Smart Storage Solutions to Bring Organization to Your Home
Is getting organized part of your New Year’s resolutions? Fear not! We have some key tips and tricks to help you get it all sorted out just the way you like it for every room in your home. De-cluttering becomes job one as you dive in, then smart storage keeps what’s left tidy and easy to find.
You know where the clutter hot spots are in your home. Kitchens are likely suspects, attracting all the everyday clutter, like piles of mail, homework, bills and magazines. Baskets wrangle all that paperwork and can be tucked out of sight in a kitchen wall shelf or hidden away in a farmhouse-style buffet. Who says those handy buffets must only hold dishes and serving ware? Use it how it works best for your kitchen storage needs.
Clean Up the Laundry
If there is one room in the house where everyone feels perfectly comfortable dumping piles of stuff, it’s the laundry room. Keep everything organized with multi-bin rolling carts or laundry hampers designed for you to sort your darks from your whites and keep everything in its right place. Additional laundry room storage units can help keep all those spot removers, dryer sheets and other necessities in one spot too.
The bathroom is a great place to make use of unused space. Just look at that wall behind your toilet. It’s probably just waiting for you to put it work. Add a wall cabinet or a bathroom storage cabinet that is designed just for that unique spot. You’ll instantly have a place for bath linens, bottles, jars and all those items that can be hard to organize.
Call the Media
The television area in your living room can be a top clutter locale. Movies, cable boxes, gaming stations, remote controls and wireless electronics all battle for space in this area. Use smart media storage like a cabinet with drawers and compartments to keep everything put away and looking nice.
Walk in the front door and you won’t get very far before there are coats, hats, gloves, sports equipment, mail, packages and more that need a place to land. A handy storage bench or wall tree with hooks for coats and a storage bench for everything else will wrangle a lot of clutter before it has a chance to get too far in the house.
Bedrooms usually need extra storage space for bedspreads and blankets that are not in use. After all, you need somewhere to store that summer-weight quilt while you’re in the throes of winter and snuggling under a goose down comforter. Add a storage bench at the foot of the bed. It serves double duty as storage and as added seating or that perfect place to sit while you take off your shoes after a long day.
Give It Away
Once you get in the groove of purging those items you no longer need or want, find them a new home while you get more organized. Identify a donation box in your garage where items can be placed throughout the month (instead of ending up making clutter elsewhere), then make a monthly trip to a local charity.
Dedicate a small amount of time, just fifteen minutes every day toward staying organized. Instead of letting mail pile up, sort through it, pay bills, toss unwanted catalogs and file anything that you can. Just a few minutes each day can make a big difference and is a great habit to get into. Encourage your kids to do the same with their toys, sporting equipment and laundry.
What’s Your Best De-cluttering Advice?
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