Having an organized home
can be a challenge. One of the easiest ways to organize a room is to focus on its function. Once you have identified the room’s purpose, add elements that will make it an attractive space. In a nutshell, focus on function…and form.
Your first challenge is to understand the primary purpose of each space. Define the room’s purpose in as much detail as possible. You need to think about who will use the room and when. Is it mostly for children or for the adults? Do the adults want comfortable furniture? Or something that is on-trend?
How will you know when a room is done? You’ll know you’ve accomplished your goal when each space has a clearly defined purpose, has an effective layout, and furniture, lighting, and appliances that optimize the space’s purpose, and meets your aesthetic goal.
Bedrooms, and especially the Master Bedroom should be a retreat, a place for you to escape to at the end of the day. Critically review your bedroom and if it’s cluttered with non essentials it’s time to remove these items. Is the bed still unmade? Ask yourself why? Do you need to be inspired with new linen?
Is your bedroom suffering from flat surface syndrome? If yes, store items in their proper place, or throw them out. And what about your closets? Are they in a state of chaos? If yes, determine what you love to wear and remove the rest. Remember, organizing is about paring down.
Keep bathrooms clutter free and organized at all times and you will cut your cleaning time in half. Keep them well stocked with the required items. It’s much easier to replace used supplies with fresh ones if the supplies are in the room. Powder rooms only require a supply of toilet tissue, facial tissue and hand soap, while full bathrooms also require shampoo, conditioner, bath towels, washcloths and other toiletries used daily.
Kitchen counters are prime clutter spots. They quickly get crowded with small appliances, daily mail, and decorative accessories. Here are some guidelines to avoid these pitfalls: place a basket near your entry door to capture items; reserve counter space for appliances that are used every day; limit the number of decorative items you place on your counters.
Keep your kitchen drawers organized by grouping similar items together. Store items in drawers located close to where the items will be used. Never overfill your drawers and don’t have a “junk” drawer.
Kitchen cabinets can also become cluttered very quickly, making it impossible to find what you need when you need it. To organize your cabinets, first empty contents onto the counter. Edit out the items you don’t need or use. Then group items into groups you use frequently, groups you only use seasonally, or on special occasions. Next classify your cabinets into hard-to-access and easy-to-access areas. Place seasonal and seldom used items in the hard-to-access cabinets. With the frequently used items, divide them into groups, e.g., dinnerware, glasses, pots and pans, etc. Place these items in the most logical location, e.g., pots and pans near the stove, dinnerware in a cabinet near the table, etc. Always put large or heavy items on the bottom shelf or drawer.
For both these rooms, start by removing everything that is not pertinent to that room. Then determine if your dining room is used for formal dining or more casual dining, and organize accordingly. If you use your dining room every day, you will need a greater assortment of items collocated in the room. Only display a few items. Store your good dinnerware in the cabinets, making sure to keep them safe in china protectors. Store table linens and accessories in cabinet drawers.
For your living room, organize it so that family time will be enjoyable. Use closed chests to hide remote controls and to group similar items, like magazines. As with all rooms, remove clutter on a daily basis to ensure you’re always ready for company.