8 Simple and Quick Home Organization Hacks
If you're constantly misplacing one of your favorite shoes or spending too much time getting the kids ready in the morning, help is on the way. Organization, by definition, is about managing the things that you own instead of letting them dictate how you live.
This list of eight hacks can help make your life simpler by giving you back that control.
1. Keep Instruction Manuals and Warranties in Binders
Instead of tossing out the instruction manual after you learn the basics on how to use a new purchase, keep it and other manuals handy in a 3-ring binder for future reference. The same goes for warranties on everything from a new blow dryer to power tools. This way, they'll stay neater and easier to locate than if you tuck them into a big drawer or box.
2. Make Shoes Easy to Spot
Give each pair of your shoes a home of its own with an expertly designed shoe organizer for your closet. Angled shelves make everything easy to see. And with cubbies, each pair of shoes is neatly organized in a compartment. If boots are your thing, check out the Boot Butler that lets you hang several pairs so that they're visible in your closet.
3. Organize Kids Weekday Outfits in Cubbies
Choosing just the right jeans and shirt plus socks and hair bows can be a time-consuming task. But if you organize a week's worth of complete outfits in advance, mornings are a whole lot easier. A stack of cubbies inside the closet allots separate clothing and accessory space for every day of the week.
4. Keep Home Improvement Ideas Organized in Your Home Office
Have you ever painted a room and then forgotten the name and formula of the perfect color? That won't happen if you keep paint chips in a home improvement file in your home office. It's the perfect way to keep track of materials and supplies that you've already used, plus pictures and samples of others that inspire you.
5. Use Your ABCs to Organize the Kitchen
Leave it to the home organization experts at HGTV to come up with a way to make your kitchen more functional. Their ABC method makes a lot of sense because it categorizes your small appliances, cookware and everything else according to how it's used.
- A: Everyday use items. Store in the easiest to reach spaces, such as the countertop, easy-access cupboards, fronts of cabinets, top drawers and shelves that don't require a lot of reaching or bending.
- B: Often-used items. Store within easy reach, but don't take up everyday use spots. Good locations for the B group include lower or higher shelves, middle drawers, and the back of cupboards.
- C: Seldom-used items. If you only use your slow cooker or stand mixer around the holidays, there's no reason to keep them handy. Store things that you rarely use at the highest, lowest and farthest reaches of your kitchen.
6. Pull Drawers Together Using Dividers
The sock drawer and the kitchen junk drawer can get out of hand fast. It's the same for any space where you store a lot of smaller items together. Insert drawer dividers, and you'll have a compartment for everything, including earrings and necklaces with chains that otherwise tangle.
7. Move Long-Term Storage to the Attic
If your home is short on space, there's no reason to take up valuable closet room to store things that you won't need for months or years. Home storage solutions for the attic can keep paperwork such as old taxes, out-of-season clothing and seasonal items organized and out of your way.
8. Designate Spots in the Mudroom or Foyer
Does everyone drop backpacks, jackets and shoes as soon as they walk in the door? A mudroom or foyer organizer can handle that with hooks, cubbies and even coat cupboards. Give each person in the family his or her own spot, and tidying up at the end of the week doesn't have to fall on one person's shoulders.
Getting organized is a process that most people don't nail overnight. Start in one part of your home and work your way through. If bedroom closets make your blood pressure rise, that's a good place to begin. Or if the kids' rooms need help, set your sights on getting them streamlined.
Download our ebook: Optimizing Your Home Organization to learn more about the art of getting organized. When you're ready, our professional designers can work with you to create home storage solutions that are affordable and really work.