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10 Ways to Get Organized

1/10/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: organization, clutter, declutter, home office, garage, entry, laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, closets

As the year turns, everyone’s thinking about starting fresh—including our friends at freshome. We’ve piggybacked on freshome’s 10 great tips for getting organized this year to bring you all the information you need to get started.

1.) Tackle your home office. The home office has become a room that is used just as much, if not more than, the kitchen. Organize and purge last year’s bills and papers. Clear off your desk and keep only necessities.

2.) Tackle the garage. Assess what can go and what needs to stay. Consider having vertical or ceiling-mounted shelving installed to take advantage of hidden storage areas. Use clear bins to label contents. If you can’t park even one car in your garage, it is time to purge, sell, or donate.

3.) Organize your point of entry. Your home’s point of entry gets most of the shoes, backpacks, work bags and gym bags. Use cubbies, seating, baskets, hooks and shelving to organize. If you have the space, consider a mudroom area that can store boots, coats, and allow for seating and space to unload.

4.) Make your laundry room efficient. For larger laundry rooms consider open shelving or cabinets adjacent to the washer and dryer. Smaller laundry rooms should utilize vertical storage with organizers on wheels that fit beside the washer and dryer and/or baskets for shelves.

5.) Closets, closets, closets: Why is it that closets are THE hardest place to keep organized? Most people close the door and forget about the contents. Assess what is not working, and then make a new plan. Visit an organization store to get ideas or get inspiration online. There are hundreds of ideas for hanging clothes, organizing shoes, and stacking boxes.

grier kitchen corner 

 6.) Kitchen organization will save you time. Purge drawers with utensils and gadgets, and use drawer organizers to separate large and small items. Give your pantry an overhaul and throw out old food. Clean out the refrigerator/freezer and clear the majority of small appliances off your counters.

7.) Organize the entertaining spaces. After the holidays, the family, living, and multipurpose areas of your home have been party central. In this new year take the time and clean out old magazines, organize bookshelves, and tidy up entertainment centers with baskets, bins or drawers.

8.) Bathrooms can be an oasis. Make your bathroom an enjoyable space by adding usable storage around your sink and counter areas. Opt for vanities that have integral storage and shelving below. Around shower and tub areas, use creative baskets and urns to hold towels and toiletries.

9.) Help your kids get organized. Assess what they have grown out of, what toys can be donated or thrown away. Most kids will not realize many of their items are missing that are under the bed, or lost way back in a closet. Use bookshelves, under bed storage bins, closet organizers and clear bins or open baskets for little hands to put away items easily.

10.) Hobby and recreation areas. For hobby and craft rooms, use drawer storage with rolling casters and utilize wall space for display. The more creativity you have with your storage, the more enjoyable the space will be to use.

Photo above: Ample storage helps you maintain a clean, uncluttered kitchen. Photo by Michael Shopenn 

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