We've put together 10 organization tips that can apply to any and every room in your home. We are all so busy these days that having an easy to maintain home organization system can bring so much peace! We hope these suggestions help to simplify your life!
1. Identify active & passive zones
An active zone is a space in your house that gets touched one or more times a day, such as the entryway, whereas a passive zone would be a less frequently used space such as garage shelves or the basement. A common organizing problem is clogging up a home's active zones with passive items. An example would be, storing spare lightbulbs & batteries in the top drawer of the kitchen when you only need to access those items every few months!
2. Make open storage a design element
A mixture of open & closed/hidden storage is visually pleasing when done correctly. Items that are stored on open shelves should be items that you are proud of and in their best condition. Consider organizing books or picture frames in a creative way. Hidden storage is for tupperware and old VHS tapes.
3. Keep important things findable
Clear containers can be especially useful in your kitchen! They allow you to see what food you have on hand at a glance. The old adage "out of sight, out of mind" is especially true when it comes to organization.
4. Make things easy to put away
This rule of thumb is most important for kids stuff! The likelihood of things being put away in their place increases when the organizational containers are easy to access. This rule can also benefit adults! A good question to ask yourself is "could a five year old figure this out?" You'd be surprised how much your home organization improves if you just make it simple!
5. Group items by task
Grouping items by task works especially well for infrequently-used or seasonal items. To apply this rule, create & label various "kits" such as a holiday cookie making kit, first aid kit or clothes mending kit. This will make your cookie cutters and sprinkles easier to find in December!
6. Create a station for things that are "on the go"
This station is most useful near the main entrance of your home. This is the place to store keys, backpacks, library books and that casserole dish you need to return to a friend. Not only will this reduce your time spent getting out the door, but it can declutter that "dump zone" on the dining room table.
7. Divide & conquer
Wide open drawers are just waiting to be cluttered. Before the inevitable happens, use a drawer organizer. They can be useful for cookware, office supplies & even makeup.
8. Think vertical
Take advantage of vertical space in cabinets and shelves by adding shelf risers. That way, when you are needing something from the bottom of the pile, it won't topple over! Also, wall mounted holders can be used for storing brooms, ironing boards and mops!
9. Be strategic about choosing containers
Prevent precious items from getting ruined by choosing the correct storage method. Photographs should be stored in acid free containers and important textiles need to be kept in breathable boxes or bags that are designed for that purpose.
10. Store heavier items down low
This rule is so critical if you live in an area that gets a lot of earthquakes. Store heavy items such as stand mixers & dutch ovens below waist height. The idea is that you don't want to have to balance on a ladder while trying to lift something heavy. This is a recipe for disaster!
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