7 easy steps to getting organised around the house

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Now the kids are back at school it’s time to start getting organised around the house.  We all want our homes to be beautifully clean and organised, however when the house has got out of control it’s hard to work out where to start, how to organise the space and mostly our own mindset hinders us with fear that it’s just too big a job or what’s the point the kids will mess it up again.

Having an organised home will help you wake in a good mood, you will be less stressful as you know where things are when looking for them and you will feel a sense of calm.

Can you imagine waking in the morning and the house is chaos free, walking out the door without yelling at the kids, easily locating the bills due for the week and not running around tired at the end of the day wondering what to cook for dinner. It is possible!!


Below I have shared my 7 easy steps to getting organised around the house

1. To-do lists

Having a to-do list is an essential key to being organised. Without a to-do list it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to do. Writing down your tasks on a list will help you prioritise, focus your attention and help you remember what you need to do. There is also a good sense of accomplishment when you tick a task off the to-do list, giving you back control which then gives you enthusiasm to keep going.

2. Create Routines

With the limited time we have in the morning it can easily become frantic with getting the kids ready for school or getting ready to get to work on time. Most mornings so much needs to be accomplished, put washing on the line, preparing lunches, tidy up the kitchen and then you need to clean and dress yourself.

A routine is much like a daily to-do list, listing all the task you need to accomplish on a daily basis.  Having a routine may be repetitive, but it will make your home life easier and family happier in the end.

Washing on the line

3. Create new habits

There are little tasks that need to be completed each day, make the bed, putting clean dishes away etc.  However sometimes these tasks can easily be neglected as time gets in the way.  Create little habits for yourself to ensure these tasks are completed each day. ie.  Make your bed after your shower each morning, unpack the dishwasher while you are waiting for the kettle to boil.

4. Declutter

It’s easy to accumulate clutter, be it a shopping habit, sentimental items, your partners collection etc. so much stuff around you each day can easily make you feel overwhelmed and defeated with the idea that it’s possible to get the home tidy and organised.

Sorting through your clutter has its benefits:  less to clean, less to organise, less stress for you.  Depending how much clutter you have start in the area you want decluttered the most, either a corner of a room or a whole room, start sorting through your clutter, organise into: rubbish, keep or donate piles to help with the process.

5. Create Zones

If you’re having trouble keeping your home tidy, consider creating zones for specific groups of items or particular activities.  Zones can be created easily within current storage solutions or by simply adding hooks to walls. Analyse habits in your home to determine the zones you need. ie kids school bags are always left on the floor, create an area for them to be put away tidily or if you don’t have a home office but pay your bills next to the phone then create an organised bill zone in this space.  This is one of the best ways to create organisation in your home.

6. Don’t let the needs of others control you

It’s easy to delay what you really want to do for yourself (in this case to organise your home) because friends and family need your help.  Take time out for yourself to get your home and own mindset sorted, if they are good friends and loving family members they will understand.

7. Do it now

Just like that, make a start now, when you have an item in your hand next, instead of putting it on the bench to put away later, put it away now.  Saving you time and keeping the bench clutter free.

Following a these 7 steps above will make a really positive start for you to start creating some organisation in your home.  I go into more detail about each of these steps in my 20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home Challenge.

Round 2 of the 20 Days to Organise and Clean your Home Challenge starts soon

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Starting just in time to get your home clean and organised in time for the Easter break, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the time with your family and friends while feeling content and comfortable in the space around you.


  • Help you organise your day so it’s working for you, not against you
  • Show strategies to keep in control of household tasks
  • Share mindful parenting techniques that will stop you nagging the kids
  • and so much more

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The challenge is run over a 4 week period, starting Monday 2nd March.  Each day I will give you tasks to help you clean, organise and declutter areas of your home.  Along with tips each day to form new habits which will help you maintain these areas, plus a little 5 minute task which is perfect to do when the kids are getting ready for bed or your stuck on the phone.  Sign up now to get the early bird special.

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Traci February 13, 2015 - 7:53 AM

I am really struggling at the moment to keep my house tidy, I’m exhausted half the time, but really have no clue where to start. I love the idea you mention above about setting a routine. I’m going to join your challenge as I think I really need some hand holding. Thanks Kat, you are amazing.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 13, 2015 - 9:15 AM

This challenge will help you through each area of your home, starting in the most lived in spaces and the ones that will help change your mood. I hope you enjoy the challenge Traci and it makes a positive difference in your home.

Miss Maudy February 13, 2015 - 9:52 AM

Having injured my back, I’m currently well aware of what I actually do during the week at the moment (because it’s not been done, grr); and having been told six weeks until it’s better, I suspect some Other People who live in my house are going to be picking up the slack!

Although – when one writes a to do list, verbally reminds the person of all the things they need to do on said list and they walk out the door without half the stuff on the list (that they need for the day)… what’s your recommendation for that? (Current plan is to make the kid in question my personal servant for the entire weekend and help me do all the stuff I can’t do.)

Jessica Broadbent February 13, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Ooo having just joined the twin club (a girl and boy) and having a two year old as well, my house is looking a little on the sad side. Looking forward to the 20 day challenge! Just trying to decide which package. I don’t have facebook so won’t need to access, I already have some of your charts, etc… Maybe best to just get the basic and purchase the additional items?

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 13, 2015 - 4:18 PM

Congratulations Jessica, I had mine two years apart but the other way round, twins first. Such a precious time for you!! I think the basic is the best option for you then, and you can ask any questions you need in the comments through the challenge or email me, I’ll be happy to help 🙂

Mel Tewman February 13, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Hi there I’m trying to pay for the deluxe package but it’s coming up at $47 which is the basic package- can you please help? Thanku!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 13, 2015 - 4:16 PM

Hi Mel, just under the pricing table are some text links to purchase the packages, press on that (on mobile or desktop) and then it should take you to the right package. Please let me know if you have any further troubles. 🙂

Alexis February 13, 2015 - 9:03 PM

This is great! I’ve been struggling to keep the house tidy for a while now, so giving this a go might do the trick.

LoveCompassionateLee February 14, 2015 - 3:34 AM

Creating routines and getting things done right away are awesome tips! I’ll definitely revisit this post often. Happy Friday 🙂

FarZain February 14, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Do It now! is the much needed mantra. Thank you for the compilation. Such an useful list.


Vonnie February 15, 2015 - 6:31 AM

when ever I arrive home from shopping I dump everything on the bench to be put away later, NOT a good idea so this week I am going to start the habbit of putting away ‘straight away’ while it is ‘still in my hand’
thanks Katrina

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 9:11 AM

Good for you Vonnie!.:) I know its one of those yucky jobs but i figure once it’s done and away it’s another job we don’t have to tackle later on.

Michelle February 15, 2015 - 8:18 AM

I’m really struggling with the simple task of folding and putting away clean washing. It piles up and up and becomes so overwhelming. It’s created the most unattractive lounge room and in an open plan house, it’s just not nice. I can’t even hide it in the laundry add it is so small. Would love to hear any hints or tips 🙂

Lilian Dolan February 16, 2015 - 7:59 AM

My youngest daughter and her friends have put their ironing board and clean laundry upstairs. Get a Laundry bag, to carry dirty laundry down and clean laundry up.. She irons as she needs it, but her washing is not visible xxx

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 17, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Great idea!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 16, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Michelle, i know it’s one of those things if we don’t keep on top of it seems to just get out of control. I like to do mine as soon as it comes off the line so that way its not hanging around in the laundry or lounge room.


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