Cheap Organizational Tips for Your Home
Small living spaces can be a real energy sapper when you have a lot of things you aren’t willing to get rid of. It doesn’t make you hoarder; some things are just useful and important to you.
Instead of causing clutter by stashing those items away in closets, under your bed or in cabinets never to be seen again until you move, get crafty and get organized with some cheap and easy organization tips. Most of the tips will use things you have around your home right now or will suggest items you can pick up from a supply store or home decorating shop for under $50.
The bedroom is one of the easiest rooms to organize. Besides making up your bed and putting your shoes and clothes in closets, all that’s left are your dresser tops, draws and bedside tables. If you’ve got a lot of underwear and socks that your drawers can’t hold anymore, purchase a clear shoe organizer like an over the door shoe organizer ($13.29) from Amazon and store your undergarments in the pouches. Simply hang the unit over the back of your closet door. To organize inside your drawers, re-purpose old shoe boxes and use them as dividers in your drawers. You can also glue two of your shoe boxes together and use them as fragrance and jewelry containers. To jazz them up, purchase half a yard of your favorite fabric and glue it to the outside of the boxes and even inside for a chic effect. If you’re tired of your sunglass cases taking up needed space on your dresser tables, hang a wooden hanger near your dresser and drape your glasses over the bottom of the hanger. All of your sunglasses will be at a safe distance and will free up extra table space.
The closet is a place that everything you are not using at the moment tends to up in. Here are a few tips that will leave your closets looking so great, you’ll show them off to guests. Use Christmas gift ribbons to tie your sheets and pillowcases together. Having them tide together will add more space to your linen closet and will cut down on the time needed to find them if they are separated. Keep cleaning supplies in plastic storage bins. It will save space and keep everything in one place. Plus, the storage bins will help you keep products away from young children. For your closets in your bedroom, purchase a collapsible shelf like this hanging closet organizer ($19.99) from Bed Bath & Beyond. For your scarves that are bulky or thin, use shower rings to hold them in place. Remove the bottom of a wooden hanger and slip it through the rings then snap it back in place.
I spend a lot of time in my kitchen, so it’s become the most organized place in my home. If you often shop in the bulk section of your local market, invest in Mason Jars. These handy jars are perfect for storing bulk-bought items like nuts, cereals, dried fruit and more. Most major retailers carry Mason Jars but you can find them at Target for under $10. Ever thought about reusing your cereal box? Try this – remove the lids off an old cereal box and cut about three to four inches down from the top. You can cover them with funky gift wrapping paper that best fits your style. You can either sit the box on your counter or use magnetic clips to hang it on your fridge. Use this to store recipes, menus or even to-do lists. Also, if your plastic containers could use a little organizing, use old CD and DVD racks to keep the lids and containers organized.
The bathroom is considered a haven for many of us. It’s a place where we go to relax and pamper ourselves, so it’s important that it’s appealing and welcoming. To do this, add shelves to the walls but instead of right-side up, install them upside down. Doing this will create natural dividers you can use to separate towels, hair products, toiletries or whatever else you like to keep in arms reach in your bathroom. If you’d like to keep your towels separate from everything else, nail small wicker baskets to the wall and use them as towel shelves. You can fold the towels and place them in the basket or roll them to save space and give your bathroom a unique look.
The Living Room
The living room is the place where you welcome and seat your guests and is the first place they see when they come to visit. To get those magazines and newspapers off of the side tables, roll them and place them in wine racks. This wall mounted wine rack ($25.95) from Walmart is perfect for this. Speaking of wine, if you don’t have space for a Wine rack for your growing collection of spirits, create a makeshift bar by installing two shelves to your wall, one above the other. Use the top shelf to store your wine and the bottom to hold your glasses, corkscrew and other supplies.
These are just a few examples of how you can organize small spaces in your home and make it look spacious. Organizing your home doesn’t have to be expensive. The most important thing to remember is to get creative and use things around your home that can be re-purposed.