Sometimes when life gets busy, keeping the house tidy can drop to the bottom of the priority list. Sometimes the amount of clutter can be overwhelming! The truth is, that the more organized you keep your home, the easier it will be to quickly tidy up on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to organize every room in your house and start taking steps towards a more efficient, attractive, and clean house!
Kitchens are one of the most frequently used rooms in most households. Keeping it clean and organized will help your whole home to feel cleaner.
Clean out cabinets and drawers - Throw away any broken or unused items. Wipe out all drawers/cabinets. Look for ways to use drawer separators or small containers to organize small items.
Arrange your kitchen storage by use - Try and store kitchen items that you use daily in easily-accessible places. Your special occasion pieces can go in harder to reach locations.
Organize plastic containers - These Tupperware containers tend to build up in big, unorganized piles that take up too much space. Try using drawer separators and "filing" the lids, or using containers to hold lids and stack the containers in like sizes. Go through your Tupperwares and throw away any incomplete pieces.
Organize pots & pans - These items are another area that can become very unorganized and take up a lot of space. There are several shelf organizers that you can purchase to help with big pots and pans. Some of them slide in and out of cabinets so that you can access frequently used items easily. Try and think outside of the box when it comes to organizing your cabinets! Short on space? Try hanging your pots and pans if your kitchen allows.
Spice up open cabinets - If your kitchen has open shelving, there are many ways that you can utilize the storage while also keeping them attractive and uncluttered. Try using baskets for organization, or showcase your cookbooks. Dishes and other kitchen items also looks artsy if it is color-coordinated.
Bills, newspapers, magazines, important documents... papers can stack up and become overwhelming if you don't stay on top of their organization!
Filing Cabinet - invest in a filing cabinet for all of your important documents. Categorize everything into folders so that you can find what you need easily. Store warranties for appliances, personal documents, and any other important papers that you need to keep safe.
Newspapers & Magazines - Most of the content found in these can now be found online, so once you are done reading it, recycle. If there is a particular article that you want to save, cut it out and store it in a binder. Get a container for magazines that you want to keep, but if you never read them, throw them out.
Utilize soft copies - Scan and store documents on your computer. This will save space and help you to stay organized.
This is the first area that you and/or your guests will see upon entering your house. Keep it clean to make a great first impression!
Simplify your coat closet - Donate or throw away outerwear that isn't worn. Use bins or baskets on the top shelf to store gloves, hats, and scarves. Use shelves on the bottom for boots and shoes. If you still don't have enough space, try storing out of season items in your garage or elsewhere.
General organization - Entryways are often the place that kids and adults alike tend to drop things as soon as they come into the house. Try and figure out where things are getting dropped, and set up appropriate places for those items nearby. This will increase the likelihood of items ending up where they belong! For example, hooks for keys, hooks for backpacks/coats, and cubbies for miscellaneous items.
This can be a good project to assign to Dad - he will probably enjoy it!
Utilize vertical storage - Don't be afraid to try hanging large items such as bicycles, athletic equipment, and yard tools.
Tidy up tools - Use pegboard to hang small tools and other gardening items.
Organize - Use shelving and tubs to categorize items that you need to store. Label them so that you can easily find things when you need them.
Medicine cabinet organization - Wipe down all interior surfaces, and clean out old prescriptions/empty bottles. If your cabinet is still crowded, try adding shelving above the toilet.
Organize toiletries - Especially if your bathroom is short on storage space, you may need to use baskets or other containers to store items. You could also try storing your toiletries in a makeup bag and hanging it from a hook.
Shower - Use a shower caddy to store items, or try organizational shelf that hangs from the shower head. Try using a daily shower-clean spray to stay on top of mildew.
Keeping these rooms clean will help create a cozy, relaxing place to retire at the end of a long day.
Kids rooms - Get your kids involved by using organizational spaces that they can get to. Use bins and low shelves for their toys and books so that they can help with clean up.
Clean out closets - A good rule of thumb is that if you haven't worn it in a year, donate it or throw it away. Try color coordinating your closet for a fun way to find an outfit quickly. If you are short on space, it can help to store out-of-season clothing in a bin or spare bedroom closet.
Shoes - Prioritize shoes based on the pairs that you wear the most. Store these on hanging door racks, or shelving in the closet. Shoes that you don't wear very often can go in boxes under the bed.
Dresser top - This can often become a dumping ground for random items at the end of the day. Try using baskets or other attractive containers for jewelry, spare change, and other loose items. Similarly to the entryway organization, take note of frequently dumped items and create places for them to help with clutter.
In good health,
Your friends at Mountain West