How to Organize Clutter
4: Organize What’s Left
Step 4 in How to Organize Clutter is learning how to organize the items
that are left after you have cleared out your clutter.
As a reminder, I always recommend decluttering first, then organizing.
On average, about 50-75% of the items in most people's homes are
actually clutter (even the stuff that is expensive or is still good),
and if you clear out the clutter first, the next steps go so much more
Just imagine clearing out even 25%
of the items that are currently filling your closets, drawers, and
garage. You will have a lot less to organize, and the job will be so
So first clear out the excess before you start figuring out how to organize anything.
Once you have cleared out the excess, here are a few of my favorite
tips in how to organize clutter:
Group similar items
is one of the most powerful tips in organizing. When you group items
that are similar in the same place, you can easily see how many you
have, you will always know where they are, and you'll be able to see
what kind of organizer or storage container you will need to hold the
Designate a home for
you have grouped similar items together, designate a place for
everything and keep everything in its place. You can use this guideline
for everything from shampoo to paperwork to clothes to garden tools in
In fact, the fastest way to create a mess is to
NOT have a home for things...because if something doesn't have a place
where it goes, where will it go? Likely on the first available surface.
So go through your home and make sure that everything in it has a
'home' and that everyone knows where that home is.
When you're done with this step of clearing your clutter, move on to
next step: Step
5: Choose Locations That Make Sense