Keeping Things Tidy and Organized in the Home
It doesn’t take long to fill up a house with stuff. We buy this for this room and that for that room. Our families grow and necessities change. We have hobbies, people give us stuff and the stuff just keeps growing. Without proper storage our homes can get out of control very easy, to the point where we are almost swimming in clutter. This is why we need ideas for ways to keep things neat and tidy.
1. Closets – Make sure you check your closets regularly to ensure you aren’t storing clothes, shoes and other items you won’t ever use again. An organized unstuffed closet helps keep your clothes looking nice, especially after you’ve just washed and ironed them. Purchasing a wardrobe or hanging up a few closet bars in the basement, can be a great way to keep your out of season clothes.
2. Hallway – Keeping the hallway neat and tidy is always nice; especially when you have guests drop by for a visit. A place to keep shoes is a must, rather than having them all piled up at the door. There are vertical shoe racks that you can purchase that look like a small cabinet on the wall (I know IKEA sell these). A chest of drawers is great to keep hats, mitts or even shoes in. If you have limited space you could install a coat rack on the wall with a shelf on top or purchase a coat tree, this will help with coats and jackets.
3. Book Shelves – If you have lots of books on your bookshelves and have read them all and you know for sure you won’t read them again clean them out. Donate them to a local library, friends or family.
4. Basement - Purchasing shelves to hang on the wall or stand alone shelving units are great for basement storage rather than piling things up on the floor. Keep small baskets or clear containers on the shelves to keep small things in order ie: light bulbs, extension cords, small hand tools, hobby supplies.
- Keep smaller luggage inside bigger luggage, (but don’t forget).
– Get a peg board to hang your tools over your work bench, this will keep your work bench clear and tools easier to find. And always keep a flashlight (that works) with a magnet on your fuse box.
– If you have a high basement, hang garden hoses, chairs and lights fixtures or even hanging shelves from the joists in the ceiling. Avoid hanging items from the pipes—as the stress on the pipes could damage them.
5. Linen Closet – I have found a great way to keep your matching sheets and pillow cases neat and easy to find. Store sheet sets together in one pillowcase in your linen closet or even in an armoire. Label and group your sheet set by bedroom or by size, such as twin or full. Then, neatly stack sets on shelves. This way when making up beds, you can easily find just what you need. Remember to always use the sheet set on top and to put clean sets, fresh from the wash, on the bottom. This rotation will ensure sheets wear evenly over time.
- Keep only the towels that you use in the linen closet. Keep old towels that are good for real dirty jobs in a hamper in the garage or in the basement, or just get rid of them.
– Did the duvet cover that you use come in a zippered bag? Keep the bag and use it to store winter blankets that are not being used in the summer. Then in the winter you can store your beach towels in the same bag. Keep this bag on the top shelf; you will only use it twice a year.
– Use baskets to store extra products like shampoo, conditioner or deodorants.
These are just a few ideas but the One most important thing about being organized in remembering that everything has its spot and to put it back when you are finished using the item.
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