Some days, it feels like there are never enough places to put all the… stuff. You have a million books that won’t fit on the bookshelf, and the pantry is overflowing with mystery items you bought back in 2006. You know you should overhaul the junk drawer, but you just can’t bring yourself to throw out all those paper clips, rubber bands, and beer cozies. Drawers are all well and good, but you’re looking for a more permanent solution. Try these 5 quick tips to organize your home!
Cover Those Wires
Sometimes, concealing the spiderweb of cords sprouting from just about every appliance in your house can do wonders. Hiding them away will immediately improve a cluttered room. Try concealing your cords within decorative boxes, empty book covers, or bedside drawers. Alternatively, you can use hooks or staples to attach wires to your furniture legs.
Divide your Drawers
While having a jumbled junk drawer is stressful, it doesn’t have to be! Divide your drawers into sections to keep things effortlessly organized. Instead of tossing pens, receipts, and nails randomly into a drawer that builds into the stuff of nightmares, try creating sections! You can use cheap wood from places like Home Hardware, or buy a drawer divider on amazon. Using a few small containers is also an option, but beware of large spaces- it’s too easy to simply throw items on top of each other.
Have a System
While you’re cleaning up, make note of the biggest organization challenges you are facing. Is your dining room constantly taken over by paper clutter? Does the front hall look like a bomb went off? Recognize problem areas, and then develop a system for tackling them! For example, create clearly marked bins for your paper clutter. Have a bin for inconsequential mail, one for bills and governmental concerns, one for coupons and flyers, etc. When you create a system and construct a “place” for your clutter, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the problem disappears!
One rising trend in home organization is magnets. A simple magnet strip installed in your kitchen makes for a one size fits all knife rack! A similar strip in your bathroom will help you keep track of small items like tweezers, nail clippers, and bobby pins. Attaching magnets to small containers is also popular- stick small pots of spices to the side of your fridge, or organize your eyeshadow.
Don’t Forget the Fridge
It doesn’t take much for the fridge to descend into total chaos. Although this is the kind of chaos that can easily be ignored, having a tidy fridge will help your home (and you) feel more organized. Try using a lazy susan to store bottles and condiments, instead of sorting through a minefield to find the pickles. Use fridge liners, or simple seal and go plastic wrap to protect your shelves and drawers from the worst messes. Finally, choose the best place to store each food item with this handy infographic.
What are your favourite ways to stay organized?