When you put your things into a storage unit or stuff boxes into the back of the closet a lot of time those items become “out of sight out of mind.” And while you may have stored valuables for a good reason, you may also be keeping unnecessary clutter in your storage spaces.
To ensure you have plenty of room in your home and are keeping tabs on all of your valuables, create a schedule that will enable you to review, rotate and reduce your storage. (more…)
Regardless of how much square footage you have, it’s common to feel like you have more stuff than space. Over time, you can feel like you’re busting at the seams and that your belongings are taking up so much space that the only solution is to get a bigger place.
Though a larger home can certainly help, it’s not always practical.
Instead of shopping around for a new house, implement a few tactics that can help free up more area in every room. (more…)
Whether you are single with a slight obsession with pumps or have a few kids who are constantly outgrowing tennis shoes, it can feel like you are running a used shoe store. No matter how many shoe racks you buy or how many walk-in closets you own, shoes can easily start to overtake your home.
If you are constantly tripping on your daughter’s flip-flops or always struggling to find a space for your winter boots, try one of these solutions for shoe mania. (more…)
When we think of storage we rarely thinking about rules. Let’s face it, most of us determine that storage is needed and then stuff as much as possible into any space we have available.
Though there may be some rhyme or reason when you start, too often, storage devolves into a mess and sort of defeats the purpose when it comes time to resurface your stored items.
How often have you found that something you’ve stored is suddenly impossible to locate?
Remove some of the long-term chaos of stowing items away by following these three simple rules for storage. (more…)
As a kid, the space under your bed is a great spot to stow away items. It’s a place to hide Halloween candy from your parents, a favorite toy from your siblings and yourself during hide-and-seek. As an adult though, it seems almost irresponsible to put anything under the bed. Why has that space all of a sudden become so forbidden the second you own your own home?
Reclaim the spot below where you sleep and create a storage space that will keep closets clean. (more…)
When it comes to getting your home organized, there are a lot of “Do’s” that can help you bring order and cleanliness to your living space.
Do create an easy system everyone can follow.
Do put rewards and motivators in place to encourage disorganized cohabitants.
Do remember to give yourself a break occasionally and allow some chaos to enter the natural flow of your home.
What are not often talked about are the negative effects of being organized. While you’re creating openness in the common area, building space saving storage units, and typing away ferociously on a label maker, you could be ridding clutter, but you could also be introducing animosity.
Avoid these overly organized pitfalls and keep harmony in your home. (more…)
Do you feel like your family is in a clutter rut? Have you been beating your head against the wall desperately trying to get your family to pick up a little more often?
Being head of the cleaning crew in your home is no easy task. Your intentions are good, but your reputation among your housemates is often that of a nag. For health, harmony and happiness, you imagine that everyone should want an orderly home they can be proud of. Unfortunately, not everyone puts as much value in organization as you do.
Instead of continuing to shout from the rooftops about the laundry being on the floor and the shoes piled up at the door, introduce a new tone into the conversation around cleaning. (more…)
Believe it or not, there are people out there who don’t enjoy organizing. Crazy, we know. You may call them your kids or spouse. We call them orderly challenged. Nonetheless, the truth of the matter is, organization is not exactly fun for the whole family.
Instead of dragging your family to the storage unit or cracking the whip in the playroom, introduce a few fun elements into the work and see if you can get more productivity out of your anti-organization family. (more…)
For bibliophiles everywhere, where to put your books and how to preserve them is a constant battle. Sure, you could switch to digital and say goodbye to those bound beauties, but for many that’s just not an option.
Whether you’re a collector of rare novels or simply a lover of the written word, finding space for your books and preserving them is essential to every book fan.
Take these tips and find a way to tuck each book away without causing damage or turning your home into a half-priced book store. (more…)
No relationship is perfect. Some people love sunrises while others prefer sunsets. Some couples agree on everything, but what to watch on TV. Others love veggies despite their spouse being a strict carnivore.
In a lot of cases, organization can be a polarizing topic in a marriage. When you have one neat freak and one sloppy spouse, arguments can ensue and the living environment can be uncomfortable for both partners.
Of course the ideal space is one that is organized and relaxing, but asking a messy person to pick up and put their things in order can feel a lot like nagging. Instead of introducing arguments and frustration into your relationship, utilize these tactics to get your spouse on board without constant pestering. (more…)