The new year is here, which means it time to de-clutter your life and start anew. And what better way to begin than by starting from home? Through some advanced planning and time preparation, you can try these 10 tips below to help you organize your home in 2011:
Organize the point of entry into your house: Regardless of whether it's the front door, a side door, or even the garage, the point of entry to one's home usually ends up cluttered with shoes and bags. To combat this, use cubbies, seating, baskets, hooks and shelving to organize. If you have the space, consider a mudroom area that can store boots, coats, and allow for seating and space to unload.
Laundry room efficiency: An organized space makes chores such as laundry more of a breeze. Consider having an open shelving adjacent to the washer and dryer or cabinets for larger laundry rooms. Smaller laundry rooms should utilize vertical storage with organizers on wheels that fir beside the washer and dryer and/or baskets for shelves. Store cleaners and detergents somewhere at eye level (and away from children). Use varying sized containers for small, miscellaneous items that might show up in the wash (buttons, coins, etc.)
Kitchen organization will save you time: As mentioned before, an organized space will make daily chores such as cooking less hectic, and even more enjoyable. So if it takes you a long time to cook a simple meal, you might want to do something about your organization. Drawers with
utensils and gadgets should be purged, and use drawer organizers to
separate large and small items. Give your pantry an overhaul and throw
out old food and space clutterers. Clean out the refrigerator/freezer
and clear the majority of small appliances off your counters.
Organize your entertainment space: During the holidays, the family, living, and multipurpose areas of your home were the venue to host parties. Now it's time to clean out all the old magazines, organize bookshelves, and tidy up entertainment centers with baskets, bins or drawers. You might want to consider using less furniture to open up the space and make it easier to move around.
Hobby and recreation areas: Depending on your home, recreation
rooms that house a ping pong table or pool table may be in need of
organization. Choose furniture pieces, or have millwork built to house
supplies, and recreation equipment. For hobby and craft rooms, use
drawer storage with rolling casters, and utilize wall space for display.
The more creativity you have with your storage, the more enjoyable the
space will be to use.
Turn Bathrooms into an oasis: Make your bathroom an enviable and enjoyable space by adding usable storage around your sink and counter areas. Opt for vanities that have integral storage and shelving below. Around shower and tub areas, use creative baskets and urns to hold items such as towels and toiletries.
Clear the home office to clear the mind: Make a plan for organizing last
years, bills, papers, and purge what is not needed. Clear off your desk,
and keep only necessities. Make your drawers and closets useful places
Help your kids get organized: Similarly to the other rooms of your home, assess what they have grown out of, what toys can be donated or thrown away. Most kids will not realize many of their items are missing that are under the bed, or lost way back in a closet. Use bookshelves, under bed storage bins, closet organizers and clear bins or open baskets for little hands to put away items easily.
Tackle the garage: Rooms meant for storage often gets overlooked
and forgotten. Make an assessment of what can go, and what needs to
stay. Consider having vertical shelving or ceiling mounted shelving
installed to take advantage of hidden storage areas. Use clear bins to
label contents, and bring excess storage from inside the house into the
garage. And if you can't park even one car in your garage, it a sign
that it's time to purge, sell, or donate.
Closets, closets, closets: The problem is similar to garages except that people tend to close the door and forget about
the contents. It's time to assess what is not working and make a new
plan. Try visiting an organization store to get ideas or seek inspiration online. Look for ideas on how to hang clothes, organize shoes, and stack boxes.
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