Home organization doesn't have to be overwhelming! Organize every room in your house with these practical and beautiful tips and tricks that will have your spaces tidy in no time!
Home organization can be tough, y'all! We all want to be organized. We pin all of the organizing pins. And we dream about what life will be like when we finally get organized.
But actually knocking out those organizing projects? That can be a little trickier.
I thought it might be helpful if I pulled all of my favorite home organization tips and posts into one mega blog post so we can easily find the ideas and motivation to get going on those projects we've been wanting to tackle!
Home Organization Ideas for Every Room of the House
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To make it a little easier, I divided up the tips and projects by room, so you can click the links below to be taken to the space that you most want to tackle:
- Living Room
- Dining Room
- Home Office
- Storage Spaces
- Laundry Room
Ready to jump into the home organization tips? Let's go!
Grab our free organizing guide, 7 Simple Starting Points!
This quick guide gives you 7 simple, practical ways to begin to tackle an overwhelming organizing project. (And once you get started, the momentum will help you keep going until it's complete!)
Home Organization in the Entryway
Keeping the entryway organized is important because it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Having an organized entry lets you get out the door more quickly. It also feels great to be met by a tidy space when you first walk into your house!
Here are some ways to get your entryway organized and keep it that way...
(Click on any of the photos or links in the descriptions to learn more about a particular project.)
Add a simple closet system to maximize your coat closet space.
The addition of a few extra shelves and baskets or an additional rail can really help the closet feel less cluttered and more organized.
Install a few wall hooks for to easily hang jackets.
The easier it is for family members to hang up their gear, the more likely they'll be to do it. Hooks will often have a greater success rate than hangers.
Create built-ins in an unused space to add storage.
An otherwise bare nook can become a helpful storage spot with the addition of a few drawers and hooks. And it looks pretty too!
Don't be afraid to re-imagine your space.
We turned this shallow former pantry into a mini-mudroom, with lower hooks for the kids so they could hang their own gear.
Have a designated in/out box for paperwork and action items.
Having a central location for papers, rather than leaving them scattered all around the house, makes it easier to process them in a timely manner. It also cuts down on clutter!
Create a command center to keep track of important info and events.
Include a calendar, announcement board, inbox, office supplies, and any other items you reach for often.
Go vertical in the entry to make the most of your space.
Even if you only have a tiny entry area, a basket for shoes, a bench for seating, and a few hooks can help keep the space neat and tidy.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, as they say, and time spent in this space is so much more enjoyable when it's organized!
Whether you want to organize your cabinets, pantry, refrigerator, or all three, the tips and tricks below can help.
Streamline kitchen gadgets, only keeping the ones you absolutely need.
A pretty drawer liner + a fun divider keeps the gadget drawer pretty and organized at the same time!
Start with the "have-tos," especially in a small kitchen.
Sometimes there are larger items that will only fit in one spot. Place those items first, then begin organizing everything else. Get more tips for organizing a small kitchen here.
Declutter the kitchen cabinets step by step with our free decluttering guide.
With only one small assignment every other day, it's easy to make time to declutter. By the end of the month, you'll have the organized kitchen you've been dreaming of!
Our free pantry decluttering guide walks you through the process step by step.
In just a few minutes per day, we can take our pantry from cluttered and messy to neat, tidy, and organized!
Use a wine rack to store water bottles.
I was tired of my water bottles falling over all the time. Storing them on their sides has been a total game changer! Get more pantry organization tips here.
Divide your refrigerator by zones.
Keeping like food items together makes them easier to find and helps minimize food waste.
Use containment sparingly in the refrigerator.
A well-chosen bin here and there can be helpful, but too many extra containers limits the flexibility of the space and adds clutter. Get more tricks for organizing a small refrigerator here.
Create a coffee station to keep all of your supplies easily accessible in the same place.
File the lids of food storage containers vertically in a bin to keep them organized.
And when possible, choose food storage containers that are all the same type so they nest neatly inside one another.
When possible, keep kids' dishes down low so they can reach them on their own.
Corral them in a bin to keep items from falling over or getting spread out and making a mess.
Set up an organized "junk drawer" to keep essential office supplies close by.
Divided containers can help to keep each type of item in its place.
Upcycle a piece of furniture to create a DIY kitchen sideboard.
Even a small piece can add extra storage space and provide an additional surface for food prep.
Hide the trash can with a DIY tilt-out trash cabinet.
Using a cabinet door that matches the rest of your kitchen will help it to blend in seamlessly.
Learn the most effective way to clean your countertops.
Making the counters nice and shiny will be an excellent incentive to keep them free of clutter.
Put together a recipe binder to save all of your favorite recipes in one place.
If you're looking to overhaul your kitchen, IKEA SEKTION cabinets have tons of built-in organizing features.
From a "drawer within a drawer" option to maximize space to perfectly fitting dividers and more, they really thought of everything!
It's a lot easier to kick back and relax in our living room when it's neat and tidy!
Don't miss these home organization ideas for the living room / family room area...
Declutter the living room the easy way with our free printable guide!
The guide is so simple and walks you through the whole process step by step! Snag it here!
Store DVDs with the titles always facing out so you can find what you need at a glance.
Keep your wood floors clean and shiny with this easy method.
We use two simple tools to keep our wood floors clean, and they are just as shiny as the day we moved in!
Put together an organized picture hanging kit.
Assemble the kit once, and then every time you need to hang something in your home, you can just grab it and go! Here's what you'll want to include in your picture hanging kit.
Home Organization in the Dining Room
We'll be a lot more likely to entertain and mingle in the dining room if it is organized and ready to go for family and guests!
These tips and tricks can help that happen...
File fold tablecloths, runners, and placemats to maximize space in your drawers.
File folding also allows you to see everything at a glance so you can quickly find the textiles you're looking for!
Use our dining room decluttering calendar to whip your space into shape.
Your dining room with be organized and ready for hosting in no time!
Organizing our home office can make us more efficient and help us actually enjoy doing our work!
This can be a tricky area of home organization for sure. See the tips below for help with organizing office supplies, paperwork, books, email, and more.
Give every item a designated home. (And put things back in their homes after use!)
See how I created a spot for everything in my organized home office (even after starting with zero storage)!
Instead of a side table, consider a pegboard + shelf!
Cups, hooks, and small surfaces can be added to the pegboard to create storage spots for everything you want to keep close by.
Use a combination of open shelving + pretty bins to store your office items.
Open shelving creates a pretty display. Bins allow unsightly items to be tucked away. They're a perfect pair!
Corral desktop items with a pretty organizer.
In my organizer, I keep a notebook, a journal, cute notes to remind me to send some encouragement, and a clipboard that I reach for surprisingly often.
Is your office closet-less? Add some functional and beautiful storage with the IKEA PAX system.
We even added trim to the top of our PAX unit to give it more of a built-in look!
Create a storage unit that's perfect for your space with IKEA's BESTA system.
It can be hard to find the perfect piece to store your items. The BESTA system lets you customize the size and style so you get exactly what you need. (Again, we added our own trim to make it a little fancier!)
Go vertical with wall shelves.
The Elfa system from The Container Store can add some serious storage to a space, with options for shelving, drawers, pegboards, and more.
Upgrade shelving in an existing closet.
Maximize your storage space by adding multiple rows of shelves, hanging rods, drawers, and more within a closet. (This closet uses IKEA's ALGOT system.)
Upcycle a pegboard to store supplies.
This pegboard was old and worn out, but with a fresh coat of paint and some quick trim work, it became the perfect organizational tool.
Add crown molding to plain bookshelves.
A simple detail like crown molding can take bookshelves from "blah" to beautiful!
Bring in a pop of color with a wrapping paper backing.
Organization is better when it's pretty too! Attaching wrapping paper to the back of a bookshelf is an easy way to add personality and fun.
Tall bins (or even tall trash cans) are great for corralling rolls of gift wrap.
Store vinyl rolls upright, divided in containers by type.
If you are a Silhouette or Cricut crafter, organizing your vinyl can be a total game changer!
Free up space by decluttering your books with the KonMari Method.
Keep only those titles that you love and/or refer to often.
Eliminate paper clutter by going paperless.
Set up a digital filing cabinet in Evernote and have all of your documents right at your fingertips.
Use the KonMari Method to create an organizing system for your paperwork.
Say goodbye to overloaded filing cabinets and stacks of papers everywhere!
Getting ready in the morning will be a snap when the bathroom is tidy!
Use these tips and tricks to make the most of your bathroom space...
Square bins are helpful for corralling taller tubes and sprays.
Stacking bins work well for maximizing vertical space.
Choose stacking drawers over stacking lidded containers.
It makes it easier to access items without having to unstack and re-stack bins every time.
Organize for free by wrapping shoe boxes in pretty paper.
Add a simple printed label for a final perfect touch.
Grab our free bathroom decluttering calendar!
Declutter and organize your bathrooms in just a few minutes per day.
Store medications in a closet or cabinet outside of the bathroom space.
The humidity in the bathroom can hinder the effectiveness of the medications.
Our bedroom should be our sanctuary, but when it's a mess, it doesn't really feel all that relaxing, right?
Tidy up the bedroom in a snap with these home organization strategies...
File fold clothing to make the most of drawer space.
This method, also known as the KonMari Method, allows you to see every item in your drawer so you can easily grab what you need.
Design a custom closet system to maximize space in your closet.
It's easier than you think to create a closet system that uses the space efficiently!
Save money by installing your closet system yourself!
This DIY project will keep on giving for years and years to come.
Install a folding ironing board that can hide behind a drawer front.
Iron right in your closet, without the ironing board taking up tons of extra space!
Maximize space in a small clothes closet by adding extra, shelves, rails, and shoe organizers.
The closet in this photo was created with IKEA's ALGOT system.
Use our free printable clothes decluttering calendar to clear out each category of clothing!
Your closet and drawers will be tidied up in no time!
They can save space in your suitcase and keep you organized once you reach your destination as well.
It keeps everything tidy and easily accessible.
Create a DIY charging station in your nightstand.
Keep all of your cables neat and tidy and make sure your devices never run out of battery!
Oh yes, even the kids' bedrooms can be organized!
Here are some tips for making it a little easier (even when kids are sharing a room)!
Kids will be able to put their items away more easily.
Add a second rail to a kids' closet to put clothes within easy reach.
It also helps make more room in a shared kids' closet.
Choose bunk beds in a shared kids' space to open up more room for other items.
(Plus, they're just really fun! 🙂 )
Keep hand-me-downs divided by size, and make sure they're clearly labeled.
If possible, keep hand-me-downs on the same level of the house as the kids' rooms so that it's easier to swap out clothing.
Home Organization in the Playroom
Toys may very well be the toughest area of home organization. We give ourselves a lot of grace in the playroom, that's for sure!
After years of testing out different toy organization strategies in the playroom, these are the ones we've found that have worked best for us...
Create an art station using a simple desk, pegboards, and two cube towers for storage.
Pegboards are great for displaying kids' artwork and holding containers for art supplies.
Use a rolling cart to hold art supplies.
Rolling carts are especially great for small spaces because they can easily be moved out of the way or taken wherever they're needed in the house.
Cube units are great for toy organization!
Organize toys by type in bins or on shelves. IKEA's KALLAX cube unit even has inserts to create cabinets and drawers.
Organize kids' paperwork by creating small photo books.
You'll have less paper clutter in your house, and the photo books are much easier to look through than files or stacks of papers.
In a smaller toy area, use vertical space on the wall to organize craft supplies.
Magazine racks are great for coloring books and paper. Cups on a rail work well for crayons and markers. And pictures can be displayed on clipboards on the wall.
Create a portable art station on the opposite level of the house from the playroom.
This ensures that basic craft supplies are easily accessible without having to drag them up and down the stairs all the time.
Get big toys up off the floor.
The less toys that are permanently stored on the floor, the tidier the playroom space will feel.
Use the playroom closet to display finished LEGO sets.
This allows the kiddos to enjoy their creations and also keeps them safely tucked out of the way.
Create a LEGO table on top of the bins where the bricks are stored.
Kids can easily access their LEGO collection and have a play surface right there. This also helps keep the bricks from traveling all over the house.
Use a file box with hanging folders to organize LEGO instruction manuals.
Divide up manuals by type so your master builders can easily find the one they're looking for.
Corral supplies for sports or activities in a DIY custom tote bag.
When everything is together in one spot, it's easier to get out the door for practice!
Use our free printable toy decluttering calendar to declutter your play area!
Yes, organizing toys is tricky, but it's not impossible!
Do a thorough toy decluttering session right before Christmas.
This will make space for new toys. And kids will be more likely to let go of things because they know they're getting new toys soon.
Need help getting the other members of your household on board with organization?
In this post, Donnie and our boys spill what helps get them motivated to organize!
Storage Spaces - Basements, Garages, Attics, Etc.
I never thought that it was all that important to organize storage spaces. But then we organized our garage and our basement, and it was a TOTAL GAME CHANGER for our home organization!
We can park both cars in the garage. We can find everything we need anytime we need it. And we don't have a bunch of useless junk lying around. We can actually use our storage spaces to their greatest potential since they are neat and tidy.
Here are the biggest things we've learned about organizing storage spaces...
Use opaque storage bins to organize the garage.
They hide unsightly items and can bring in a pretty pop of color too!
Use a track system to organize large or awkwardly shaped items.
It gets them up off the floor, helping the storage space to stay tidier.
Get our free garage organization planning guide to help your garage project run smoothly!
Learn how to go through the organizing process in a garage step by step.
Create a designated drop spot for smelly sports gear in the garage.
This keeps it out of the main part of the house and lets it air out between practices.
Add wall brackets to keep trim pieces and scrap wood organized in the basement or workshop.
This makes it easy to find the pieces you're looking for. You'll also know when it's time to restock.
Organize tools by type so you can easily locate what you need for each job.
This post lists all of our favorite tool storage systems that we use in our own workshop.
Use small bins to help keep paint supplies organized.
Store paint by type so it's easy to locate the color you're looking for.
Clear storage totes work well for organizing holiday decor.
Since they're see through, it's easy to tell what's inside each one.
Decide on a certain amount of space for storing sentimental items.
Then try to limit the amount you keep to just that space, decluttering anything that isn't truly special or meaningful.
Getting into a solid laundry routine can really help home life run more smoothly!
Here's the simple way we knock out the laundry in our house...
Whether it's one load a day or knocking it all out on the weekend, find your ideal laundry routine and stick to it!
Consistency is key to staying on top of the laundry piles!
Maximize storage space in a small laundry room by adding cabinets in place of wire shelves.
Cabinets also provide a tidy look by hiding all of the laundry necessities out of sight!
Labels for Home Organization
And finally, I realize this isn't a specific room in the house, but I really love to use labels for home organization, so I couldn't leave them out!
I have made pretty labels in several different ways over the years, and you can get tutorials for all of them below...
Make labels in Microsoft Word.
Learn how to make labels with Canva.com.
Learn how to make labels with a Cricut cutting machine.
Make labels with a Silhouette cutting machine.
Learn how to use labels effectively to organize every room of the house.
Whew! So those are my most favorite home organization strategies for every room of the house!
I know this isn't an exhaustive list, so let me know your favorite organizing tips in the comments below!
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Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!
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