What tips do you have for organizing your home?
Organizing your home is a never-ending job that can save you money in the long run by eliminating repeat purchases due to misplaced or broken items.
To start, look around for items that have no home and create a place for them. Decide where you’ll keep them and put them there - then remember to put them back every time you use them, as soon as you use them.
Examine your needs before making a purchase. Is there something you already have that can achieve the same goal as that new item? Is there something you could get rid of before you make the purchase to save space? Organize and separate your items, measure the space where you plan to put them, and see if you can use what you already have for organization before you run out to buy something new.
Think outside the box, or repurpose the box, for creative storage solutions.
- Cardboard boxes are great all-purpose storage for almost anything you want to store and come in a variety of sizes. You can even paint or cover them with self-stick paper or fabric to make them more attractive and to coordinate with your home's decor.
- Wine boxes can be used to store ornaments, glassware and other breakables and may even be obtained freely by checking behind a local liquor store.
- Shoe boxes can be used to store craft items, jewelry, tools and more.
- Baskets are another great all-purpose storage tool and can be found at yard sales and thrift stores for very little cash. As with the cardboard boxes, you can paint or cover the baskets to match your home.
Reduce and store your paper clutter. If you can go paperless on things like bills, recipes, etc., do that and store the items on a computer or portable hard drive. For items you want or need to keep such as user manuals for appliances, important records, magazines or catalogs, use file folders and boxes to keep them sorted and go through them periodically to weed out older items you no longer need. For unpaid bills you need ready access to so you don't forget about them, store them in a file on your desk or in a drawer.
Make time for regular organization. As with cleaning, organization needs to be done regularly to keep on top of things and prevent the clutter and disorder from taking over. Take 15-20 minutes per day to run through your home putting everything back in its place.
What other tips do you have for organizing your home?