Whether you have just moved into a smaller home, a larger home, or just want to tame the home you are already in, it is not uncommon to search for new organizational ideas. We often collect a lot of stuff over the years and it can get a bit claustrophobic sometimes—especially when we start tripping over it all. So, to make the mess a little less stress, here are a few tips for organizing your home.
Use Shoe Boxes in Dresser Drawers
If you have ever run into the problem of not being able to find your clothes in your dresser, then you will probably enjoy this idea. Old shoe boxes, and other boxes that size can be great for organizing your clothes; especially anything small like socks, belts, and neckties. Just slide a couple the front or back of the drawer until it is either completely filled or you have enough spots for your things. Then all you need to do is start loading up your things.
Peg Boards for Accessories
To save space on jewelry and other accessories, and give yourself a better chance of keeping them organized, you may want to consider investing in a peg board. Peg boards can be useful because you can hang necklaces, bracelets, watches, etc. on them in any arrangement you like and then hang it on or lean it against the wall.
Ice Cube Trays for the Smaller Accessories
If you have a lot of earrings or normal rings you may want to use an ice cube tray to keep them all separate. This way you won’t have to rummage through your jewelry, possibly scratching them all up, to find what you need. Not to mention that ice cube trays are pretty inexpensive and can be picked up at nearly any department store.
Magnet Strips for Kitchen or Bathroom
There are a lot of things that we use on a daily basis in the kitchen and bathroom that are magnetic. So, in order to save some space, why not utilize that unique physical property? You can do this by installing simple magnet strips on the wall or the side of a counter, now you can just place your stuff on the strip to keep it from cluttering up your workspace. Then, when you are ready for it again, it’s right there where you left it. Just be sure to keep any electronics away from the magnet—it will possibly wipe its memory.
Jars for Small Knickknacks
There are plenty of things out there that are small and easy to lose; but, you can keep all your things organized by using old jars. A quick and efficient solution to most organizational issues, the use of old jars will cost you little to nothing to use seeing as they would probably be thrown out otherwise. However, why stop there? If you want to go to the next level you can even glue the lids of these jars to the bottom of a cupboard to make a floating selection of supplies (be sure to use caution when taking the jars down as to not drop and break them which could be dangerous). The best-known use of this is in the garage for nails, screws, and so forth; but there is nothing stopping you from utilizing this idea in other places in your home.
Tension Rods Beneath the Sink
If you have ever tried to organize the cupboard under your sink, then you will understand that it isn’t a walk in the park. One thing that has been found to be helpful for some people is to use a tension rod to hang spray bottles on above all the other things beneath the sink. It can be quite handy if under the sink is where you store a lot of your cleaning supplies. Tension rods can be found at nearly any department store in the kitchen and home section and are fairly inexpensive.
CDs for Closet Dividers
Organizing a clothes closet can be a bit of a struggle; so, if you want a way to separate you summer clothes from you winter clothes or your business attire from your casual ware, then you might like using CDs as a way to keep them apart. This can be done by taking old CDs and labeling them each for the different sections of your clothes. Then, assuming that the holes in the hole in the CDs are big enough for the rod, you just slide them on the rod and then hang your clothes. However, more likely than not your rod will be larger than the hole on the CDs, so you may need to make the hole bigger. Be sure that however you decide to enlarge these holes that you take all necessary safety precautions first, it could be a dangerous process.
Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Cardboard Tubes
With all the electronic devices we have these days we are left with a lot of cords to clean up. These can be extension cords or just normal cords; whichever they are, though, they can get tangled together or tied in unforgiving knots if not carefully put away. But, if you don’t want to spend the money on more twist ties or rubber bands, you may consider using the cardboard tubes from paper towels and toilet paper to store the cords. All you need to do is coil the cords and stuff them into the cardboard tube. The tube will keep them together so they will be ready for you the next time you need it. Again, like the jars, this solution will cost you nothing seeing as they would be thrown away anyway.
Shoe Organizers to Hang on the Back of a Closet Door
Shoe organizers can be a very useful tool in the fight against clutter. All you need to do is hang one on the back of a closet door and then you can use it to store just about anything. You can store cleaning supplies, toys, crafts, and yes, even shoes. These can also be found at most department stores for a decent price. So, while you are there picking up the tension rod, or anything else really, see about getting yourself a shoe organizer as well.
These are only a few of the many tips and tricks there are out there for organizing your home. You can search online to find more ideas that will help to tame the clutter in your home.