Has your collection of random ‘stuff’ begun to take over your household? No matter which room you begin with, effective home organization begins with sorting through your things and deciding what you would like to keep and what you can agree to part with.
- Kitchen & Pantry
- Home Office
- Living Room
- Laundry Room
Kitchen and Pantry
Having a completely organized kitchen and pantry area is absolutely essential. Otherwise, you might end up serving your family spoiled food, or on the other hand, you may end up running out of something that you need. Place a Lazy Susan within your pantry to have easy access to items that you use often. Utilize airtight clear canisters to contain your dry goods to keep out pantry bugs and keep your food nice and fresh.
On a similar note, using clear bins in your refrigerator is also quite helpful. You can use them to hold fruits and veggies, lunch meats, and cheeses. Be sure to label everything with the correct expiration dates to avoid guessing games.
Another ingredient in a well-organized kitchen is a dry erase board. Use it to jot down food items you run out of, or simply notes to other members of your family. Good communication helps every household run more smoothly.
HGTV.com gives a reminder that organizing your pots and pans becomes easier and more space-saving when you hang them from a rack. Keep your knives in order by attaching a magnetic strip onto your kitchen backsplash. If you have small children, you can opt for keeping your knives in a knife block or special drawer with a freestanding tray and a childproof lock on it. Use drawer dividers to keep your kitchen gadgets in check or a small pitcher next to your stove to store your cooking utensils.
Bathrooms have a tendency to become overrun with a multitude of cosmetics, hair styling gadgets and can also become a catch-all for other things like prescription medications and the like. After you have decluttered and gotten rid of everything you don’t need, give your bathroom a good cleaning.
Next, take note of whether you need any new organizing products for the items you are keeping. For example, if you have lots of loose makeup palettes and hair ties, you may need small containers to gather them in.
Add a sturdy shower organizer to contain bath and body products that you frequently use. To keep your bathroom neat, it is important to keep as few items on your countertop as possible. HGTV.com recommends placing frequently used items on an attractive tray. Adding a shelf to your bathroom space will also allow for additional storage, especially if your bathroom is on the smaller side.
There are a plethora of different ways to reorganize your home office. Use shelves lined with bins to organize your papers and such. Labeling and color-coding your files is key here, so you are never left digging to find what you need. Maximizing wall space is also essential. You can hang a calendar, a chalkboard, a bulletin board and so much more, which frees space off of your desk. Depending on how much paperwork you have to contain, another helpful option is to buy hanging wall file holders.
When it comes to what stays on your actual desk, the less items, the better. All you really need is a stylish cup to hold your writing utensils, a magazine holder to house a few folders, a small journal, and a few decorative touches such as a small vase of fresh flowers to brighten up your space.
Rolling storage containers are ideal for storing just about anything you want underneath your bed. Store away out-of-season clothing, extra linens, or shoes for example. The Spruce.com gives a reminder that the most important area of the whole bedroom to organize is the closet. Having a custom closet system is ideal for keeping your bedroom optimally organized.
Having a dirty clothes hamper and a small trash can inside of your bedroom is very important so that you don’t end up throwing dirty clothes on the floor or leaving a soda can on your night table.
Is your living room a little too lived-in? Architectural Digest.com recommends following the one-in-one-out rule. What this basically means is that any time you bring a new item into your living space, you have to get rid of something that you already have. This is the best way to control clutter.
Also, look at investing in furniture that doubles as storage. The simplest example of this is an ottoman. Coffee tables and side tables typically include drawers and shelves that can house magazines, remote controls, and the like.
Has a collection of toys taken over your living room? If so, it is time to take your space back. Look for unused corners of your family room to store them, instead of out in the open. Rolling bins can also be used to store toys so that your children feel inspired to pick up and roll away when they are done playing.
Another helpful suggestion that comes from HGTV.com is to utilize the empty space that exists behind your living room sofa. Use it to house a cabinet or bookcase. Perhaps you can organize your personal movie collection in this area and place a lamp and a nice vase of fresh flowers.
One simple trick for adding drying space to your laundry room is to utilize unused wall space and add tension rods to air dry your clothing. Try using a divided hamper on wheels for sorting your clothing to make laundry day easier.
Having floating shelves is a great way to add storage space to your laundry room as well. You can even make them run the entire length of the wall and craft them out of a nice dark wood for aesthetic appeal. Then you can place stylish bins and baskets on your new shelves to keep your laundry gear organized and out of sight.
Organizing your entire home is a job that can take some time to do properly and effectively. There is no need to stress yourself out by trying to get it all done in one weekend. Home improvement shows have a team of people helping them, whereas you might be tackling this project all on your own. Be patient and enjoy the process of turning your disorderly collection of things into an organized work of art.