Life can be busy which often means things like cleaning and organizing get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. Quit swimming through unfinished crafts, unfiled paperwork, and growing piles of family heirlooms with these helpful tips to get your messiest rooms in order.
Even though you’re able to keep dirty dishes from accumulating in the sink, items piling up on the countertops and dishes jumbled in the cupboards can make your kitchen feel messy.
- Use a tray divider or tension rods inside cupboards to house pot lids, cookie sheets, and even plates.
- Install a rack from the ceiling on which to hang pots which will free up cupboard space.
- Get rid of bulky packaging in the pantry by moving food into stackable, clear storage containers.
- Maximize pantry space by placing a shoe holder on the back of the door. These pockets are perfect for holding snacks and other goods.
- Add magnetic strips to the wall on which you can stick cutlery and other metal utensils.
Your bathroom sees a lot of action during the day which means items from medication to dirty towels can easily contribute to a state of disaster.
- Reserve your medicine cabinet for daily use items like deodorant, toothbrushes, etc. Move medications susceptible to hot and humid temperatures into baskets organized into categories i.e. allergy, cold/flu, etc. to a cool, dry closet.
- Consider installing personalized bins above the sink or toilet for each person in the family to store their toiletries.
- Keep track of hair pins by storing them in a magnetic paper clip holder.
- Reign in bath toys by hanging a mesh laundry bag from a suction cup on your shower wall to act as toy storage.
The garage can quickly become cluttered with lawn equipment, tools, automotive fluids, and backup storage from the rest of the house.
- Designate areas of your garage for storage of similar items i.e. gardening supplies, sports and hobby gear, automotive tools and supplies, etc.
- Hang pegboard and wall panels on which you can store tools in an organized fashion.
- Utilize space above parked vehicles by hanging racks/shelves from the ceiling to store seasonal items and decorations not frequently used.
- Consider self-storage at a secure facility. Family heirlooms and furniture that can’t be used in the house or thrown away often end up in the garage. Free up garage space by moving those items into a storage unit.
4. Laundry Room
Clothes, soap, and other cleaning supplies not properly stored can lead to a cluttered and messy laundry room.
- Put pedestal drawers under your washer and dryer in which you can store laundry soaps and softeners.
- Stick shower curtain rods between two walls to create a drying rack on which to hang clothes.
- Maximize your space in a small laundry room by stacking your washer and dryer vertically.
Objects removed from other rooms in an attempt to declutter can have a tendency to end up in already overflowing closets.
- Hang bulky book bags and purses on the back of the closet door to free up shelf space.
- Label all drawers and shelves to assist when putting away or searching for clothes and accessories.
- Use shower curtain rings or circular hangers to hang multiples of small items such as scarves and intimates.
- Remove tabs from soda cans and attach them to hangers to double your hanging space.
Papers and craft supplies strewn across your home office can make the room appear untidy.
- Institute a color-coded filing system to keep papers and receipts off your desk.
- Use multi-cubby storage solutions, repurposed muffin tins, and even wine rack organizers to hold various craft supplies and hide them from view when not in use.
- Turn old picture frames into dry erase boards for office to-do lists.
- Place empty toilet paper rolls into a box to act as dividers for storing pens and markers.
Turn messy rooms into inviting organized spaces by removing old, unused items and maximizing each room’s storage space.