10 Organizing Principles You Can Use For Every Room Of Your House

Last updated on September 8th, 2022

Do you ever feel like your home is constantly cluttered and disorganized? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers, an average person spends nearly three hours every day looking for misplaced items. But fret not, there is an easy fix to your problems.

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By following these 10 organizing tips, you can declutter and organize your entire home in no time.

1. Organize According To Active And Passive Zones

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Active zones are areas of your home where you typically spend a lot of time cooking, working, or relaxing. Passive zones are areas where you don’t typically spend much time, such as storage rooms or closets. Organizing your home according to these principles can help you make the most of your space.

2. Go For Open Storage

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Open storage can be beautiful as well as functional. Having open shelves in the kitchen can give the room a light and airy feel. It also allows you to see all your dishes and cookware at a glance, making it easier to find what you need. In the living room, open shelves can be used to display books, photos, and other decor items.

3. Keep Things Easily Accessible

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A core principle of keeping your home organized is that you should put your things in a place where you can easily find them in time of need. For example, if you need a flashlight, you should know exactly where to find it. Labeling things can also help you remember what they are and where they must be kept. This will help to keep your house organized and tidy.

4. Make Specific Space for Things

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Closely related to the point above, to keep things easily accessible, it’s important to make room for them. Once a place is fixed, it is easy to put them away after use. Having a place for everything and a system for putting things out can ensure that your house is always tidy.

5. Group Items by Function

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One of the best ways to organize your home is to group items by task. For example, keep all your cleaning supplies in one place so you can easily find what you need when it’s time to clean. This will save you time and frustration in the long run. Bunch frequently used items like keys and wallets in the same place where you can grab them quickly and easily.

6. Create a Way Station

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A way station is where you can put things that don’t have a specific spot. For example, you might put your keys, wallet, and phone in this area to grab them on your way out the door. Otherwise, it is easy to misplace them, calling for a frustrating last-minute search when you leave the house.

7. Subdivide for Easy Resolution

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Subdividing and conquering involves breaking down a large space into smaller, more manageable spaces. For example, when organizing your kitchen, you can subdivide the space by type of food. Put all of your canned goods in one area, dry goods in another, and so on.

8. Go Vertical to Save Space

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Utilize all the vertical space available to you by storing things on shelves and in cabinets that extend to the ceiling. Another benefit of going vertical is that it can help you easily keep track of things, as when everything is stored in one place, it can get difficult to find individual items.

9. Choose Containers According to Usage

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Choosing the right container means finding containers that are the perfect size and shape for the items you need to store. Make sure to label each container so you know what goes inside. And be sure to put everything away properly when you’re done using it.

10. Organize Items by Weight

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This means storing heavy items down low, such as in cabinets or on shelves near the floor. This helps to prevent them from falling and causing damage or injury. Consequently, keeping lighter items over heavier items allows you to track them.


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No matter where you start, following these 10 organizing principles will help you get your home in order. For more tips on decluttering or finding the right furniture for your space, explore our bevy of home improvement blog posts at Homebliss.in.