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Home Organization in 5 Easy Steps
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By: Josh Webber Email Article
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While home organization comes naturally to many people, it can be a challenge for those who do not partake in such projects on a regular basis. For many of us, keeping our houses in order is something we have to constantly work at. Getting organized is often the easy part, itís staying organized that is the problem. Over time, houses get cluttered, belongings pile up and the organization process must be started all over again. How can you get organized, and, most importantly, stay organized? Here are five steps to follow to get your home organized, and keep it that way.

Where to Begin

The following tips can work for every room of the house, so try not to feel like you have to map out different rules for the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Apply these tips in every room, and soon your whole house will be organized.

If you feel like getting your whole house organized in one session would be too much of an undertaking, just start with one room. Follow steps one to five, get one room organized, then tackle each remaining room as a separate project. This can be a helpful approach if you find maintaining an orderly household to be a difficult task, because you will have only one room at a time to clean. Over time, as you get used to a maintenance routine, you can organize more rooms without feeling like you are trying to do too much.

Step One: Get Rid of the Clutter

This first step can really be a lot of fun. Take a whirlwind tour of your home with several boxes: one for items to be thrown away, one for items to be donated or sold, and one for items you want to keep. Add a fourth box for items you are not sure about. Go through your house and de-clutter, putting each item into one of the four boxes.

When youíre done, it is time to take action. Put the throw-away box out with the trash, and make plans to take the donations box to a local charity store. Save the box of things you want to keep for step four, and store the items you are not sure about somewhere safe until you decide whether you truly want them or not.

Step Two: Clean Up

Next, itís time to clean up. Once you have de-cluttered, you might be left with dusty spots and patches you didnít know you had. This is the time to get rid of those, and complete seasonal cleaning jobs like cleaning cabinets and other hard to reach places.

Step Three: Move what doesnít belong

Take a hard look at your home for items that are not in the most useful and logical locations. If you and your family have magazines in your kitchen or shoes piled up by the front door, now is the time to move them to other places where they can be organized and kept out of sight.

Step Four: A Place for Everything

Once youíve de-cluttered, cleaned, and have your possessions in the right places, itís time to organize them. This is the stage where storage equipment and space savers can come in handy. Make use of baskets and drawers, under-the-bed storage containers, shoe trees, kitchen cabinet organizers, and all the other useful items that help you organize your possessions.

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Josh Webber is a freelance writer who writes about home care and home improvement often focusing on a specific area such as home organization.

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