A mother-of-two and registered nurse has revealed her tips and tricks for organising any home on a budget, after she took on her space during the coronavirus isolation period.
Illi Williams, 25, from Melbourne, said lockdown provides a great opportunity to get things organised – and the most important thing to think about with your home is how you can use the space you’ve got ‘in the best way possible’.
‘The best thing you can do at home right now is separate things as much as possible to create a simple, less cluttered space,’ Illi told FEMAIL.
‘Be as specific as you can when organising and keep it organised as you go.’
A mother-of-two and registered nurse has revealed her tips and tricks for organising any home on a budget, after she took on her space during the coronavirus isolation (Illi’s pantry pictured)
Illi Williams, 25, from Melbourne, said lockdown provides a great opportunity to get things organised (her pantry pictured)
Illi (pictured) said she ‘trialled’ her organisation approach with tubs, baskets, boxes and labels for ‘about a month’ to make sure it worked for herself and her family
Illi said she ‘trialled’ her organisation approach with tubs, baskets, boxes and labels for ‘about a month’ to make sure it worked for herself and her family.
When she discovered she liked having everything labelled and separated out, the 25-year-old went ‘nuts and labelled absolutely everything’.
One of the areas that the young mother took on first was her pantry – which is filled with budget organisational items from Kmart and IKEA.
‘The pantry is an area of the home we use lots, so I wanted it to be clear and easy to find things,’ Illi said.
‘I’ve always been obsessed with organising and got some inspiration from a lot of the IKEA and Kmart mums’ groups, as well as Pinterest to put my space together.’
One of the areas that the young mother took on first was her pantry – which is filled with budget organisational items from Kmart and IKEA (pictured)
Illi said she is a big fan of her ‘cute spice and herb jars’ from That’s So Labelled (pictured), as they help to rationalise out her things and help her find food
Things like glass items are kept high up and out of reach of her little children’s prying fingers in the pantry (pictured)
What are Illi’s tips for home organisation?
* Separate things as much as possible so you can see where each individual thing is.
* Trial an organisational approach for a week or two before you do the whole house. If you don’t like the labelling approach, it won’t be for you.
* Invest in budget storage from the likes of IKEA, Kmart, Bunnings and Target as these will rationalise any space.
* Make it functional, no matter the size of the space. It doesn’t have to be huge.
* Put in the hard yards when you’re organising as this will save you time down the track when you’re putting things away.
Illi said she used the Variera white tubs from IKEA to organise foods like chocolate, baking items, Indian, Mexican and Italian seasoning – as well as the Drona tubs for other food stuffs like sweet potatoes, brown onions and roasting potatoes.
‘I organised all of our food into categories and put it at convenient heights depending on what we use,’ she said.
‘The kids’ snacks are at a height where my three-year-old can’t reach them, while other items like glass and spices are also far away from little hands.’
Meanwhile, Illi said she keeps what she and her family use a lot at eye level so it’s easy to reach for.
‘My advice to others who want to do their pantries up is just make it super organised and functional, no matter what space you have,’ she said.
‘You shouldn’t feel limited and like you can’t achieve a beautifully organised space as it’s totally achievable in any pantry.’
Illi (pictured with her family) shared her advice for others when sorting their family, that they shouldn’t feel limited by their space but instead should make it functional
Elsewhere, Illi said while it might not feel like it, it is one hundred per cent worthwhile taking the time to put in the hard work when organising your home – as it’ll pay off later
She recommends you start with just two cupboards (pictured) a week at first, and within a month, your home should be much more organised
Elsewhere, Illi said while it might not feel like it, it is one hundred per cent worthwhile taking the time to put in the hard work when organising your home.
‘If you put in the hard yards when you first get started, you’ll save yourself so much time in the long run with upkeep,’ she said.
‘Things are so quick and easy to put away when everything has a “home” and clean, organised spaces keep your mind clear and focused.’
During lockdown, Illi said she has been concentrating on finishing the pantry, as well as putting up LED lights through the house and installing some sheer curtains in her living room.
When it comes to the stores she likes, Illi said she visits affordable places like Kmart, Bunnings, IKEA and Target (bathroom cupboard pictured)
She has the IKEA Vareiera tubs, which cost just $6 (pictured), all over her house and said they are one of her three favourite buys
When it comes to her three favourite buys, Illi said they would have to be the IKEA Vareiera tubs, which cost just $6 and can be used all over the home.
What are Illi’s favourite shops?
* Bunnings Warehouse
* That’s So Labelled
‘I have these white tubs all over my house, they are a fantastic size and help you to organise things really well,’ she said.
Secondly, Illi said she is a fan of her ‘cute spice and herb jars’ from That’s So Labelled.
‘I also love these really cool drawers which I use to store my medical supplies, they’re from Bunnings and cost $9,’ Illi said.
‘I only really shop at the everyday home stores like IKEA, Kmart and Target as they’re affordable but also have great buys.’
The mum-of-two (pictured with her family) said having an organised home has made things easier with her children and busy job
If you want to get started with organisation, Illi said you need to get rid of any clutter you haven’t used in six months to make your home more streamlined (pictured)
Lastly, the mum-of-two shared her advice for others wanting to get started with organisation.
‘Start in a small, manageable space, like under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom cupboards and don’t put too much on your plate to start with as you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed,’ she said.
Even if you only manage to do two or three cupboards a week, by the time a month has elapsed, areas of your entire home will look ‘amazing and transformed’ so just take it slowly for real results.
Finally, she said you shouldn’t compare your home to the picture-perfect properties you often see online – as yours will always be different
Secondly, Illi said it pays to be ruthless and you should get rid of anything you haven’t used in six months.
‘Once you get rid of all your unnecessary clutter, things become much easier,’ she said.
Finally, she said you shouldn’t compare your home to the picture-perfect properties you often see online.
‘If you’re trying to copy someone and don’t have the same storage space, you’ll just end up discouraged and disappointed,’ Illi said.
‘Get creative and work with what you have.’