An Organized Home – A Cleaner Home
Here are some simple and easy to implement tips for the organization of your home. These tips will also help to keep your home cleaner and more enjoyable to be in.
Avoid a chaotic jumble of wire, wood, and plastic hangers by choosing just one type and brand of hanger for the closet. This simple action will have significant positive impact on the organization of your closets.
Shrink-wrap sweaters in a Space Bag. These can be purchased online and are very inexpensive. If you live in a climate where you have summer and winter clothes then this is a great idea for off-season storage. You’ll not only save space but you will also be protecting your clothes.
Gels, sprays, curlers, combs and hair dryers take up a lot of space in the bathroom. For quick organization, buy a plastic tub for under the sink and load it up with your supplies. As you place them in the tub, evaluate whether you use the product often. If not, you can donate it to a friend or a local charity. When you work on your great hairdo the whole tub can be taken out and put away without creating a mess.
If your towel rack isn’t big enough to hang the family’s towels, add hooks to the bathroom. Towel hooks are inexpensive, easy to mount and create a space for each member of the family to hang their towel. Your bathroom floor will remain dry and your towels will dry quickly.
Necessity Item Storage
Add some style and function with apothecary jars. If you have the counter top room and don’t mind leaving things out in the open, invest in some stylish apothecary jars to hold necessities. Cotton swabs, soap and bath salts look great in clear glass containers. These are especially handy when guests use your bathroom because they can help themselves without snooping in your cabinets.
Clear off the kitchen counter but don’t do too far. Leave room for things you use every day. If you make daily protein smoothies like I do then make a spot for the blender. It’s easier to keep the surfaces clean and organized if you have what you need at hand and everything is in its designated spot.
Often a big, messy focal point is a refrigerator tacked with magnets and reminders and notes and letters and photos and wedding invitations and art projects and shopping lists . . . my goodness! Consider keeping a clipboard on your kitchen wall with all of the reminders and lists you need. When the clipboard is full then that’s your maximum number of papers you can keep and time to clean out some of the items.
Getting organized means making good decisions about what to keep and what to let go of and a great starting point is what’s in your cabinets. Take everything out and take stock. If you’re not using it, let it go.
For families with kids, many fall victim to every room becoming a toy room and the entire home becomes a toy menagerie. You will be amazed at how much cleaner your home will look if you limit the toys you have and keep them in only 1-2 places in your home.
Don’t display paperbacks or the ones that got wet on vacation on your bookshelves. If you have a good collection of books then you don’t need to display your paperbacks. You have to be able to let go in this area as well. Displaying only books you love leaves breathing room and space for decorative accessories. Create a balanced look – when your bookshelf is 80 percent full, it’s really full.
Rooms that are Packed
Too many chairs, couches, tables and decorative items can quickly make a room look cluttered and feel closed-in. Select a few pieces for removal and open up some space and this will help to make the room look and feel more relaxing and peaceful. It will also be easier to clean.
Never let laundry Linger. When the laundry room is downstairs or upstairs then piles of un-folded clothes can accumulate on the other floors. It’s all about just doing it right away. Don’t do laundry unless you have enough time to finish it. When you are ready then wash, take it out of the dryer, fold it and put it away. By setting enough time to doing the complete job you will never have a cluttered laundry look anywhere in your home!