Home Accessories That Keep You Organized
What's better than something fashionable? It's something fashionable that also helps you keep your clutter under control, your home organized, and is an integral part of your home décor. Here are five organizing tips to help you keep your home organized.
Magazine Racks -- They are a "must" for organizing your home because of the growing number of magazines devoted to hobbies and special interests as well as magazines geared to the general public. They can be found in a variety of styles and finishes from antique to modern which will enhance any décor.
Baskets -- Baskets can be great storage tools as well as being strictly decorative. They can serve as a functional item and work very well to eliminate clutter in any room of the house. Just don't use too many baskets or they will look cluttered themselves. They work well to organize everything from makeup and toiletries to hats and mittens.
Coat Racks -- Coat racks aren't limited to waiting rooms in office buildings. They are very convenient, can integrate into almost any home décor and are very effective in organizing your home. When buying a self-standing coat rack, choose a sturdy one that won't tip over easily. Wall-mounted Shaker pegs also work well for coats and jackets.
Umbrella Stands -- You will usually find umbrella stands in city dwellings where people do a lot of walking. Even if you don't live in the city, an antique umbrella stand can be a beautiful addition to most décor.
Rollaway Storage -- There are a variety of styles, shapes and sizes to help "declutter" your home. These storage accessories hold everything from toys, sports equipment, and papers plus a variety of household items.
If organizing your home seems overwhelming, start with pre-planning. Plan for storage in every room of your house and make that storage appropriate for whatever you want to put there. Have your most frequently used items easy to get to. Advanced planning for your storage needs will make your "decluttering" task much easier.
5 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home Now
When it comes to tidying up your home, organizing and decluttering aimlessly isn't enough. It's essential to organize with one goal in mind, and that is to create a sanctuary where you and your family can easily live, work, and play for years to come.
Here are the top five residential "trouble spots" for clutter, and what you can do to organize them.
1) The home office
The problem: Overcrowded libraries with books, magazines, and files as well as big electronics like computers, printers, and shredders mean little extra, useable space.
The solution: Toss magazines and newspapers first, as they are normally the easiest to part with and will give you a motivating "win" to start. Give away unwanted books to charity. If your budget allows, consider switching out a desktop computer for a laptop, opening up more room. Dust, label, and arrange the computer cables in an attractive manner.
2) The bedroom closet
The problem: Closets always feel too small, especially to the ladies.
The solution: Remove out-of-season clothing and accessories, and place them (neatly!) elsewhere in the home. Relocate or purge any items that don't belong in a clothes closet, like sports equipment, papers, and junk. Then situate the remaining in-season items as if on display in your favorite store or magazine.
3) The kitchen
The problem: As the heart of the home, the kitchen sees high-traffic volumes - and it normally looks worse for wear.
The solution: Make your kitchen into an orderly command center. Remember: you want to make sure that your kitchen has everything you need to survive a crisis, not that your kitchen has just survived a crisis. Rethink any small appliances you don't use on a daily basis. Chuck the junk mail, and use a tidy basket to hold bills and other essential paperwork.
4) The garage
The problem: The garage is a catch-all for... well, everything.
The solution: Pull everything out of the garage, purge the clutter, and then separate the remaining items into categories like auto accessories, camping equipment, yard tools, recycling containers, etc. Find a home for and use tasteful storage to display each category. The key to organizing a garage is to make use of the elevated space, like the walls for storage racks and ceiling for a false attic.
5) The yard
The problem: It's easy to ignore the dead patch of grass in the backyard because you have more pressing matters, but the outside of a home is reflective of the inside of a home.
The solution: Have a "discovery session," where you walk around your house making a list of necessary outdoor improvements. Then schedule a daily to-do on your calendar, or outsource the tasks, until all items are crossed off.