10 Simple Tips to Organize Your Home

When organizing your home, it’s best to begin with small changes before working your way up to the larger projects. Here are 10 simple tips to put you on the road to home organization.

 

 

Let’s start in the kitchen

Tip 1: Utilize a flatware tray for kitchen utensils and put it inside a kitchen drawer. Each kitchen utensil will be kept separate and you can easily find the kitchen utensil you need in a matter of seconds.

Tip 2: In order to keep your kitchen looking neat and tidy, keep appliances close to an electrical outlet. Keep appliances that you use frequently close together to avoid the clutter of power cords across the countertop. For example, try to keep your microwave, toaster, and coffee maker all in one location. It’s most convenient and it cuts down on clutter.

Tip 3: Organize your favorite recipes in alphabetical order. There are two great ways to do this, you can do this by either utilizing a simple note card system inside a note card box, or, by using a binder with alphabetical separators.

Next, the living room

Tip 4: If you have a lot of films or TV series on DVD it’s best to have a storage unit to neatly store your collection. Go for the good quality unit like one made of wood. It will give the unit durability and a will look great in your living room. Plus it’s a much better value in the long run when compared to cheap plastic units.

The closet is one of the most notoriously difficult areas of the home to keep organized

Tip 5: As seasons change, so do your clothes. Instead of hanging seasonal clothes like winter coats in the closet until next year, buy a plastic lidded storage bin to place them in. Then store the bin away in the attic or a closet until next year. This will save you space in your closet and drastically cut down closet clutter.

Tip 6: Everybody has clothes in the back of their closet that they completely forgot they owned. To reduce clutter, you should really clean out your closet once every three months to purge clothes that you never wear. To help you, use MyClothingHelper. Not only will it identify those clothes you never wear, it will also encourage you to maximize more of your wardrobe. It can also keep track of what you wore and when you wore it. This will help you save money on dry-cleaning expenses, as you can maximize the times you wear each outfit between cleanings.

On to the office…

Tip 7: A simple and neat way to store pens and pencils is by using a coffee mug. It’s a cheap solution and it’s an easy way to add a some personality to your work space.

Tip 8: Keep all of those important documents like deeds, titles and tax papers in a fireproof protective box. For security, the box should be lockable and in order to save space may be kept under your bed.

Some final tips for general home organization

Tip 9: Regularly dispose of unwanted old magazines and newspapers to avoid a build up of clutter. Try storing magazines in a handled basket next to your sofa. But make sure to regularly review the basket and get rid of old issues.

Tip 10: For old or unwanted items that are still usable, consider donating them to charity. You make think you will use them again, but the reality is that most of the time you will never need it again. This is an easy way to free up much needed space and you’ll feel good doing it.

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Home Organizing Tips and Tricks

We’ve talked here before about closet clutter and how to maintain clothing order, but the closet is just one of many organizing challenges in your home. From neglected junk mail to old produce in the fridge, there are items in your house that can and should be thrown away. If you want to be organized, it’s important to know yourself. If you want your space to stay tidy, LifeOrganizers.com says you need to know if you’re an early bird or a night owl.

“Organizing your home or office does take some energy. That’s why knowing your peak energy level is so important. If you’re an early bird and your energy level is very high in the morning, that’s the best time for you to de-clutter. If you have more energy at night, organize during that time instead,” from Life Organizers list of 20 Little Known Organizing Secrets Used by Professional Organizers.

They also say to open mail over the recycling bin. “Don’t carry your mail over to your desk or table where it’s bound to pile up and take hours to go through later. Open it right over the recycling bin, and get rid of all unnecessary mail and inserts immediately.”

Over at Woman’s Day, professional organizer Kate Brown says, “If you don’t like labeling, find some other way to communicate your organizational system to yourself and your family, either by using translucent bins or by simply involving everyone in the purging process so they have a better idea of your goals.”

And when you’re finally ready to tackle the closet, trying hanging up a discard bag. “I keep a shopping bag with a handle in the front of my closet. Every time I try on a piece of clothing and then take it off again because it’s unflattering, doesn’t fit, is pulled, stained or out of style, I put it in the bag,” says Brynn Mannino in the Woman’s Day article 8 Secrets of Personal Organizers. By keeping track of what you wear, MyClothingHelper can help you identify those pieces of clothing that you never wear.

If you want to be more proactive about managing your wardrobe, try MyClothingHelper. By tracking clothing wear you’ll organize your closet, protect your clothes from harmful over-washing, save time and money, and you’ll become a smarter shopper.

For clothes and other items in your home that you no longer use but still have some life in them, scout out a local donation bin or find charities in your area that are accepting donations. Some organizations will even pickup your donated items directly from your home. The social enterprise, Zealous Good, is a Chicago based company that links donors to nonprofits for an easy and meaningful way to give back.

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Reducing the Cost of Clothing Care

clothing careWashing, dry-cleaning, and maintaining your clothes can be expensive. Consider just one aspect; the energy needed to power your washer, dryer, and hot water heater. According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the typical American household does nearly 400 loads of laundry per year, using about 40 gallons of water per load in a conventional washer. That’s about 16,000 gallons of water every year.

The good news is that we live in an innovative time for consumers who want to be cost and energy efficient. The CEC says washing machines on the market today can cut your energy use by as much as 70%.

Front-loading washing machines, previously seen almost exclusively in laundromats, are now available to the public and have proven to be a more energy efficient alternative to the traditional top-loading machine. Writing for About.com, blogger Mary Marlowe Leverette lays out the pros of using a front-loading machine:

“Front-loading machines typically use less water per load. A top loading washer uses three times as much water as front loaders, unless it is rated with the U.S. Department of Energy’s blue Energy Star rating. Both top and front-loading machines that have an Energy Star label use 30-percent less energy and 50-percent less water than other current models.”

Additionally, front-loading machines tumble clothes in an up and down motion that is similar to hand washing. Most top-loaders, however, cycle clothes in a circular motion causing more wear and tear and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your clothes.

If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably spent a lot of time, money, and thought building your wardrobe. It only makes sense that you should take steps to protect your investment. Using a front-loading washer is a great cost-conscious and earth-friendly way to preserve your clothing.

Another great way to protect your clothing investment is MyClothingHelper. Clothes are fragile. Constant washing and dry-cleaning will wear-out, misshape, and otherwise shorten the life of your clothes. MyClothingHelper prevents over-washing, helps to conserve energy, water, and extends the life of your clothes. Your clothes (and your wallet) will thank you.

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