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How To Be Organized At Home (and STAY organized!)

Updated on March 17, 2015

How To Get Organized and STAY Organized!

Hi, My name is Sara (pronounced Sarah) and I have struggled for some time to become organized and I would love to help others with some of the tips that I found helped me to finally call myself ORGANIZED!

I completely understand how hard it is to find the time to sort through the clutter and organize your home, but trust me once it is done you must make a conscious effort to keep it that way. I found that after a few months that it became habit and it didn't feel like so much of an effort. I will admit that it was (and still is) much harder to get the kids to stay organized, but we are still working on that.

ONE ROOM AT A TIME! - Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew!

To get your whole house organised you need to work through one room at a time - this is the process I went through for each and every room in my house. It took me some time, but I made sure that I did AT LEAST one room every week until it was finished.

  1. EMPTY it right down to the bare bones.

    That means get EVERY little thing out of the room.

    This is good time to scrub and get in to all of the nooks and crannies.

    At the same time a fantastic chance to decorate!


    Go through every little thing that you removed of the space and make a decision if you get rid of it or retain it.

    My mantra was "Love It" , "Use It" or "LOSE IT"

    Unfortunately my husbands mantra is "It might come in handy one day"


    Evaluate and sort out your needs

    Recognize your own space restrictions. You can not have every little thing in the limited area that you have!

    You may want a huge plasma TV but will it really fit in your lounge room?

    Exactly what activities will take place in this space? Is it adult or child focused?

    Just what kind of storage will most effectively satisfy your requirements?

Keep quality! Get rid of quantity!

Clutter will eventually make you feel so worn out and tired, it will keep you in the past and also distract you from important things!

Everything needs to have a place & everything should stay in its place.

Clutter is simply an extension of what is going on inside you - cluttered home = cluttered life!

I Highly Recommend That You Grab a Copy of This Book

Small Space Organizing: A Room by Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space
Small Space Organizing: A Room by Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space

Kathryn Bechen's "Small Space Organizing" is filled with ideas and tips for decorating and organizing rooms, closets and every other area of your home! ”

Just reading this book will help you find the motivation that you will need to finally get rid of things you no longer want or need. ”


Take Time To Declutter

Take Time To Declutter
Take Time To Declutter

Some More Great Home Organization Ideas From Amazon - Tame the clutter monster and get rid of clutter for good!

Get some inspiration for organizing your home

Nicely Organized - Some ideas and inspiration

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Good IdeasI love thisSO cuteI am not quite this organized (yet)Might try this myselfAnother cheap and cheerful storage ideaMotivating?Love this tooSome inspiration
Good Ideas
Good Ideas
I love this
I love this
SO cute
SO cute
I am not quite this organized (yet)
I am not quite this organized (yet)
Might try this myself
Might try this myself
Another cheap and cheerful storage idea
Another cheap and cheerful storage idea
Love this too
Love this too
Some inspiration
Some inspiration

Home Organization Videos - Get A Visual On How To Get Organized At Home

There are some great videos listed below, these will help you find the inspiration (and motivation) to get organized .... and .... you guessed it ... stay organized.

Does This Sound Like You? - This Was My Family Not So Long Ago!

OK this is not my room - but it wasn't almost as bad
OK this is not my room - but it wasn't almost as bad

In most family environments, the mess piles up for a multitude of reasons. The grownups leave papers and personal things all over the place. The kids clutter with toys, school work, games and books. Unfortunately Inadequate housekeeping habits end up with clean clothes in piles on the sofa, mail is sitting in piles on the kitchen bench and everyone is running around looking for their "stuff".

Mornings are hectic and stressful because everybody is looking for what they need for the day, but of course they can't remember where they left it

My main catchphrase is now ....

"Everything in its place and .... a place for everything"

I have said the word organize in my head so many times

Now it sound odd when I say it .... organize ...

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    • Greathaul2013 profile image

      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      I appreciate the apartment is small and it's a total mess at the moment. I should definitely put some of your advice to use.

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      This is really going to come in handy. Great lens.

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      SquidJenn 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Organization is really important - and a challenge. Thanks for the info.

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      webomgguy 4 years ago

      you are right about being messy... trying to make my other half read and understand how important this matter is ... man are you! right! right! right!

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      I think my mantra is the same as your husband! By the way I don't notice any credits for your pictures...even if they are you own.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      A just-in-time lens. Thankyou. We are gathering strength to uproot ourselves and move on.....

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Super lens; I'll be back to read this again later as it's just what I need. I get so much clutter around me due to lack of time! I can see you have the answers I need!

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      Aibrean82 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I need this so much. I am becoming more organised, but need inspiration to STAY organised...

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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Lots of good ideas here! I've always figured the best way to start decluttering and getting organized is by NOT bringing in new stuff, in the first place. My favourite store for organizational things is IKEA (pretty sure they are in Australia, too), they have SO many pieces of modular organization furniture, and usually designed to save space.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Some good ideas. Congratulations for making front page honors.

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      Shamim Rajabali 4 years ago from Texas

      @simplySandra: Yah same here :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I like to be organized, the only place I really need help is with my studio. I do crafting and it can get chaotic very quickly. I have bins, drawer, and shelves and a large walk in closet but it's never enough.

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      WhiteIsland 4 years ago

      I *want* to be organized... unfortunately, I have the same mindset as your husband. :P I have a really hard time sorting through things, because I am both sentimental and a hoarder. :/ My husband doesn't keep anything sentimental, but what he uses every day goes all over the place! (Socks on the floor in front of the TV or computer, shoes by every door or with the socks, pants and belts strewn about the bedroom instead of in the hamper, etc.). We are a winning combination! ;) I guess I struggle with long-term disorganization, and he struggles with short-term disorganization. LOL

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      Sara Dowling 4 years ago

      @WeeCatCreations1: Thanks for the comment, yes I agree with you there. I have found that I can power through all the organising in one big session much easier too.

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      Susan Caplan McCarthy 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I find that a big cleaning and organizing session is much easier than maintaining that organization every day.

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      Sara Dowling 4 years ago

      @simplySandra: LOL - Same here, he can never find that thing that he was hanging on to when he needs it!

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      simplySandra 4 years ago

      My mantra is just like your husband's: "it might come in handy someday"....but I can't find the item when it's come handy.

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      BettyRecki 4 years ago

      Right to the bare bone is right! I always say everything has a home, be sure to get it back there. Good Post

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      Arc4life 4 years ago

      Great Squidoo Lens about organization. We can all use this in our life.

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      Joanie Ruppel 4 years ago from Keller, Texas

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Isn't that the truth? Organizing is so hard to take hold of, but once I accomplish even a small space, it seems to motivate me to do more.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I agree with you fully-- practicing it is another matter. Still you do offer some great motivation.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      I need to declutter my house - but I'd rather be writing Squidoo lenses!

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      I agree, clutter really drags you down mentally. I like things to be organized.

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      Put things back where they belong after you are done with them. I find doing this keep everything neat and tidy.

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      AdriatiX 5 years ago

      I'm a man, but my room is always well organized. I can't say this for my sisters. :D

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      SassyGie 5 years ago

      really great tips here!

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      vegan3k 5 years ago

      Very Helpful Lens, Thanks for sharing.

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      TACTCI LM 5 years ago

      Such an organized lens! :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Yep, those photos of organized rooms are definitely inspiring for me. I'm what you'd probably consider anal about being organized. In fact, for Christmas last year, my fiance--who knows me well--bought me some storage tubs of various sizes ... and I was thrilled. (And I like the earrings inside one of them, too!)

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      Sara Dowling 5 years ago

      @Jogalog: I know the feeling, mine is a dreadful hoarder, you can imagine the "discussions" that we have had in my quest to be more organised.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I try so hard to be organised but my husband is the messiest man in the world so I struggle!

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      mi6rima lm 5 years ago

      This lens is so helpful. Thanks for posting.

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      Aquamarine18 5 years ago

      Thanks. I think everyone needs to read this lens

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      BulldogPros LM 5 years ago

      Informative Lens With A Lot Of Great (And Realistic) Ideas! Very Well Done!

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      It hard to stay organized. I like this lens on organized at home.

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      George-Christie 5 years ago

      That's a great lens! Well done!