Can you imagine living in a house where everything is in place and easily at your disposal? In many ways, an organized house can be compared to a perfect house. With so many things piling up in our lives, the last thing we want to do is to play treasure hunt with a cell phone or car key. While organizing a home does not come easily to everyone, there are a few things you can do to declutter the space and step up to the game.
11 Organizational and Declutter Hacks for Your Home
Display Your Shoes like the Store
Unless you have a walk-in closet, finding enough space to store your clothes, purses, accessories, and shoes can be a true challenge. Instead of hiding your shoes in the already overstocked closet, you can choose to proudly display your collection in the entryway. Whether you choose an elegant-looking cabinet or a witty Lazy Susan, you can always add a touch of design by showing off your prized art collection on the very top.
Establish a Mail Processing Center
Got some bills you need pay and an RSVP postcard you need to answer weeks from now? Mail is something that can easily pile up and get lost in the midst of other paperwork. Homeowners need to designate a special spot to effectively handle the mail flow around the home. From a special shelf or cubby to an artistic indoor mailbox, establishing a mail processing center will help you to keep mail from cluttering your counter space and falling inadvertently into the trash can.
Keep Magazines from Piling Up
Magazines may be fun to read, but, like junk mail, they can easily stack up and make a total mess. While tossing out the old and keeping only the latest issue is a practical solution, there may be some older magazines you’d like to save for reference (or maybe memory).
Organizer bins or boxes are great because they can hide the clutter while blending in with your interior design. Home Storage Solutions also recommends magazine racks that are available as standalone, wall-mounted, or over-the-door.
Tidy up the Kitchen
The kitchen should be a place of action! It is the place where healthy dishes are made and savory goods are baked straight from the oven. But as all great cuisine needs a set of great hands, quality foods cannot be prepared without quality cookware and tools. When organizing your kitchen, homeowners should store frequently used pots and pans near the stove.
Appliances like coffee makers and rice cookers can be neatly positioned on the countertop for easy access. Put similar items together so you don’t need to open multiple drawers or cabinets to just fetch basic ingredients like salt, sugar, and pepper. Finally, label your spices and flour variety to avoid grabbing the wrong ingredient again.
Use Shelf Risers to Maximize Shelf Space
Our bookshelves can sometimes accommodate more than one row of books. The problem with maximizing your shelf space with two rows of books, DVDs, or CDs is that the second row tends to be completely covered by the first row. Just imagine the inconvenience of finding you favorite to read when it’s hidden behind a row of books!
However, shelf risers have been able to solve this age-long dilemma. Designed with an adjustable riser on the bottom, a shelf riser can fit perfectly on the back of your shelf, while providing extra height to allow you a clear view of the second row.
Put Mugs on the Show
Coffee mugs can quickly take up cabinet spaces. Depending on the size of your coffee mugs, homeowners can use a spare wall to inspire a functional, but stylish coffee nook. You can install new shelves to create more space or transform an ordinary pegboard into an impressive mug display.
Lastly, homeowners with unique, artistic coffee mugs can use them as home decors by showcasing a few of their proud collections on a special shelf or a wall-mounted rack.
Keep Your Cleaning Supplies “Clean”
The irony about cleaning supplies is that they are also the culprit behind a cluttered bathroom. For a quick fix, group similar cleaning products together in organizer boxes of your choice. Put them on a cart to allow some mobility, especially when you need to move a number of them from Room A to B.
If your home’s cleaning products are relatively small and in bottle sizes, you can get creative and use a shoe organizer. A shoe organizer may not be intended for your cleaning supplies, however, it comes handy when storing all of those cleaning supplies that you’ll need at a moment’s notice.
Choose Shower Curtains with Pockets
If you live in a household where each member has his or her own favorite brands, then your bathroom is doomed for clutter. With two to three different brands of shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, and soaps, it will be difficult to accommodate all these personal items in a limited counter space.
Thanks to shower curtains customized with mesh pockets, everyone can keep his/her favorite brand of spa collection and still be squeaky clean. Customized shower curtains today are available with pockets of various sizes for you to store your bath essentials, bath toys, combs, and more.
Simply assign a pocket or two to each person and your counter space will suddenly have enough room to display a family photo or a pot of flowers.
Exploit Your Space under the Bed
Organizing your bedroom can sometimes be tricky especially when you are trying to evoke a spacious and open atmosphere. With your dresser, closet, and other storage space already overcrowded with stuff, it’s time to store a few things under the bed with a few smart storage solutions.
Homeowners need to be inventive and innovative when it comes to decluttering your home. However, you must be wary of where you’re storing all of your items. You can use the space under the bed to store unsightly items like shoes and books. You can stack up the books in neatly categorized piles or use a shoe rack to arrange your shoes. Yet, you don’t want to throw everything under your bed just to conceal it from visitors’ eyes.
The folks at The Painted Home took the game to a different level when they used old drawers to sort miscellaneous items and stored them under the bed. There are many tools on the market to help you maximize under-the-bed storage. For example, the under-bed wheeled boxes and drawers are extremely helpful.
They are intelligent storage solutions, while the wheels on the bottom make it easy for you to take the boxes/drawers from under the bed without pulling a muscle.
Get Organized Behind Doors
Are you running out of closet space? Then use the back of your door to hang your go-to jacket, coat, purse, or favorite jewelry. The back of your bedroom door can be used for storage. From creatively using your shoe holders to organize your kitchen spices or makeup collection to setting up a hanging rack to display your craft supplies, the back of your doors can become a true storage place if you will just be bold and experiment the endless organization potentials.
If you have enough ceiling space, homeowners should consider installing a shelf or rack right over your door. The rack can be a handy spot to put away unused towels, pillows, and bed sheets.
Explore Multi-Purpose Furniture
As with all things in life, thinking outside the box usually, brings you unexpected but pleasant results. The same applies to furniture that can meet more than one need. For example, instead of having a traditional kitchen island that serves as a standalone, single-purpose structure, a workhorse island not only enables you to display food on the top but also yields plenteous storage space for your cookware below.
When it comes to small bedrooms, a loft bed is widely hailed as a space-saving solution. Loft beds are instantly reliable, especially for small bedrooms as it opens up floor space for the room. Depending on your preference, the space underneath the loft bed can be transformed into a nerdy nook or a relaxing hub.
You can store toys, books, or even put in a desk to create a personal office space. Whether it’s utilizing the space under your bed, the back of your bedroom door, or using items around the house to store your cleaning supplies, there are plenty of ways to organize your home. Get started on decluttering today!
About the author: Paul Kazlov is a “green” home remodeling enthusiast and an industry pioneer for innovation in home renovation. Paul writes for the Global Home Improvement blog and strives to educate people about “green” products such as metal roofing and solar. Follow him on Twitter @PaulKazlov.