Living in a space overwhelmed with clutter can cause stress. Disorganization can affect your daily life in many ways. Not being able to find your keys can make you late for work, kids' toys strewn about could cause injury if someone trips, and not being able to find important bills or paperwork could harm your credit. There are virtually thousands of ways clutter can take over your life, so we've gathered some home storage solutions to tackle the mess and help reduce your stress level.
Keep Your Drawers Clean
No, we aren't talking about the ones you wear. Dresser drawers, kitchen drawers, desk drawers – they are all zones that attract clutter and small items. Organize one at a time until you've made your way through them all. Separate the items into three categories: keep, toss, and donate.
SMART TIP: Use drawer organizers to keep smaller items neatly in place.
Organized Closets to Maximize Storage Space
Running out of places to put things? Keeping an organized closet can help you utilize the space you have more efficiently. Add shelving higher up to store things that aren't used as often. Use storage containers with labels on the front to store smaller accessories. And at the end of each season, go through your wardrobe and get rid of anything you didn't wear for that year.
SMART TIP: to keep track of what you've haven't worn in awhile – hang all your clothes on hangers in the same direction. When you wear an item, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. At the end of the year, anything that's still facing backwards, toss or donate.
Hang and Store Clothes by Style.
Instead of hanging all of your pants, shirts, and dresses separate, hang them by how you use them. For example, hang all your workout clothes together, all your professional clothes together, and all of your everyday clothes together. Then, put the clothes you don't wear as often towards the back of the closet.
When starting your organizational project, you can either start with the smallest projects first, for instant gratification, or you can tackle the areas that cause the most stress first. Whichever plan you choose, spend a few minutes each day putting things back where they belong, preventing a bigger mess, and headache, down the road.