It can take ages to give your home a good old clean and, let’s be real here, who has the time — or the patience — for that? Try our super clever organising hacks for a clutter free, neat home in a flash. Yes we’re taking the fuss out of your life, and helping you get your home sparkly clean and sorted in no time at all, thanks to these genius tips…
11 organising hacks you need to use
1. Sort out that linen closet
Keep track of bedding and never feel like you’re losing your mind when looking for that lost matching pillowcase again! Instead, organise all your sets and store them neatly folded inside the coordinating pillowcase. That way you’ll instantly spot what you’re looking for.
Save any incomplete sets for emergencies, or put them in the boot of your car until you (eventually) decide to donate them.
2. Pack smartly
Roll your towels rather than folding them when storing them away — they take up much less room and it’s so easy, the kids can get involved and roll their own.
It’s also much easier to see and remove one you’re looking for than when they’re packed flat.
3. Get hooked
Personal hooks are the way forward. Assign each family member their own towel hook in the bathroom — and get them to use it! It may not completely stop them from leaving a damp pile of towels on the floor but, hey, it’s a start!
This can also work in hallways and kitchens — especially if your family is in the habit of leaving their jerseys and bags lying around everywhere but where they belong.
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4. Set a tidy time
One of our super easy organising hacks is to do a 10-minute pick-up every evening. Set this rule for adults and kids: at some point after 5pm everyone has to pitch in and do a quick tidy and throw away any rubbish — it needn’t take long and the house will look neater every day.
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5. Do a bit of organsing
If you’ve got a bit of time, reorganise your shelves and sort books according to colour; it’s organised prettiness and you won’t believe the difference it makes! Add those little decor accents that are cluttering up another spot between the different colours — it couldn’t be easier! Plus it’s a great opportunity to donate any books that you no longer want.
6. Get cupboard savvy
Hang a tension rod across the front of your cupboard under the sink. You can hang your spray bottles neatly from it, which will give you more space underneath for sponges and cloths. Genius!
7. Create a mini library
Give some of your books a home in the bathroom. C’mon, be honest, it’s the best place to catch up on a chapter — well, if you ever get 2 minutes to yourself, that is. Try using hangers or an old ladder for book and magazine storage — they’re a great space-saving alternative to shelves and they look gorgeous.
8. Be the toy police
Messy offspring (is that even a question?!)? Assign each child a colour (it might be stretching it a bit to give one to hubby, too!), and a coordinating crate. Encourage them to tidy their toys into their box at the end of each day — any toys left out go to ‘toy jail’.
9. Get technical
Try the Pomodoro technique… This simple technique means that for every 25 minutes of work, you get to relax for 5 minutes. So, set a timer and get to it with a duster, then take a 5-minute break — enough time for a cuppa (
wine tea, obviously) or even a smug, ‘look at my tidy living room’ Facebook status update. Honestly, it’ll be over quicker than you think.
10. Create your own secret messy area
Be like Monica Geller in Friends, have a room for mess (you know the episode, The One With The Secret Closet). Be realistic, while these organising hacks are great, it’s also true that your whole home won’t stay spotless, so it’s a good idea to create a place to put the mess. If you have children, create this space so they can share it, too — they’ll probably need it more than you.
11. Remove what you don’t need
Unhook everything from coat or bag racks and sort out what you really need. You only need one handbag, umbrella or jacket readily available, but we bet you’ve got at least three dotted around the house — the same goes for hats.