Home organization can be quite a cathartic exercise: putting everything away exactly where it belongs, each individual item in a designated spot that has optimal functionality, no clutter in sight (just don’t open the entryway table drawers or peek under the kitchen cabinets). It’s full-blown ASMR–level tingle-inducing, right? Nope? Just us? Well, even if tidying up isn’t your thing, nothing says I have my life together, pinky promise like an organized space. And before fellow maximalists chime in, organization does not equate minimalism—it can mean quite the contrary, actually. Think of these home organization ideas as (hopefully) helpful hacks in getting the most out of your square footage, no matter how small your space may be. Read on for AD’s favorite home organization tips that ensure all of your prized possessions have a place to call home.
What is the easiest way to organize a house?
Traditionalists in home organizing might tell you that the easiest method is hiding everything away in kitchen cabinets, the linen closet, bins, and baskets. But creating a sparsely populated space is only practical if you can keep up with the storage solutions. That means each item must return to its home every time you’re done with it—even if that means those boots have to go back in their designated box, which happens to be under a pile of hats on the very top shelf of your closet (eek!).
An alternate approach? Incorporate home organization into your decor for items you use often or enjoy seeing. Expert DIY’er and the host of Magnolia Network’s show Makeover by Monday, Jenni Yolo, created a pegboard that doubles as storage and decoration. “I wanted something above the bench to look like art but also function as additional storage,” she says. “I love that the kids can display their favorite toys and use the pegs to hang things. It allows them to be creative and interactive, while still being something pretty.”
Yolo renovates old homes in Milwaukee where storage is often non-existent. So for her and her clients, an organization project and creativity often go hand in hand, and balance is always key. “Too much on display can look cluttered,” she says. “I like to put the pretty stuff on display, and in this instance, we built storage under the bench seat for the rest.”
Where do I start to organize my home?
“Start with the area driving you the most insane!” says Sara Losonci, founder of the New York City–based interior organizing service Shelfie. “Typically, those areas are the common rooms in the home like the entryway or the kitchen, especially if you live with multiple people or have children,” she says. However, she notes that where you start might depend on what’s happening in your life that motivated you to want to declutter in the first place. For example, landing a new work-from-home job may call for innovative storage solutions in your bedroom to accommodate a new office nook.