Organization Tips to Keep Your Home Tidy
Spring has sprung and it’s the perfect time to get a head start on home organization! Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered with some of our best home organization tips. With these home organization tips, your home will be neat and orderly in no time!
Mudrooms are becoming commonplace in most homes, and for good reason! A mudroom is your home’s first line of defense when it comes to keeping tidy. A built-in bench with shoe storage, hooks, and cubbies provides plenty of space to hang outdoor gear and store purses and backpacks. Another great option is built-in lockers, which provide each member of the family with their own designated space. Baskets pair well with open shelving because they keep small items together and out of sight.
Laundry Room Organization
Laundry can be a time-consuming process but one thing that makes it easier is a well-organized laundry room. Adding cabinets or shelving in the laundry room ensures items like laundry detergent, stain remover, and dryer sheets are easy to find. Folding clothes and treating stains is a breeze with plenty of counter space, too. Once clothes are clean, a built-in rack provides the perfect place to hang items to try or keep them wrinkle-free. Is your laundry room on the smaller side? Place a piece of butcher block or inexpensive laminate countertop over the top of a front loading washer and dryer to create counter space, then add shelving or cabinets above. Or, stack a front loading washer and dry to create enough space for shelving and a hanging rack next to them.
Master Closet Organization
There’s nothing quite as overwhelming as an overcrowded, unorganized master closet. Luckily, there are a few solutions that will keep your closet looking tidy. To make the most of your master closet’s available space, utilize a mix of shelving and hanging space. Next, invest in quality hangers. Opting for a slimmer hanger lets you maximize your closet’s space. Also consider hangers for pants, ties, and scarves. To keep smaller items organized and easy to find, use baskets. For watches and jewelry, consider placing trays on shelves or in drawers.
Don’t forget to do a seasonal purge, either! For example, as you transition your winter wardrobe to spring/summer, remove any items you didn’t wear. Sorting through and donating clothing and shoes you didn’t wear will keep your closet free of clutter and allows you to give back to the community.
Keeping your pantry organized means ingredients and snacks are easier to find. A simple place to start is to sort items by category. For example, group baking items, snacks, and breakfast foods together into their own basket or separate part of the pantry. Clear containers are also helpful to keep your pantry uniform, make it easy to see what they hold, and can be stacked depending on their style. If your pantry has deeper shelves, place less used ingredients and items at the back. Then, place a basket filled with everyday items in front of or on top of them. When you need to access the items in the back, simply remove the basket.
For homes with small children, place kid’s snacks on the bottom pantry shelf. This will make it easier for kids to reach them and reduce the chance they’ll accidentally bump other items off the shelf in the process. To get the most out of a small pantry, add an over the door shelf for spices or food storage items. Removing unnecessary bulky packaging can also help to save space.
Keeping your home office organized and clutter free is key to enhancing your productivity. The first step to a clean office is sorting through and purging unnecessary paperwork cluttering your desk. While sorting through paperwork, separate documents into three piles: shred/recycle, file, and needs action. For the items you file, consider a color-coded filing system. Assign a color to each category and use coordinating colored hanging folders. Next, sort items like writing utensils and sticky notes into categories and organize them in drawers, baskets, containers, and bins to make it easier to find them when you need them.