Clutter is an annoying but sometimes inevitable part of life. Whether that clutter is due to having more stuff than we know what to do with or a super busy lifestyle that makes it hard to devote tons of time to organization doesn’t necessarily matter. Taking on the challenge of getting and keeping your home organized can be pretty daunting, with all of those rooms and all of that junk that you totally might need one day, achieving optimum organization may seem like a pipe dream. Luckily, there are tons of great little tricks and hacks that you can employ to ensure that your home stays full of life and free of clutter, here are a few of our favorites.
1. Designate A Place For All School/Craft Supplies
If you have school-aged children, keeping track of their never-ending gaggle of school supplies can get ridiculous. Pencils, notebooks, and everything in-between can go from backpacks, to bedrooms, to couch cushions in the blink of an eye. To combat the scattering of home-bound school supplies, set up an organized, designated area that can adequately house them. Portable drink carts are extremely affordable and great for storing supplies in a compact way that also fits in well with the overall decor of your home.
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2. Get Your Drawers Together
There’s nothing worse than a cluttered drawer; bathrooms, kitchens, you name it, any drawer that is overflowing with junk is probably making life harder for you. There are many methods you can utilize to keep your drawers organized. Numerous small dollar store bins can easily be placed inside the confines of regular sized drawers to separate and hold all kinds of items. You can also bunch items like markers, paperclips, and cords together to create more room in the space and keep your items from getting too messy.
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3. Turn Your Pantry Into A Sanctuary
If you are lucky enough to have a pantry in your home, it is only right that you treat it with the respect it deserves. A few storage bins, some careful labeling, and a little bit of hard work can turn your cluttered, messy pantry into an edible wonderland. Using clear containers for things like cereals and chips will help reduce the appearance of messy cardboard boxes, and separating as many items as possible within the larger bins will optimize organization.
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4. Give Your Mail A Home
If you still can’t fathom the concept of going completely paperless, odds are, you have tons of old mail lying around just waiting to be opened or thrown away. Junky credit card offers mix with important bills and documents in the worst ways possible and their constant presence on the kitchen counter is enough to drive anyone crazy. Even if they aren’t as chic and stylish as the ones pictured above, you should make it a habit to separate your mail by content into specific bins or baskets as soon as you get it. Try to keep your bins small to reduce the risk of unnecessary clutter and put your mail in a place where you definitely won’t forget about it, like on the fridge or next to the desk in your home office.
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5. Add Space To Your Cabinets
Our bathrooms are home to tons of products that need to be properly organized but all too often end up shoved haphazardly into cabinets, never to be seen again. Much like drawers, adding bins or baskets to the area underneath your sink can help you make the most of the small space. Filling it with towels and/or large hair and body supplies doesn’t tend to leave much space for anything else. Adding a few shallow caddies to the back of your cabinet doors is relatively inexpensive and can do wonders for helping keep your bathroom uglies confined in an organized way.
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6. Utilize Wall Space
Much like a traditional office, your home work space should be as organized as possible. Not just because cluttered desks are unsightly, but because disorganization in your office can lead to a decline in the quality of your work. Even if your space is crawling with kiddie toys and storage bins, it is important to have your desk as clutter-free as possible, which makes taking advantage of your wall space a great idea. With a few well-placed nails and some clipboards, all of those pesky-but-important papers and crucial reminders can find a home on the wall above or in front of you. Not only will you maximize your desk space, but you’ll have a super chic space as well.
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