How to organize your house for the New Year

Well, the festivities are over and your children are all settled back into school. How reliving! However, I bet your house is still a big disaster from the holiday! If you’re like me you definitely just throw all the Christmas decorations in a box and stash it in the basement saying, “eh, I’ll deal with it next year!” Okay, well that’s all fine and dandy, however if you start to get in this habit throughout the rest of the year you won’t be able to find anything.

Now that it is a new year, they say we should try and change things that we don’t like about ourselves. Well, one idea would be to have a more organized house. We know organizing can be a big job because you have a lot of stuff. But, if you start small, it will keep getting easier. Do one job this week and another next week! Here are some organizing tips in celebration of the New Year!

Bathrooms:

  • Install a simple magnet strip along the inside of your medicine cabinet to hang scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers
  • Install hooks on the back to the bathroom door to hang towels and robes
  • To organize counter tops, purchase a plastic bin. Place all your accessories, such as hair spray and lotion, in the bin and put the bin under the bathroom sink. Take the tub out when you need to use it
  • Use drawer organizers to organize your make up, jewelry, pony tails, and bobby pins

Kitchens:

  • Organize your cabinets into categories such as plates, cutlery, glasses, and plastic containers. This way you will always know where something is after you have emptied the dishwasher
  • Save your counter space for items you use daily. If possible, store your food processor, utensil holder, and mixing bowl in a cupboard
  • Get in the habit of cleaning out your refrigerator every time you go grocery shopping. This will remind you what you have and what need to be replaced.
  • Buy a spice rack that matches your cabinets. Place frequently used spices in the front and all the others towards the back

Bedrooms:

  • Place two hampers in your kids rooms so they can sort their laundry when they are getting changed
  • String a clothesline up on a wall in your child’s room to clothespin their favorite art work
  • Add a bookshelf to help organize loose books that are laying around
  • Hang a mesh hammock from the ceiling above the bed to store stuffed animals and dolls

Closets:

  • Sort through and bring to the thrift store any clothes that you no longer wear or are out of fashion
  • Hang scarfs and belts on a hanger to keep them off the ground and tidy
  • Use a show rack to keep your shoes organized. Recycle any shoe boxes that you have laying around
  • Install hooks on the inside of your closet wall to hang hats and purses

Miscellaneous:

  • Make sure everything in your house has a designated space and all member know where everything goes
  • Place a basket on the coffee table to hold remote controls
  • Create a family message board that goes in the kitchen to post reminders or grocery list or phone messages
  • Create an inbox for your desk where you can put slips of paper and bills that need immediate attention

Remember, the goal of organizing your home isn’t to make it pristine and clean, instead it is to help make your house calm and functional. We hope that you work with the above ideas to help make your home less cluttered.

Sources:

She Knows (www.sheknows.com)

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