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6 Tips for Organizing Your Home


 Tips for Organizing Your HomeWhat You'll Need
  • Throw away items you no longer want or need.
    Analyze what's left to determine how you'll use it.
    Measure your existing space to determine what will fit where.

Sort your stuff into three areas: "Keep," "Discard," and
"Don't Know." When you're finished, box up all the "Don't Know"stuff and put it away. If you haven't opened the "Don't Know" boxes in a year, you don't need whatever is in there.
Maybe you should get rid of it all.

Tools: Tape Measure
Materials: Moving


An organized kitchen can help you find everything you need quickly making you a more efficient chef.

  • Install roll-out bins for cleaning supplies.
  • Add tilt down sink front for sponges.
  • Get organizational draw inserts to separate silverware and small kitchen necessities.
  • Use wire shelving on top of the counter to keep spices, cooking oils, and other frequently used items close at hand.
  • Consider rotating shelves. They give you a quick glance at what's in your cupboards and are perfect for cereal, canned goods, and snacks.
  • Keep cookware within reach with a ceiling rack or install wire racks with hooks on the wall to hang pans, ladles
  • or teacups.
Tools: Drill/Driver, Flashlight, Screwdriver, Tape Measure

Organizing your laundry room can keep the room from looking messy and even cut down the time it takes to get your laundry clean and folded.

  • Get a hamper that has space for lights and darks and maybe even a built-in folding table.
  • Conserve space and maximize convenience with a hideaway ironing board.
  • Add a cabinet to keep cleaning products, sewing supplies, and household tools tucked away.
  • Make the most of your wall space above the washer and dryer by attaching wire shelving for clean, folded clothes.
  • Consider a garment rack to hang clothes fresh from the dryer. If your laundry room serves as a catchall for coats and sports equipment, install hooks, so there's a place for everything.
Tools: -Ladder - Extension, Drill/
Driver, Screwdriver, Tape Measure
Materials: Drywall
Screws, Shelving
So many clothes. So many ways to keep them neat and tidy.
  • Double your closet space by installing a second clothing bar.
  • Place shelving above the top bar to store bulky sweaters.
  • Hang a vertical canvas shoe organizer or wood cubby to keep shoes from piling up at the bottom.
  • Add a closet unit with drawers to tuck away out-of-season clothing.
  • Consider drawer inserts, such as sock dividers, to keep items organized.
  • Use heavy duty hooks for robes and towels to keep them off the floor and within reach.
Tools: -Ladder - Extension, Drill/
Driver, Screwdriver, Tape Measure
Materials: Drywall
Screws, Shelving
Keeping your children's room orderly can seem a bit challenging. But it doesn't have to be.
  • Consider using a double-rod system (top and bottom) in the closet.
  • Move a chest of drawers into the same closet to free up floor space in the bedroom.
  • Use an over-the-door shoe holder, one that goes over the door and hangs on the back to organize your children's toys. Put all your child's stuffed animals in the pockets and then encourage him or her to label and decorate each animal's home pocket with markers.

Don't let clutter pile up in the garage. Create a space for everything you need.

  • Think about drawers are ideal for storing small items such as nuts, bolts, and screws, while shelves within the cabinets provide a dry space for tools and garden essentials.
  • Add a wall-mounted wire shelving so that sports equipment, and odd-shaped pieces and seasonal items are always visible.
  • Post a peg-board panel to transform an empty wall space into a
    customizable storage place where hooks can be moved to accommodate any item.
Keep items organized and out of sight with tall storage cabinets with doors and drawers.
Tools: Drill/
Driver, Screwdriver, Tape Measure
Materials: Drywall
Screws, Shelving


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