100 Best Organizing Tips & Ideas For Easy Home Organization

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All of us want, in our heart of hearts, to have an organized home. Sometimes you wonder where to start and how long it takes.

There are thousands of organizing tips and ideas out there to choose from, so which are the easiest ones to implement?

After all, you want your homes to be organized and easy to maintain. This way, you spend less time taking care of your home and more time living your life!

There are certain tried and true organizing tips to follow to get your home organized quickly.

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When you assign a home to all your belongings, putting them away is quick and easy. The problem happens when you don’t know where to put your things, and they start piling up around your home.

The best way to organize your home is to find a way that works best for you. Every person is different and has their way of doing things. The way your best friend organizes their house may not work for you.

When you tweak organizing strategies to fit you and your personality, the organizing sticks. The trick is to find the way that works for you and to make organizing fun.

Here are 100 of the all-time best organizing tips and ideas for easy home organizing.

1. Have a place for everything, and put everything in its place.

This means when you take something out, put it back when you're finished with it.

2. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

Advice from William Morris, a late 19th-century English craftsman that's still quite relevant to this day!

3. Later is not a time.

When you say you’re going to do something, assign a day and time to it. Then it will happen.

When you say, "I’ll do it later," you’re giving yourself permission not to do it.

4. Beware of doing "one more" thing.

People sometimes want to do one more "quick" thing before they leave the house, and then they're late. Don’t do it!

5. Focus on what's important.

Ask what is the best use of my time right now?

6. Set priorities each day.

Even if it's just one small area to clean or organize.

7. Keep it simple.

Don't go overboard and wear yourself out.

8. Listen to yourself.

Resist the urge to organize your home the way your best friend does; it may not work as well for you.

9. Consider your lifestyle.

As you work to get better organized, take your good habits and routines into consideration.

10. Sort like with like.

Group things by category. It makes them easier to find.

This applies to almost everything in your home. In your closet, sort your clothes so that you have pants together, tops together, and so on.

11. One in, one out.

Before you bring something new into your home, decide what you will let go of.

12. Close the loop.

Certain tasks have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Close the loop and see the task through to the end before saying it’s done.

Laundry, for example, is done when the clean clothes are put away — not when they come out of the dryer.

13. Use vertical space.

Make use of vertical space in closets with stacking drawers, bins, or hanging canvas shelves. In the kitchen, store trays, platters, baking sheets, and tins on their sides.

14. Keep things near where you use them.

In the kitchen, keep potholders near the oven. Keep office supplies near the office area.

15. Put things you rarely use in harder-to-reach places.

Only use that crockpot during the winter? Store it in the back behind your more-used pots.

16. Organize your pantry shelves like they're at the grocery store.

Keep oils and vinegar together, baking supplies together, cereals, and snack bars, etc.

17. Plan your meals.

This way, you'll know exactly what food you need and won't buy excess.

18. Use what you have first.

Shop from your pantry and freezer before going to the grocery store.

19. Use the kitchen cabinet doors as storage places.

Install organizers for plastic wrap, tin foil, or pot lids on the inside of kitchen cabinet doors.

20. Use shelf risers.

Put these in your bathroom and kitchen to make use of vertical space inside a cabinet.

21. Install hooks for mugs.

This will use vertical space and give you more room for your coffee cups.

22. Keep small kitchen appliances in a cupboard.

If you don’t use them frequently, put them away, instead of leaving them on the kitchen counter.

23. "Containerize" condiments in your refrigerator.

This keeps them together and minimizes the mess from spills.

24. "Containerize" snacks.

And keep them where your children can reach them!

25. Put dry soup and seasonings in a bin in the pantry.

This way there's only one spot to look for them.

26. Label your containers.

This way, your family knows where to look for things, or if you're out.

27. Label shelves in the pantry.

This method makes putting the groceries away a breeze.

28. Sort through your recipes.

Decide if you need to keep all of them.

29. Remove duplicate cooking utensils.

Bonus: Donate the ones you don’t need.

30. Evaluate your dishes and glassware.

Donate or toss anything chipped or stained.

31. Sort your plasticware.

Match up the pieces and toss or recycle any that are warped, stained, or don’t match.

32. Sort your travel mugs and water bottles.

Again, match up the pieces and toss or recycle any that don’t have a mate.

33. Use an over-the-door shoe holder.

Store your travel mugs and water bottles in an over-the-door clear pocket shoe holder if you have a pantry.

34. Evaluate your vases.

Get rid of those you don't use or that you have too many of.

35. Empty the dish rack once a day.

This allows dirty dishes to go in there and not the dishwasher.

36. Clear the sink and counter of dirty dishes once a day.

Don't let them pile up, because it might leave you feeling overwhelmed.

37. Set up a command center in the kitchen.

Do this with a dry-erase board for messages and maybe a family calendar.

38. Use a key holder.

Where you enter the house as a designated spot to hold your keys.

39. Put a waterproof tray on the floor near your entry.

To keep shoes and boots from tracking dirt.

40. Use door space for winter clothes.

Use an over-the-door pocket holder in your coat closet to hold hats, scarves, and gloves.

41. Put a small trashcan on the floor of your closet.

To hold umbrellas!

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42. Put reusable totes on the shelf.

Organize the shelf in the coat closet to hold tote bags.

43. Sort your shoes and gloves.

Donate those without a match. There may be a person who needs just one shoe or one glove.

44. Keep loose DVDs in a binder.

No case? No problem.

45. Use a tray to hold the remotes.

Just make sure they go back when you're done.

46. Regularly sort through the magazines.

Recycle them!

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47. Do a sweep at the end of every day.

Tidy the communal living spaces

48. Create a "homeless container."

For the things you collect in the family room that belong in other rooms, etc.

49. Schedule time to deliver the things to where they belong.

Once per day.

50. Use slim hangers.

This saves space in your closet.

51. Remove wire hangers.

See if your dry-cleaner can use them.

52. Keep a donate bag in your closet.

This is for clothes that are too big, too small, or that you don’t like.

53. Remove out-of-season clothing.

Put it away or donate it.

54. Use under-bed storage boxes

To store out-of-season clothing, shoes, and more.

55. Put shoes you only wear on special occasions in clear boxes.

Stack them on the shelf above the clothing.

56. Store sets of sheets in a pillowcase.

Easy access.

57. Roll towels instead of folding.

To save space in the linen closet.

58. Have hooks on the closet door.

For your child’s backpack, your purse, and other items.

59. Use a tray to corral small jars on your vanity.

This keeps them from moving!

60. Limit the number of soaps.

And shampoos, conditioners, and other cleansers in the shower or tub.

61. Store anti-bacterial wipes under the bathroom sink.

For quick clean-ups!

62. Store extra tissue and toilet paper under the bathroom sink.

This saves space in your closet or pantry.

63. Regularly sort through makeup.

Toss any you don’t like or that's expired.

64. Create a school supply caddy.

Your child will have the school supplies they need at their fingertips, no matter where they do their schoolwork.

65. Create a missing piece container.

For puzzle pieces, game pieces, Legos, and toy-related accessories.

66. Label toy boxes with a picture of the contents.

To make picking up easy for everyone.

67. Reduce the number of games and toys out.

Put other toys away out of sight.

68. Swap games and toys in and out.

Keep children engaged by reducing the number of choices.

69. Sort through artwork and school papers with your child.

Once a month or so, go through school items and decide what to keep.

70. Put your recycling bin near where you bring in your mail.

That's in an easy-to-reach place.

71. Recycle mail you don't want.

you bring it into the house.

72. Use a tray or a basket to hold mail.

Then, go through it at least once a week and handle it or put it away.

73. Assign a verb to papers.

"Read," "Pay," "File," or "Do."

74. Use a slim desktop file holder.

As a temporary holding spot for papers, so they don’t pile up

75. Plan a time to follow up with the processed papers.

Don't let it build up.

76. Tidy your desk at the end of every workday.

It will feel so much better!

77. Schedule time to evaluate the papers in your file cabinet.

Evaluate what you’re keeping annually.

78. Have a dedicated tax file.

Put any tax-related paper into this file, so you don’t need to search for them.

79. Organize your computer files.

Because those get out of hand, too.

80. Evaluate the documents you keep in computer files.

Delete downloads you don’t need. File the ones you do.

81. Evaluate your phone's contacts.

Delete any obsolete apps, photos, videos, or anything else you don’t need.

82. Clean your phone and computer keyboard regularly.

Once a week is good.

83. Regularly sort your email.

Sort your email so it doesn't get out of hand. 

84. Delete any old, unnecessary messages.

Organize your passwords, too.

85. Look through old mail folders.

Delete anything obsolete.

86. Look through old document folders.

Delete anything obsolete.

87. Keep your purse organized.

Toss the trash, and put money and credit cards away.

88. Assign specific places for keys, phone, and wallet.

Both in your bag and when they're out in the house.

89. Make your bed every day.

It only takes a few minutes.

90. Hang up or put away clothes that don’t need to be washed after you’ve worn them.

If they're reusable, put them away.

91. Put the laundry into a hamper.

In. The. Hamper.

92. The floor is not an option for clothes.

Seriously. Put them up or in a basket.

93. Have a small tray to hold jewelry.

On your dresser or bathroom counter.

94. Sort the jewelry in the small tray.

Simplify it.

95. Match up earrings.

Straighten necklaces and put your jewelry away.

96. Limit the number of books and magazines on your bedside table.

What you're reading currently should be fine!

97. Keep your car organized.

Sort the contents of the glove compartment. Shred any old car registration documents or old insurance cards.

Check to verify the current car registration and insurance are in the glove compartment.

98. Keep necessary health items in your car.

This includes tissues, extra masks, hand sanitizer, and a small trashcan in the car.

99. Keep reusable bags in the trunk.

This way, whenever you need to shop, you've got an alternative to plastic.

100. Keep coupons in the car.

Check before you shop! Clean them out once a month or so.

Build organizing your home into part of what you do each day.

Organizing becomes drudgery when everything is left in disarray until such time as you can’t take it anymore, and then spend an entire day dealing with the clutter.

Spending a little time each day focused on organizing your home is easy and keeps your home better organized.

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Diane N. Quintana is a certified professional organizer owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize in Atlanta, GA. Diane specializes in residential and home-office organizing and working with people affected by ADD, hoarding challenges, and chronic disorganization. Sign up to get more organizing tips in Diane’s Monthly Newsletter.