Let’s face it, an organized house is a happier house where people don’t have to fight over misplaced items and mom doesn’t go crazy trying to clean and keep things in their place. Check out these expert home organizing tips and transform your house into your dream home.
1. Command station inside your kitchen cabinets
To create a command station, you just need to take file pockets and, either stick them, or drill them, to your kitchen cabinet doors. Choose the cabinet that’s easiest for everyone to access, declutter your many papers, then start storing your coupons, grocery lists and even recipes or prescriptions in there.
2. Store your wrapping paper in a clear garment bag
Take a garment bag, like a dry cleaner’s bag, or a suit bag, and stuff it with your wrapping paper rolls. You can hang them in a closet and take one out whenever you need to.
3. Towel racks behind closet doors
To make the most out of your closet space and make sure you don’t have clothing items laying around the house, attach towel racks on the closet doors. Use the racks to hang anything from coats and blankets to your towels. This is especially helpful if you share an apartment with other people and you want to keep these in your room.
4. Use spice racks for nail polish or lipsticks
To keep your nail polish in one place, take a spice rack and paint it in your favorite color. Place it inside a drawer or, even drill it to the wall of your bathroom, and place all of your nail polish or lipsticks inside.
5. One in, one out rule (get something new, get rid of one old item)
With this rule you’ll learn to have only what you really need, thus engaging in a somewhat minimalistic lifestyle where you don’t overflow with unnecessary items. Whenever you purchase something new or someone gives you something, you must get rid of one old item to declutter and keep a balance in your house.
6. Sort things by color
People don’t pay attention to this point but using a color-based organizing system could save you a lot of precious time when looking for things. The first thing you remember about an object when you think about it is its color, so sorting your socks, shirts and even the kids’ toys by color is very useful as well as aesthetically pleasing.
7. Hang pots and pans
Pots and pans can take up a lot of space in your kitchen, and they’re really not the kind of objects that can easily pile up and stack up. To save space, place hangers on your kitchen walls or even drill a rack on the ceiling so you can hang all of your pots and pans. They’ll also make your kitchen look classier.
8. Store cans sideways on baskets to save space
To save some precious space in your kitchen, buy nice plastic or cord baskets and place them in your cabinets, then simply start stacking soup and vegetable cans sideways, so they take up less space and fit better.
9. Hang shower pockets in your car seats
Your car is a space that could also use some organizing tips, especially if you have small kids. Take one of those shower pockets used to store shampoo and toiletries and hang it on the back of the front seats of your car. You can place in these pockets anything from hand sanitizer and wipes to your children’s toys and even some snacks for them to take without bothering you.
10. Store grocery bags in tissue boxes
Grocery bags are helpful to take out the trash but storing them can be a struggle. You can take used tissue boxes and paint them or wrap them nicely and place all of your plastic bags in there. Whenever you need them you just pull one out like you would with a tissue. Declutter all the bags that have holes and leave only the ones that work.
11. Use magnets to organize your makeup
Makeup is small, slippery and it can get lost or damaged easily. To keep it all in one place, cut little magnet strips and glue them to the bottom of your eyeshadows, blushes and even brushes. Then glue a metallic surface on the back of your bathroom cabinet or directly on the wall. This way all of your makeup will be at hand and safe.
12. Drill bungee cords against the wall to keep sports balls in one place
This is one of the best organization ideas for families who play lots of sports or have many children. To keep all of your balls in one place, take a couple of bungee cords and drill them directly to the wall in your garage or playroom. Then simply pull the bungee cords and stack the balls between them and the wall, keeping them all in place and saving space.
13. Place all bath toys in a net bag and hang it on the wall
To keep bath toys in one place and safe to avoid accidents while adults shower, buy or sew your own net bag so the toys can dry evenly. Get a suction hanger to place it on the tiles of the shower and hang your net bag full of toys on there.
14. Store your earrings in an ice-cube tray
Earrings are very tiny and can be misplaced easily. Store them safely by getting an ice-cube tray and stocking your pairs of earrings inside. You can keep this tray inside a drawer as an organizer.
15. Use colors to separate and identify cables
If your office needs order, you can color-organize the cables of your electronic devices. Using anything from tabs to ribbons, you’ll be able to identify them quicker and you can even wrap several chords together so they’re not all over the place.
16. Paint the kitchen door with chalk paint
Organizing tips can also be applied to your ideas and help organize your home. Paint the kitchen door with chalk paint and use the door to write down the family schedule, kids’ activities, the grocery list and all-important notes.
17. Use clear jars and containers
In small kitchens it’s pretty common that you need to have many ingredients in plain sight. One of the easiest organization ideas to improve the appearance of your exposed counters and identify your food quicker is to transfer everything to clear jars and containers.
18. Store your baby’s clothing by month size in plastic boxes
Babies change clothes very quickly. Organize their clothes by month or size and store them in plastic boxes with the age drawn with a marker. Whenever your baby changes sizes just store the last size and take out the next one, avoiding a bunch of clothing you won’t be needing at the same time.
19. Place non-slip mats on drawers
Some objects can’t be placed in drawer organizers because of their size or shape. This is the case with some office supplies such as; staplers, scissors and hole-punchers. If you still want to keep them in place, take a non-slip mat and put it in a drawer. When you open it and close it, your stuff will stay in place.
20. Upcycle a wine rack
Some people aren’t really into wine. If you have an old wine rack laying around the house, paint it nicely and use the individual slots to store anything from balls of yarn to scarves and even the kids’ plush toys.
These organization ideas can help you maintain a dream home and avoid unnecessary stress for you when it’s time to clean. So, get started and organize your house with these useful tips.