Start Organizing Your Home

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Organize Your Home

You’ve probably heard the old phrase “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” But when was the last time you could describe your home that way? Occasionally, things get out of hand, or you’re simply tired of an untidy room or cluttered closet and need a little help sorting out the mess. Whether your question is how to start organizing your home, how to know if you should keep an item or get rid of it, or how to maintain the organized home you’ve achieved, we’ve found helpful Web sites that can give you some answers.

Start Organizing Your Home

Finding the motivation to organize your home and deciding where to begin are among the biggest hurdles people face with organization efforts. The Web sites in this section offer some advice to help you start organizing your home, give you some basic strategies for different types of projects, and teach you how to evaluate your possessions so you’ll know what to throw out, keep, and donate to charity.

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  • Your home likely didn’t become cluttered overnight, and you’re not going to get it organized overnight, either. Set some reasonable goals as you work to restore order, and don’t expect it to all get done in a day.
  • Cleaning and organizing often go hand in hand. For helpful online resources for housekeeping techniques and products, see our findingDulcinea Housekeeping Web Guide.
  • Ironically, some Web sites from professional organizers may seem a little … disorganized. Many organizing sites have sections dedicated to the common rooms in a home, so look for headings like “kitchen,” “bedroom,” or “closet” to increase your chances of finding the tips and information you want.
  • Whether as part of or aside from your New Year’s resolutions, January may be a great time to commit to organizing your home. The National Association of Professional Organizers sponsors “Get Organized Month” every January.

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Before you get started …
For general organization tips …
For sites that focus on organizing a specific room …
For help organizing your collectibles, keepsakes, photos, and papers …
For blogs …
For information about hoarding …
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