Sometimes, life is so busy that all we can do is wish that our house is organized, let alone actually have any hope for doing it! But I firmly believe that all it takes is one step or one drawer at a time that can give you that push in the right direction. Just imagine the time you will save when you no longer have to waste time looking around for things because you know exactly where they are. Here is my list of 33 small organized spaces in your home that you can do in 30 minutes or less. (and grab your free printable!).
The Organizing Process
Step 1 – Take Everything Out
The first step is always to take everything out of the space that you are organizing. It’s best to start with a clean slate before putting everything back in. So take every single thing out. All of it.
I suggest starting a few laundry baskets or a garbage sack where you will put all of your donated items or trash into.
Give yourself enough space to sort through things. Maybe put everything into a box and take it to the kitchen table if you need to. This will help you not get overwhelmed because you have more space to spread things out.
Step 2 – Clean Out Your Small Space
Go back to the space that you emptied out (drawer, closet, etc.) and get your hose attachment to your vacuum and vacuum out all of the dust, dirt, and crumbs. This makes it a lot easier for the next step.
Next, wipe every surface down so it is completely clean! Clean all of the corners, too. I love to use Lysol wipes for this. My other favorite tool to use is a Magic Eraser. I swear by these things when it comes to getting stains and scuff marks off of walls and drawers.
Get it as clean as possible.
Step 3 – Purge, Purge and Purge Some More!
Go back to your pile of ‘stuff’ and purge! Just ask yourself, ‘will this be helpful to my life moving forward?’. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself to help you know if you should keep something:
- When was the last time I used it?
- Is it broken?
- Does it belong to something else?
- Is it useful? And if so, are you actually going to use it?
I suggest having a garbage can handy as well as a ‘donation’ pile. That way you can easily toss garbage into the trash can (or broken things), or you can easily toss things into the donation pile.
If you have a hard time letting go of things, just ask yourself, ‘Would this item bless someone else’s life?’ Sometimes when you think of an item going to another person who would appreciate it, it’s easier to let go of it.
It is especially important to be brutally honest with yourself with small organized spaces. Small spaces tend to get messy faster so getting rid of the things that don’t belong there or that you no longer use is imperative.
Step 4 – Categorize Like-Items Together
After you have decided on all of the items you want to keep, start to put like-items together. This will help you see how much you have of any one item and assess how much space it is going to take up when you put it back in the drawer or in the closet.
Step 5 – Organize Things
This is the best part! This is when you can see all of your hard work start to pay off! Start putting items back into the empty, clean space that you just cleaned. If you are organizing a drawer, it’s really helpful to buy drawer organizers! They have some on Amazon that I’ll link below or they even have these at Dollar Tree sometimes!
Step 6 – Label
When it comes to small organized spaces, labeling can really come in handy. This is particularly helpful when it comes to having family members put things back where they belong. If it has a home, and if it’s labeled you increase your chances of it being put back in the right spot!
33 Small Organized Spaces Idea List
Here is a list of the 33 quick organizing projects that you can do in your home that are included in the challenge. I have also linked to my coordinating blog posts where they apply if you want more details about the project or product links that I use.
- Bed Linens
- Kitchen Cupboards
- Kitchen Drawers
- Baking Supplies
- Under the Kitchen Sink
- Sports Equipment
- Coats and Winter Wear
- Kids Art Projects
- Kids Art Supplies
- Games and Card Games
- Junk Drawer
- DVDs and Video Games
- Under Bathroom Sink
- Bathroom Drawer
- Gift Wrap
- Charging Cords
I hope that you have found my list of 33 small organized spaces inspiring and motivational. Don’t be overwhelmed, just take it one step or one drawer at a time. You’ll see the end results and be really excited to start the next one!