Want to where to start organising your home and more importantly, stay organised? We’ve got 130 awesome home organisation tips and tricks filtered by the different areas of the house, so you can start ticking them off the list when you can fit them in.
1. Have an ‘in-tray’ for important paperwork that needs to be dealt with immediately such as permission slips.
2. Keep all of your instruction manuals together in one binder.
3. Keep all of your take-away menus together in one binder.
4. Use a charging station to keep all devices charged while preventing the wires getting tangled.
5. Hang a shopping list on the fridge, then add to it as you run out of items so that you don’t forget anything.
6. Keep a list of toiletries that you need on your phone so that you can add them to your shopping list without forgetting any.
7. Put hooks on the inside of the cupboard doors so bags of fresh garlic/onions can be hung up and made more easily accessible.
8. Waste less by putting new fruit and veg underneath the older ones so that they are used before they begin to rot.
9. Recycle small glass jars and use them to store cotton buds and hair ties.
10. Store hand/bath towels rolled up in a basket in the bathroom so they are avaliable as needed.
11. Store kids bath toys in a mesh bag and hang to drain.
12. Use a shower organiser and only store the essentials in it, e.g. shampoo, conditioner, body wash.
13. Pour left over shampoo into a new bottle, removing the risk of running out mid shower.
14. Keep cleaning products in a plastic caddy — this will also prevent them from falling over.
15. Allocate kids a towel set by colour, making sorting laundry much easier.
16. Get a bench with hidden storage under the seat.
17. Use a combination of shelves and wooden baskets to effectively store clutter.
18. Store kids toys in large plastic containers and label according to category.
19. Store your favourite pages from magazines in a plastic folder, recycle the rest.
20. Store plastic bags inside a tissue box until they are needed.
21. Hang a chalk board or whiteboard in the kitchen for reminders.
22. Get a magnetic strip mounted on the wall to hold your keys.
23. Get a jewellery tree to hang necklaces from so that they don’t get tangled.
24. Keep a folder of cards for all occassions so that you have a backup for special events.
25. Use draw organisers or ice cube trays to keep your hair clips and makeup organised.
26. Use white address label stickers to label what each wire in the power bar is for.
27. Use a shoe organizer to organise small kids toys and art supplies.
28. Use biscuit tins to store art suplies and crayons.
29. Fold and store the fitted sheet, duvet sheet and pillowcase inside the second pillowcase.
30. Cut out the panel at the end of a shoe box. You can then stack your shoes away and still have easy access to them.
31. Organise your wardrobe into categories such as type, colour or occasion for quick and easy access to your clothes.
32. Hang hooks on the door to make use of vertical space for frequently used items.
33. Organise and group similar items by use case like a chef — e.g. cooking, cleaning, prep, storage.
34. Use labelled separators when filing paperwork so you can easily find important documents.
35. Group important documents together by use case — e.g. travel, insurance, medical.
36. Recycle gift-wrap ribbons by using them to tie up loose cords in your utility closet.
37. Use dedicated scarf, tie and belt holders in your wardrobe to separate clothing categories.
38. Keep a recipe book with a folder at the back so that you can store printed recipes.
39. Make space by putting your CDs in organizers and ordering by genre, artist or year of release.
40. Buy a hotel-style hairdryer that can be installed on the wall to save space, time and energy in a small bathroom.
41. Use an extra wine rack to hold rolled-up magazines.
42. Shrink-wrap out of season clothes, blankets and duvets to save space while storing.
43. Use the reusable vinyl zip pouches that came with your sheets to store cloth napkins. Use one pouch per set and label the quantity with a Sharpie.
44. Stash kids’ art supplies on a lazy Susan so everything is easily accessible.
45. Organise household bills by month in a binder.
46. Hold onto paint chips, fabric and swatches from your last redecorating session. You may need to reference them later.
47. Have a shoe rack beside the front door so that shoes aren’t left in a pile or scattered all over the house.
48. Keep piggy banks in the kitchen & living room so that there aren’t piles of change laying around and you save without realising.
49. Get an automatic hose reel that winds itself up so save time and effort when gardening.
50. Choose: wire, plastic or wood hangers and unify them in each closet.
51. Use pillboxes to stash your earrings and rings when traveling.
52. Tie ribbon loops on the end of broom and mop poles and hang them from hooks in your closet, garage or utility closet.
53. Keep all of your party supplies in one box stored in the garage/loft that can be pulled out as needed and then returned.
54. Burn digital images to CD once a month so you’ll never lose them if your computer crashes — unless they’re being stored in the cloud.
55. Get a paper shredder for efficient shredding of no longer needed documents.
56. Keep at least one spare of each of your toiletries in case you were to run out unexpectedly.
57. Store a box of wrapping paper, ribbons and cellotape that can be only accessed for occasional gift wrapping.
58. Plan meals for the week before you do your weekly shop to prevent any food waste and minimise unnecessary spending.
59. Keep a flashlight accessible, e.g. in a kitchen draw, in the case of a power cut.
60. Use sticky notes, an organizer or a smartphone up to manage important to-do’s.
61. Place all accessories such as hair spray and lotion in a plastic tub and store in the cupboard until they’re needed.
62. Install a magnetic strip in your medicine cabinet and hang tweezers, nail clippers and scissors from it.
63. Install hooks on a wall or the back of your bathroom door for towels and robes.
64. Place baskets in your closet for laundry and dry cleaning.
65. Organize your cabinets into several categories such as plates, glasses, plastic containers, etc.
66. Group your foods together in the pantry — keeping like items together — for easy access and inventory assessment.
67. Put packets of gravy, Jell-O, and other sauces in a basket on a shelf.
68. Purchase stackable containers to maximize your cupboard space.
69. Get in the habit of cleaning out your refrigerator every time you bring home groceries.
70. Put a waterproof clock in the bathroom so you have no excuse to be late
71. Keep a stepstool in the bottom of your wardrobe so that you can quickly reach higher shelves.
72. Hang a flat organiser with transparent pockets inside your closet door.
73. Take advantage of underused hall space with floor-to-ceiling shelves.
74. Colour code keys for different areas of the house so that it is easy to find them in a rush.
75. Use drawer dividers to separate lights from darks, scarves from belts, or socks from underwear.
76. Make use of corner shelves in smaller rooms to make them feel bigger.
77. Organise your books by colour.
78. If you’re lacking in space but want a bookshelf, try getting shallow shelves and storing the books face out.
79. If desk space is an issue, wall-mount your computer screen.
80. Store your utensils near to where they are used, e.g. knives next to the chopping board, pots and pans next to the stove.
81. Does that breadmaker really get used? Consider storing large appliances that are rarely used in the cupboard until needed.
82. Store cooking equipment that you use most regularly at eye level for easy access.
83. Keep things such as tea, coffee, and sugar in see-through jars so you can easily see if they need replenishing.
84. Consider storing special-occasion dinnerware away from the kitchen if it’s not used often.
85. Store cups and saucers together — it allows them to be stacked higher, saving room, as well as looking better.
86. Use lazy susans when storing spices to maximise space in cupboards.
87. Get an under-shelf wire rack to put over a shelf to take advantage of the free space below in the cupboard.
88. The heat and humidity in a bathroom can cause certain medicines to lose potency before they expire.
89. Use adjustable shelves in your wardrobe so you can alter it as needed.
90. Install shelves in the bottom of your wardrobe so you can easily access your shoes.
91. Make use of high ceilings by storing out of season clothing/bags up high.
92. If the inside of your wardrobe is dark, install lights to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
93. Scan important documents onto your computer to prevent loss and save room.
94. Create photo albums for milestone events and store them somewhere accessible such as a bookcase.
95. Don’t use photo albums with adhesive backings as it can make them difficult to remove later and affect the colour of the photograph.
96. Use a cutlery sorting tray in the bathroom to organise the families dental supplies such as tooth brushes and floss.
97. Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and nail clippers.
98. Get a locker in the garage for each family member to keep messy things in, e.g. wellies.
99. Use a magnetic strip to hold drill bits.
100. Use overhead storage racks in the garage to make use of the extra head space.
101. Use a peg board to store your tools for easy access.
102. An Ottoman bed can dramatically increase storage space in your bedroom.
103. A hollow footstool can be used to store magazines, newspapers and TV remotes.
104. Make use of the space under the coffee table by keeping a storage basket underneath for magazines and other clutter.
105. Less is more when it comes to photos in the living room — too many will make it look untidy.
106. Organise your spices by cuisine, and put the more frequently used ones at the front.
107. If you’re lacking in towel storage, invest in some towel hooks. They’re inexpensive and conserve space.
108. Purchase a drawer organiser and categorise your make up — e.g. lips, eyes and face.
109. Make use of the space above your toilet by installing a cabinet — it’s the ideal place for storing spare toilet rolls.
110. Hang bikes, skateboards, tools, etc. on the wall in the garage to increase the amount of avaliable floor space.
111. If you haven’t worn an item of clothing in more than a year, consider donating it to charity to keep your wardrobe organised.
112. Keep a maximum of three sets of sheets for each bed — one set on the bed, one in the laundry and one in storage.
113. Store spare chargers and extension cords in a box, separated by upright toilet roll tubes so that they don’t tangle.
114. Install a bar across the cupboard under the sink to hang cleaning products from by the handle.
115. Arrange folded t-shirts horizontally so that they won’t get creased every time you remove one.
116. If you’re always losing your bobby pins, store them in an empty tic-tac case.
117. Store your most needed tools closest to your cooking area for efficient prep.
118. Store tupperware inside eachother to conserve space.
119. Hang pots and pans on hooks to conserve storage space.
120. Put your spices in metal containers and stick them on magnetic strips on the inside of a cupboard door.
121. Use pan dividers to make it easier to access your pans.
122. Use velcro to stick kids teddies to the inside of their wardrobe — make sure the soft side is on the teddy so they arent rough.
123. Storing your cosmetics on a lazy susan is a great way to make it easier to access them.
124. Put colour coded tags on towels if they are all the same colour so the family can keep track of which towel is theirs.
125. Create a hair caddy with a hairdryer, brushes, combs, etc. and store it under the sink.
126. Get an extendable under sink shelf organiser to maximise the space.
127. Purchase a magnetic board, then stick magnets to your makeup so that it can be stored vertically.
128. Clean your oven by mixing baking soda and water, then paste inside your over. Leave to dry for 4 hours then scrape out.
129. Natural light can give the illusion of space. Combine minimalism with small statement pieces to give your room character.
130. Create a personal care package that includes first aid, nail care, dental supplies and travel accessories.
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