Many of us find ourselves with way too much and not enough space. You end up shoving things wherever you can find space or just letting them clutter up. Here are some organizing tips for your entire house to help you eliminate some of that clutter:
1. Add a Trashcan to the Living Room
Most people don’t have a trashcan in the living room or family room; they’re not very attractive and have the potential to smell. But if you find that trash frequently accumulates in the living room adding to clutter, consider putting even a small one in the room.
2. Keep Flat Surfaces Clutter-Free
Dining room tables, coffee tables, and counters all make excellent dumping grounds for papers, books, and magazines and they can get cluttered very quickly. In rooms like the living room that tend to be a central meeting place for the household this can be a particularly bad problem. Invest in a two-drawer file or a small stackable file cart and make sure the papers are regularly sorted and filed.
3. Creative Photo Displays
If you have a bunch of small picture frames taking up space all over the house, consider alternate ways of displaying your photos. If they’re digital, a digital frame is a great option since you can display a large number of photos. Collage frames are also great for displaying multiple photos in one location. Use albums or photo boxes to store most of your photos and organize them by date and location to easily find the ones you’re looking for.
4. Organize the Medicine Cabinet in the Bathroom
Sort through your medicine cabinet and throw out any expired products or things you no longer use. To help remove counter clutter, use the medicine cabinet for every day grooming products instead of just medicines. Store the medicine in a drawer or in the kitchen or invest in a plastic bin to store the excess items under your sink.
5. Sort Out Your Beauty Products
Many of us have our bathroom counters littered with all our various beauty products, some of which are not even used on a daily basis. If you don’t have drawer space for it, buy a tub and store the products under the sink or out of the way. As you reorganize, evaluate whether or not you really need the product and get rid of ones you do not.
6. Reassess Your Shower Caddy
First of all, if you don’t have a shower caddy of any kind and just have your products surrounding the edge of your tub, you need to invest in one. If you have a shower caddy, make sure it’s really what is best for your needs. Is it too small or too big? Do you need one that just goes over the showerhead or would you be better with a corner unit that has multiple shelves? Get the products off the edge of the tub and find a way to organize them that works best for you. When bottles sit on the edge of the tub, you end up with rings from the bottles and mildew in the space behind the bottles.
7. Under the Bed Storage
If you have space under the bed, use sliding or rolling storage bins. This is especially helpful for bulkier items you may not use all the time like extra bedding, backpacks/duffels, or seasonal clothing items. If you have a bed skirt, the bins will be hidden from sight. Add labels to the bins so you know what’s in each one and can easily find what you’re looking for.
8. Get a Shoe Rack
Shoes are one of the biggest culprits for cluttering up a closet or bedroom. Invest in whatever size shoe rack works for the space you have and your shoe collection. Having all your shoes organized and easily visible will also make it much easier to find the pair you’re looking for.
9. Organize Your Junk Drawer
This may seem silly since your junk drawer is where you’re supposed to be able to just throw random stuff, but how many times have you tried unsuccessfully to find something in the drawer that you swore you put in there? Get little basket or tins and find an organizational system that works for the contents of your drawer. Have a storage container for rubber bands or pens or nails or whatever it is you have in your drawer. It will make your junk drawer seem like less of a junk drawer and more like a functional part of your household organization.
10. Have a Place for Your Keys
This may seem like such a minor thing, but how many of us have spent an unnecessary amount of time tearing through the house trying to find our elusive keys? It can be as simple as placing a decorative bowl or dish somewhere near the door or install hooks or a hanging rack designed for keys. Just establish one place where everyone will keep their keys. Keep any spares or seldom-used keys in the same location. This way, you will always know where to go when you need to find keys