7 Tips For A More Organized Home
Turning your house into your own personal sanctuary demands a little prep work. Think of your home as a Swiss watch, a sum of all its expertly working parts. Start with a function of each room. Make sure that everything you need is well in place, then you can add the things you love.
1. Stay ahead of the mess. Don’t let a week’s worth of dirty laundry accumulate. Keep the energy moving forward, whether it’s the washing machine washing, or the dryer drying. If you do a little bit all the time, you won’t end up confronting a mountain of unwashed towels, T-shirts, and pants. Keep dirty clothes inside a container with a well fitting lid. This allows you to “hide” the mess. But don’t ignore the fact that it’s there.
2. Fold your napkins and towels, underwear, jeans, and T-shirts as soon as the dryer goes off. Take them out of the dryer when they are still warm to the touch. They’ll be almost wrinkle-free and will fold more easily- this is the time-saving tip that makes a difference.
3. Create a space for everything. Invest in plastic containers, which are available at any department or container store and can be neatly stacked and arranged by contents and category. I compartmentalize everything. This way I don’t waste time searching for a pair of double-A batteries or a few extra hangers. I also make sure my containers are clearly marked, with their labels facing out. Use a label maker for consistency. Place the following in labeled containers:
- Shoe-cleaning supplies
- Shoelaces and accessories
- Batteries (all sizes)
- Sewing kit and supplies
- Silver cleaners
- Laundry soaps, fabric softeners, bleaches
- Extra shampoo. Conditioners, and body soaps
- Extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss
- Candles and lighters
- Whatever else you have multiples of
4. If the garage or basement serves as your storage area, paint everything a neutral color. Line the back wall with a shelving system for storage.
5. If the utility room doubles as a storage area for linens, use a matching shelving system for sheets, blankets, towels, and hand towels. Your linens will look very appealing when arranged like this.
6. In my linen storage area, I break down the bedding supplies further. My summer sheets go together in one container, my winter sheets in another. I keep mothballs in one drawer, cedar wood chips in another, and ready to go sprinkle naphthalene pellets in a third.
7. Edit by asking yourself if you will ever really wear that old sweater again, or use that Nintendo set. If not, pass it on. Instead of storing it, get rid of it.