You’ve decided your main goal is to organize your home by spring. The problem is figuring out where to begin.
Without a great jumping off point for each room in the house, your positive attitude about getting organized could quickly dissolve into frustration and tears. So how do you avoid turning an admirable goal into an item on next year’s to-do list? Start with the biggest issue in each room and consider contacting an organizing and decluttering professional to help you with your goal.
Organizing the Bathroom
Be honest, you’ve totally been avoiding the area under your bathroom sink. Don’t feel alone, this part of the bathroom can be a homeowner’s biggest hurdle when it comes to organization. Typically there’s no shelving, which means things get stuffed under there willy-nilly.
Attack this area first. Get rid of anything you don’t need. Then pick an organization system that works for you. This could mean purchasing some free-standing shelves, or using a combination of plastic bins and baskets. Once you get the under-sink space sorted out, the rest of the bathroom will be a breeze.
Rearranging the Kitchen
The key to organizing your kitchen is storing similar items together. Create separate areas for dishes, pots and pans, silverware, plastic containers and glasses. Nest lids separately from their container bases but in the same area for easy access. Use drawer dividers and cookware racks to define a cupboard’s contents, and prevent them from getting disorganized in the future.
Cleaning up the Bedroom
Guaranteed, your bedroom’s biggest organizational hurdle has to do with clothes. The quickest way to clear up the problem is to get rid of what you don’t wear. This includes bridesmaid dresses you thought you’d rewear and your favorite, threadbare T-shirt from high school. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably aren’t going to wear it again—ever.
Once you’ve thinned out your wardrobe, keep your clothes from getting stuffed, stacked and thrown on the floor, by using a closet system, bins or baskets to organize them.
Sorting Out the Garage
Garages are a dumping ground for whole host of oversized items. For many, the garage also serves as a storage area, making it a double whammy when it comes to organization. Don’t go at it alone. Corral family members and friends to help you sort and organize. In fact, make it a party and it won’t feel like work at all.
Organization can be a battle. However, if you attack each room individually and start with the root of the problem, you’re guaranteed to win—with functional spaces you’ll enjoy every day.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
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