Few of us like to admit that, at times, we tend to get a bit OCD about our organizing habits. After all, why shouldn’t a home be a tidy, well-organized haven to escape in? We’ve comprised a list of great organizing ideas to satisfy the neat-freak in you and leave your home looking like heaven in the process.
Organizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. It also doesn’t have to take a lot of time. What you need to do is to learn how to make the most of what you have.
So if you’re not fond of the clutter and the mess, if you hope to finally tidy-up the corner of your craft or if you simply want to have a neat home, take a look at our clever suggestions.
Use Boxes Creatively
Boxes have become insanely beautiful nowadays. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors and can be used anywhere from your bedroom to your living room bookcase. Stack them on top of each other, use labels to know what you’re storing inside or mix and match colors and patterns. It’s up to you whether you like things to be a bit edgy or whether you’re a fan of monochrome.
Wine Racks Double as Storage Companions
Who knew that wine racks could be so practical? You can, of course, use them for their intended purpose. But if you’re not that into wine, you can choose to have them double as ideal towel storage solutions. Particularly beautiful wine racks can look great when you alternate your towels with empty bottles or other decorative elements.
Alternatively, you can use wine racks to keep crayons and other writing utensils nice and tidy.
Dare to Repurpose Crates
If you’re particularly crafty, you can always use crates to create bookcases or shelves. However, not everyone is capable of using hammers and nails. In that case, find a beautiful pastel color, paint several crates and stack them on top of one and other. They’re great for organizing shoes, towels, and even toys.
Attic Storage Solutions
Use your attic to store most of the things you rarely use. Of course, dust is an issue, so you’ll most likely need sturdy plastic containers and home storage boxes. One simple solution is to create simple wooden dividers in your attic and store color-coded plastic containers there. That way, you’ll know what each container has inside. Of course, another option is to use tags, though we all have to admit that color-coding is much more fun!
Another option is to use those plastic containers as ceiling storage containers, though that may be a bit trickier.
The Dreaded Closet: Clever Solutions
Many homes lack a proper closet (or worse yet, they lack a closet altogether). Even so, building one from scratch can be expensive, so clever solutions are needed. One idea is to use bookshelves to store the prettiest items (such as hats, shoes, bags, and sunglasses).
If not, decorative benches are an excellent solution (and luckily, you can track cheap ones down at antique stores and recondition them ever so slightly).
Another great idea is to use repurposed trunks. Luckily, they come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re lucky, you can even find wooden ones that you can paint and use as nightstands (that double as storage cases) or as tablets.
Shoe racks also work great if you want to use a lot of space vertically. You can store anything from umbrellas to newspapers or shoes. Remember, though, that dull things aren’t appealing, so feel free to use color and texture.
Hang your necklaces and earrings on sturdy hangers or build your jewelry display.
Great Ideas for Organizing Your Kitchen
Some say that the kitchen is the heart of a home, and, in all honesty, it’s fairly accurate. Properly organizing your kitchen will help you set the stage for your entire home. Ideally, items should be stored close to where they are used.
If you’re a Tupperware fan, I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of issues organizing all of it. Their lids especially. But there are clever solutions and the one I found worked best: metal CD racks. They work wonders. Use them to easily store the lids away, working your way from back to front. Smaller ones come in the front so that you have all your lids insight.
Organizing the fridge should be your primary concern, and there are certain points you need to consider. Certain foods are particularly sensitive. Eggs, for instance, should be kept at a constant temperature. As such, never keep them on the door. Fruit and veggies belong in the drawer, where humidity is lower. Milk, cheese, and other milk products should be kept at the back of the fridge where it’s the coldest.
Also, if you use cookbooks, attempt to keep them close at hand but not so close that they interfere. You can either use them as decorations or choose to store them together with holiday dinnerware.
Glasses are a delicate topic, on the one hand, because you often find yourself needing more glasses at the oddest of times. You generally only use one or two glasses, but all of a sudden, guests arrive, and you find yourself all out of glasses. One solution is to store them upside down. You can always choose to store the best ones in the living room, together with your fancy dinnerware.
Choose glass jars to serve a double purpose: cleverly store condiments, spaghetti, or other basic items while also decorating the kitchen.
In particularly small kitchens, try and maximize space by intentionally leaving certain items out. For instance, cutting boards can be used as layers to your countertops. They look great and give your kitchen a rustic look.
But remember, there’s one thing you need to do: declutter. Most of us have so many things that we simply don’t use. Spatulas, unused cutting boards, dishes, old appliances: such things need to go. Make sure that you throw things away if you haven’t used them in one month. It will make a huge difference.
The key to organizing your home is creative. You’ll come up with great solutions depending on the space you have. Of course, the internet is buzzing with ingenious ideas, so make sure to keep surfing for what could work best!