One of the biggest causes for disorganization and clutter is a simple lack of space. There’s just not room enough for everything you own. It’s a common problem and fortunately there are solutions.
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Useful Storage Solutions for Every Room That You Can Use
Living Room Organization
The living room is often the center of the home.
It’s where everyone congregates to watch television, play games and talk. The more organized it is, the more welcoming it will be.
Storage Solution to Consider:
Double duty furniture – furniture that doubles as storage space is a great way to keep items handy yet also out of sight.
For example, a coffee table that offers storage space inside or underneath for remotes, magazines and small items is extremely useful. An ottoman or side table that doubles as a chest can store blankets and seasonal pillows.
Shelving is also a common storage solution for the living room. Media centers with extra shelves, adding shelves to a wall or using book cases can all help you get organized and clutter free.
Bedroom Storage Solutions
Bedroom Storage Solutions
Under the bed storage is often the most useful because it’s a great place to store seasonal items or linens.
However, many under the bed storage solutions don’t work when you bring them home. The container is too tall for the under the bed space or it just doesn’t hold as much as you’d hoped.
PRO TIP: Research your container and measure the space under your bed before you buy.
Also use double duty furniture and shelving in your bedroom.
One solution that many people like is a shoe organizer. Organize the little things that can easily clutter a space like ties, belts and shoes by using organizers designed specifically for that purpose.
Kitchen Storage Solutions
The kitchen is a place of whirlwind activity.
It can get messy and out of control quickly. And if you like to cook and entertain then space is definitely a priority.
Use canned food organizers in your pantry and cupboards to store canned food but also soda.
Take advantage of space saving spice racks and utensil storage solutions to maximize space and efficiency. And get the items that you don’t use often out of the way.
For example, pots and pans can be hung on a decorative rack. This frees up valuable cupboard space.
Around The Home
Take advantage of every nook and cranny. Under the stairs is often a wasted space.
Consider also how you’re using your existing closets. Would storage containers or extra shelves make the space more useful?
Armoires can be used in a basement to create separation between spaces.
For example a wall of armoires can be set up between the laundry room and a work space. The armoires provide storage solutions and serve as a room divider.
You can place decorative bins on top of the armoires to store more items.
Look for useful ways to recycle and reuse.
Ex., some food containers can be washed out and used as pencil holders, vases or storage containers. An old candle jar does a good job of holding loose change and miscellaneous items found in the laundry room once pockets have been emptied.
Approach each space in your home with an open mind and an organizers eye. How could you use the space better? What storage solutions can make it happen?
10 Must-Have Organizing Products
Organizing yourself and your life is a fine balance.
Too many tools and devices and you spend more time managing the tools than you do your life. Too few tools and you lose time trying to find things and stay organized.
Let’s explore the basics and ten tools everyone needs to get and stay organized.
This may sound like a no-brainer but there’s a difference between having a planner and actually using it.
You want to find a planner that you will use consistently. Take a look at paper, computer based, and mobile device planners and find one that fits your needs and personality.
Additionally, consider creating or using different planners for different purposes.
For example, your business planner, personal planner and family planner do not all have to be on the same system – they just have to work for you.
#2 Moving Basket
A moving basket is a bin that collects items that don’t belong in a certain room.
Many people keep a basket at the foot of the stairs, this is like that but is more functional because it can be used anywhere.
Anything that belongs up stairs or in a different room goes into the basket. Once a day or once a week the basket is emptied and items are placed where they belong.
#3 Media Center
The media center is often a source of chaos.
Remotes get lost, DVDs are broken and it can be a frustrating area.
Create a media command center. All remotes are placed in the media center when they’re not being used.
DVDs and other media are all stored in a box or drawer for easy access.
#4 Phone/Electronics Center
If you’re like many the phone recharging are is a nightmare of chaos.
Phones, cords and even keys and wallets get all jumbled. It’s a mess. Create a single location for all rechargeable media.
For example, there are caddies that can house anywhere from three to five mobile devices. Each device space can be labeled and the cords can be organized from the back.
#5 Cleaning Caddy
Create a basket for each room that stores the room’s cleaning supplies.
This is particularly important for rooms like the kitchen and the bathroom which tend to require a lot of cleaning supplies.
#6 Chore Chart/Family Organization Area
A family organization area is important to keep track of where everyone needs to be and what they’re responsible for.
One idea is to use post-its on a large calendar. The post-its can be easily removed and replaced as needs change.
You can read about keeping your family organized here plus learn a couple of extra ways to create a chore chart for your kids.
#7 File Cabinet
The file cabinet should house all of your family or personal documents.
Bank statements, tax information, and receipts are particularly important.
You can also scan these items and store them on your computer. There are portable scanning devices designed specifically for this purpose.
Just make sure to back up your computer information.
#8 Tasks List
Create some sort of task list system for yourself. It can be pen and paper, mobile device or other option.
The key is to make sure it’s easily accessible and that you use it.
Binders are excellent for storing information that you use often.
Recipes, schoolwork, and even receipts can be organized and stored in three ring binders.
#10 Time to yourself
While free time isn’t a tool per say, it is essential to get and stay organized.
A cluttered mind cannot organize effectively and efficiently.
Take time each day to clear your thoughts – pick up a hobby, read your favorite book or enjoy your cup of coffee WHILE its hot. 😉