How to find the motivation to keep your family home organised

I am a naturally messy person but over the years I have realised that if I’m not organised or I’m not in an organised space my mental health suffers. Keeping our house (although always a work in progress) organised keeps my sometimes messy mind organised too. However sometimes the untidy side of me wants to come out to play so this is how I constantly find the motivation to keep our family home organised.

Work area by area

So often people decide they are going to de-clutter their whole house in a day or organise every cupboard they own. We’ve all been there; in the middle of big task like that surrounded in stuff and wishing we hadn’t started. Doing it that way just creates more stress so if you are on a mission to get your house organised I would suggest doing it area by area. Write a list of all the areas in your house such as a bookshelf or a cleaning cupboard and when you get half an hour pick one to do. We have to remember that keeping the house organised long term is the end goal here and it will always be something you are always working on because your house is lived in by people whose needs will change over time. So going area by area is a much more stress-free approach to organising.

Listen to something you like

If you are working on one of those areas we mentioned earlier or you putting things away pop on your favourite playlist or podcast and it will all seem ten times easier. Music is a great motivator and will get you dancing around the living room in no time.

De-clutter as you go

Once your house is how you want it, you need to make sure it stays organised which is the hard bit. The easiest way to stop the clutter building up is by not letting anything stay in your house that you don’t need. Before you put something away or on a pile somewhere, decide if you actually need it. If you do, make a home for it otherwise get rid!

Set a timer

If you have 30 minutes spare, set a timer for 20 minutes to do some organising in (you can use that other 10 minutes for a well earned cuppa at the end!). For some reason I find I am more productive with a timer set; I know there is an end to the job I am doing but it also motivates me to see how much I can get done in the allocated amount of time.

Think about you

It is easy at the time you are doing it, to dump something on the kitchen table and not put it away but realistically it will be you putting it away in the end anyway. Try and be (as The Organised Mum would say) your future friend. Prepare things, put things away, keep things organised so you are making the least work for yourself in the future.

So that’s how I keep motivated to keep the family home organised. However there is one key thing to remember; our houses are lived in by our families. They are expected to look lived in so don’t obsess over the house. It’s not supposed to look like #instagoals! But when you are rushing around looking for a certain bit of paperwork or a school letter you will thank yourself for being a little bit more organised.




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I’m Rachel, a 30 something Mum to 6 year old Little Man & 2 year old twin girls (one with us & one in the sky).

I’m an anxiety sufferer, list writer and secret chocolate eater.

Join me going from anxious to organised.

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