Nobilia Project 9 Lux flat fronted door in gloss lacquer in ivory:  Kitchen by Eco German Kitchens

40 best home organisation tips of all time (part one)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We realise we've made a pretty bold statement there but we stand by it, as some of the tips we'll be sharing with you today and tomorrow border on genius, even if we do say so ourselves! 

If you have a bad habit that simply makes everyday life a little harder, or consistently forget to tackle something, we think you'll have renewed vigour after reading this article. 

It could even mean you don't need to try to work out how you could afford a professional cleaner to come in and organise your home for you. That's how confident we are these tips will help you.

Let's get organised now and start 2017 with a bang!

1. Make storage more fun

Storage can be functional as well as attractive and fun.

2. Instigate an 'eat me first' food labelling system

  by Creazione Interiors
Creazione Interiors

Kitchen Design (Fridge Area)

Creazione Interiors

Post-it notes will be more than adequate.

3. Use ice trays to store little items that can get lost

Personalised Ice Bucket:  Garden  by Jonny's Sister
Jonny's Sister

Personalised Ice Bucket

Jonny's Sister

Pop the ice somewhere else and use those trays for fiddly jewellery.

4. Segment a wall clock to show kids their schedules

Mint Green:  Household by Dome.

Mint Green


Colour-code time segments to show 'bedtime', 'homework time' and so on.

5. Store things in a more tessellated way.

Diamond Glasses:  Kitchen by RED5

Diamond Glasses


See items as shapes that can tessellate and fit them together more efficiently on shelves.

6. Give up on Pinterest projects

 Car Dealerships by asdf12



Have you ever done one that was worth the hot glue gun burns?

7. Add clothes hooks to your hallway

Metal Letter Hooks :  Nursery/kid's room by The Letteroom
The Letteroom

Metal Letter Hooks

The Letteroom

Kids use hooks at schoolbso will be naturally more inclined to hang their coats up on them. A clutter-free hallway at last!

8. Ditch traditional dressers

 Nursery/kid's room by Parareda Mobiliari
Parareda Mobiliari

Shoe cabinet 30 cubby holes

Parareda Mobiliari

Instead of bulky dressers with hard to open drawers, choose cubbyhole storage that allows you to add baskets.

9. Accept that a shoe rack is a bad idea

'Blue' Contemporary hallway shoe storage set with coat rack by Birex:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Blue' Contemporary hallway shoe storage set with coat rack by Birex

My Italian Living

Nobody ever uses them properly and they make your hallway smell of feet and look untidy.

10. Get a head start by unsubscribing to junk mail

Don't just bin it, actually call up and stop it arriving.

11. Keep a jar for loose change on your washing machine

  by Creazione Interiors
Creazione Interiors

Washing area in Living Room

Creazione Interiors

Every penny counts and as you're doing the washing, it's yours, right?

12. Have a digital de-clutter

 Bedroom by Stukk Design
Stukk Design

Stukk—Laptop Stand

Stukk Design

Unsubscribe from all those newsletters you never remember requesting!

13. Have a charging point in every room

Fabric Cable:  Living room by love frankie
love frankie

Fabric Cable

love frankie

Colour-code everything so there's no confusion. Red for phones, blue for tablets and so on.

14. Get rid of duplicate items

If you have more than two of anything, get rid of the least useful version.

15. Choose one of four locations for your clothes

Trash, store, recycle or donate. There are no other options, so get ruthless!

16. Decide what's really important to you

Shawfield Street:  Living room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Shawfield Street

Ardesia Design

If it's free time, get rid of all the trinkets you have to dust. If it's trinkets, accept you'll have to clean them regularly.

17. Remember that freebies come with a cost

Tropical Print A5 Notebook:  Study/office by rigby & mac
rigby & mac

Tropical Print A5 Notebook

rigby & mac

Even if you snag some free paper, notebooks or little wooden pencils from a certain flat-pack furniture company, they all need to be housed. If you don't need them, don't take them!

18. Audit your fridge every week

Nobilia Project 9 Lux flat fronted door in gloss lacquer in ivory:  Kitchen by Eco German Kitchens
Eco German Kitchens

Nobilia Project 9 Lux flat fronted door in gloss lacquer in ivory

Eco German Kitchens

Do this like clockwork. You'll soon see what you can stop buying!

19. Align proximity with necessity

 Living room by Sonntagsstaat

Bike Valet


If you use your bike everyday, have it near the door. If not, get it out of the house and into the garage!

20. Create aesthetics with purpose

Rustic vibes are cool but give them some functionality by creating shelves from old wine boxes.

Come back tomorrow for part two but in the meantime, take a look at this Ideabook: 15 clever storage ideas that'll make you say I'll try that!

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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