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.
I’ve been working on a few details around my home that needed some attention, and all of them were storage related. So I thought it was pretty funny when Sofia Lewis sent me a guest post to share with all of you called Clever Storage Solutions at Home. I thought it was even funnier when I read it and realized that everything she was talking about was everything I had just done, ha! So, without further ado, here’s Sofia:
Having more free space at home is becoming a highly valued commodity. It should come as no surprise either – people have different hobbies, interests and daily routines that require a ton of things they need to find storage solutions for. Thankfully, the market offers a nice set of options to help in the search for more space at home. You can now pick whatever works best for you and it can be fairly easy to implement, too. A lot of the storage solutions can be transformed into do-it-yourself projects around the house, and with enough time and vision, you can turn your home into a real storage unit.
Let’s look at few options that can help you on your quest of finding more storage space.
- Drawer organizers and dividers – if you have enough drawers you may think you have enough space, but chances are that if your drawers are just filled without order, they will soon be overflowing. You will soon find out that you are left with too much stuff and no place in your drawers. To maximize their potential, you should consider using drawer organizers and dividers. These are a smart solution to help you utilize the space in your drawers to the maximum. Your tools, kitchen accessories or whatever else you put inside will be in order and thus you can fill more.
So, I’ve seen a few of my northern friends posting pictures of snow already. SNOW. Really?! WOW! I am having a hard time believing that, but pictures don’t lie!
While it’s not “technically” winter yet, while chatting with one of my lovely guest-bloggers, Sofia Lewis, she suggested a post on Winter Home Organizing. We decided we might as well get a jump on it, since it will be here before we know it, right? Let’s see what Sofia has to say about organizing your home during the winter!
There are many ways to keep things orderly during any season, but winter makes organization much more important due to a number of factors, chief among those being the fact that we will often stay indoors for extended periods of time. To keep things well-organized, we will need to focus on a few things, such as the following:
- A good way of handling your sewing supplies is to have a sturdy, three-ring-binder repair kit. This will help you find things when you need to do a project or some quick fixes on your clothes. You can also add some zipper pouches and a needle holder for additional supplies.
- Something else worth doing is coming up with a useful smart calendar for the rest of the year, so you will never forget your schedule. You can use sticky notes to move appointments on it, unless of course you prefer an electronic solution instead.
- Winter is a great season for charity and helping those less fortunate. Since it will be quite cold outside, why don’t you find a way to give older clothes to people who need them through a local charity, thrift store or something else? Another thing you can do is take some of your books you will likely never read, donating them to your local library as a great gift for the winter season.
- You can also discard your expired prescription medicines and cosmetics to free up some space in your medicine cabinet. Use a cut piece of galvanized steel and glue it with construction adhesive to the inner side of the cabinet. You can use it to hold magnetic hooks for your scissors and other cosmetic supplies, as well as plastic cups for smaller object such as hair clips, rubber bands and other necessities.
- You can also reorganize your hall closet by adding a row of shelves under the jackets. Install them near the base of the closet and you will never have to dig through things to find what you need. The lower shelves can also be used for shoes and a number of other items such as toys or similar objects. Make sure you leave enough space between the shelves and the frame for your umbrellas or other things.
- You can really make your place more welcoming by upgrading your already existing shelves. Floating bookshelves are a great addition to any home, especially if you cover them with wallpaper. Measure the shelves, cut the wallpaper to a slightly longer length and use wallpaper paste to affix it to the shelf, working one at a time. Cut slits into the paper at the ends and use the flaps to make it flawless and ready for use.
Well, I don’t know about you, but now I have some project ideas for the winter months! I love Sofia’s idea for organizing sewing supplies, and she’s right, it’s a great time to donate clothes to those in need, as well!
What organizing projects do YOU do during the winter?
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It’s the age-old question of kitchen masters everywhere: how can I best organize my spices?
While this answer is probably different for each cook, baker and/or kitchen, I knew I needed to get a bit of a handle on mine! Here’s how I had them stored in my pantry:
Not too bad, in the grand scheme of things. (Note: I have a countertop spice rack, as well, but these are all my extra ones!)
But when I took a look at this I realized how much space they were taking up in my pantry. And I’m all about using extra space creatively to store things in, so I got to looking my pantry over. Have you seen my pantry? Take a look: