How to get more organized at home?

Disorganized home.

Why home organization is important?

"Good organization at home will not always eliminate hard work. Hard work is noble. It should not be belittled. However, there is nothing noble about wasted effort, about needless toil that is the result of bad organization. Self-sacrifice, devotion and the expending of much energy when there is need for it are commendable. But where is virtue in strenuous exertion, if by good organization the same task could have been eliminated or done more quickly and efficiently, with less energy expended?"

For work to be productive it needs to be organized.

Thus one can achieve much in the least time possible and with minimum effort and strain.

In addition to producing great results for energy expended, good home organization will make for greater happiness.

The organized family is not always worried about what they should do or where to find the time to do it.

This is because their lives are in order, and as a result they will actually find more time to do the things they want to do.

But on the other hand, we do not want to be fanatical, so that our family lives and homes become over organized beyond what is necessary and we feel crushed by the very thing that should have provided relief.

Organization should be a slave, not a master.

Hence, the proper amount home organization needed is not so much that it takes the joy out of living and not so little that it does no good.

Good home organization means then, to arrange family lives in reasonable order as to place of things, scheduling of time and purpose of things. Let us examine these in details.

Place of things

All too often things are difficult to find. Frequently heard are expressions such as “I wonder where I put the scissors”, “Have you seen my book?”

These are some signs of a disorganized home.

Not being able to find things want often makes things worse.

For instance, that misplaced keys may require a lock to be broken and then replaced.

The misplaced tool may require the borrowing of one or even the buying of another.

Unfiled paper can mean lost receipts and bills, with corresponding financial difficulties.

Such things can be minimized or eliminated altogether by putting everything in its place.

Of course, there must be a place for everything.

Tools cannot be put their place without a box, drawer or place to hang them.

Books needs a shelf, clothes a closet, paper a file, pots and pans a cabinet.

So the first thing you should do is to provide a place, then assign this place to household essentials.

It is important too, that all members of the family know the assigned place for things, so that items are not put back in different locations.

Father and mother do well to take the lead in making assignments and training children to follow their lead.

The habit of putting things back in their assigned place when one is finished with them must be cultivated. Friendly reminders can aid here.

At times, sterner discipline may be called for if young boys or girls are sloppy and drop their clothing or other things about in various places.

Firm measures are required to teach children tidiness.

This may take time, especially at first, but once good habits are formed, little effort will be required to maintain the home.

Self-discipline is particularly required for parents who set the example.

When the father takes off his coat after returning from work, he should cultivate the habit of hanging it up where it belongs. Sooner or later it will have to be put away anyway.

Why not do it to begin with?

This will save time and later effort.

Even more important it will preclude any irritation of others who see clothing strewn about a room and at the same time set a good example for the young ones.

Scheduling of time

The first step in making the best use of time is to identify clearly your work goals.

What is it you want to accomplish during the week?

In establishing these goals, do so according to your own ability, personality and circumstances.

Then make a realistic estimate of the time available to you within the normal work week.

Now you are ready for the next vital step:

Into this available work time, schedule your work, with pencil and paper, if need be.

Schedule first the tasks over which you have little control, such as secular work and preparing meals.

These take priority over all work, since they must get done and cannot be pushed aside.

Assign each task a specific day and time.

Then stick to the assignment!

This will prevent jobs from pilling up and getting out of hand.

When you assign times and tasks, include children.

Household duties such as setting and clearing the table, washing dishes, and other chores need to be scheduled so that doing them becomes habitual.

Young ones should know clearly what is expected of them.

If such tasks are not scheduled, but are left up to youthful whims, they may not get it done.

They should be made to understand that they are not doing the family a favor, but have a responsibility to make a contribution to the family’s welfare.

However, there must be also consideration for the need of personal time, when each one of the family can do things one enjoys.

This will be important to children in another way, since it can be the beginning of their making decisions as to what to do with their time.

This will be useful to them, for within a few years, as adults, they will need to arrange their entire lives.

Parents who help their children learn to do this in a small way at first do great kindness to their offspring.

In scheduling time,  it would be prudent to make room for possible interruptions.

For example, if the mother schedules her washing for Friday, will the family have clean clothing that weekend if something unexpected prevents from doing the wash?

Why not schedule this vital task earlier in the week so that, if unforeseen circumstance arises, the wash can be done that week?

Scheduling the most important work early in the week ensure that it will get done.

Purpose of things

A disorganized home can quickly become the site of an entire array of needless items.

Good house organization will require a reason or purpose for things.

This does not mean that the home is deprived of decorative items or that the mechanically inclined man must do without his container or drawer of gadgets.

But acquiring of things can be overdone, and soon that spare room or garage may contain so many unnecessary items that their original purpose becomes obscure.

What should be kept?

What should be thrown away?

The deciding factor must be the usefulness of an item.

Will it ever be used?

In business organizations, material that is not used for a period of time is often disposed of.

The same principle can be applied to home organization.

For example, some like to save old newspapers or magazines because of good articles they contain.

But instead of cluttering up a home or room with heaps of publications that will probably never be read again, why not cut out just the item that interest you and put it in a file for that purpose?

It will take a fraction of the space.


No doubt about it, good home organization regarding place of things, scheduling time and purpose of things brings great benefit.

A properly organized life and home are a joy.

The longer good home organization is practiced, the better it becomes, until little effort is required to keep things in order.

This brings peace of mind, makes for neatness, gets more done in less time and contributes to the well-being the individual and family.

So be organized!

See the difference!

You will never want to go back to the old way!