One of the best ways to create a space that looks clean is to organize. Not only will it help your home or work space look cleaner, but it will help create a more efficient space as well. Clean Bees Homekeepers knows that importance of a clean space, and we can help you clean and organize your space. With our residential and commercial cleaning services, we can help transform your space into a place that is organized and helps boost your efficiency!

Knowing how to organize better can help you keep your space clean and tidy. No matter what area of your home or office you’re organizing or how much space you have, these 12 simple tips can help you create a well-organized and efficient space.

1. Start In One Place

If you have several areas in your home you want to get under control, start with just one. You decide which one to start with — is it the area that gives you the biggest headache, or the area that your guests will most likely see first? Whatever your priorities, select one area and stick to it. Many attempts at organization fail when the task of cleaning up the entire house seems daunting and folks give up. When you complete one area, celebrate and then move on to the next.

2. Allow Plenty of Time

Don’t expect organization to happen overnight. Depending on the area you are working on, you will want to schedule a couple of hours each day to work on getting the area organized. Getting a garage whipped into shape will take more time than it takes to organize a linen closet. Think about the area you are organizing and plan accordingly.

3. Clean House

Once you’ve selected an area, go through the contents. Donate or hold a garage sale for anything you don’t or can’t wear or use any more. Use the two year rule of thumb — if you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to say goodbye to it. These items take up valuable space and probably won’t be missed.

4. Take Inventory

After you’ve removed extraneous items, take a look at what remains. Does it belong here? Does it make sense to keep it here? Is there another place where you’ve got more room to keep it, or another area where it would be more easily accessible for its purpose? For example, take that professional-grade mixer that you’ve been keeping in the back of your closet and move it to the kitchen. When it’s time to tackle that area of the home, you can incorporate the mixer into the new storage plan for the kitchen.

5. Look For Wasted Space

If you’re in need of more storage space, think creatively about additional areas that you can put to work. Prime examples include over doors and underneath beds. These areas are valuable real estate in your home and are often overlooked. Invest in some storage tubs and some racks that hang on your doors, this will help add storage space and free up space in other areas.

6. Maximize Vertical Space

If you don’t have a lot of room to work with, a surefire way to instantly create more space is to go “up.” Instead of only having a couple of shelves to house your kitchen items, take them up to the ceiling to really maximize the vertical space — you’ll want to store the things you need less frequently on the higher shelves.

7. Divide the Space

By adding additional shelves to a single shelf, or by using containers that stack atop one another, you can divide the vertical space and make efficient use of the area you have to work with. By dividing the space, you eliminate the possibility of stacking tall piles of clothing, papers or other items that are destined to topple over.

8. Keep it Moving

Consider storage options on wheels: to allow for greater flexibility and to help keep the clutter under control. Carts can hold an assortment of accessories in a small amount of space, and can be wheeled back into a closet or storage area when not in use.

9. Organize With Color

Whether you’re working to organize the family room or striving to get your home office under control, use color to enhance your efforts. Assign each child a different colored container to keep his or her belongings in and keep them responsible for cleaning up after themselves. Organize projects, bills, and other important papers by function and color in your home office.

10. Visibility

The three rules to organization are visibility, accessibility, and flexibility. Choose containers that are either transparent or that you can easily label to help immediately identify the contents and save valuable time.

11. Accessibility

Make sure that the items you need most often are the easiest to access. Likewise, place the items you don’t need to get to as often on a higher shelf or in another area.

12. Flexibility

Select a storage system that can adapt to your changing needs. That way, you can reconfigure and reuse solutions to solve a variety or storage and organization problems.

These organizational tips should help you get started on getting your home or office tidy and in order. Getting organized is one of the best ways to keep your home looking cleaner while allowing you to be more efficient. If you need help cleaning your home or need a one-time deep cleaning to help get your started on a clean and organized home, Clean Bees Homekeepers can help! Contact us today and be sure to use these tips to keep your home organized and efficient.

First published on TheContainerStore.com