Organization Tips, Tricks & Hacks for Large Families


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If you have children, these organization tips for large families are for you! People often tell me how organized I must be since I have four kids, but organization is a real struggle for me. These tips help me keep the mess to a minimum and involve my kids in helping at home.

Having children can really complicate order and tidiness, but these organization tips for large families can help you stay on right track! Check out these easy ideas for organization that you can implement today!

Organization Tips for Large Families

There are so many easy ideas you can implement right now to make life just a little bit easier! While we wrote this tips to make life easier for those silly people like me who have tons of children, they are relevant to pretty much anyone.  I hope you find something here to make your life just a little bit easier.

Bathroom Organization Ideas

I love these ideas!  I’m still waiting on the vanity to be installed in my kids’ bathrooms so they are keeping their toothbrushes and toiletries in my powder room, which I HATE! I love these ideas and can’t wait to implement in our home.

Bathroom Organization for Large Families. Keep your bathroom tidier with these easy tips!

Use a silverware organizer for everyone’s toothbrushes (because they don’t make toothbrush holders for large families) – Little Penelope Lane

Install a second shower curtain to hold hanging baskets for body washes & shampoo’s – Life Hacker

Personal sized cubbies for all your bathroom necessities, everyone gets their own so there aren’t mixups, fighting or messes – Paul and Chrissy

Bedroom Organization Ideas

Kids being able to keep their own rooms mess free is the ideal. My kids are getting to the age where they can do this on their own and a couple of them even have come to value a clean room and keep a neat and tidy space without me asking!!

Bedroom Organization Ideas for Large Families. These ideas will help your kids keep their rooms clean on their own!

Build your own bunk system, everyone keeps to their own spaces – Money Saving Mom

Utilize the under the bed space with rolling baskets – It’s Overflowing

Make sure the kids know what is clean and what’s not, using a checklist – Early Bird Mom

Laundry Organization Ideas

I really struggle with laundry. I don’t have a hard time pushing it through the machine, it’s the folding and putting away which drags me down. One of these days I hope to have a system down pat like these bloggers we’ve featured here.

Laundry Organization for large families

Keep kids clothes in buckets and forget about perfectly folded corners – The Art of Simple

Getting Chores Done

Chores. Sometimes it feels like getting kids to help is worse than a trip to have teeth pulled at the dentist. But I tell you want, they help make the mess, and they have to help clean it up. There is no way one person can or should be responsible for keeping the entire house neat and tidy, in my mind. I tell my kids all the time that our family has to work together to get the job done. Many hands make light work, right?

Getting Chores Done with Large Families

Play a game as a family while you are getting chores done – Toddler Approved

Include an incentive and a cute work for hire board, there might even be a race to see who get’s the most money – The Chic

Many hands make light work. Create a color-coded chore chart that works for your entire family – Lilliput Station


Keeping the mess to a minimum

Of course, the first step to keeping things organized is to prevent the mess from the very beginning. We’re working hard to create organizational areas in our house to help with this, and it really does make a big difference. Check out how these other bloggers keep the mess to a minimum in their homes.

Big Family Organization

Mudroom Command Center – Your Modern Family

Huge large storage bins and toy boxes everywhere in the house – One Kind Design 

Keep all your books in one space –  Clean and Scentsible

Travel Organization Ideas

We travel a lot and so organized travel is also important in my life. I love these tips for staying organized on the road too!

Travel Organization for Large Families

Don’t relax! When traveling with a large family, it’s important to pay attention to details. Use this printable to help – Little Family Adventure

Not for just travel, but ratio everyone’s possessions with the kid’s catch-all bag – The Tiny Twig

Make Your Own Kid’s Travel Binders – The Sunny Patch

Do you have a foolproof organizing tip you can share or a blog post that makes like easier for families? I’d love to hear all about it! Feel free to leave a link in the comments below!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. Great post! I actually love to fold clothes. So feel free to bring those piles over.

    Two quick tips from a momma to five…. First, everyone has a color. All towels, notebooks, pencils, etc. come in this color. This eliminates the “that is not mine” and the “I didn’t put it there” arguments. If an item doesn’t come in colors then I add the appropriate color of electrical tape or a dab of fingernail polish to the item. The rule in our house is if you own it, it has to have your color on it.

    Second is each week a child is Helper of the Week. The Helper changes every Sunday. This is the person I call when there is an unassigned chore to do. That way I am not calling on the same person all the time. The Helper also has extra privileges. They get first pick with everything that week. They choose which seat they want at the dinner table/in the car. They choose the movie for movie night. They also are the tie breaker for any split decisions. The other kids know the Helper of the Week rotation. (It runs oldest to youngest Christmas to Father’s Day and youngest to oldest the other half of the year.) So if I need something and the Helper isn’t around I ask the person with second pick to help or if two people want the same seat in the car then they solve it themselves by someone saying, “You have to move because I have pick over you.” Hopefully that explaination is understandable. I am typing on my phone.

    Thanks again, Michelle. Love your blog.

    1. Your tips are great, Larae! We do the color, but only on towels. It would be helpful to apply that to more products!! And I love the Helper of the Week concept! What a great idea. How did you get so smart?! 🙂

  2. Great ideas! I really need to let go of some of my control tendencies. Since the kids started public school it is soooo much easier to just do it all myself- and right the first time. Kind of robbing the little monsters of the lesson though.