• Lahni Carney

How to Organize any Area of your Home (The Ultimate Guide)

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

1. Take everything out of your area

When organizing, the best place to start is with a blank slate.

It's one of the most important things to do when you are organizing. Clearing the space will make it easier to categorize and visualize how to use and organize the space once you've purged the items you don't need anymore.

Oftentimes, my clients come to me and say that they are overwhelmed. So we always start with taking everything out of the space.

When you see a clear space it changes the psychology of your mind. In order to create a new functioning space, it's best to categorize all the items you're pulling out as you take them off the shelves/racks/floor (I will talk a little bit more about that later).

Having a space that is filled with a ton of different small items, like a linen closet that has a lot of toiletries or different utility items for your home can make it feel really cluttered.

By creating an organizational system, you will be much more able to maintain the organization and give you time to do the things that you love, like spending time with family, your hobbies or your career.

When you try to organize within the space, it can become overwhelming, leading you to stop before you can finish!

2. Categorize all of your items and get rid of trash

Just like we were talking about before, it's important to categorize your items when you are pulling them out of the space.

Psst! This is the secret of how all organizers stay organized.

When you are looking for a specific item, it is easier to find when you it has a designated home.

For example, if you are looking for a new toothbrush or some extra floss, you can find it in a basket labeled "teeth".

This cuts down on the time you used to take searching for items and it allows you to more easily put things away, which decreases the clutter (AND your stress!).

For example, when I am organizing a kitchen for a client, I not only thinking about the way things will fit into the cabinets, but also the functionality and efficiency.

To illustrate, I put spices to the right of the stove either in a drawer (this is my preferred method because you can more easily see all of the spices and easily keep them alphabetized) or in the cabinet.

It's also smart to keep the plates nearby the stove, because you'll be grabbing the plate to dish up your food.

It's best to put lesser use items like Thanksgiving China or special party or event serving dishes in a space that is not as frequently used (either up high or in a cabinet that isn't in the main cooking station.

3. Purge Items