We could all use just a bit more organization in our lives, right? I’m one of those people who gets started on their spring cleaning a little bit early. As soon as the holidays are over, I’m itching to purge my home and get things organized. It helps me set myself up for an organized and functional year, so what better time to completely organize your home than in the very first few months of the year? Looking at your home as a whole, it seems just about impossible to get your entire home in order. Luckily, you don’t, and shouldn’t, have to organize your entire home all at once. That’s right, let’s take this room by room.
The kitchen is one of the first rooms to get out of control. Especially after all of the holiday baking and parties, it looks a bit of a mess by the time that January rolls around. So, let’s start with the kitchen. Getting things organized in the kitchen is a lot easier than you would actually think. We’ll start by going through cupboards and drawers. Get rid of anything you don’t need/you know you won’t use. Have a juicer in the far back corner of a cupboard that you haven’t used since 2008? It’s time to let it go. As you put back the things you want to keep, organize them in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle. For pots and pans, consider hanging hooks in your cupboards to keep them from becoming a giant mess.
Next up, your pantry. Again, get rid of that expired baking powder and stale walnuts. One of the best ways to keep your pantry from getting out of hand, is to get plastic bins for everything. Label them according to what will go in them. For example, pasta, fruit snacks, cans. Having everything in neat bins will help you stay organized all year instead of throwing things in wherever they fit when you’re in a hurry to put your groceries away.
The next room in your house that’s probably a disorganized space? Your bathroom. Again, little plastic organization bins are going to be your best friend. Purge everything you don’t use and know you won’t use again, and put everything back in neat bins. Getting organized initially helps you stay organized longer.
If you have a kid or two running around, your living space is probably hardly the pristine living space you once dreamed about. While we can’t do anything about the tidiness of your children, there are a few things you can implement to make it easier for you, and them, to stay organized and put things back where they belong. Canvas bins are great for toy organization, and can be placed on a bookshelf, under an entryway bench, or in a cube storage shelf. Invest in a magazine holder, clear a shelf on a bookshelf, and find a cute way to organize all of your loose blankets. A cute basket or an antique ladder leaned up against a wall are both great ways to organize your extra textiles.
Does your husband leave his dirty socks on the floor, even though there is a hamper just beyond the closet door? We’ve all been there. Having designated hampers for dirty laundry help you avoid having to sort your clothes before throwing them in the laundry. A shoe rack is also a key point of organization when it comes to your bedroom. There are a variety of different types of shoe racks. You could use a small, short bookshelf, a hanging organizer, or a cube organizer, just to name a few. And as far as the sloppy husband goes, try sighing loudly as you put his stinky socks in the hamper.