We’re a little over half-way through January now – how are you coming on your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you even make any? If so, do any of them involve home organization? If you need a little inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!
When Fay from Label-Land contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in publishing her article on creative home organizing tips, all I needed was a quick glance to know that YES, I was definitely interested! Because this is the time of year when everyone is talking about organization. The problem is, you hear the same thing over and over again. And the following, my friends, are not the same ideas you’ve already heard this year!
So, without further ado, may I present…
5 Creative Home Organizing Tips
Skip the plain storage solutions, and instead opt for some creative alternatives when you are tackling your next organizational project. Good organization should look attractive while meeting your personal needs.
#1: Pack Your Bags
Don’t donate those old suitcases, they provide the perfect place to store a multitude of household items. Whether they’re plain, cloth-sided affairs, or cool vintage hard-sided varieties, you can repurpose them into storage or furniture.
- Store your extra bedding or off-season clothing inside the suitcases. They slide easily under the bed, while keeping everything fresh and dust-free.
- Use vintage vanity cases or small suitcases to organize items in the bathroom. They look pretty when stacked in a corner or on the counter.
- Turn a cool hard-sided suitcase into a coffee table. Screw on a couple of furniture legs – securing them with a washer and nut on the inside of the case – for an instant table that also provides storage.
- Don’t like the color of that old hard-sided suitcase? Try repainting it or covering it with decoupage so it matches your décor. Decorative contact paper is another quick fixer-upper.
#2: Best Foot Forward
Shoe boxes have long been saved and regulated to closet storage, but the cardboard variety is ugly and eventually falls apart. Covering the cardboard boxes with decorative contact paper or fabric makes them more attractive, but isn’t a perfect fix. Plastic shoe storage boxes serve the same purpose, but they are more attractive and they come in a consistent size that’s better suited for stacking.
You can use the boxes to store just about anything, but they are especially well-suited for storing cleaning supplies, toiletries and kitchen items because they catch any drips or leaks. You can keep similar items together and label each box, so you can quickly find what you are looking for. Need to clean the bathroom? How handy it is when all your bathroom cleaning supplies are kept neatly together in one box?
#3: Walk the Wire
Some things just store better when they are hanging up, but finding the best hanging storage solution that looks good can be difficult. Why not create your own?
For jewelry, ties, and belts, frame a piece of chicken wire in a pretty frame. You can loop the items through the wire opening or secure them with small decorative clothespins or binder clips. This also works well for keeping track of those lost socks in the laundry room – the partner will eventually show up.
For a more streamlined approach to belts and ties, stain or paint a 1-by-4 inch board in the desired color. Mount a heavy gauge wire tautly across the board. You can hang the board where ever you desire, and simply drape your ties over the wire. Use a galvanized wire so it doesn’t rust and cause stains.
#4: Be Label Conscience
Properly labeling your items is the best way to keep them organized. Labeling doesn’t have to look childish or institutionalized. Skip the boring label gun or the messy stickers. Instead, opt for a more sophisticated look. If you change your labels often, invest in some chalkboard paint in the color of your choice. Paint a decorative label design on all your storage containers. You can then label them with chalk, changing it as needed.
For a permanent labeling solution, go for decorative vinyl stickers that feature attractive embellishments or scrollwork. If your storage containers are glass, you can etch them permanently.
#5: Tackle the Kitchen Dilemma
Large pots can take up a lot of space, creating an organization nightmare. Instead of trying to stack them in a cabinet, hang them up. No need for an expensive pot rack. Reuse an old grill grate or metal headboard to create a personalized pot rack. Even old wooden crib sides work well. You can hang the grate overhead or place it on the wall. Simply use S-hooks to hold the pots and pans.
Creative organization allows you to work it into your home’s décor. Not only is everything easier to find, your home looks and feels more welcoming.
Thanks so much, Fay! (Don’t you just LOVE that wire idea, especially?!) I hope you got some CREATIVE inspiration from this post! Can any of these ideas help you out around your home?
On a different note, especially in light of some current events around America, may I remind everyone that today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? Why not take a moment to do something kind today for someone else, in his honor?
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