The ultimate guide to organising your busy home

Image: Martha Stewart

We don’t pretend to have all the answers. There are simply too many questions! But if you live in a busy home, check out these great tips for keeping things nice and organised!

Shoes, coats, hats and scarves

Image: Terracotta Properties, Jeff Herr
Image: Terracotta Properties, Jeff Herr

Ah, the bane of many a home organiser. Even the most well-meaning family will find a way to kick off their shoes where someone will trip over them.Coats get slung not hung, umbrellas pool, keys go missing.

The key here is to make it incredibly easy for everyone to place their gear in a sensible spot. Maybe it’s as simple as a tub or container next to the front door. A dish for keys. A coat rack or some hooks. Think outside the box – umbrellas can even be stowed in a tall indoor planter by the front door!

Condiments, spices, cheeses, yogurts, tins and jars

Image: The Kitchn, Leela Cyd
Image: The Kitchn, Leela Cyd

Whether in the fridge, on a table top or tucked away in a cupboard, these pesky items can all amount to a lot of clutter. There are plenty of elegantly designed stands, mills and jars for your spices on the market. A few neat transparent trays are helpful for the fridge and cupboards. Grab a pack of Write On Labels to make your mark and ensure everybody knows what lives where. No excuses!

Bedrooms

Image: Tubu Kids
Image: Tubu Kids

Sometimes we get so caught up with making sure our living areas are tidy, we allow the bedrooms to fall into chaos. I mean, it’s so easy to shut the door and pretend they don’t exist! Let’s face it, with kids in the house there’s no easy fix. But older children can be encouraged to do a proper clean out every once in a while (keep everyone on task with a Personalised Family Planner). For younger children, a dedicated toy space is a must. Ideally, a great big chest would be perfect – everything fits in, the lid comes down and you can breathe a well-earned sigh of relief.

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