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5 Wildly Functional Things You Need To Keep Your House Clean And Organized

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A house that stays clean and organized all the time doesn’t happen by accident!  But it’s easier to create than you think. All you need is a good bit of cleaning habits – you don’t have to be a total neat freak whatsoever – mixed with pops of functional decor, a dose of must-have organizational tools, and sprinkle it with a little drool-worthiness, to create a house that practically stays picture-perfect – even when you’re short on time!  

So if you’ve been busting your butt trying to keep your house clean but it still seems to fall apart like wet tissue paper, pay attention.  These items and tools are everything you need to eliminate unsightly messes, clutter & chaos once and for all! You simply have to use them.  Whether you have a full-time job, a troop of small children or are a bonafide lazy girl – let me hear you say owwww because this list is for you!  (Yeh, that was cheesy!)

THE LIST OF DROOL-WORTHY ITEMS YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLEAN & ORGANIZED

1 | Baskets Are Bonafide Magic // Use Them Everywhere

You don’t want to use them for junk or clutter BUT…the brilliant thing about baskets is you can use them to temporarily hide your messes. Emphasis on temporarily.  It’s one of the secret hacks to always having a house that looks clean and organized – especially if you’re always on the go!   Just be sure to go back later to declutter that basket!  

But aside from the obvious functional perks, baskets give your house that oomph, that pop, that thing that brings all the boys to the yard! Baskets have a magical way of making you fall in love with your house. Be prepared because you’re gonna see basket all throughout this post!

INSPO | WHEN YOU’RE SHORT ON SPACE, GRAB A BIG BASKET

use baskets to store extra items in the bathroom

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Especially if your bathroom lacks cabinet space, finding a spot to store clean towels and other extras is a must. Enter, the basket. Roll your towels for a casual feel (and to help them fit in a round basket). If you like that basket, I found a gorgeous one similar to it that I think I’m going to buy soon. Check it out below.

FIND THIS ITEM ON AMAZON // Large Dark Basket

INSPO | KITCHEN ORGANIZATION GLORY

keep your house clean and organized by using a mix of storage solutions

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Baskets are the perfect tool to organize your pantry. You can use larger wicker baskets to organize cookbooks, cereal boxes, bags of chips, and even small appliances. Smaller baskets work well for tea bags, seasonings, snack bars, etc.

Once you get the pantry organized, grab some cute chalkboard labels to keep everything organized.  The labels are actually the most important part in my opinion.  

FIND THESE ITEMS ON AMAZON // Small Square Baskets + Hanging Chalkboard Labels + Clear Food Storage Containers

INSPO| GRAB-N-GO ON THE FLY WITH LARGE BASKETS

keep a clean and organized home with large baskets

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I love this entryway designed by Rooms For Tuesday! Those baskets under the table are adorable.  Hmmm…I’m thinking jackets, book bags & purses fit in those baskets! And if I may add, that is one sexy basket!

FIND THIS ITEM ON AMAZON // Entryway Basket

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Smart Girls Guide To A Clean And Organized Houe | 10 Actionable Tips for more ideas on how to create and keep your house clean and organized!

2 | A Scanner + Shredder + Filing System // Kiss Paper Clutter Goodbye

Paper clutter…what do you do with it all?  Well, in the 21st century, you scan it, file it or shred it!  Oh and opt for the paperless option whenever possible. Paper clutter is one of those things that makes your house look messy so it’s something to stay on top of.  

A good balance between physical & digital storage should help keep paper clutter under control.  Just remember to block off 15-30 minutes a week to file, scan & shred papers – make it a part of your routine.  If you want your house to stay clean and organized, this is a must.

INSPO | EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HANDLE PAPER CLUTTER IS IN ONE PLACE & BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

keep your house clean and organized by hiding large printers and scanners
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Keep everything you need close by to easily handle paper before it turns into clutter! Remember you simply need to shred it, scan it or file it to keep things under control! Having a set-aside time to handle your paper clutter, is crucial to keeping your house clean and organized all the time.

HIDE YOUR SCANNER OR PRINTER

Let’s face it, printers and scanners are big, bulky & don’t quite add much in terms of deor value but thankfully there’s a workaround for that. Instead of placing on your desk or counter, you can hide – or camouflage – your printer or scanner in a large drawer, inside of a bookshelf or on a cute cart.

FIND THESE ITEMS ON AMAZON // Scanner + Shredder + Paper Trays + Accordion File System + Wall Paper Organizer

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Marie Kondo Way Not Your Style? Try The Pragmatic Declutter Method For Practical People to easily banish your clutter issues!

3 | A Bench + Shoe Storage // Hello Very Organized + Tidy Entryway

A mountain of shoes at the front door is an absolute no-go if you want to keep your home flawless.   It’s unsightly but the good news is that it’s a completely avoidable mess. Set up your entryway so that you can kick off your shoes, purse, bags, etc, but can do so in a way that doesn’t look messy.   Don’t be afraid to experiment. A mixture of shoe storage solutions, baskets & creative thinking can really glam this area up!  

INSPO | A LESS IS MORE ENTRYWAY SOLUTION

This fabulousy simple entryway solution is definitely drool-worthy & perfect for small spaces!   It’s the perfect mix of style & functionality. Key hooks at the top & shoes at the bottom – throw a large basket on the side and I think we’ve got perfection! 

INSPO | FARMHOUSE MEETS FAB FUNCTIONALITY AT THE ENTRYWAY

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This entryway is warm, inviting & oozes functionality which is just what we are looking for. Notice the subtle things like a welcome mat that helps keep dirt & debris at the door and chalkboard labels on the baskets that add even more order to an area that is usually chaotic!

SHOP THESE ITEMS ON AMAZON // Entryway + Welcome Mat + Wall Hooks + Storage Bench + Chalkboard Labels + Floating Shelves + Espresso Square Baskets

4 | Closet + Drawer Organization // Now That Looks Good

Oh boy – bet you didn’t expect this. If you don’t want anyone to open your closets, today we are going to change that! A seriously clean and organized house requires you to get the messes that are in sight and out of sight! Not just our closets but drawers too. Luckily, once you put a few things in place, as long as you stay on top of clutter, they will easily stay in order.

But one word of advice – declutter these areas first and then you can get to the gloriously fun task of organizing!

clean and organized closet
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As beautifully illustrated here, it seriously doesn’t matter whether we are talking about a big closet, a small closet, a linen closet or your closet, you can easily turn your closets from a hot mess into total drool-worthiness with a few simple things. And no, your clothes do not need to be color-coded!

Just keep in mind that to win this game, a certain level of uniformity is the key. Jackets with jackets, hangers should be the same, storage solutions should be complimentary – basically no janky, mix-matchy stuff in the closet! Easy right?

ITEMS YOU NEED TO TAME YOUR CLOSETS + DRAWERS

  • Hangers | You want to make sure all of your hangers are the same or at least from the same family, not to mention durable. Get rid of the ones you get from the dry cleaners ASAP!
  • Baskets | You can use them in any way you see fit. In addition to small baskets, I keep a big, pretty basket on the floor in my closet to toss clean clothes that I tried on while searching for something to wear.
  • Unstuff It | This isn’t a thing, but if your closet or drawers are stuffed, you’ve gotta unstuff em’. Or, declutter them
  • Hooks | Over the door hooks are great for accessories like scarves and belts as well as clothing.
  • Drawer Organizers | You can set your drawers straight with anything from labeled ziplock bags to actual drawer dividers. You have plenty of room to get creative here.

FIND THESE ITEMS ON AMAZON // Hangers + Large Floor Basket + Copper Over The Door Hooks + Drawer Organizers For Clothing + Drawer Organizers For Stuff

5 | Buzzworthy Cleaning Products + Tools // They’ll Make You Want To Clean

You ever heard the saying we can do this the easy way or the hard way? Well, when it comes to cleaning, that couldn’t be truer! If your aim is to keep your house clean and organized, you need cleaning products and tools that are easy for you to use, will help you clean easily & quickly, and more importantly, excite you!

So let’s toss the dingy rags and busted vacuums & opt for a few things that’ll have you running home just to clean!

INSPO | CLEANING PRODUCTS THAT DO MORE… A LOT MORE

keep a clean and organized home with superb cleaning tools

I recently moved and my new home has beautiful satin gloss dark hardwood floors – and they are unforgiving, to put it mildly! You can literally see every little microscopic speck of nothing on the floor!

Combined with the fact that my three little ones are now toddlers – there are plenty of crumbs to go around. Moral of the story, if you have dark floors, you can probably relate – get one of these ASAP!

VIEW THE VACUUM ROBOT IN MY AMAZON WISHLIST // iRobot

MORE CLEANING PRODUCTS + TOOLS THAT EXCITE

THREE NATURAL CLEANING BRANDS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD

  • Blueland | Previously on Shark Tank & will become a household brand soon! DROOL-WORTHY AWARD!
  • Jaws | Just add water to non-toxic water
  • Method | 9 times out 10, this is what I’m using to clean at home!

FIND THESE BRANDS ONLINE // Blueland + Jaws + Method

THREE CLEANING TOOLS THAT MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A BONAFIDE PRO

  • Microfiber Glass Towels | If you struggle to clean glass, these are a must! They make you look like a real pro. I buy these for my staff!
  • DocaPole High-Dusting Tools | No more Swiffer dusters! Invest in durable, sleek high-dusters that you can wash. Save some money & look high-end with these tools!
  • Shark Vacuum Cleaner | All vacuums are not created equal! If you want a vacuum that pulls you along on a magical ride, while sucking up everything in sight, this is the way to go. On a side note, I recommend Shark if you have carpet & hardwood floors. Dyson if you have mostly hardwoods!
  • Super Wide Microfiber Floor Mop | This super-wide floor mop will save you soo much time because it can cover an insane amount of floor in one swipe! You will literally fly when it’s time to clean the floor!

SHOP THE CLEANING PRODUCTS & TOOLS THAT’LL MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE A PRO // Microfiber Glass Towels + DocaPole High Dusting Tools + Shark Vacuum Cleaner + Dyson Vacuum Cleaner + Microfiber Cleaning Set + Wide Microfiber Floor Mop

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO READ // The Ultimate Fail Proof Cleaning Schedule For Working Moms.  Why?  Because if you follow it right, your house will stay clean most of the time –  even if you don’t have time to clean!

Summary // Five Drool-Worthy Things You Need To Keep Your Home Clean & Organized

1 | Baskets have no limits! Use them in every single nook and cranny of your house!

2 | A scanner, shredder and discreet ways to file your paperwork will banish paper clutter for good!

3 | Entryway shoe storage is a must-have to tame the front of the house

4 | Closet and drawers organizers will are heaven sent!

5 | The right cleaning products keep everything sparkling!

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