7 Home Organization Tips for the New Year
There’s a reason that January is National Organization Month. When our homes are clean, de-cluttered, and organized, we feel more in control of our lives, ready to start the new year on a positive, ultra-productive note.
Here are some quick and easy home-organizing ideas for 7 different rooms in your home:
Catch clutter (and dirt, leaves, and snow) at the door, before they get all the way into your home.
Provide a coir doormat on either side (or both sides) of the door to encourage family members and houseguests to wipe their feet thoroughly before crossing the threshold.
The key to good organization in the kitchen is efficient storage. When everything is in its place and you can find it easily, you’re more likely to want to spend time cooking!
Maximize fridge space with an Adjustable Refrigerator Drawer that installs easily under an existing shelf. Always keep leftovers in sight with clear storage containers. Keep counters organized with a Utensil Caddy and Instant Stovetop Shelves that take advantage of an under-utilized surface.
In the pantry, do a quick inventory of food items, getting rid of anything that’s expired. Create extra space by donating any equipment, tools, and serving dishes that you know you’ll never use again.
Then, organize the things you’re keeping, grouping like items together. Use Perfect Pantry Organizer Sets and Clear Storage Containers to ensure you can see everything clearly. When food items are “out of sight, out of mind,” you just lose track of what you have, and then you end up with another batch of expired items to toss.
The linen closet and bedroom closets are, by their very nature, storage places, and no one sees them until you open the doors. But that doesn’t mean they should so be messy and cluttered that you can’t find what you’re looking for.
In the linen closet, Shelf Dividers keep towels neatly folded and ready for use.
In bedroom closets, Hanging Closet Organizers can be suspended from the rod or over the door to help get clutter off the floor and in easy reach, while the matching bins corral items on the top shelf.
Studies have revealed that a cleaner, more organized bedroom can promote a better night’s sleep—really!
Keep clothes off the floor with a roomy hamper; we’ve even got one that allows you to pre-sort your clothes to save time on wash day.
Drawer Organizers help you find socks, undergarments, belts, and scarves easily (but even we don’t know what to do with those single socks we always seem to end up with).
Stash out-of-season clothing out of sight in an Underbed Storage Bag.
Whether you’re rushing around in the morning getting ready for your day, or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath in the evening, you definitely don’t have time for a cluttered bathroom!
The sleek and pretty Slim Storage Tower fits in nearly any space to hold towels, toiletries, makeup, and more. Place perfectly sized Seagrass Baskets on some of the shelves to hide spare rolls of toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
6. Living/family room
This is where the family relaxes and winds down at the end of the day, so there’s definitely no room for a mess.
Gather all your remote controls in one place with a Vintage-Inspired Remote Control Organizer that also has room for your reading glasses and phone, or a sleek leather-look organizer that comes in four designer colors.
Then settle in for family movie night—your favorite movies are always within reach when you store them these zippered Media Storage Bags that include convenient carry handles.
When you’re cleaning and organizing your entire home, your garage needs some love, too!
Start by sweeping out any dirt, leaves, and other gunk that have accumulated over the fall and winter.
Bikes in the way? Lift ‘em up and out of the way with a Garage Storage Bike Lift that can also be used for storing your kayak or ladder.