Posts Tagged ‘home organization’

Organizing Your Closet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Tips

2887766_SYour husband has his man cave and the garage. You have the kitchen and your CLOSET. While some of us have the means to compete with Khloe Khardashian’s huge closet in her beautiful home, some of us don’t. To maximize closet space and find what you need in a hurry, here a few tips for closet organization.

Are you a folder? If so hang ventilated shelves for stacking clothes. This will help prevent mold, mildew and pests.

Group like with like – sweaters with sweaters. Remember that like size items stack more easily and neatly. Put clothes you wear the most in the center of the shelves.

If you have room, add drawers below eye level. Use baskets within the drawers to keep items organized.

As far as hanging goes, divide your clothes into categories and separate by hanging tags. Put all short-sleeved blouses together, then follow those with long sleeve blouses, get the idea? You get bonus points if you organize by color within the category – light to dark hues.

If shoes flood your closet floor, develop a smart strategy for storing them. Keep the shoes you wear all the time accessible on shelves if you have room. Store seasonal and special-occasion shoes in easy-to-see clear plastic boxes on the top shelf of your closet. Or simply reuse the original box and attach a picture of the shoes to the front.

Make sure your closet has good lighting. You can easily install lighting if need be. If you have a window in your closet be sure to add a shade as exposure to sunlight can fade clothes.

If your closet is also your dressing area install a floor length mirror on the back of the door.

To be super efficient you can install an ironing cabinet in your closet so that you can iron your clothes in a jiffy. Yes, this really exists.

Still have a few items that need a place? Pocket shoe holders can be used for more than shoes. Use them for socks, lingerie, leggings or jewelry.

Now, while your husband enjoys his man cave you can enjoy your beautifully organized closet.

Invasion of the Toys

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice

6353050_SAnyone who has ever stepped barefoot on a Lego can tell you that toys can be painful. Keeping toys organized and up off the floor is a daily battle between you, the kids, and the toys. Sometimes it seems like the toys are winning. If you feel like your house has been invaded by toys set on taking over, you are not alone.

Kids’ bedrooms, family rooms, living rooms, stairs and bathrooms all seem to be prime gathering places for toys and small toy parts.  Somehow if you have hardwood or tile floors, the toys seem to scoot across the floors to be found in the most unlikely places like behind the bookcase or wedge in the far corner underneath the sofa, far from the reach of little arms.

Corralling toys can protect feet and make it safe to walk around your house in socks or bare feet again.  Having strategic storage throughout the house is a good idea. Bins, bags and boxes are great for keeping toys off the floor.  Storage ottomans and benches can double as toy bins and still be nice enough for company.

Now the toys just need to find their way into the storage. It would be nice if they could magically put themselves away at the end of the day, but unfortunately this isn’t going to happen. Giving points for being tidy and picking up after themselves can be a good way to instill neatness and organization. There is also bribery if all else fails.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hints and Advice, Kitchen and Bath, Tips

13705181_SFresh flowers are a wonderful touch in any room in the home.  They can add a beautiful fragrance to a room as well as color and pattern.  A small bunch of flowers in the powder room or next to the bed in the guest room is a wonderful way to welcome guests.  Little touches like fresh flowers can add a lovely accent for not a lot of money. Here are some of our other favorite little touches:

  • For the bathroom, put lotions, q-tips, cotton balls, and extra bars of soap in glass jars.  Display these on a shelf or on the counter. It will make your bathroom feel less cluttered to have a uniform look to the storage.
  • For the kitchen, organize flours and pastas into glass or ceramic storage containers. You can keep these on the counter or shelf, if you have room, or in the pantry cupboard.  Use fruits and fresh vegetables in a bowl on the counter to add a pop of color to the room.
  • By the front door, or kitchen door, place a tray for boots and wet umbrellas. This will save your floors from moisture and dirt.  This way guests will know to remove their wet shoes and boots rather than track mud and water through the house.
  • If you are having guests over, place a few snacks on the kitchen island or coffee table for them to munch on when they arrive. A pitcher of ice water and glasses on the counter invites them to serve themselves if they are thirsty.

Your Own Office Supply Store

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Tips

78329045Do you find yourself running out of basic supplies such as staples or pens? Have you had to stop working in the middle of a project because your ink-jet printer ran out of magenta? Well, how about setting up your own personal office supply center at home?

Start with adding shelves to an extra closet or purchase a two-door cabinet like the one in this photo. This will provide plenty of space to hold office supplies for almost any home-based business.

With a cabinet such as this one, it’s best to find a location with smooth hard flooring such as wood, laminate or vinyl. Plan to use a level and shims to make sure it’s set up evenly from every direction, so that the doors stay open and closed as needed and that it will stay stable even when holding heavy supplies.

To determine what you need to store, start with what you use every day such as paper, pens, and an extra set of printer cartridges. Include one or two extra batteries for any regularly used tools such as a calculator or label maker.  You don’t have to break the bank and get all of the supplies right this second.  You can build up your supplies and just purchase extras when it’s most convenient for you or if there’s a great sale going on.

Do you have certain supplies that cost less when bought in bulk? Paper, for example, is less expensive when bought by the case. Also consider those special supplies that take time to receive after you order them such as letterhead or business cards.

With a day or so to set it up, you can save yourself countless trips to the office supply store. Place a notepad on the inside of the door to make a list of items you need to replace, and reduce your shopping trips to once a month or fewer.

Do Something Nice for Dad

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Family, Hints and Advice, Holidays

Since we are fast approaching Father’s Day weekend, why don’t you do something special for Dad. After all, he doesn’t need another tie. Instead why don’t you organize the garage for him?

Garages were created for cars, but people park a lot of other stuff there as well. Garden shovels, sports gear, pet supplies and anything else you don’t know where else to put. The catchall can quickly turn into a dumping ground, which is why organization is essential in any garage.

1. Climb the Walls

The first step toward creating a clutter-free garage is getting as many items as possible off the floor. Wall-mounted track systems are a big asset.

2. Systematize Storage

Think logically about what goes where on the track system. For example, in the summer, a beach chair will get more use than a snow shovel, so it hangs up front.

3. Revive Dead Space

Rather than ignore the narrow strip of wall between the garage doors, turn into a mini auto-care station. Two wall-mounted wire baskets contain assorted engine fluids, as well as a sponge, a squeegee, and other car-cleaning essentials. One of the metal receptacles is for trash from road trips, while the other will hold rock salt for icy mornings come winter.

Don’t forget to perk up the workshop part of the garage as well. This is the time to be sure it is equipped with sufficient electrical outlets for power tools and good lighting for doing projects:

1. Seeing Clearly

Add a new overhead cage fixture to illuminate the work area. Use an industrial lamp with an adjustable arm to deliver targeted task lighting.

2. Multiplying the Options

A wall-mounted track system adds three tiers of shelving for paint supplies. Folding sawhorses on the two bottom hooks open easily when duty calls.

3. Hanging Up Hand Tools

Peg-Board is practically synonymous with organizing.

4. Moving Around

A portable metal toolbox can be used at the workbench or rolled over to the automobiles when mechanical repairs are needed.

And viola – Dad now has a clean, organized and efficient garage. He’ll love it!

Organizing Your Home in the New Year

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Hints and Advice

The holidays are over and now it’s back to the daily grind. After the chaos of houseguests, parties and shopping have you overlooked dealing with basic housekeeping and clutter that has accumulated over the past month? Remember everything you shoved into a laundry basket and hid from view? You promised yourself you would deal with that in the New Year. Now is the time, my friend! Let’s get organized.

Don’t try to organize the entire house in one day. Instead focus on the rooms that need it the most. For right now let’s talk about your garage, home office and your closets.

Closets

If you haven’t worn something in a year get rid of it. Have a box or bag ready for charity as you go through your clothes, or host a clothes swamp party with girlfriends. Your cast off may be another’s treasure.

Group clothes together by color – now you won’t have to spend hours looking for that one white blouse. Consider grouping clothes together by season as well. Store seasonal items in garment bags and boxes that can be keep under the bed or in the guest bedroom closet if you are short on space.

Home Office

Only keep items on your desk that you use everyday. Put everything else in a storage closet or filing cabinet. Sort through mail daily and immediately toss or recycle junk mail. Deal with bills and other correspondence right away. Don’t make a pile to deal with later, these tasks just add up. Shred anything that you don’t need and file everything else. Remember we want to avoid all kinds of piles – file piles, bill piles, documents to shred pile. You get the drift.

Garage

Invest in wall panels with hooks and baskets. Your goal here is to keep the floor of the garage as uncluttered as possible. Hang garden tools, bicycles, ladders and sports equipment. Buckets are another good organizational tools for the garage. Have one bucket for paintbrushes and rollers, one for rags, and sponges and car care products.

By taking time to focus on these three areas you can quickly and easily keep your home as organized as possible. After all it is much less stressful to arrive to an organized home than one that is chaotic and cluttered.