Organize Your Life: The Complete Guide to Home Organization

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Ready to get your house organized but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, the Clayton team is here to help! Let’s start your home organization project by taking it one room at a time.

You’ve heard the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” And if you're striving to make that phrase a reality, then you’re probably also feeling the way we’ve all felt at one point or another — overwhelmed by clutter. We get it! Getting your home organized can be a time-consuming process, but the reward is so satisfying. So, let’s break it all down step by step.

Organizing Your Bathroom

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Starting small will help you feel successful while also jumpstarting your organization goals. For your bathrooms, start by decluttering. If your cabinets seem like a time capsule of products and gadgets you’ve accumulated over the years, it’s probably time for a lot of stuff to go. Cleaning out those cabinets can allow you to store other things you actually need, and keeps your countertops clear of unnecessary items. You can find out more by checking out our tips on bathroom organization.

Organizing Closet Space

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Now that your bathroom is beautifully organized, you’ll be energized and ready to tackle the next space. Your closets will make for the perfect areas to organize next to keep your momentum going.

When organizing your closets, you’re going to start out by – you guessed it – decluttering. Go through your clothes, shoes and accessories to purge what you don’t wear, don’t need and have probably hung on to for far too long. (How many of you ladies still have that senior prom dress hanging in the back of your closet?) Consider donating or selling any items that are still in good condition. Next, look at ways to maximize and reorganize your closet space by adding shelves, hanging racks, drawers or hooks.

Once you have your closet organized, the hard part is over. Keeping it that way is another task, but luckily we have tips to keep your closet organized with some simple, day-to-day steps.

Organizing Your Kitchen

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Now you’re on a roll! You’re becoming a pro at this organization stuff and you’re ready for a bigger room. So, let’s move on to the kitchen. Even if your countertops stay pretty clutter free, what about those cabinets and the pantry? What’s hiding back there that has an expiration date of two years ago?

Start by going through your pantry, refrigerator and all of your cabinets. Toss what needs to go, like those old spices, and save space by using baskets, clear containers that stack or drawers to store items like snacks. If you can take items out of boxes and place them in storage containers in your pantry, you’ll eliminate bulky boxes that are half full, and you can easily see if you are running low on specific items.

That’s just one of the many ways you can organize your kitchen. You can check out these five tips to declutter your kitchen for more ideas!

Organize Your Laundry and Mudroom

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Dirty clothes, ironing, school bags, sports equipment, items for your pet. If this sounds like your laundry and mudroom right now, you’re not alone. It’s one of those spaces that feels like a revolving door of the same things coming and going each day, but a little organization will help keep it less cluttered, so you can find what you need, when you need it.

You can organize your laundry and mudroom by using shelves for frequently used laundry items like detergents, adding in cabinets for storage, and creating a drop zone for shoes, bags and other items to make your hectic mornings a little easier.

That’s just a few ways to make the most out of your laundry and mudroom space, but you can take a deeper dive with these laundry room organization hacks.

Organizing Kid's Rooms

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Between all the clothes, sports equipment, toys and homework, it can be extra tricky to stay on top of the mess in your children's bedrooms. Like many of the other rooms in your home, the key to organizing this space is to take inventory of all that stuff on a regular basis. Then you can make use of vertical storage, multipurpose furniture and even a drop zone to help keep clutter at bay. Creating a regular organization routine with your child will also make them feel included in the process and give you a helping hand.

For more storage ideas, make sure to take a look at our full post on organizing kids' spaces.

Organizing Your Garage

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By this point in your home organization journey, you are unstoppable. You’ve been decluttering, sorting, grouping, labeling and high fiving yourself for these accomplishments, as you rightfully should. Consider everything leading up to this as training for biggest organizational challenge most of us struggle with – the garage. It’s also known as the catchall for all things that we don’t have a place for anywhere else.

Whether you use your garage for storage and tools, or you would like to have room for a work station or home gym, we have five ways to organize your garage so you can maximize your space and easily locate items.

With all these tips broken down room by room, you’ll be ready to kick back and relax in a nice, organized space. And for even more info on trending design and decor ideas, handy home maintenance checklists and more, you can head to the Homeownership section of our Studio blog.

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