Who else dreads knowing someone is stopping by when your place is a mess? It doesn’t take Mario Kondo telling you a quick tidying-up is in order.
Tidiness and organization mean two different things, though. What’s organized to someone single is different than that of a couple living together. It makes you wonder if those quirky organization hacks are practical at all!
If you’ve spent any time on mom blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook then you know what we’re talking about. So, what’s the best way to get your place together so you’re not embarrassed by how you live?
Keep reading and learn 10 home hacks to give everything a proper place.
Decluttering 101: Do These First to Make Organizing a Cinch
There’s no point in organizing if you’re stuffing things in other places. Shifting items from one room to another still means you’re smothered. And, putting things “out of sight and out of mind” isn’t an option!
Do these three things before the organization hacks:
- Make a plan
- Declutter the space
- Change your lifestyle
Follow these steps and you’ll make the most of your organization efforts.
You’ll notice in hoarding or tidying shows that people have a hard time parting with stuff. The organization is as much a mental game as it is removing items.
Here’s what you do:
- Set a goal (eg. clean/organize one room)
- Set a date (eg. before the move)
- Set a strategy (eg. anything worn out goes)
A concrete goal, date, and strategy make it hard to back out on the decision.
Decluttering can happen a few ways:
- Sorting items into a keep, donate, and trash pile
- Inquiring more info about professional cleanup services
- Tracking what is and isn’t used and slow removing items
Pick whatever decluttering method works for you and spend time doing it.
You need to reassess your consumer habits if you want to avoid becoming overwhelmed by stuff. It comes down to ending “retail therapy” and getting the most from what you own. Your goal is to stop lifestyle creep before your home is overrun with stuff you don’t remember buying.
Let’s get to the hacks given you completed (or at least planned) these steps.
The Organization Hacks: 10 Household Organizing Ideas to Bring Order to the Chaos
Ready to give everything a place? Do these things.
Magnetic strips are inexpensive and versatile for hanging items in discreet locations. The strips are available at most retail stores and hobby shops for $5 to $10 per package. Some include a sticky side you’ll find great for the project.
What can you do? Try applying the magnetic strips to:
- Small knick-knacks
- Major jars and storage
- Electronics’ cables
Add a strip of metal to the underside of a desk or end table. Or, run a metal strip across a free area of a wall. Then, stick items and storage so it’s off busy surfaces.
2. Clear Boxed Pantry
Pantries become a mess if you’re not doing the first-in, last-out swap. Before long, your pantry is overrun with cans, boxes, and other goodies.
What can you do?
- Pull all items out of the pantry
- Check the dates, toss what’s spoiled
- Organize by meal, food, or flavor type
- Place goods into clear boxes
- Slide boxes back onto pantry shelves
This organization system compartmentalizes food. You’ll never second guess if items are available nor will you waste money rebuying stuff you have.
3. Maximize Tiny Closets
There are several ways to make the most of your tiny closet:
- Install a collapsable rod for hangable items
- Use chains and S-hooks to stack hung clothing
- Attach curtain rods to the back of the door for added space
4. DIY Crevice Organizer
That small crevice between the fridge and cabinets and counters? That’s prime real estate for all kinds of kitchen goodies!
What you’ll need:
- 4 x 1×4’s
- 1 large ply
- 4 small wheels
Measure, cut, and frame a shallow box using the supplies. Then, attach the ply to its side and wheels to its bottom. Turn it on its side and voila! You have a vertical, crevice organizer!
5. Quirky Cork Boards
You can cut down cork boards and mount them around the home:
- Behind a cupboard door
- On the sink’s backsplash
- Next to the front/back door
Use push pins to hang items like measuring cups, keys, and even small clothing.
6. Make Use of Low Lying Spaces
The gap under end tables, dressers, and coffee tables? These are great places to place a few items given they stay organized. You can keep them tidy by upcycling a picture frame so it slides in/out without trouble!
7. The Tube Hack
Your cable box is likely a jumbled mess — fix it:
- Toss out what you don’t need
- Save empty toilet roll tubes or paper towel tubes
- Fold and place cords inside the tubes
Now you’ve got an easy way to organize cables without getting tangled!
8. Repurpose Office Organizers
Office organizers may not look as good as home organizers but you can touch them up if you’re feeling crafty!
- Magazine organizers to hold canned goods
- Desk trays to stack plates/pans
- Mounted folder organizers for the closet
You can save even more by shopping for these items at office closeout stores.
9. Upgrade the Headboard
Max out the space above beds by swapping side tables for single-file shelving. Then, run a board across the top. The board and shelving both add quite a lot of extra storage space in your rooms.
10. Convert the Bed Frame
You’re taking up a lot of space with the bed’s frame and base.
- Measure the bed from floor to mattress
- Build a wooden frame to the specifics
- Swap the metal frame and base for the new base
- Add boxes on each layer for double the storage
This project would condense your bedroom into what was once waste space!
Fewer Things Makes a More You
Doing organization hacks is more than putting things away.
The organization gives more time to do the things you love and more time with those who matter. This is what Marie Kondo means when she talks about the “life-changing” benefits of tidying up. You should find balance in organizing what’s worth keeping and what you can do without.
How else can you make the most of your space and day-to-day? Why not check out our lifestyle section for more, great ideas!