Home Organization Ideas.

July 30, 2018

Don’t be fooled – our home is rarely clean all at one time, but I do rely on some organization to keep things from getting overwhelming. I’ll share a look at how we (attempt) to keep clutter under control, where we store things for the school year, and some of the items we use for organization.

Our living room is where everyone spends the most time, which is why many of the toys from bedrooms and the basement wind up here. It has helped to have catch all drawers in the window benches for when we do quick clean ups. We also use these benches for children’s books, and school books. The kids can access them easily, and know where to return them during family clean up sessions.

Our media console is a dresser I re-finished to use for tv console/storage. We keep chargers and wires, cards and games, diapers, and little shoes all within these drawers. It is easy to access, but keeps so much clutter out of sight! It really does free up your mind when you can at least somewhat see the floors and corners of your home. I am one of those people who cannot think much beyond the state that her home is in. I have given up on having it clean at all times, but as you can see I won’t go down without a fight!


(Wooden bins, basket bins, linen bins, shelf unit, chore charts, desk, lamp, cage basket)

This shelf unit from IKEA fits so many of their school binders, art supplies, and toys to easily access. If you don’t have an IKEA near you, this is a similar one.

On the other side of the boys room I have more baskets for puzzles, books, and cars. We have a few rules that help keep their rooms from becoming a pig sty, although it often becomes that all the same. Each morning and night they have to do a quick room pick up, and we have a rule that you have to put away your toys or games before getting out another one. The baskets pictured are from IKEA, and I put two of these storage cubbies together from Target to create a window bench.

We have a toy storage closet we had built in underneath the steps in the boys’ room, and that has also been a lifesaver! We minimize the amount of toys we have every few months, and also rotate some in and out of storage to make them feel new;)

There are often days I feel like a human vacuum, but these are definitely things that have helped reduce the physical and mental clutter!

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  • I love this post! So helpful! I can so relate because I often struggle with being overwhelmed by messes and clutter with 3 boys under 4. I love how your blog encourages me to create beauty and order in my home – not just in vain – but so that I can be more peaceful and present and love my family well. Thanks for all that you do and for your inspiration to lead a faith filled, intentional, beautiful life!

    • Nikki- thank you so much for your words! It is something I have to always be fighting for, and I so appreciate the encouragement. I am with you on the messes. I don’t think I will ever not be bothered by them, but it does help to have drawers to hide them in when we can – ha!

  • Did I miss the link to the window seats? Storage is our biggest issue in our living spaces!

  • I love how you fit the organization into the overall design of your home to keep it looking nice and clutter free! That is something I’m always striving for in my home!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • It is a fun challenge to me to figure it all out. There are definitely days though where I feel like my kids see baskets and think – “must dump.”

  • This is such a beautiful space! I’m sure it feels so good to have things ready for a fresh new school year. We are working on the same thing around here and I’ve been praying for a fresh chore chart idea. I love how it’s simple and pretty to look at. Plus, I love how you’ve shared where to print, and even how to make the hangers!! Thank you!! P.s. Amen to tons of storage that hides the toys and things. When we walked in to our home to view it before purchasing all the shelves with doors in the living room were so exciting to me for this reason. So so nice!

  • Love this as a fellow hybrid Mom. FYI. There are a few typos… you said “on the days when they are home” twice in the quote below. Up higher I saw 2 more… “midn” instead of mind and “thing” instead of “things”. You are great writer so I know you were probably just going quickly.
    “We will be doing the hybrid school system again this year, so on the days they are home, it’s extremely helpful to have bins or drawers for each child to put their books and supplies on the days they are home.

  • I really feel inspired to incorporate acts of service in our daily life. We do daily gratitude, but this some how seems one step further. Thank you for creating these. This will be used in our “home learning” space.
    Also, can you link the cage basket? would be really perfect for our yoga mats storage.

  • Question- where are the wicker baskets in the boys room “window seat” bench from? Thanks so much!

  • Hi!! This space is a breath of fresh air! Where did you find the chore charts?? I’m in love!

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