There is something special about starting a new year by organising your home. We built and moved into our home over 3 years ago and we are still learning how to live in it better. It's a work in progress as the kids grow up, and how we use our home and garden changes as we evolve as a family. Obviously it's easy to get rid of things you no longer need, but it's a lot more difficult to figure out how best to organise the things you do need. To help you keep your home organised, we're excited to share our top tips to help you create a more organised home.
Towards the end of last year, we finally organised our pantry. It was in need of some serious help as the "throw it in and deal with it later" method was getting out of control. We were wasting a lot of food simply for the fact that we couldn't see food properly in the pantry, or access it easily. Yup, we admit we had a lot of pantry wastage last year. A few months ago, we had had enough. We decided to organise our pantry by taking charge and setting aside some time to get it done. Here is what we did:
If you're anything like us, then you'll love buying books. We shudder to think how much we spend on Booktopia... Books are definitely one area you can organise.
We cannot stand shoes being left around the house. When you have two kids and work from home, tripping over shoes (and toys) is very annoying. Our best advice? Stop leaving them at the entryway of your home, whether that's by the front door, garage or back door. Seeing piles of shoes as soon as you step into your home creates a cluttered feeling and does not put you in a great state of mind. After a lot of trial and error, we keep our shoes in two places. In a bucket in the boot of our car and in our wardrobe. We've found as soon as we get in the car to go home, taking our shoes off and putting them in the bucket in the car has been monumental for keeping our shoes organised. That way we have one less thing to deal with when we get home (especially with two kids and bags of groceries). You may have to run from the boot to the car door barefoot in summer or winter, but that will take two seconds. Alternatively, take your shoes off in the car when you get home then simply pop them in the boot. We use these flexi storage bins from Bunnings - we have 4 in each of our cars, 3 in our laundry and a few more in our garage. These have been an incredible addition to staying organised (and neat).
Hi guys, Jaharn here! Working full time on two businesses while having a baby at home with me full time (plus a toddler as well) was really starting to affect my mental health last year. One thing that was making me feel a lot better was having an organised home. I noticed it created a lot of calm in my headspace and it was something I could control, even if everything around me felt like it was falling apart. I decided to start small and I began by simply organising my underwear drawer. It sounds ridiculous, but this small act of organisation set off something inside me and I spent the rest of the year focusing on one area of the house each month. 8s month on and I can say that my underwear drawer is still organised and tidy. Here's what I did:
There is so much information online about organising your wardrobe and linen cupboard, so we won't go into too much detail here other than share just a few tips we've learned over the years and how it's helped us to keep these areas organised.
Absolutely none of the above will work for you unless you get it done in the moment. We are still working on this as life throws a lot in our direction, and sometimes we simply don't have enough time in the moment to get it done. But making a conscience decision to work on organising in the moment to the best of our ability has been extremely effective. One area that we have failed miserably in the past in our garage storage. When we get home from the beach, as an example, we used to throw all the wet towels over the storage shelves in the garage. Wrappers and takeaway coffee cups would be chucked anywhere, shoes would get lost and we could never find anything when we needed when we wanted to go to the beach the following day. Over the last few months we have been really focused on organising in the moment in the garage and we now have a much better system. When we get home from the beach, we bring everything up to our laundry/mud room and hang everything there to dry. We put all hats, sunscreen and zinc into one of our flexi storage bins in the laundry allocated for beach trips. When the towels and swimwear is dry, we also put them into the same bin. When we're ready to go to the beach again, we simply take everything out of the bucket and put it in the car. Now we no longer have lost swimsuits, hats, sunscreen and towels. By using our "organising in the moment" method, it's transformed our home (and we don't have any fights when we go to the beach anymore - lol).
Have a flexi storage bin in your garage, and use it as a mini garbage bin. Seriously. The amount of rubbish that you can collect in a car (especially when you have kids) is astounding; takeaway coffee cups, wrappers, plastic bags, receipts, shopping tags, yoghurt pouches...so much! We now have a flexi storage bin by the door of our garage and when we take the bin out each week, we empty this as well. This new system means our cars are perpetually tidy and we aren't bringing more rubbish into the house. Hurrah!
Ps. If you end up implementing some of our tips, remember to tag us on Instagram @smorkitchen #smorkitchen. We would love to see how you have created a more organised home for 2021!