Living in a small home has it’s challenges, keeping it organized is top of the list. Here are 5 things you can do to make small home organizing more manageable.
I love the feeling of opening my front door and being greeted with a tidy and uncluttered home. When you live in a small space maintaining this isn’t easy.
You know there are challenges to happily living in a compact world and you have to get creative with the space you have.
We love our small home and the simplicity that came with downsizing, but the first several months had me doubting our “grand plan” of scaling down and simplifying our lives. I had a few things to learn about small home organizing to make our small space work for us.
Our closets were a mess and packed with so much stuff that it was hard to find anything. I’d put things “away” based on my old way of thinking and my old home which was more than twice the size of where we live now.
Piles were growing and it began to take forever to clean up, simply because I had so much tidying to do before I got down to the real housework. At that point, our dream of simplifying wasn’t so dreamy anymore.
I had to start changing the way I was doing things. Small home organizing is as much a thought process as it is an organization method.
Implementing this list of small home organizing strategies was the turning point to keeping my sanity and the house clutter free.
My Small Home Organizing Strategies
1. Everything has a place, and one place only.
For example, office supplies such as pens scissors, ect, all go in the office. Family board games and cards are all stored together. The beauty of a small house is it’s only a few steps to find something or put it back.
You’ll be surprised at how much precious space you can save by storing like items together and in one place when organizing your small home.
2. Put it where it belongs as you enter the house.
Mail in the basket for mail, magazines in the basket for magazines, the dog leash in the basket. Do this as you walk in the door, you’re probably walking right by that spot anyway.
It takes time to form a habit. I have read that it can take 2 months or longer, so don’t get down on yourself if you don’t remember to do it right away.
Just keep going and before long you won’t be just throwing the mail on the counter when you walk in the house.
3. Keep items handy.
When organizing a small home, keep the things you use the most where you can get to them easily
It saves time and frustration! Items that aren’t used as often can be tucked away. Keep kitchen appliances that you use often where you can get to them easily.
Put items you don’t use often in the hard to get to areas. You won’t mess up your closets and storage digging for items anymore.
4. Use storage containers to keep things organized.
Baskets and sturdy boxes are good to use when doing small home organizing. My pantry stays organized when I keep small items in baskets and use the space between for boxes.
I can easily look at my pantry an see what needs to be restocked because it’s organized and everything is always in the same place.
For more pantry organizing ideas ready my Clutter Busters For Pantry
One of the most challenging areas in small home living is the kitchen. Need more help with yours? Check out my on How to Organize a Small Kitchen to Get More Space
5. Get rid of what you don’t use and what you have that doesn’t fit.
For things you haven’t used in the last few months or items too big for your home, ask yourself, do you really need it?
Give yourself a reality check. It this more important than the stress I’m causing myself by keeping it? I realized I was holding on to way more stuff than I needed.
These are my most useful strategies for small home organizing and the easiest to do. They are also the first tips I’d share with anyone who is getting ready to downsize or is struggling with living in a small house.
By making a few changes I was able to keep the house tidy and cut down dramatically on the clutter. Most importantly, I was able to stop stressing and start enjoying our simplified life.
What’s your favorite small home organization strategy? I love when you guys share with me! Let’s talk in the comments section below.
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