OK, 2018. This is it. This is going to be THE year. This year we are finally going to get our home organized. Yes, it feels daunting. And if you’re also looking around your home, taking inventory of all the horizontal surfaces piled dangerously high with papers and bags and books and boxes and toys and STUFF, it might seem impossible.
Fear not! We have scoured the Internet for a handful of our favorite tips and ideas to help give you some direction.
15 Organizing Tricks for Inside Your Most Clutter-Prone Spots: This list, from One Kings Lane, focuses on closets, kitchens and bathrooms. Our favorite tips are:
Inside the Linen Closet — Keep Sets Together: “Tuck your folded flat and fitted sheets inside the matching pillowcases before storing, and tie up towel sets, stacked largest to smallest, with a bit of ribbon. These small steps take almost no extra time but will certainly pay off in time saved.”
Inside the Kitchen Pantry — Try Using Trays: “One easy technique for organizing pantry shelves is to use trays to corral items used together, such as baking supplies, or extra oils and vinegars that aren’t used every day. This way you can pull the tray out entirely or just inch it out a bit to grab something from the back.”
Top 10 Organizing Tips You Need to Try: HGTV viewers shared some of their favorite tips in this list. We’re particularly fond of:
T is for Toaster: “’Use an A-Z accordion file for storing instruction booklets for appliances and electronics. Staple the receipt to the inside of the booklet and then file it under the letter of the alphabet it fits. Example: toaster goes under T and not under the brand name. This system makes it possible for anyone in the household to find instruction booklets without having to ask or search the entire house since they're all stored in one location.’ —Beth Butler”
It's in the Bag: “’Store plastic grocery bags in an empty tissue box.’ —Marsha J. Robinson”
30 Quick and Easy Spring Cleaning Tips for Every Room In Your House: Woman’s Day has all kinds of tips we never thought of, such as:
Slide 3. Do dishwasher duty: “‘During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria,’ says Laura Dellutri. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.”
Slide 11. Tame the toilet: “Drop a teaspoon of Tang Drink Mix in the bowl. The citric acid acts like a scrubber … and it’s nontoxic, in case the dog takes a sip. Let it sit for a few minutes, then swish and flush.”
Slide 23. Time it: “If you actually time how long it takes to do certain chores you won’t mind them … (b)elive it or not, most chores only take 10 minutes.”
58 Best Organizing Tips And Ideas From 24 Top Professional Organizers: There’s so much good, useful advice in this list from makespace.com. Some of our favorites are:
10. Take baby steps for your organizing goals: “If it gets overwhelming, you will lose interest and momentum. A little bit every day, but continuity is key. Organizing is not an end destination, it’s a process of acquiring skills, applying them, and being committed to being organized every day.”
33. Think of your desk as a command center: “All of the items that you need to do your job must be in arm’s reach when you are sitting at your desk. The tools that you keep in this space should be customized so that they support your daily activities and tasks. By doing this, you will be much more effective and more productive.”
43. Keep a trash bin as close to the mailbox as possible: “The vast majority of the mail you receive will be junk. Throw it away [or recycle!] before it clutters your main living space.”
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for getting (and staying!) organized? Share in the comments below!