Is your home suffering from a lack of organization hacks?
Learning how to be organized is easier said than done. However, it’s critical to get clutter under control. Researchers have actually discovered that there’s a link between clutter and depression.
When you keep your home organized, your mood stays lifted, and everything can feel more under control. However, sometimes you need a few organization hacks to make it possible.
In this guide, we’re going to give you our top creative storage ideas for the kids’ bedrooms and the home. Keep reading to learn more!
1. Sort Documents With Color
Every home has a steady buildup of paper. Your kids might want to save old homework assignments, and you need to save your tax documents (ugh). How can you get the paper monster under control?
A file cabinet is the answer you might have guessed, and you’re not wrong. However, don’t limit yourself to plain manila folders. No matter how you label them, it can be hard to find what you need when you need it.
Instead, upgrade to a color-coded system. Designate each color a purpose – you might have one color for each kind, and one color for each type of adult document. Instead of struggling to read the tiny print on the labels, you can easily find what you need in its proper color-coded section.
2. Store Lids Like CDs
Who listens to CDs anymore? You can repurpose your old CD holder, or find a cheap one at the thrift store, and upgrade it for use storing Tupperware lids.
Everyone knows how hard it is to match lid to container. Make finding and sorting the lids easier with this easy vertical storage solution.
3. Hang Pots and Pans
Your biggest pots, pans, and woks are taking up valuable space in your kitchen. Cabinet space is always at a premium, though – don’t waste it like this! Instead, hang up your biggest pots and pans.
This makes them easy to reach when you need them, in addition to freeing up space for other things in your cupboards and drawers. To stay even more organized, hang the biggest ones first, then work your way down to the medium and smaller ones.
4. Move Stuff to the Car
Trying to pack for short or long car rides can become a hassle. Free up time and space by storing everything you need in the car already. This makes it that much easier to just get out the door and go.
A plastic shower pocket hangs nicely over the back of the front seats, and keeps small items neat and tidy. Putting toys or snacks in easy reach also helps the kids enjoy long car rides much more.
5. Store Bathroom Tools
A magazine file box is perfect for storing your hair heat styling tools in the bathroom. They’ll look neat and organized on the counter, and you’ll never have to struggle with tangled cords and missing tools again.
Just make sure your hot tools have cooled down all the way before you store them here.
6. Use Ceiling Space Wisely
Your garage ceiling is a great source of storage that you probably never thought of.
Use this empty space to its best advantage by hanging some durable racks where you can store seasonal items. They’ll be out of the way, but still in reach for the one time of year when you need them.
7. Save Closet Space
Your kids’ closets get cluttered fast – and so does yours. But there’s only so much clothing you can get rid of.
Once you’ve pared down the closets to the things you want to keep, double up your hangers to save on space. You can use the tab from a soda can to add a new loop on one hanger, then hang the second hanger from it. This can nearly double your closet space!
8. Upgrade Your Hangers
In addition to doubling up on your hangers, you can upgrade your basic plastic ones to non-slip hangers by coiling pipe cleaners around the sides. Now, your clothes won’t slip off and end up on the floor anymore.
9. Designate a Drop Zone
Battling clutter in every last corner of your house isn’t possible. Instead of trying to eliminate it completely, designate a clutter “drop zone” where it can be contained.
Having a specific space where you can put down the clutter that might have ended up anywhere else will actually keep the rest of your home looking nice and neat.
10. Streamline the Kitchen
If your kitchen lacks storage space, use old Tic-Tac containers to store your spices. This will help you get rid of oversized spice containers, especially once they’re nearly empty.
This is also a great way to build a travel spice rack, in case you plan to cook at relatives’ homes for the holidays.
11. Use Vertical Kitchen Space
Did you know the sides of your cabinets can also be a great source of storage space?
Instead of leaving your sponges, scrubbers, and dish soap all over the counter, hang desk organizers on the sides of your cabinets to keep these items contained.
12. Physically Block Clutter
Clutter builds up when you leave empty space for it to accumulate. But add pretty decorative elements that take up the space, and there won’t be any room for clutter piles to grow.
Try putting potted plants, framed photos, or other decorative elements on your side tables and anywhere else that tends to get cluttered.
Start Decluttering With Organization Hacks Today
It’s tempting to think that you have to declutter all in one go. However, this will lead you to putting the task off indefinitely. Instead, start using these organization hacks one at a time. Little by little, you’ll get your clutter demons under control.
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