The second most popular New Year’s resolution is to get more organized, according to statistics from the University of Scranton. With that in mind, we have provided simple ideas to de-clutter and organize some of the most used spaces in the house, which are all fairly simple and inexpensive to do.
According to Real Simple, a good place to start when tackling a closet is to go through your clothes and evaluate what to keep and what to get rid of. If you haven’t worn it in a year or more, or it no longer fits, donate it or take it out of your closet.
If you’re cramped for space in your closet, try using slim hangers because they’ll take up much less room. Also, consider using stackable bins for storage, as they make for a great place to put accessories such as scarves, belts, and jewelry. Organize your clothing. There are many ways to do this but two quick and easy ways are by color and by article of clothing. This will save you time when trying to find something in your closet.
The best place to start in a bathroom is to go through the clutter. Rule of thumb: if you don’t use it, toss it. This will help cut down on items that tend to get shoved under the sink and rarely used. For the items you do use on a regular basis, such as cotton swabs, cotton balls, and makeup brushes, consider using apothecary or mason jars to put them in. They will be much more convenient, and will look neater on the countertop than the original packaging.
A simple yet effective tip for storing stuff in the bathroom is to attach a magnetic strip to the inside of a medicine cabinet or door, which will hold your bobby pins, tweezers, and nail clippers perfectly.
Under the bed, rolling storage bins will provide extra storage in the bedroom without being visible. It’s a great place to store additional clothing, magazines, or toys. For children’s rooms, Better Homes and Gardens recommends using an over-the-door shoe rack to neatly store dolls and smalls toys in. If you don’t have a nightstand, a bedside caddy that clips onto the rail of your bed is perfect for storing essentials such as glasses, lip balm, tissues, remote controls, or phone.
The living room is a multifunctional space — a place where everyone gathers to watch TV, hang out, or play games. Clean up the mess by using baskets to store movies, music, games, and toys in that can easily be placed on shelves or under a table and out of the way when not using.
By adding a simple ornamental tray on the coffee table, it will not only serve as a place to store remote controls and coasters, but will also be convenient for placing snacks on. Accessorize the room with large, decorative buckets that will function as a place to store additional blankets, magazines, or photo albums.