Staying organised can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort. Keeping your living space organised not only makes finding things easy, but it can improve your mental and physical health in general. A typical day in a cluttered house might not cause any immediate problems, but it pays to be ready for those moments when organisation really counts.

Home organisation can be overwhelming if you haven’t kept up with it. One of the keys to success is setting realistic, reachable goals. The big picture is to have an organised living space, but break that down into manageable steps. Not only will you be doing yourself a favour by relieving yourself of the headaches a messy house can trigger, but will also promote your home’s safety while keeping fire hazards at bay. The most difficult thing about cleaning and staying organised is just getting started, so start small and build up. In other words, wash one dish instead of all at once.

Here are some DIY organisation ideas to help keep your home tidy…

Embrace Minimalism

Cutting back on the things you own in general can help you organise your home. Less possessions mean fewer things to organise. Take a look at all your things and decide what you actually need—a lot of it is likely to be excessive. Take your clothes, for example. We all know that we don’t need dozens of shirts, but it can be difficult to part with the shirts that you have collected over the years. Where do you start when you’re looking to cut back on the number of clothes you own?

It helps if you’re aware of what you actually wear. One method for determining what you wear frequently (and less frequently) works for clothes that you hang in your closet. It is also a great long-term way to organise your closet. First, make sure all of the hangers are pointing the same direction. When you wear something, flip that hanger around. After a few months, some items will still be facing their original direction. If you haven’t worn something in 6 months, unless it’s formal attire, you probably won’t wear it again. Even with formal clothes, unless you need them for work or attend formal events regularly, you don’t need to have very many.

Minimalism isn’t just about getting rid of things, though. It is about using less and keeping less. You can embrace this throughout your home, from choosing a small lightweight vacuum over a large upright vacuum, to thinning out your clothing, attic, and garage.

Magnets and Hooks

Often, there isn’t much thought put into which things are placed where in your home. Typically, you have a few things that you use quite a bit… and a lot of things that you use less frequently. Identifying what you use frequently vs infrequently, and then assigning placement in your home based on the frequency of use will help you stay organised.

Magnets are ideal for most metal objects. Hooks are also great, and some can be quite small and powerful all at once. A pegboard or some other way to get things on the wall could also be a place where you can put a hanger.

Glasses Hanger

You’ve moved the contents of a few drawers and tastefully onto a wall. Now, you have plenty of new drawer space, but what should go into them? Well, not your glasses. DIY home organisation is all about putting the right things in the right places. Glasses and sunglasses can easily get scratched or otherwise damaged when left loose in a drawer. With just one or two pairs, it’s not unreasonable to keep them in their cases, but they take more space than just the glasses on their own and sometimes there isn’t an appropriate case for your glasses. Another option is to use a hanger.

With your glasses on a hanger, you can easily decide which pair you want to wear, protect them from scratches, and have an interesting wall ornament all at once. But what goes in all the new drawer space?

Put Matching Sheets in Pillow Cases

Keep all your bedsheets together by storing them in their matching pillowcase. It’s compact, easy to pack away, and convenient.

You don’t have to stop at your sheets and pillowcases. There are a whole host of things in your home that you can use this technique for. Where it isn’t as convenient to stuff sheets into pillowcases, pick up a few drawstrings to use. Tie matching towel sets together.

Twist Ties

If you have tangled wires in your house, save a few twist ties from a bread bag or something. Wires, and other string-like things left unattended will definitely become a tangled mess. But there is hope. Simply use twist ties to keep your wires bundled together. String or tape would also suffice, but twist ties tend to not slip and are easily untied and retied.

Keep Small Things in Small Containers within Bigger Containers

Keeping your home organised isn’t easy, and with children, it can be especially difficult. It’s not uncommon to see little toy cars strewn across a room at worst, or piled into a toy chest a best. Instead, have a little box for cars that fit inside the chest. With each kind of toy in its own little box, children won’t be as inclined to take out every single toy while searching for the one they want. Even if they do, there are just boxes to put away instead of hundreds of little Lego pieces to dig out of the carpet.

With a dash of minimalism, a healthy dose of magnets, a hanger full of glasses, untangled wires, and compartmentalized bedsheets and little things, hopefully, your home is more organised, visually pleasing, and easier to navigate.