December 23, 2014

Guest Post:Tame Your Clutter: Tips To Get And Stay Organized All Year

December 23, 2014

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Whether you live in an apartment, a single-family home or you share a home with roommates, finding room for all your belongings can be a challenge. All though this holds true all year round, the holiday season and new year is a time when many folks seek to become more organized.

If you aren't sure what to do with all your new stuff, or your resolution for the upcoming year is to finally tame the clutter and get more organized, then you could probably use some storage tips.

Minimize, Prioritize And Organize
These are three important stages of organization. First, you want to minimize by getting rid of stuff that you don't need. This can be the hardest part. You may be loathe to part with some of your stuff, but if you don't need it, or use it, then it isn't earning its place in your home.

If you have items that you don't use, or only use rarely, but that you absolutely can't bear to part with, such as a family heirloom, another option is to rent a self-storage unit. Self-storage is a great option for seasonal items such as holiday decorations, camping or other outdoor gear.

Once you have thinned out your belongings, the next step is to prioritize your stuff. This means making sure that the things you use most often are the easiest to access. This prevents excess digging and searching for items.

For example, in your closets you want to make sure that the clothing and shoes that you wear the most often are up front and center. Using over the door shoe organizers is one way to do this. It puts what you need at eye level. This ensures that you aren't digging in your closet for shoes that you wear most often, and that you utilize space more efficiently.Store less frequently used items up high and in storage containers to keep them tidy and protected.

Make Storage Organization Easy
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Purchase a variety of storage containers in different sizes to keep your things easy to find and separated.

Utilize wall space in closets by installing hooks and hanging shelves and bags. Over the door shoe organizers can be used to store more than shoes, and are great for closets. Some uses include:
  • Belts
  • Toiletries
  • Accessories
  • Small supplies
In the kitchen, make use of deep cupboards by using long, roll out or slide out storage containers so you can avoid digging around to find things.

Staying Organized All Year Round
Getting organized is the hard part. Staying organized is easy if you take the time to maintain it. Once a month, go through and clear out things that you no longer need. In the bathroom, this could be out-of-date or almost empty medicine cabinet items, toiletries etc. In the kitchen, keep an eye out for expired condiments or other goods that can clutter up your refrigerator and pantry.

In the bedroom, tackle your closet at the beginning of each season. Pack away summer or winter items and store them on the closet shelf or under the bed. This reduces clutter and makes things easier to find.

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