Smart tricks to organize every room of your home
Most of us experience stress throughout daily life for different reasons. Stress is normal and, to some extent, a necessary part of life. When coming home, everyone wants to feel relaxed and have a safe space. When the home is cluttered and messy, it adds on to the stress level. Home organization may not be a fun activity for some, but there are many benefits to spending the time organizing and keeping your space clean and clutter-free. With a little work, your home could be another stress management tool at your disposal
The benefits that come from maintaining a clean and organized home differ from person to person. Most people experience reduced anxiety as soothing surrounding are nurturing and calming. Maintaining a clutter-free home can also help you save precious time. When you don’t have a set space for all of your belongings, you spend more time trying to put things away. Lastly, having an organized home can also help your work life. It has been proven that, when your work station is organized, productivity levels increase.
The way areas are organized is based on personal preference. Researching online or in-store for different options such as shelving, cabinets and storage solutions and taking measurements at home before making a purchase is usually the way to go. Considering multifunctional furniture when space is tight is a must. Multifunctional furniture is versatile in its ability to adapt to many situations, such as in small apartments, to make the most of the limited space.
Tips for the living room
Before starting to organize the living room, grab a basket or bin and pick up anything that doesn’t belong in the living room. Returning the items to their right room or storage area will make it appear cleaner.
The living room is a room in the home where everyone can relax and enjoy their time together. Keeping it well cleaned and organized can make it feel like a safe space for everyone. There are many simple ways to stay organized that could work for anyone.
- Keeping the flat surfaces, such as coffee tables or side tables clean and clutter free, is extremely important to maintain an organized space. Papers, books, mail, etc can accumulate and make it seem messy.
- Adding storage options that are multifunctional like coffee tables, side tables, or decor that has hidden storage can limit the clutter and provide an extra decor element.
- After organizing, it's important to sit down and take in the environment and make a plan or list of anything that seems out of place or anything that could be organized differently. It’s common to miss some spots that need to be cleaned or organized at first. Going back over it afterwards will help in the furniture organizing plans.
Tips for the kitchen
No matter the size of the kitchen, keeping it organized can be a challenge. Some homeowners deal with less cabinet space, smaller drawers, or no storage space. The kitchen can also be difficult to organize due to the different shapes and sizes of utensils or pans.
Here are some go-to tips that will help you get the job done in every corner of your own kitchen.
- Put your essentials front and center: Spend less time searching for spices, paper towels and clean sponges and use magnetic caddies to keep your supplies out in the open but neatly organized.
- Clean out your fridge and add clear bins: It's always a good idea to clear out your fridge, check expiration dates and wipe everything down regularly. Then, use clear bins and drawers to corral similar items (like juice boxes, cans of sparkling water or condiments) and label each container with a sticker or dry-erase marker.
- Divide and conquer your plastic containers: There's nothing worse than opening a cabinet door and unleashing an avalanche of plastic food storage containers. If your collection is out of control, try tossing any container that's stained, cracked or doesn't seal properly. Then use a specialty divider to separate your lids and containers by size.
- Install cabinet racks: Stackable wire racks are an easy way to double your cabinet space. They can act as shelves, too, so you can store more cups and plates together.
Tips for the bathroom
A bathroom is one of the most challenging places to keep organized. Many things need to be stored but you still need to access them on a daily basis. Most bathrooms end up extremely cluttered and small things are usually thrown into every drawer or cabinet.
If your bathroom could use a little organization help, follow these easy tips to organize the bathroom and create your own spa-like retreat.
- Declutter first: The first step to begin bathroom decluttering is to go through each item one by one and separate what is still usable from the expired or no longer needed items.
- Keep the counters clutter-free: Keep as few items out on the counters as possible and use a tray to corral any products that you do want out. Keep any items that you have on the counter confined to the back 1/3rd of the counter space to allow room for getting ready.
- Use the inside of cabinet doors for storage: Use over the door organizers to hold a variety of items or hair styling products. Command Hooks work great to hang face towels or cleaning cloths and can easily be removed if you want to change things up.
- Use drawer dividers: Draw dividers help to give everything a “home” and make it much quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for. Store similar items together so you know where to find everything (and where to put items back!)
- Have a designated drawer or caddy for each family member:
Tips for the closet
We know what you’re wondering: What is the best way to organize my closet? The answer? What works best for you. Successful closet organization typically goes like this: Get rid of clutter, build or install your chosen compartments or shelving, and create a specific space for each type of clothing and accessory.
These five universal steps can be applied to any closet and any wardrobe:
- Gather your closet organization supplies, including a “toss” basket and a tape measure.
- Empty the closet of all contents-clothing, shoes, closet organizers, etc. and deep clean all the shelves and drawers.
- Make three piles labeled “Keep,” “Donate,” and “Toss” to sort your existing closet items.
- For “Keep” items, divide further by seasonality. Organize your clothing, shoes, and accessories back into your closet by grouping similar items together and moving your most worn items into your closets “prime real estate.”
- Come up with a plan to keep your closet organized so it never becomes a breeding ground for clutter again.
In most homes, there are children or pets who have toys that can be accumulated and scattered throughout the house. Making a toy area out of a bin or basket can limit toy clutter. They are ideal for placing in a corner or in a space that does not occupy any path.
Rolling bins are a great option for this due to their functionality. They are easy to store and do not take up much space. Rolling containers are the most realistic option, as they can be easily moved around the room.
If there are children in the home, toys are a common item that can cause a mess. A great way to encourage and include children to clean up is to create a "Toy Timeout" container. Whenever a toy is left on the floor or out of place in a different area, place it in the container to encourage cleanliness and maintain a clean area.
After taking the time to declutter and organize, it’s important to practice the same tactics and try to stay organized every day. This will make it less likely for clutter to build up and will also make it easier on yourself to follow a cleaning schedule instead of being overwhelmed when trying to tackle the mess a few times a year.