Finding the right solution for organizing and storing your household items can make a big difference in the livability and appearance of your home. Labeling systems, clear and colored plastic containers, and bag storage caddies can provide real organizational power for your decluttering efforts and can help you present a cohesive and pulled-together look for your whole house. Here are six tips to help you manage your organization project and create a streamlined look for your entire house.
Organization Expert Peter Walsh, a frequent contributor to Oprah Winfrey’s website, suggests selling items online for added cash to fund your decluttering project. According to Walsh, “The stuff you sell online, on average, will get you four to five times as much as in a yard sale.” Discarding or donating unwanted items can also help create extra space and enhance your organizational efforts. Regardless of the method chosen, clearing out some of your excess property can provide you with much-needed breathing space to carry out your organizational plans.
Shelve the topic
Adding shelves can provide more storage space in almost any room. In the kitchen, consider incorporating hooks and pegboards to hold mugs, pans and other cooking utensils. Shelves at convenient heights can provide easy access to plates, glasses and silverware for smaller children; higher shelves can provide storage for rarely-used small appliances and other tools. Matching the finish of your current cabinets can create a cohesive and integrated look for your added shelving in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and closet areas.
Fill the void
You can make the most of unused closet space by adding shelves and containers designed specifically for those areas. The experts at Good Housekeeping suggest modular solutions for closets and enclosed spaces, adding, “For large, gaping spaces without any shelving (such as a closet with a gap between the top shelf and the ceiling, or an armoire without shelves), modular components may be the best solution.” Be sure to measure the area before selecting your modular system to ensure the right fit.
Recycle and reuse
Better Homes and Gardens suggests reusing various items as containers once their original use has been completed. According to the Better Homes and Gardens staff, “Glass jars are easily transformed into teen-friendly storage containers for beauty supplies such as nail polish, lip gloss, and hair accessories.” Coffee cans can be decorated or covered with shelf paper to create attractive holders for buttons, sewing supplies or other small items. By applying bright and attractive labels to these containers, you can create a pulled-together look at a budget-friendly price.
Choose the right container for the job
Plastic containers are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes designed to be used in various areas of your home. Wide, flat plastic containers are typically intended for under-the-bed or stacked storage uses and can protect clothing and bedding from dust and insect intrusions. Clear plastic containers can provide at-a-glance information on the contents within, while colored or translucent crates and cases can provide storage space for boots and shoes, winter clothes, and other seasonal items. When possible, choose stackable and interlocking storage solutions to ensure optimal use of space in closets, under beds and on shelves. These containers can be moved easily to your storage facility unit to provide even more space and streamline your living areas throughout the year.
Clean up your act
Laundry rooms and kitchens are common hot spots where organization is in short supply. Adding storage bins, refillable canisters, clothes racks and towel rods can provide you with cleaner, more organized working areas. HGTV staff members suggest using a caddy to store all your cleaning supplies in one place. These home and garden experts add, “The caddy is ideal for wire shelves because it prevents bottles from tipping over. Plus, no more rooting around in the back of the cabinet for window cleaner.”
Local storage facilities can provide secure and climate-controlled solutions for items that are rarely used or that are seasonal in nature. By incorporating these advanced storage solutions into your overall decluttering and organization planning, you can often achieve faster results and a more streamlined lifestyle inside your own home.