For many homeowners, home organization can be the bane of homeownership. It’s something that so many people struggle with that decluttering and organization shows have emerged as their own category of reality television. While most people don’t fall into the Hoarders category or need Marie Kondo stopping by to ask them if every piece of clothing they own brings them joy, some home organization tips can be incredibly helpful.
Here are a few hacks to help you up your home organization game.
Create a Designated Space
The whole point of home organization is to allocate all the stuff you own into a place where you can find it, and the best way to do this is to create a designated space for all that stuff.
To do this, it’s often best to work room by room, pulling stuff out of all the drawers and cabinets so you can visually see it and categorize things that belong together.
In the kitchen, for example, you’ll want cooking utensils in the same drawer and near the stove for convenience. Appliances that you may not use all that often, like a juicer or food processor, should be stored someplace out of the way. Save the more prominent drawers and cabinet spaces for items you’ll be using regularly, such as plates, glassware, or silverware.
Put Wall Space to Work
Built-in shelves are great, but not every home is going to have them, and having a contractor come out and build them can be pricey. You know what’s not expensive, though – hooks from the hardware store.
Installing a few hooks on the back of bathroom doors can be great for hanging towels or an organizer for toiletries.
Office wall organizers can also make good use of vertical space for storage, and a hanging kitchen rack or pegboard can be incredibly helpful in freeing up cabinet space.
Make the Most of Multipurpose Furniture
If your coffee table isn’t doing much more than keeping your coffee mug off the ground, then it may be time to upgrade. A coffee table with drawers or shelving or a storage ottoman can provide extra storage space without sacrificing style.
From fold-out desks to benches with hidden storage capabilities and trundle beds that fold up into the wall, multipurpose furniture can be a great way to open up more space.
Get crafty with a label maker
Label guns don’t exactly scream style, but hey, there’s a reason people use them. Labels are one of the best ways to keep things organized and in their place.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you have to stick with ugly labels that are better suited for an office filing cabinet. If you’re creative, you can head to a local crafts store and pick up art supplies to make your own.
And if you’d rather have somebody else handle the creative side, there are countless label options and styles on places like Etsy.
Containers and Baskets
One of the simplest ways to help keep things organized is with baskets and containers. Utilize them in the garage for big stuff like sports equipment, or under the sink for cleaning supplies, or in your kids’ rooms for all their stuff… and so on. Factor in the label tip from above, and it’s a one-two organization combo!