Organizing Your House

Posted on | February 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

How well have you stuck to those New Year’s resolutions? Did you even make any? (Me neither!)  It’s the end of January – whether you have stuck to them or not, this is a great time of year to create an organized, fresh look in your home. We’re not talking about a new design or a renovation—just a few tricks and tips to create spaces that are more spacious and inviting and less cluttered.


Image Courtesy of e3 cabinets & design

Let’s start in the kitchen. With all of the food, utensils and pots and pans we collect, our kitchens can quickly morph from beautiful and functional spaces to havens for unsightly clutter. Begin with your pantry and fridge. Check those expiration dates, and throw away anything that passed its prime long ago. It’s time to chuck anything you meant to use but never did, and rid yourself of any “science projects” that may be lurking in corners you never visit.

Moving on to those drawers and cabinets. Donate duplicate appliances, gadgets and flatware to charity. Limit yourself to one junk drawer (you can do it!) and invest in an organizer to keep it neat. Survey your counters—are they crammed with appliances? Figure out which ones are essential to your daily life, and put the rest away. Consider adding slide-out shelving to cabinets. It will provide easy access to appliances and cook ware.  The cleaner and less cluttered your counters look, the more spacious and airy your kitchen will feel.


Image Courtesy of ACM Design

Let’s move on to the living room. The goal for this room is to create a space that’s open, fresh, and clutter-free. Do a quick survey for “clutter spots”—spots where odds-and-ends accumulate magically—and clean them out. Next, take a look at your décor. Are your shelves, walls, or floors overcrowded? It’s time to edit. Opt for fewer accent pieces instead of a shelf full.  Consider displaying just a few pieces from special collections, and rotating them out over time. With a single digital photo frame, you can display more family photos in less space.

Next, look at your furniture. Remove excessive accent pillows, throws and any small items that don’t serve a functional purpose. Invest instead in simple, elegant pieces–such as ottomans or side tables—that offer storage. This way, remotes, blankets, books and other items can be quickly and easily tossed out of sight.


Image Courtesy of Traci Zeller Designs

Time to head into to the kids’ rooms. From colorful, noisy toys, to clothes, to coloring books, kids’ bedrooms and playrooms simply attract clutter. Fortunately, you can restore order. Go through your children’s toys and clothes, and get rid of anything that’s broken, outgrown, or unloved. Survey the stuff you’ve decided to keep, and think about what your needs are. Larger bookshelves? Another dresser?

Consider a colorful bin organizer for toys, cubbyholes for special items, and shelves for awards or collectibles. Seating that doubles as storage is great for keeping clutter at bay. Give your kids the responsibility of keeping things tidy—even small toddlers can be taught to pick up and put away toys, and they’ll be much more likely to do so if they’ve got special places to put everything.


Image Courtesy of StarrMiller Interior Design, Inc.

Kids’ rooms can definitely get messy, but what about grown-up bedrooms?  Too often they become extensions of our messy closets instead of restful sanctuaries. Create a place for everything, and put everything where it belongs. Take stock of your closet. Make sure you have all the storage you need for your things. If you are lacking storage, consider adding built-ins or a shelving system. Invest in a stylish laundry basket with a lid to keep clothes out of sight, and pare down accessories and excess furniture. Remember that beds are for sleeping and not for storage space.

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2 Responses to “Organizing Your House”

  1. Angel
    February 19th, 2012 @ 2:41 PM

    PURGE PURGE PURGE…sometimes we just hang on to too much STUFF!
    A good tip is to drop junk mail in the garbarge AS SOON AS you enter the house, do NOT lay it down 1st!

  2. Liz Hughes
    February 20th, 2012 @ 9:13 AM

    Agreed.

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