Use our comprehensive plan for organizing your home, one bit at a time.
Organizing your home can be an overwhelming task. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. Follow this easy 30-day plan for a de-cluttered and organized home.
For each day, sort the items in your space into three piles labelled “Toss,” “Donate” and “Keep.” Be ruthless. The goal is to eliminate any unnecessary clutter first. You can then look at how you want to sort and organize the remaining items.
Day 1: Paperwork
Get rid of any junk mail immediately and create a filing system in a central location to store bills, receipts and other important information you need to keep.
Day 2: Front Entryway
Cut down on the daily clutter by creating a place for keys, bags, umbrellas and other frequently used items. Use wall hooks, trays, a small drawer unit or a pretty basket on the floor to keep these items organized.
Day 3: Coat Closet or Mudroom
Put out-of-season items into storage and donate any other items you no longer use or need. Place footwear on shoe racks or in bins, and ensure there are enough hooks or hangers to hold all of your family’s coats.
Day 4: Purse
Empty out all receipts, garbage and any items you do not use regularly. Use a small pouch to hold makeup and other essentials that can easily be transferred from purse to purse. Organize pens, checkbooks and other necessities using the built-in compartments in your purse.
Day 5: Cleaning Supplies
Look for multipurpose cleaners to cut down on the amount of cleaning products in your home. Put together a portable cleaning basket you can easily take from room to room.
Day 6: Under the Kitchen Sink
Sort cleaning products and other items into bins to make things more accessible.
Day 7: Fridge
Remove all items from the fridge. Wipe down shelves and drawers. Group like items together and use bins or a lazy Susan to make objects easier to grab.
Day 8: Freezer
Remove all items and place in a cooler if needed. If you have a fairly deep freezer, use bins to hold similar items and stack on top of each other.
Day 9: Pantry
Remove all items. Try to eliminate as much packaging as possible and store items in airtight, stackable containers instead. Group all like items together.
Day 10: Kitchen Cabinets
Ensure all containers have matching lids and eliminate as many unnecessary kitchen gadgets as possible. If you are short on space, consider adding stacking shelves to your cabinets for extra storage.
Day 11: Dining Area
Commit to keeping your table clutter free. Create storage solutions for all items that frequently find their way to the table.
Day 12: Entertainment Area
Make sure all CDs, DVDs, video games and remotes are in their proper cases. Create small labels for what each remote is used for and make sure they have fresh batteries. Wipe down the entertainment centre and organize all the cords behind the electronics to avoid tangles.
Day 13: Junk Drawer
Get rid of everything that is not needed. Use inexpensive plastic containers or drawer dividers to store similar items together.
Day 14: Desk
File away any paperwork you need to keep and shred everything else. Use small bins or trays to sort smaller office supplies and only keep products you use.
Day 15: Bathroom Cabinets
Store similar items together in plastic baskets. Consider using a hanging storage unit on the inside of cabinets or purchase stacking shelves if you are short on space. To speed up the organization process, try our 30-minute bathroom quick clean.
Day 16: Medicine Cabinet
Medicine is actually best stored outside of the bathroom in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Keep your medicine cabinet reserved for those toiletries you use on a daily basis.
Day 17: Linen Closet
Fold, sort and store linens in order of importance. Try assigning a shelf to a room to keep things organized and convenient.
Tip: Store sheet sets inside the pillowcase to keep them all together.
Day 18: Makeup
Clean your makeup bag, individual compacts and brushes. Get rid of anything that is empty or doesn’t belong in there.
Day 19: Jewellery
Hang necklaces on a hook to keep from tangling and sort earrings, rings and bracelets into small containers.
Day 20: Bedroom Closet
Remove all articles from closet. Only put items back if you still wear and use them. Try sorting clothing by colour and type. Store out-of-season clothes higher up or farther back.
Day 21: Sock Drawer
Use drawer dividers to sort and organize socks and undergarments.
Day 22: Nightstand
Clear off tabletop and sort through drawers, keeping only what you would need before bed or during the night. Put away books you aren’t reading right now and dust off the lampshades.
Day 23: Kids’ Toys
Use portable bins and baskets to store similar items together. Use labels so your kids know where everything goes. (Use pictures rather than words if your kids are still young).
Day 24: Craft Space
Use jars to organize smaller supplies. Store paper in vertical storage files for easier access.
Day 25: Laundry Room
Keep a jar handy for loose items you find in pockets. Have a basket for unpaired socks. Make sure you have plenty of hangers available.
Day 26: Manuals and Warranties
Keep these all stored together in one basket or file folder. Many manuals are available online, so keep only what you need.
Day 27: Basement
Chances are this is the biggest source of clutter. Set a timer and try to get rid of as many items as possible. Use large storage totes to store seasonal items together. Labels are one of the best ways to get and stay organized in the basement.
Day 28: Magazines and Books
Let go of your magazine habit and get rid of any outdated issues. Cut out pages you would like to keep and sort into a filing system. Take pictures of specific recipes or pages and store them on your computer. Recycle or donate old books you will no longer read and sort the rest in a logical order.
Day 29: Garage
Mount pegboards or hanging shoe organizers to the wall to hang tools and gardening equipment. Use garbage cans to hold large sports equipment.
Day 30: Car
Keep a small file folder in the glove box to keep insurance papers, maps and auto receipts organized. Be sure to keep plenty of bags in the consoles to periodically collect trash.
When organization tasks are broken down, you’re able to tackle each one much more thoroughly. Plus, it’s less overwhelming than cleaning the whole house in a day or two.
Let us know about your progress in your spring cleaning!
Source : P&G everyday website, by Jennifer Lifford, January 04 2014.