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Life Hacks for Reorganizing Your Home

Running a household is everything but easy and, for some families, there’s often just too much mess for normal living. And every year, as we make our New Year’s resolutions, we vow to be more tidy, clean and all-around better organized. But there is no hope of a more organized life if you don’t change anything around your house, because your mind will always reflect your surroundings. So here are some tips to help you make your home a better, cleaner place to live.

Bookshelves

Our home libraries are often cluttered with things that deserve no space: books that we read once and never intend to read again, decorative figurines and plenty of dust. Go through all of the books and donate the ones you don’t need to your local library, or organize an exchange with friends.

After you clear out the books, get to the décor: don’t keep anything that doesn’t add to the style of the room and that isn’t important to your family. If you have pictures that are taking up the space, see if you can hang them somewhere on a wall.

Finally, leave some empty space. A bookshelf with around 5% of empty space will look the best. Having an organized bookshelf will instantly make the room look more spacious and clean.

Pantry

The place where all the mess is left in the dark behind a closed door. Well, that is over, and it’s time to get it organized.

Use a hanging shoe organizer on the inside of the door for snacks, jars, and other items that usually don’t have a designated spot. Clear, plastic containers are perfect for flower, sugar and other loose supplies, because you will clearly see what is inside.

You can also create custom labels for the containers, and get a LetraTag label maker refill to make more when you run out. Metal wire file organizers are perfect storage for potatoes, onions and other bulky fruit and veg. Deep drawers that will fit underneath your pantry shelves are perfect for easy access in those tough spaces.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, baskets are your best friend. Place one basket in the shower or on the edge of the tub and fill it with the necessities.

If you have cupboards, place rotating organizers so you can easily reach the things in the back. Repurpose old wooden crates as shelves for a vintage look and extra storage space. Roll up your towels instead of folding them to make it look more classy.

Use round containers with lids to store your makeup brushes so that they don’t get dusty. Sew non-slip strips to the bottoms of the floor mats to make sure they don’t slide around the bathroom. Wipe down the tiles around the shower after you’re done to prevent water stains.

Wardrobe

If you have shelves, try using a folding template so that all of your clothes will be folded to the same dimensions. If you have drawers, roll your clothes up so that you can clearly see everything you have, and as an added bonus, they will wrinkle far less. For hanging storage, make sure all of your hangers are the same, because a variety of hangers can make the wardrobe look messy and clunky.

If you feel like you need more hanging space, consider installing a second rail beneath the first one, or use an S-hook to put two hangers together. If you have space beneath your hanging clothing that is messy or empty, put low, plastic shelves inside, or install a shoe rail (in this case, make sure that you don’t put any dirty shoes there, because they can spread the smell onto the rest of your clothes).

To stay organized, you can try following the “one touch rule”. It means that you should only touch each item once: when you take your jacket off, you put it in its place right away, instead of putting in on a chair first, and then touching it again to move it. Remember that keeping a house organized is not about time – it’s about habits. So teach yourself to pay attention to the little things and put everything back in its place (labels and baskets are a great help with this). Make it a resolution for everyone in the house, and you will be living a more organized life in no time!

 

Organize Your School Locker

It’s back to school time and everybody’s preparing their stuff for the big school day.  For some students who own a locker or want to have one, it is time to think of decorating and organizing your locker to help you stay as efficient as possible during the hectic school year.  These products will help you declutter, stay focused and well-organized.

 

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet - Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board – $8.46, 5.58 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

International Solutions - Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

The locker organizer with mirror holds all those little things that get lost at the bottom of the locker. Two pockets a mirror and a zipper pocket will keep things organized.

International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror – $18.95, 5.23 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

The Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin is a great place to store pens, pencils, notepads, index cards, a pocket calculator, hair accessories and personal care items

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin – $6.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H

Container Store - 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4

Maximize vertical space in your locker with our ingenious Janus Locker Shelf. Two adjustable shelves provide multiple levels of storage for books, notebooks and school supplies.

 

Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H – $24.99, 9.45 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4

A great place to store pens, pencils and personal care items. A mirror provides a place to check your look between classes. Super-strong magnets on the back keep it securely in place.

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H – $7.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

This stacking bin can also be a good addition to your school locker to neatly stack up and maximize the space. You can put small items here like your pens and scissors, erasers or other trinkets you may use for school.

 

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue – $2.73, Free shipping – Available at Global Industrial


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Essential Tips for Keeping Your Home Office Organised

Photo credit: urumix.com

Photo credit: urumix.com

If you work from home, is your home office space organised or does it look like a chaotic mess? Does everything have a place where it can be tidied away, or do you have piles of papers, files and books all over every surface?

Many people who work from home don’t realise the importance of creating an organisation system for their home office. Working in a messy and cluttered office can really decrease your productivity and can cause you to waste a lot of time looking for things. Also, a disorganised office can allow other areas of life to sneak in so that you are distracted from your work tasks. In order to stop the clutter from draining your energy and productivity, it is important to create a system for keeping your home office organised.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for organising your office:

Get Rid of Those Piles of Papers

One of the first steps to organising your home office space is to eliminate all of those piles of papers on your desk and other surfaces. You might not have even noticed those piles accumulating over time – they simply build up whenever you place something on top of the pile rather than filing it away.

If the papers are important files, it can be helpful to invest in a storage solution such a filing cabinet for your home office. You can even order a filing cabinet online from websites such as John Lewis. Set up your filing cabinet so that you have a system for files, with different sections such as business receipts, tax documents, invoices, client information, etc.

Take each pile of papers and sort through it carefully one by one. If the document is important and needs to be stored, you can place it in your filing cabinet. If it is not necessary to keep it, the document should be shredded or recycled.

Now, when more documents come through your office in the future you can immediately file them where they belong or get rid of them, as there is no need to let a pile build up again on your desk.

Keep Essential Items Handy

Think about the items that you use on a daily basis and keep them within close reach in and on your desk. For example, this might include note pads, pencils, pens, your phone, etc. Whenever you need to grab these items, they will be within close reach. They don’t need to all be on the surface of your desk, as this will not leave a lot of room for working – they could also be in a top drawer at the front of your desk.

Also, you should think about the positioning of the equipment that you use. For example, if you use your printer daily – it should be within easy reach. If you don’t use it that often, it can be tucked out of the way. If you rarely ever use your scanner, it can be placed in the closet and taken out when you need it. When you are arranging your computer and your hardware, you should pay attention to where the drives, cords and trays are placed – so that they don’t clutter up the desk surface or get in the way of your leg room.

Remove All Non-Work Distractions

When you are organising your home office, it is also important to remove any distraction that is not related to your work. If you have forms that you need to fill out for your child’s school sitting on your desk or a domestic to-do list staring you in the face, it will be difficult to focus on work. There should be a clear boundary in your office where your home life ends and your work begins, or it will forever be distracting you from the task at hand.

These are just a few tips that will help you to keep your home office more organised – so that you can work in a neat and tidy environment free of any distractions.

About the author

Tia Jordan is a home décor consultant, blogger and mother of two. She likes to write about clever tips that can make your home more beautiful and functional.

 

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