Want to make 2014 the year you finally get your home in order? Start with these small, but effective organization ideas from Pinterest and top home magazines that will get clutter under control in no time!
Get organized. Cut out the clutter. Sound familiar? If you’re like many, you might have resolved to do just that in 2014.
One of the biggest obstacles you face just might be the overwhelming feeling you get as you wonder where to begin. Redbook magazine suggests tackling one small organizational task every day, even if it’s just a small step. At the end of a month, you’ll have made some progress that will hopefully snowball until you’ve reached your ultimate goal.
In keeping with Redbook’s advice, we took to some top home magazines and, of course, the super-helpful pinning phenomenon that is Pinterest to find these 10 simple tips for organization to help get you going.
1. Manage Your Mail: For starters, open your mail over the shredder or recycling bin, suggests Redbook. That will help you make quick decisions about what to toss and what to keep. Good Housekeeping recommends putting everything else in a visible storage space—trays, bins, wall file, etc.—so you don’t forget to deal with the important stuff.
2. Go to the Bar: As in placing one in cabinets under sinks in the kitchen and in bathrooms. Blogger Bailey, Marie, and Me demonstrates it’s great for hanging spray bottles like cleaners, air fresheners, and other items, plus it nearly doubles your storage! Who couldn’t use that?
3. Spice Things Up: So many spices, so hard to keep track of them all. To keep your kitchen cabinets from getting overrun, install a mop holder inside doors to hold them. Not only will it keep your spices organized, but you’ll finally be able to see them all at once.
4. Wrap Up Your Towels: Closet space may be precious, especially in small bathrooms or guest bathrooms. To get more of it, hang wicker on their sides or even a wine rack. Roll up your towels and place them in your choice of storage. Instant organization—and space!
5. Protect Yourself From Stains: Martha Stewart Living suggests organizing a stain treatment kit so you can act fast to combat spills, ink, and other common blemishes. Keep cornstarch for fresh grease stains; natural bleaches like lemon juice and white vinegar; glycerin for ballpoint ink; and a mild, clear dishwashing liquid for all-purpose stains. Add eyedroppers and cotton swabs to your kit for easy application.
6. Hang It Up: An unmanaged closet can get out of hand fast. Just think of the chaos unkempt scarves, tank tops, and ties can create! Peeking Pines says get them under control by adding shower rings to hangers. For tank tops and ties, All Things Mandi suggests installing a towel rack, then hang and organize hang away!
7. Put On a Prettier Face: With your makeup! Start with a magnetic board in a decorative frame. Affix magnetic strips to the backs of all your essentials and attach. Don’t forget to add small baskets to hold brushes and such. This keeps your makeup off counters, and it frees up drawer space, too!
8. Just Shoe It: Removing shoes at the door is an easy way to prevent tracking in dirt and other pollutants. Keeping them organized there may be another. Good Housekeeping recommends mats, shoe racks, and decorative wicker baskets. Wet shoes and boots especially need to be stored where they will get plenty of air circulation to help them dry.
9. Prepare for Playtime Disaster: “Neat” is probably not the word that comes to mind when you think of your child’s room after playtime. But you can make cleanup easier by using bins and baskets, like these from A Well-Dressed Home, labeled with categories to keep like items together. Good Housekeeping recommends this as an alternative to using lidded toy boxes so your child can see where the toys go and help with cleanup.
10. Tame Magazine Mayhem: Your favorite subscriptions can pile up fast (we know!). But Cot Cozy’s idea to use plastic wall racks—like you’d see in a waiting room—help keep all your magazines neat and organized. Plus you get the bonus of “artwork” that changes every month!
For more information on these and other organization ideas, visit our Pinterest board here!