Not all people like cleaning their homes. One good reason is the time it takes to complete the job. With most of us spending 8 to 10 hours at work, we’d rather spend our free time relaxing and hanging out with friends and family.
The good news is that you don’t really have to spend a lot of time cleaning your home. By setting aside 10 minutes of your time each day, you’ll be able to maintain a clean home.
To help you with that, here are 50 really handy tips and tricks to keep your home clean and organized.
1. Make up your bed
Making your bed can help improve your productivity. It can also help you feel a greater sense of well-being and less stress. And the best part? The whole process won’t even take 10 minutes.
2. Pick up your clothes
After getting up, you might want to go around your room or even the entire house and start picking up clothes off the floor. If they’re dirty, put them in your hamper. Otherwise, just hang them up.
3. Organize scarves and purses with shower hooks.
If you like to collect purses and scarves, you’d know how easy they can turn into a mess. To make sure they don’t pile up in one side of your room or under your bed, buy a few shower hooks and a closet hanging rod. Apart from getting your collection organized, it’s also a good way to ensure that they remain in good shape.
4. Carry a laundry basket when you go around the house.
One of the reasons why it’s so hard to make multiple rooms clean and organized is the number of trips you need to make to cover all those areas. So, the next time you go around the house to clean up, take a laundry basket with you and use it to carry all the items you pick up as you go along.
5. Always label containers.
6. Use glass jars to store small items.
Glass jars are great to use for organizing because they allow you to see what’s inside. You can get a few of them for your nail polish collection, threads, hairpins, and clips.
7. Store all your spices in a lazy turntable.
When you’re cooking, it can be quite frustrating to have to dig through all your spices just to find what you need for your dish. To save you time and headache, get a turntable. It won’t just keep your spices in one place but you’ll be able to access them easily, too.
8. Keep things wire baskets.
Get your kitchen in order by storing your pans, pots, and other large kitchen items in wire baskets. Don’t want to do that? Use it to organize your linen closet and towels instead.
9. Place a pull-out organizer under your sink.
One of the messiest areas in your house is probably that spot under the sink. It’s where you are likely to keep your cleaning products. To prevent that area from ever getting cluttered again, get a pull-out organizer. Just make sure that it’s sturdy and of good quality.
10. Don’t forget your deep drawers.
Even if no one else will look into them, you need to keep your deep drawers organized as well. Getting an adjustable rack pan organizer will keep your cutting boards and other kitchen items neatly tucked in one place.
11. Make your open cabinets gorgeous with baskets.
Find baskets that will match your cabinets’ theme and use them to keep your pantry neat and pretty. Sort snacks according to size or type and remember to label each basket properly.
12. Install key rails in your cupboards.
For measuring spoons and cups, you can install a few key rails inside your cupboards. Choose the inside wall of your cabinets instead of the doors to make sure you don’t end up scratching their surface.
13. Use file organizers to keep your pans in order.
File organizers aren’t just handy in keeping documents organized. You can also use them under your sink to store pans.
14. Place baskets and containers in your drawers to store your vegetables.
If you tend to leave your vegetables rolling on your countertop, you might end up wasting them. You might even end up forgetting about the onions you’ve bought for your soup. To avoid that, corral your vegetables in one of your drawers using a few baskets. Just remember to measure the depth of your drawers to make sure that your baskets will fit.
15. Free up space with tension rods.
Install a tension rod horizontally across your cabinet. Then, line up your spray bottles neatly by hooking their nozzles on the rod.
16. Use egg cartons to neatly store your K-cups.
Having your own coffee machine at home is awesome, but keeping your K-cups is a different story. To keep them organized, get an egg carton and sort them according to flavor or even expiration dates.
17. Repurpose broken hangers into chip clips.
Don’t throw away those broken hangers yet. If they have those clips you use to hold your skirts and pants in your closet, you can cut them off and use them as chip clips. If your hanger doesn’t have one, then just look for a spare clothes pin.
18. Use a paper towel rack to keep your cookie cutters in one place.
If you have an extra paper towel rack, you can use it to hold all your cookie cutters. Just stack them over one another.
19. Get a rotating tray for your refrigerator.
Reaching in the back of your refrigerator just to find your bottle can be irritating, particularly if you often knock over other bottles in the process. For this, you can get a rotating tray. It won’t just keep the items in your fridge organized, but it’s also a really cool thing to have in your kitchen.
20. Buy a chalkboard paint.
For kitchen organization, a chalkboard paint can be a great tool. You can use it for labeling ingredient jars before storing them in your drawer. You can also use the paint on one of your walls and write your grocery lists there.
21. Use PVC pipes for your underwear and socks.
This might sound weird but PVC pipes can actually help you create more space in your drawers. Just remember to paint the pipes first to make them more attractive. Apart from underwear, you can also use them for your socks.
22. Keep your sandals organized with a letter organizer.
This one’s pretty simple. All you need to do is get a letter organizer and arrange your sandals and flip flops in it.
23. Use a corkboard to store your dangly jewelry and notes.
With a corkboard and a few pins, you can actually create a really nice storage area for your necklaces, bracelets, and other dangly jewelry. You can also use it to keep important notes and letters, too .
24. Keep your cables and cords in an empty toilet paper tubes.
This one’s effortless. Simpoly tuck your cords insed toilet paper tubes and you’re good to go. Now, if you want to make them extra pretty, you can decorate them with washi tapes.
25. Get your hair ties organized with a carabiner.
Hair ties can easily get everywhere, especially since they are generally sold in 20s or 30s. With a carabiner, you can keep all your hair ties in one place. You won’t have to lose a piece ever again.
26. Put your perfume bottles on display with a spice rack.
If you don’t like to have your expensive perfume bottles in a jumble, get a spice rack. It’s a simple yet elegant solution to keeping your bottles easy to reach.
27. Keep your makeup brushes organized with a toothbrush holder.
Keeping your makeup brushes clean should be a priority if you don’t want to end up with pimples. One way to do that is to always store them upright so they won’t get in contact with the dirt and bacteria on your table or countertop. You can do that by storing the brushes in a toothbrush holder.
28. Use a hanger to keep scarves organized.
Use a regular haner to hold multiple scarves or invest in a scarf organizer to display them all at once like the one below. That way your scarves can be neatly displayed for when you need one.
29. Keep your jewelry in a pill box when you’re traveling.
Losing a piece of jewelry when you’re traveling can be stressful. If you don’t want to deal with that kind of problem, pack your jewelry in a pill box. It has the right amount of space of necklaces, rings, and earrings.
30. Gather your hair tools and keep them in a magazine holder.
Curling irons, flat irons, and other hair tools can easily create a mess in your vanity. Keep the area neat and clutter-free by keeping all those tool sin a magazine holder.
31. Put your makeup palettes on display using a desk file organizer.
Makeup palettes, particularly the big ones, can eat up a lot of space in your drawers. Instead of keeping them there, why not get a desk file organizer? It’ll surely keep them out of your way when doing your makeup.
32. Put a magnet on your palettes.
If the previous trick doesn’t work, get a few pieces of magnets instead. Stick them at the back of your makeup containers and stick them on the wall. Remember to pick pieces with a flat surface.
33. Repurpose your old muffin tin to tidy up tiny items.
Go through your vanity, home office or junk drawer and sort out your things. Keep the tiny items, such as your rings, pins, and earrings in an old muffin tin.
34. Store fabrics using hangers.
Placing fabrics on hangers won’t just help you organize them but it can help keep them in top shape, too.
35. Use a clothesline for your schedule.
When you have too many things to do in a single day, it can be easy to forget a thing or two. One way to avoid that is to create a mini-clothesline where you can organize your schedule. You can label clothespins and use them to add or remove a task for your schedule.
36. Organize your yarn with a wine rack.
If you have lots of yarns, you’d need to store them in neat and organized cubbies. The perfect solution is a wine rack.
37. You can keep the yarns in candy jars, too.
Candy jars make it easy for a person to reach in and grab the candy he likes. That’s what makes them perfect for storing crafting supplies, too.
38. Get your kids’ toys organized with a shoe organizer.
A shoe organizer has several small compartments which makes them ideal to use for storing toys. You can hang it inside your closet or at the back of your door.
39. Keep bath toys in fruit baskets.
Bath toys can make bath time easier for both parents and kids. However, when bath time is over, they can compromise your safety. So, to make sure they aren’t always in the way, store them in fruit baskets.
40. Frame completed board pieces.
If your children are done with their puzzle piece, you can put it in a frame and hang it in your living room as art. If they aren’t done playing with it yet, simply gather all the pieces and put them in a plastic bag. Remember to affix the bag to the game board’s back to avoid confusion.