Handy helps people find cleaning professionals for your home. If you instituted a brand-new organization system at home and now you’re looking forward to clutter-free living and not spending hours hunting for lost stuff. Your house is in order and you’re keeping it that way. Except, what if you’re the only one who is committed? No matter how well thought-out, efficient and practical any home organization system is, it’s only as useful as the family member who is least willing to go along with it. While a functional system, whether it’s shelving or cubbies or bins or a combination of all of the above, is an ideal foundation for the home organization, it’s crucial to get every member of the household to “buy in” to the new system.

Get input from every member of the household. Yes, this will take time. You might think it will be easier just to put up some shelves and then dictate to everyone else how to use them. However, you’ll experience greater and longer-lasting success if you involve the whole household in the system planning process. Ask for their ideas when it comes to how best to store personal items and keep things tidy and uncluttered. Implementing ideas pitched by other family members makes them feel like their concerns were significant to you and that you value their input. Thus, they’ll be much more likely to stick to the new organization routine. So grab a pen and paper, call a family meeting and get planning together.

Make sure it physically works for everyone. The system must accommodate the needs of everyone. For instance, how can you expect a three-year-old to learn to hang up his jacket when he comes inside if he can’t reach the coat rack? When you implement a storage system, it has to accommodate everyone’s needs, while also taking into account needs that will change with the passage of time. If you’re trying to organize your entryway, getting your family in the habit of hanging up coats and putting away shoes, boots and sports equipment when they come in is key to ongoing success. Therefore, you’ll want to think about that three-year-old and install a coat hook at his level. Later, as he grows, you can move the hook, implement a new system, or gradually move him toward the day when he can reach the rack in the entryway closet by himself.

Make it easy to comply. A system that is too complicated, burdensome, time-consuming or demanding is destined for failure. For example, you’ll forever be picking up discarded dirty socks around the house if the only laundry bin is in the basement.
Label shelves and bins so that everyone remembers what goes where. Even if their memories are right, your family members are apt to get lazy if you have multiple bins for designated items but don’t label them. Labeling shelves, bins and cubbies according to the things that are supposed to be stored there will provide ever-present reminders and increase the likelihood of compliance. It will also save you time going through multiple bins and shelves hunting for missing items. (If you have family members who can’t read yet, label with pictures instead of words.) Handy knows it is not easy setting up all these tips all at once and getting into the habit of it. That is why they are in the business of helping people get started.
It will take some time and practice. Eventually, though, your system of home organization, whether it’s a child’s closet or an entire room, will become second nature to your family.

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