Quick Organizing Tips
The Children’s Place:
- Have bins and boxes on lower shelves so that a child can put away the toys. Have the child label the bins and boxes.
- Provide low hooks to hang up sweaters, pajamas, jackets, book bags, etc.
- Take children with you when you go to donate unused items. This helps them learn to part with things and teaches them the gift of giving.
- Encourage your child/teenager to choose their outfits for the next day before they go to bed at night.
Make the Garage & Storage Work for You:
- Determine how you wish to use the space. Is it a workshop? Is it a storage center? Is it a sporting goods center? Is it both? Stick to the floor plan.
- Get rid of things that don't work!
- Sort, purge, and then decide the proper storage containers or fixtures for the treasures that you must keep. Clearly label both the tops and the sides of the containers.
- Consider floor-to-ceiling possibilities for shelving, racks, stackable drawers, hooks, and pegboards.
Love Your Closets:
- Go through your closet today and ask yourself these three questions: Does it fit? Do I like it? Will I wear it? If there is a “NO” as the answer to anyone of the above questions, you probably don’t need that item in your closet.
- If you haven’t worn a clothing item in a year or more, it might be time for it to go into the donation pile; unless it is a seasonal item and you didn’t wear it because the weather was appropriate. Clothes don’t get better with age!
- Decide what you want at your fingertips and what can be hidden away in containers under the bed, on top shelves, or in drawers.
- The closet should be bright and inviting. You should be able to see what you have in your closet. Consider installing good lighting.
- Hang like items together—group shirts together, pants together, dresses, etc.
Customize Your Kitchen:
- Things that work together should be stored together, such as baking pans, electrical appliances, plastic containers (with lids), pots and pans, and large platters and bowls.
- Drawer dividers are a good way to keep utensils in order.
- Rotate food staples out of your pantry. Create menus to use up dated canned goods.
- Feel the flow of activity in your kitchen. Place glasses near the sink or the refrigerator. Put snacks in a convenient drawer or cupboard.
A List of Products that I Love & Recommend
I like this organization system for the garage because when space is at a premium and you want to get your car in the garage, vertical is the way to go. The Fast Track System can get everything off the floor of the garage and up on the wall. There are a variety of products in this system that can fit everyone’s needs.
To you have paper clutter? If you do, you need a file cabinet large enough to accommodate the paper you Need to keep and hanging file folders to get the papers organized.
A label maker is the perfect thing for those final touches of organization. Label your files, spices, craft boxes, crayon bucket, lunch box and much, much more!
Are you having a party and you don’t have enough trash cans. Try these easy to use Pop Up trash bins and/or recycle bins. Pop them up, use them and throw them away!
These are my favorite trash bags when you have a big clean-up job to do. They are big and they are tough! Use them in the yard or to stuff full of all the things you need to purge from your house.
If you wished for more space in your closet to hang up clothes, these Slim-Line Hangers are exactly what you need. These hangers will keep your clothes from slipping and can help you gain up to 50% more space in your closet. You can certainly order the hangers on line but they also carry them at Bed, Bath & Beyond. If you go to your local Bed, Bath & Beyond, don’t forget your 20% off coupon.