When everything within your home has a home there is never confusion about where anything should go when tidying up. You know exactly where it belongs, and it goes back there whenever it is needed. We say ‘Everything Has A Home’ or ‘Everything Has A Place’ or EHAH/EHAP for short.
I love this strategy.
It has reduced heaps of clutter and piles of things that had no home before.
When everything remained scattered before, I would have piles of mail, a junk drawer filled with bits and bobs, people put games and books on any shelf, the art cupboard was shoved shut and you didn’t want to try to open it to look for things.
RECOGNISE THE AREAS THAT ARE IN DISORDER
When I got organised and decluttered, I was able to revisit these ‘piles’ and recognised the different areas of concern and what we needed. Some spaces were worse than others, but when I removed non-essential items and only the most used things remained, tidying up and finding everything a home was easy.
CREATE A SPACE FOR SIMILAR ITEMS
I sorted my art cupboard, found some boxes and folders for better storage, creating some order in the junk drawer with a spare lightbulb box, an office drawer and a ‘household tools’ drawer, we have a games shelf specifically for games. Whenever we have something that is an odd item, it immediately can be found a home.
If for some reason we don’t have one, then we create one for things in that specific genre. For example, I noticed I had Christmas paper, spare birthday cards and ribbon so I created a space for all the gift wrapping. Now that’s where we go when we need something and that’s where it goes when we are finished.
SOME SPACES THAT CAN BECOME ZONES OF CLUTTER
First aid/medicine cabinet
Home Office supplies
Art & Crafts Cupboard
Pamphlets, Brochures, Business Cards
Toy cupboards/Puzzle Boxes
Picture/Curtain hooks & eyes
Sewing Kit/Needles, Thread, Material
YOU STILL HAVE TO CLEAN UP, BUT IT’S MUCH EASIER!
Of course, we still have to actually clean up, no matter how organised I am, the items still need to be put away when finished. But at least when the kids are done with a project, wrapping a gift or getting a new battery, they know where everything needs to go back when I ask them to pick up.
We have evening EHAH times after dinner when the kitchen is being tidied we also do the living area.
Any clothing, shoes, bags, books, gadgets, anything that has gathered throughout the afternoon that needs to go back to its home. My kids are pre-teen and it doesn’t take us all very long to clear a space and put things where they belong.