By Stacey Himler
Especially as retirement often means getting to spend more time at home, it’s important to organize your home in a way that fits the new normal. Organizing your space allows you to spend less time searching for lost items that could easily be found in a clutter free space. From searching through random papers, old mail, or receipts to allowing clutter to pile up on the dining table or at the front door, it’s simply too easy to let clutter take over spaces in your home. Finding solutions to keep clutter at bay and frequently used items handy, can be done in a host of creative ways.
See the best tips for leaving unnecessary stress behind in a short period of time with 10 quick and clever ways to get organized.
1. Add storage below your seating.
Create extra room under a couch, chair, or bench. Choose a repurposed set of the following to add storage:
2. Create a “drop zone” near your entryway.
Clear a messy entryway by giving common items a home near the door. You can use an end or side table and add containers for storage like:
- Fabric Bins
- Galvanized Tubs
- Colorful Buckets
3. Organize your coffee table for creative storage.
Add deceptively beautiful multipurpose storage items to your coffee table to create orderly space for remotes and other commonly used items in your living room and den. Great tabletop storage items include:
- Shadow Boxes
- Jewelry Boxes
- Decorative Bowls
- Wooden and Metallic Trays
4. Create a cleaning caddy.
Cleaning supplies can take up a large amount of space in cabinets and closets. You can condense the space for these items by creating an easy to carry caddy that includes your cleaning supplies like gloves, sponges, bottles and brushes. Great repurposed containers for this include:
- Galvanized Tubs
- Colorful Buckets
- Shower Caddy
- Plastic Container
5. Corral the junk in the junk drawer by creating zones.
The junk drawer is the home for many miscellaneous and like items. You can create zones of similar or related items to bring order to the chaos of the junk drawer. Repurpose the following to optimize drawer space:
- Small Platters
- Small cups
6. Expand your linen closet space by using every part of the closet.
From towels to sheets to everything in-between, the linen closet can become a clutter magnet. Bring extra organization and save space by adding items to break up the shelves. Try repurposing the following items:
- Towel rack
- Book Ends
- File Sorter
- Baskets or Bins
7. Corral your cords into a tidy space.
Most modern households have a plethora of devices that often create a tumbleweed of cords. A few items repurposed from the junk drawer can help you organize your cords like:
- Zip Ties
- Rubber Bands
- Hinge Clips
- Twist Ties
8. Repurpose unconventional items for shelving.
Think vertical for shelf storage. Shelving does not have to be on the wall or in the form of a traditional shelving unit. Consider repurposing these household items to give your room a touch of charm and knick-knacks a new home:
- Drying Rack
- Crib Side Rails
- Tiered Trays
9. Use office supplies and household items to organize the pantry.
Ready to bring order to the pantry? Surprisingly, office supplies and other household items can find an encore career in the kitchen pantry bringing order to pot lids and soup cans alike. Try repurposing these items:
- Tension Rods
- Magazine File or Holder
- Magazine Rack
- Curtain Rods
10. Add room in your closet for your accessories with repurposed closet and bathroom storage items.
Hangers are meant for more than clothing and hooks or rods can work beyond the bathroom. You can place sunglasses, scarves, jewelry and more on hangers and hooks. Try repurposing these items in your closet instead of throwing them away:
- Shower Curtain Hooks
- Shower Curtain Rings
- Towel Rods and Racks
- Extra Hangers
No matter which room you want to tackle, the ten ideas in this article can help you get organized in quick, clever and creative ways. Keep in mind, you don’t have to organize your home in a day. You can conquer clutter as time allows in 30, 15, or even 5-minute increments that work well with your busy schedule.
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by Stacey Himler, Owner of Caring Transitions of Southern Delaware
Get in touch: SHimler@caringtransitions.com