6 Systems to Stay Organized at Home

Do you remember from here, when I said, cleaning and organizing are my biggest stress busters? January 14th was National Home Organizing Day (Yes! there is a day for that) and I shared here, my five basic habits to get started with organizing at home. Piggy backing on that post, this post will keep you motivated to set up some simple systems at home to stay organized! So, here are six systems to start with and stay organized at home. These are somethings that I follow and have worked for me πŸ™‚

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1. Donation Bins

I am someone who totally believes in removing the clutter in regular intervals from my home. I have been practicing this more seriously after we moved into our own home where it is easy to always find enough space to add new stuff. To make things easier, I use donations bins/baskets to collect the stuff as and when I feel I don’t need them anymore and donate them all at once. I have donation bins in my closet to drop off the clothes and one in the garage for all the other stuff. This makes it easy for me to think of removing the clutter and also actually do it.

2. Clear Surfaces

Yes, I call it a “Clear surface” system.Β  Having clear surfaces everywhere (kitchen, bathroom counters, office space) not only gives aesthetic satisfaction but also motivates me to put things back in their respective places (or find a home for such stuff) rather than just dropping things on the counter. Oh before you ask, this system, in no way means clear outside and clutter inside πŸ™‚ It only means, clear outside and clean inside!Β 

3. Container SystemΒ Β 

Yes, I go crazy with containers. Almost everything in my home finds a home in a suitable container and is never let lose. Having stuff in containers help put things together and be able to find them when needed. You can use open and close containers, bins, baskets, trays, hanging organizers, empty cardboard boxes and sometimes re-purpose the stuff you already have as containers to store anything specific. Make sure to buy a storage container only after you assess what to store in them, otherwise you will end up with container clutter πŸ™‚Β 

4. Labeling SystemΒ 

Labeling is nothing novel but something very obviously necessary to find things easily at home.Β  Especially, if you are storing things in containers, labeling makes the container system more effective. My husband, mother and mother-in-law totally finds my kitchen labeling very useful. Trust me, this helped my husband to perfectly execute surprise dinners for me instead of calling me to find out where something is in the kitchen πŸ™‚

5. Drop off zoneΒ 

This is particularly very helpful to collect all the stuff that needs to leave the house. Shopping returns, stuff to be given to others, library books are just dropped in here. This could be anywhere near the exit to your home. I use the storage ottoman by the front door as the drop off zone and remember to check it before heading out. Yes, I do remember (sometimes).

6. Visual display of accessoriesΒ 

You might think that this is in contradiction to my “Clear surface” system. Let me tell you why it is not!Β  I love bags, watches, jewelry etc and having them displayed in an organized way not only reminds me to use them but alsoΒ  quickly choose the right one. This system is not about laying out everything on the dresser or somewhere, but is about choosing the right method to systematically/artistically display such accessories that needs easy access everyday.

7. Digital Photo-frame

This is technically not a system but something that is very helpful to avoid photo print clutter (when was the last time you opened your photo album :-p) and filling the walls with zillion photo frames. A digital photo frame also makes it easy to re-visit the beautifully captured memories by adding a simple decor to your living room.

These systems are nothing fancy and very easy to adapt in your everyday life. Organizing is all about changing some habits without losing your personality.

Let me know if you already follow any of these at home or any of the above interests you.

Happy Organizing!

-Signing off

Kaustubha, Lifestyle
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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Manasa
    January 28, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Wow very nice…easy tips to follow πŸ™‚ great going dancing lawyer

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Darling πŸ™‚ #myconstant <3

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    daneen rogers
    January 29, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I love the idea of a donation bin! I think I’ll set one up myself, thanks for the tip!

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Awesome…! That made a big difference in planning my de-clutter!

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    andrea
    January 29, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Lots of very doable tips here; it can get so overwhelming when things get unorganized. Making it simple is so important.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:54 am

      I am glad you liked it Andrea! Happy organizing!

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    Amber Myers
    January 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    I need to keep these tips in mind. I am working on being more organized. I’ve been wanting a digital frame! And I recently purchased some containers as well.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:54 am

      You are doing a great thing Amber! Digital frame to me is a must!

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    Joanna
    January 29, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    I have actually started decluttering my home this weekend and I just finished the living room. The bins system is definitely the way to go, and keeps you organised. I will take your advice for organising the bathroom toiletries, as I have so many!

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Awesome.. I am glad the post came in handy for you! I can imagine bathroom toiletries can get over whelming.

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    corinne & kirsty
    January 29, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Oh em gee! i really needed these tips! Labelling things really help but containers too! I have my jewelry on display and also all my makeup product. I feel like my system is a disorganized mix of all your tips!

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Haha.. Disorganised mix of the tips πŸ™‚ I am glad you liked the tips πŸ™‚ Containers and labeling does wonders to me!

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    Karen Morse
    January 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Everything’s a great idea. It’s good to label everything and to have different containers for them. One thing that I haven’t done is to add a donation bin. Usually we just pile everything up which is messy! I’d love to have a bin to keep things organized.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Yup! The donation bin near any place which can accumulate clutter has been super helpful to me!

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    Sarah Bailey
    January 29, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    I love these ideas, I think I need a drop off zone and definitely more containers, containers sound like they could most definitely become my friend.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:58 am

      I have been obsessed with containers for a while now πŸ™‚

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    Amma
    January 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Yes I also learner from you how to keep things in a organised way. Actually to say Rohini atta was first to bring you jewellery organizers specially ear hangings , watch organizers when you were a kid . Keep it up

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Thanks amma… Totally my baby steps of organzing started from Atta!!

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    Jennifer Maune
    January 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Really great tips. I am striving for the clear surfaces this year! LOL

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Clear surfaces are my instant satisfaction!

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    Raj @ www.ThePrimalDesire.com
    January 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    I think half of my place turns into a DropOff zone…

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Haha… It happens and designating spot makes it easy πŸ™‚

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    Dee Jackson
    January 30, 2018 at 12:17 am

    I use labels and containers to stay organized at home. Thanks for the additional ideas that I can use.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      You are most welcome! I am glad you find it useful!

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    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    January 30, 2018 at 5:04 am

    SO TRUE!! I really want to declutter my house, but never find the time. I made a start last week by donating two bags of clothes.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      You are on the right path. Clothes are the biggest de-clutter. πŸ™‚

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    Hannah Marie
    January 30, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I love the idea of labeling. I tried it on our toiletries and it worked. Might as well try the rest of this list.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Kitchen, medicine cabinet and garage are other places where labeling worked wonders for me πŸ™‚

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    Dana Peller
    January 30, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Good thinking on the digital photo frame. It really does help declutter your home and keeps all your photos in one place.

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      Lakshmi
      January 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Absolutely! Memories got to stay intact. What say?

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    Miljana
    January 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I think clearing the surface is a great solution as well. πŸ™‚

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    LavandaMichelle
    January 30, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I love the tips and ideas in this blog post! In my household, containers come so handy in organization. They are the perfect tool.

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    VAlerie
    January 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Absolutely ! Keeping countertops and tables clear is the best way to encourage others and yourself at home to put everything where it belongs ! Specially when you have kids, its important to teach them early! Nobody goes to sleep here until we have all put the toys where they belong πŸ˜› (We also sing the little clean up song) Thanks for sharing !

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    Rosey
    January 30, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I used to be so good at labeling. I’m not at home anymore, but I am at work! It makes a difference.

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    Natalie
    January 30, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    I should really get a container system going. It would save on a lot of space in our house.

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    Anosa Malanga
    January 31, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Oh these are indeed great ideas! I love the donation bin, I guess I need to practice it. and also the container system to let my small things be more organized.

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    Akamatra
    January 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

    I stay on top of things because I follow the mandra “everything has a place put it there now! It works for me, lol!

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    Hey Sharonoox
    January 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks for these great tips! I’ve been wanting to stay organize and glad to stumble upon your post. I like the idea declutering.

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    Vrinda
    January 31, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Very useful tips! I specially liked the concept of containers and labels. It saves a lot time when you have to find a small thing and you dig up your whole closet and mess it up too. πŸ˜€

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    Kiwi
    February 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Cute ways to keep your place organized. I want to do better!

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    Jennifer L
    February 2, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Great tips! I’m actually in the process of organizing my desk right now. I’m definitely going to be using the container system to keep everything neat.

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    Salma
    February 2, 2018 at 8:12 am

    These are all great tips. I’m always on the quest to be more organized πŸ™‚

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    rain
    February 2, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I need to get some bins for things that I have no idea where to put them. This will help me a lot with staying organized.

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    georgia boanoro
    February 5, 2018 at 11:40 am

    These tips are all so useful, thank you for sharing! I’m a very organised person and like to keep a clean house all the time, your tips are definitely essential!

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