5 Habits We Use to Stay Organized at Home & a Helpful Resource

5 habits our family uses to stay organized, productive, and efficient in our home & a helpful resource to help you get organized when you don’t have time.

I have vowed to make this THE year that we get the rest of our house finally organized once and for all (but then a tummy bug hit our entire family last week and then we had a three-day weekend with the kids home and… you know the drill. Life happens.)

But I’m back at it today! Come Hell or high water! And while the coat closet makeover was the perfect start last week, I’m only just getting started over here with the rest of our organizing plans. Sometimes the challenge isn’t always how to get organized; it’s how to stay organized.

Because if I open up a closet or a cabinet or a drawer and can find it completely in order with exactly what we need every day, I am a much nicer person to be around, I swear. The end result is WORTH IT!

This is happiness right here:

Total organized dork status.

If you haven’t been here very long, here’s what it looked like awhile back…

This linen closet got its makeover two years ago and it has stayed looking this organized ever since (besides the bathroom reno last spring). Because good habits mean less work!

Our family is by no means perfect with keeping things organized. We have our messes just like anyone, and we’re still a work in progress over here.

But over the years, these are the habits that have helped our family be much more functional, productive, and intentional in our home.

5 Good Habits for an Organized Home

1. Give Everything a “Home”

If all of our items have a specified place on a hook or in a labeled bin or on a shelf and everyone in our family is aware that place is that item’s home, then it’s more likely to stay that way.

Our kids’ backpacks go on hooks in our laundry room. Our toddler’s toys go in her toy basket. Our toiletries go in their little compartments in our bathroom drawers.

And all of those “homes” make maintaining and cleaning up quick and without any guesswork.

2. Declutter Regularly

When we start noticing bins/baskets getting too full or items displaced more frequently, we start getting real about what we really need and donate/discard what we’re not actually using. I edit at least one small space every day whether that’s the mail pile, the kids’ toys, my purse, etc.

3. Have Designated Pick-Up Times

There are specific times of the day when we take about 15 minutes to do a full sweep of areas in the house, and we get the kids involved (including the toddler).

Right before we leave the house, we’ll all do a quick pick-up to put away toys, shoes, laundry, and whatever other displaced items. And right after dinner, we’ll do a quick clean-up before our family’s down time before bed to handle any chores we haven’t done yet.

4. Delegate

We’re still working on the chores thing with Olivia, and since Regan is 15 months, we’re starting to teach her how to pick up her toys and throw away trash.

But usually, if we make a game out of it and have a race to clean up as quickly as we can, it works!

I will totally bribe my kid with a scoop of ice cream if it means the house gets picked up. Ain’t no shame.

5. Multitask As You Go

While I’m brushing my teeth, I’ll tidy up the bathroom.

If Robert walks to the fridge to get a snack, he’ll put any left out dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

As Olivia walks upstairs to go to bed, she has to carry up her folded laundry with her to put away.

You eat an elephant one bite at a time (I really hate that expression…blech).

Those are all total Captain Obvious tips probably, but they’re what work for us.

We’re, by no means, neat freaks whose lives revolve around keeping a tidy house 24/7. Making messes means imaginations are at work, but cleaning up means learning responsibility. It’s a fine line to walk, and that’s okay.

If you want to get serious about organizing your home this year like we are, my sweet friend Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog is the QUEEN of organizing.

She’s launching her course Impactful Habits, Organized Home starting today! And she currently has a free webinar with actionable advice for “How to Get Organized When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time”

The webinar is completely free and the paid course launch Impactful Habits, Organized Home ends January 30th.

If you’ve felt overwhelmed in your home but don’t have the time to do it all, Abby has so many tips and tricks to make the process faster. I constantly learn from her to make my own family’s life more productive and manageable.

I hope it helps!

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  1. Over the years, I have bought so much “stuff”, and then when I don’t use it anymore, I have been just storing it in the basement. Now, I am trying to purge down there and organized my first floor. I am loving all the suggestions for organizing.

  2. Everything in a place aka home means you always know where to find it. I’m a true believer in that :-). I’m a bit of a neat nerd too.