Are you looking for home organization ideas and inspiration from Marie Kondo? You are in the right place! I have gathered a ton of the best home organization hacks and tips and put them all in this post to make it easy for you to keep track of.
This post is going to be all about home organization ideas and decluttering your home. I will dive into the Maire Kondo method and other basic storage solutions. All of these ideas will help make it easier for you to have a clutter-free home.
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Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
By now we have all heard of Marie Kondo and her new show on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. But if you haven’t there is a new craze going on where people are decluttering and cleaning out closets and rooms like crazy. All inspired by Marie Kondo.
Tidy guru Marie Kondo comes to the rescue by helping people tackle the clutter that’s holding them back. It all comes down to one question: does it spark joy? Her clients are swimming in the stuff, but Marie Kondo loves a good mess. Now, she’s sharing her innovative method for clearing out clutter and choosing joy.Marie Kondo Netflix
That excerpt is from her Netflix show. The show videos her going to homes and showing them how to organize their homes. She also has four books out. I will dive into her methods from her books below.
According to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up), these are the steps you should take to help tidy up your home…
Clean your home in the right order
Don’t just wing it. There is a special order to cleaning that will make it easier. Instead of going room by room try her method. Having a plan is necessary to achieve a neat home where everything has its place. According to Marie Kondo, there is a correct order to follow when organizing your stuff.
- Papers or bills etc
- Other household items; miscellaneous random items cluttering up your flat surfaces and drawers.
- Sentimental items – trophies, postcards, letters and old pictures or albums.
Organize by categories, not by rooms
Most people tend to clean room by room, moving from one to another. While it might seem convenient, it can be counterproductive. Mail and papers are good examples of things that tend to get spread out around the house – a pile here, a pile there. If you organize room by room, as opposed to categories, you won’t see the full picture of your stuff.
Stop stacking things
This is one of the main principles of Marie Kondo’s method. According to her putting things in piles is detrimental in so many ways. For example, we tend to forget about items that end up on the bottom of a pile. Plus, when stacking things on top of one another, it’s easy to go on forever without noticing how much stuff you’ve accumulated. It makes sense if you think about it. Finding something on a shelf rather than in the bottom of a pile would be easier.
Arrange your clothes folded vertically and by color
Do you have a massive pile in a closet of clothes? Or in a shelf somewhere in your room or home? It’s so easy to forget about all of the clothes on the bottom or hidden. I know I have bins of stuff in my closet and I am not utilizing most of them because they are hidden Out of sight, out of mind.
To tackle this issue, Marie Kondo recommends dividing clothes by categories, folding them and storing vertically when possible for better visibility. Keep clothes of the same color together arranging them from darkest to lightest, left to right respectively, creating a gradient.
Only hang clothes that have to be hanged. When hanging them try to arrange them in a way so they rise towards the right. Longer, heavier items should stay on the left side, shorter and lighter items on the right side creating a sort of a triangle. There are numerous benefits to doing so. You’ll get a better understanding of your wardrobe, what you have, what you need, and what you can get rid of.
Check out this video of Marie Kondo folding, showing you how to fold the items and store them.
Keep all the paper in one spot.
The first thing to do is to gather all of your papers. Yes, every paper you can find in your whole dang house. Leave the sentimental things out of it for now (that comes later), but grab each and every important and unimportant-looking piece of paper you can find and dump it all in one place. Next throw most of it away.
Well, almost all of it. She recommends only keeping documents that fall into one of three categories: currently used, needed for a limited period of time, and documents that have to be kept forever. For example, your birth certificate and social security card. The rest have to go.
Store bags in another bag.
Totes, handbags, clutches, backpacks any of these things take up a lot of precious space. Nest bags of the same type into one another! Make sure to also keep the handles out where you can see them and easily grab them.
Would you like this killer checklist to help get you organizing the Marie Kondo Netflix way? This checklist is available at Making Lemonade Blog and is super awesome.
Home Organization Ideas that Aren’t from Marie Kondo
My house is hard to keep up I’m not going to lie. I am trying to run this business and get my blog up and running all while staying home with my two and four year old. Organizing is the only way I stay sane.
I have really been organizing my time lately and it’s helping a lot. I won’t dive into that here but if you want to read about my favorite planners and why I love them head to this blog post.
Now let’s get to some more fun organizing ideas for your home. Probably one of my all-time favorite organizing hacks is the door organizer.
I have written about them before and I still love mine. There are so many different ones to choose from but they really do free up space in drawers and shelves. Here are a few of my favorite ones. Click on the pictures to be taken to Amazon.
Ikea Organization Hacks
If you are a frequent flyer on my blog you know I am obsessed with Ikea. You can see our Ikea farmhouse kitchen makeover here. I compiled a list of some of my favorite Ikea organization hacks for you.
This is probably a biggie, pantry organization. It’s the one part of the house everyone uses multiple times a day. And probably like my kids most don’t put anything back or at least not back in the right place.
These tips and photos will hopefully help you get inspired to organize the crap out of your pantry and keep it tidy and functional.
Organizing Pantry Checklist
Take a look at this awesome checklist to get organized from Real Simple.
- Assess the contents. Start by taking stock of what you’ve got. Past its prime? Throw it out. Never going to use it? Donate it.
- Store foods systematically. Canisters of flour, bottles of cooking oil, and common canned foods should be at waist level for easiest access. Less frequently used canned goods should be stacked on lower shelves with labels facing you. Lightweight items, such as cereals and pasta, are perfect for high shelves.
- Choose the right containers.Glass is convenient because it can be microwaved, refrigerated, and cleaned in a dishwasher, but, of course, it’s breakable. Choose glass containers with rubber seals to lock in freshness. If you opt for plastic, buy containers free of Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many polycarbonate plastics that may migrate from containers to food (types 3 and 7 plastics may contain BPA).
- Tuck away delicate glassware. Place it on a high shelf and arrange pieces by size—small in front, taller in back. They’ll be easier to reach and less likely to break.
- Leverage leftover space. Consider delegating an area at the rear of the pantry to little-used pans and appliances.
- Stow spices.Keep spices in carefully labeled, airtight tins or jars. (You can buy spice kits or devise your own system using recycled containers.) Place tins in a lidded box on a pantry shelf and jars in a spice rack on a pantry wall or door.
- Declutter cleaning supplies. If you keep cleaning products in the pantry, gather them in bins, buckets, or baskets. Install hooks and pegs on every available inch of the pantry door to hold brooms, mops, aprons, etc.
- Stash a step stool. If retrieving items from high shelves is difficult, invest in a collapsible step stool that you can fold and hang on the back of the door or tuck into a recessed space.
If you ant the motherload of all things farmhouse pantry head over to my Pinterest board Farmhouse Pantry Organization & Ideas board. It’s below for inspo!
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