Tired of rummaging around at the last minute trying to find car keys, backpacks, etc.? With “back-to-school” right around the corner, it’s time to get things in order and organize! Organizing your home will save you money, time and stress. Let’s start, room by room, and look at how to best organize the clutter and keep your things (and your sanity) intact!
Lovely Living Room Organization
Does an unexpected knock on the door cause you momentary panic as you look around your living room and see games, toys, and remotes scattered everywhere? With some quick and easy organization, not only can you make your living room always look company ready, but you’ll be able to easily find what you need when you need it.
You want to make sure that you have plenty of storage options for your living room as clutter seems to quickly accumulate here. Some good storage options that double as furniture are ottomans and storage benches which give you seating as well as storage. You can use these to quickly stash a comforter, kids’ games and toys and any other items lying around. You can find a great deal for your money with something like this faux leather storage bench because it comes with two side ottomans that stow away inside the bench. Lift top storage benches are a great choice as they come in a variety of fabric or leather-look choices to compliment your home décor.
Bookshelves are a must-have for any living room as you can easily organize books, games and DVD’s. There are different types of bookshelves to choose from; some are free hanging with decorative supports and others that sit on the floor. If your floor space is limited, you might want to choose a bookcase that is free hanging or narrow to fit in tight spaces. You can also find shelves that tuck into corners, which helps you save space and will keep your knick knacks organized.
Entertainment centers and audio consoles can help keep your movies, TV remotes and games organized. Purchasing a large entertainment center or a nice wall mounted audio console doesn’t have to break the bank if you’re a smart shopper, and you’ll want to snag this remote control caddy.
If you have several magazine subscriptions, you’ll want something that will keep them neat and organized. Magazine racks come in many different styles and colors, as well as sizes large enough to hold your newspaper.
Keeping your kitchen organized will help you save a lot of time preparing and cleaning up meals. If you don’t have enough counter space, installing a kitchen island is an amazing addition. Not only will it give you additional counter space to prepare meals, you can also store cookbooks, dishes that you only use for special occasions in cabinets below. They generally have utility drawers so you can store some extra dishtowels or cloths or you can use them for those kitchen utensils that take up too much space in your regular kitchen drawers.
Have problems figuring out where you’re going to store all of your pots & pans? There’s an easy solution to this storage problem with this hanging pot rack.
If you have a large family, the kitchen pantry can quickly become disorganized, especially if you don’t have a large enough one to begin with. An excellent solution to this problem is this freestanding pantry. It has adjustable shelves for those items that are too tall for regular spaced shelves as well as nice brushed nickel hardware.
Another handy tip for kitchen organization and storage is to get stackable storage containers instead of bulky boxes or wide bags. You can simply pour the food, such as cereal, into the containers and they stack neatly.
Other items that can help keep you organized in the kitchen are things such as coffee cup hooks, soda or wine racks, silverware organizers and bread or fruit baskets.
No More Bedroom Bedlam
Your bedroom is supposed to be your haven – the place where you rest and recharge from your day. But too many people allow their bedroom to become the “catch-all” room.
It’s the holding place for laundry, bills and all sorts of things that migrate that way. Drawers inside a dresser can easily become a “junk drawer” because it’s so easy to toss miscellaneous items there. You can help keep your dresser drawers organized by using drawer organizers.
A lot of bedrooms lack storage shelving which helps keep things organized. You can remedy this by purchasing a system like the Foremost Modular 5-in-1 Shelf Cube Storage System. This type of system helps keep clutter and disorganization at bay because the system can be customized for your unique preferences, instead of being a one size fits all kind of system. You can use these systems in any combination that you want. They can be used for clothing, shoes, children’s toys, books or whatever you’d like to keep organized.
In a child’s bedroom, there are primarily two things that cause disorganization and messes; toys and stuffed animals. Either can make a child’s room look overcrowded and unkempt. But using things like toy boxes, kids organizational shelving or stuffed animal hammocks can cut down on this kind of disorganization.
To keep toys neatly organized, you want to look at buying something such as Step 2 Lift and Hide Bookcase Storage Chest because you not only get room for toys, but for books as well.
For teenagers, (who go through stages where everything lands wherever it happens to get tossed), you might want to look at beds that have storage drawers beneath them and bookshelves on the end.
Corralling Bathroom Clutter
From showering to trimming hair, the bathroom serves many functions. Many families keep cleaning supplies and store towels & washcloths in the bathroom as well. In order to keep your bathroom “family-functional”, you need to keep things well organized. Shelving is absolutely essential for storage baskets which can hold hair dryers, curling irons, grooming products and more. One super shelf that’s just the right size for bathrooms is the Organize It All Metro 4-Tier Shelf. It has wider shelves so it’s able to hold storage baskets to keep small things like makeup, to large things like towels, neatly organized.
Bathroom counters are arguably the worst place for catching clutter. Organizers to hold things like your toothpaste, toothbrushes and other dental items can keep the clutter to a minimum. Caddies are good for just that purpose.
Styling products can be kept organized in the Style Away Organizer where you can store things like your hair dryer, curling iron, and other odds and ends for the bathroom.
Something else that can help keep you organized and save you time, is a laundry hamper that allows you to sort your dirty clothes. You can find large baskets for a large family or smaller ones for individuals and couples.
Mudroom Mayhem No More
If you have a mud room, then you know just how quickly this area can turn into mayhem. As an entry point into your home, this space often gathers a lot of stuff, and many times, “dirty” stuff! The old saying “everything in its place” is never more needed than in a mud room.
An absolute necessity for a mud room is a bench where people can sit to take off their shoes. Why not choose one that has room underneath it for storing shoes and other items? Some benches are big enough to store boots as well. You can get a wooden shoe bench which is a simple bench with shoe room beneath it, or you can get the kind that has cubby holes. Cubby hole benches can store your children’s backpacks for school so that everything is neatly in one place. This helps you keep all of their stuff organized and together so that you can avoid mad-scramble mornings, trying to find their things so they can make it to school on time.
You also want to make sure that you have a coat rack of some type for keeping coats, sweaters, raincoats, scarves or backpacks organized. You might also want to think about getting an umbrella stand. This will keep your umbrellas organized and handy for rainy days.
Close the Closet on Chaos
We’ve all seen comedy shows where someone opens a closet door and gets hit with a barrage of items ranging from toys to skis. The closet seems to be the one place where “shove and shut” reigns. Since almost every room in your house has a closet, you may have many that need organizing. However, don’t lose hope, there are plenty of storage items that will help you have your closets whipped into shape in no time at all!
What most people need is more shelving and more closet drawers. You can also buy closet doublers, which give you more room to hang clothing. Not having enough shoe space is a problem in many closets and you can double your shoe space by buying a few sets of something like the ClosetMaid Horizontal Laminate Closet Organizer for your footwear.
You can also purchase a closet starter kit that keeps all of your hanging & folded clothes organized.
There are also hanging shelf organizers that you can use, but these do tend to cut into the space that you have available for hanging your clothes. Complete systems are the most popular. While these do run a little more cost-wise, they pay off in the long run. Systems like the John Louis Home JLH-522 Standard 12-Inch Depth Closet Shelving System add organization and beauty to your closet. Plus, good quality closet organizers add to the resale value of your home.
Organizing your home shouldn’t be overly expensive and it shouldn’t create more frustration for you. Invest in some affordable, easy-to-use tools and watch your home transform from chaos to calm in an instant!
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