10 Smart Ideas for Family Organization

A busy family can quickly make for a messy home unless there are tools in place to keep clutter at bay on the home front.  I’ve been thinking of ways to increase the order around my house and found these ten smart ideas for keeping the family more organized at home.   


1.  Tuck a small office filled with family schedules into a niche in a main room, and include places for charging gadgets and phones while you catch up on mail and bills.   

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2.   Place a bench into a main traffic area complete with cubbies for shoes and bins for frequently used objects.

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3.  Use a shoe organizer suspended on the back of a door for a different purpose, instead to corral knick knacks or kitchen utensils. 

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4.   Label bright colored buckets for each child or for objects to ease the organization process of sports equipment or toys.   


individual family buckets



5.  Create a reminder zone inside a commonly used kitchen cabinet and keep office supplies suspended nearby.      


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6.  Hang wall organizers to minimize paper clutter and assign each one to a family member to keep track of sports schedules, homework, or other important paperwork.


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7.  Apply chalkboard paint to doors in a community zone to remind family members of upcoming events, chores, or tasks.  


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8.  Invest in subdividers for deep drawers to help you save time finding small objects and to avoid piles of tangled household necessities that are difficult to differentiate from each other. 


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9.   Make gift wrap, ribbon, and cards easily accessible with a back door organizer to be ready at a moment’s notice when that next birthday party invitation arrives.


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10.  Dedicate some wall space for tall cubbies in an entry, one for each family member’s shoes, backpacks and outerwear.  


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Having a place for everything is the key to avoiding unnecessary clutter and always knowing where to find the important things when you need them.  What is your best trick you can share that helps you keep your family organized on a daily basis?  


77 Responses to “ 10 Smart Ideas for Family Organization ”

  1. Love each one on the ideas…especially no. 6. It will be great for the kid’s room..I just wander were I can get the Hang wall organizers

  2. These are such great ideas! I need to implement them all! Where can I find the back of the door organizer in #9? I need that desperately…

  3. Love the mail organizers in #6! Where can I buy them?

  4. Where can we get the drawer subdivides in #8? Thanks.

  5. So inspiring!!! Ready to go clean out and organize!

  6. Great Ideas!
    #6 – I’ve seen some very similar at Pottery Barn and the container store has some. I always liked these: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/desktopCollections/metal?productId=10029554&N=74525

  7. The drawer subdivides I think were painted from unfinished wood ones you can get at Michael’s craft store….at least that would be my guess. I think I’m going to pick some up and paint them to match my decor.

  8. Wonderful ideas, each and every one! There isn’t a door in my teeny, tiny house that doesn’t have some kind of contraption on the back of it. When your house is as small as mine is, you get VERY creative about where and how to put things.

  9. Great ideas! Where can I get a wall organizer like the ones featured in #6? That would be a perfect solution to keeping papers off the kitchen counters!

    Thanks :)

  10. That’s what I was thinking, Sharmin! The organizers in #6 would be perfect in my kitchen. If you find them online, please let us know! Thanks :)

  11. The wall organizers from #6 are from Pottery Barn.

  12. Thanks, Fiona! Found them under the Daily System selection. And they’re on sale!!

  13. Thanks for the links to the PB set all! Ballard also has a similar one here:

  14. These are great ideas especially # 4 and # 6. Keep them coming!!!!

  15. These are all great ideas! I especially love #7. I think the older I get the more organized I need life to be. Check my website AskMissRamelleaboutchildcare.com

  16. Where can I find #10? It’s not the Pottery Barn organizer. It’s similar but this one appears to have a bit more storage.

  17. I have been searching for a shoe bench exactly like #3 for a year, does anyone know where it is from? Thanks!!

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  19. I also have been looking for a shoe bench like the one pictured in #2. Has space for shoes but also room for BOOTS underneath. Living where there is lots of snow it is a requirement to have boot storage. Does anyone have any links to share of where to purchase?

  20. My internet search skills are failing me …. where can I find the over door gift wrap organizer?

  21. Hi Cheri, I think those are just over the door organizers used to hold gift wrap, I spied a few at Walmart!

  22. Hi Martine, here is a similar one on Amazon, you could add your own cushion!

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