Our latest infographic show you of the 10 newest organization tips for 2015!
1. Start one room at a time. Choose one room to complete first. Take five minutes to decide what your goals are for the room — what tasks do you want completed in it? Use these goals as a guide for what stays and what gos in the room.
Bring four baskets and a trash bag in with you. Use one basket for items that need to be taken to another room, one basket for things that belong in kids’ rooms, one basket for items to be donated, one basket for items that need to be placed in storage, and a garbage bag for garbage (of course). Put things away in other rooms as you go, then do a final “put-away” when all rooms are completed.
2. Don’t be a stingy donator. Do you really need 4 ice cream scoops? Or two can openers? Do you ever actually use those hot rollers or that electric blanket? If it’s an item that you haven’t needed to replace or use in the past year, it’s probably time to donate.
Dry Storage Organization Ideas3. Store duplicates… in storage. Too many notebooks, spare toothbrushes, markers, and kleenex in a room can start to feel cluttered. Keep one or two of necessary items in the room in which they’re needed, then store duplicates in a storage room or closet in clear, labeled storage containers or on a shelf where you can see them.
Keep a list of the items you like to keep in stock and keep a stock of at least 2 month’s worth of supplies. Check those stocks once a month for items you need to replace (instead of trying to replace them as you go, which negates the purpose of storing them in the first place). Make a habit of checking your list of stored items when you’re writing your grocery list, so you don’t accidentally double up on something you already have.
4. Tackle the junk drawers first. And use drawer organizers. Make a goal to tidy these drawers once a month so they stay organized.
5. Designate all-of-a-kind drawers. Corral frequently used items of the same type (like batteries or candles and matches) into a single drawer. This way you can always find them when you need them. It also means you won’t overstock or understock since you can see at a glance what you already have.
6. Use only one type of hangers in each closet. This makes things look and feel more organized Don’t mix plastics with wood and wire. Though you can make an exception for those wooden slack hangers.
An organized closet is a happy closet
7. If you haven’t worn it in over a year, donate it. Keep your current size of pants in your drawers, as well as 2 pairs one size smaller, and 2 pairs one size bigger. But don’t keep an entire wardrobe for every weight you’ve ever been. Get rid of ill-fitting, ragged, or out-dated clothing (donate if possible, or sell if you’re up for a yard sale), and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to pick out an outfit in the morning.
8. If your shoes don’t fit in a single row, get a shoe rack. If your shoes take up more than one row in your closet, get a shoe rack to display the shoes on different levels so you can see them all at once. It will also consolidate the space needed for your collection.
9. Pile of winter accessories Rethink your winter clothes storage. You only need one or two hats, scarves, and pairs of gloves per person in your household. And only one pair of snowpants and boots each. Store these in an easily accessible, well-labeled seasonal supplies box. Donate the rest (or if you have growing kids, put them in well-labeled containers and store them).
10. Organize sheet sets. Donate or throw away incomplete sets of sheets (including extra pillow cases, lone flat sheets, or sheets that don’t fit any beds that you currently have in the house). While you’re at it throw away pillows that haven’t been used in over a year. Most households only need 1 or 2 extra pillows for the occasional guest.