in order, this organization inspiration is for you.

When I was a child, I watched my grandmother search all day for things she misplaced. A Libra, she loved the finer things in life — and lots of them. Have you heard of the rule, “When you bring something in, toss something out?” NaNa didn’t get the memo.

Knowing she had a proclivity to misplace things, I took it upon myself to organize NaNa’s home from top to bottom. I’d pare down her tchotchkes and box half of them up. I promised to swap them out the next time I visited. But, by my next visit, all the tchotchkes would be back on full display. And the cycle resumed.

“Organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency. And reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your quality of life.”

—Christina Scalise


Step 1. Start small. Don’t try to tackle your entire home at once. Instead, focus on one room or area at a time. This will make the task feel more manageable and you’ll be able to see progress more quickly.

Step 2. Go clutter-free. Peruse your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer use or need. Donate or sell items that are in good condition, and recycle or dispose of anything that can’t be reused.

Step 3. Use storage solutions. Invest in baskets to organize the keepers. This reduces clutter and makes it easier to find what you need when you need it.

Step 4. Create a designated spot for everything. Assign a specific place for each item in your home. This will help you know where to put things away and make it easier to find when you need them.

Step 5. Develop a habit. Tidying up should be a daily habit, not an annual event. Set aside a few minutes each day to put things away to keep your home neat and organized.


Pantry Organization - Julie Pedraza

Pantry Organization

1.  Empty your kitchen pantry. Toss expired items and wipe down all the shelves.
2.  Categorize everything. Place all the snacks on one shelf, paper products on another shelf, etc.
3.  Use canisters and baskets. Clear canisters allow you to see when you need to replenish. Baskets are great for irregular-shaped items.
4.  Give the kids a shelf of their own. I found doing this keeps my boys from demolishing the other shelves.
5.  Train your dragons to place items back in their designated spots. Repetition and positive reinforcement produce the best results.
Closet Organization - Julie Pedraza

Closet Organization 

1.  Empty your closet. Dust and wipe each shelf.
2.  Categorize the garments by: keep, donate and sell.
3.  Organize the keepers by garment type. Hang everything in the same direction with longer items on one side.
4.  Use flocked hangers. They keep clothes from falling onto the floor. Work-out clothes and pajamas belong in drawers.
5.  Place your handbags high and your shoes low. Grandpa always told me, “Keep your money high.” As for shoes, they’re germy. Keep them on their own shelf or on the floor.
Office Organization - Julie Pedraza

Office Organization 

1.  Go digital. Scan paper documents and receipts and shred them. If a natural disaster hits your home, you’ll need electronic copies.
2.  Create a designated spot for mail in the office, not on the kitchen counter. Toss the junk mail in your recycle bin and place the bills on your desk for payment.
3.  Store office supplies in drawers, baskets and bins.
4.  Organize books by business and pleasure.
5.  Label binders, baskets, and bins your family members use. Spell it out for them IN BIG LETTERS. Make it easy for them to succeed.

The very best way to stay organized is to tidy every day. This makes upkeep much easier. Pay attention to your habits and create organization systems around those habits. By following these steps and finding the methods that work best for you, you will create a tidier home that brings a sense of calm and order to your life.

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