Spring break is over – your house is full of clutter and the shift in the seasons has you thinking about doing some Spring Cleaning. Well it just so happens that one of our favourite Houzz contributors Laura Gaskill has come up with some easy and cost effective solutions for organizing your home and living space, so don’t worry – once the kids are out the way – you can have your home in tip-top shape in no time at all with these 21 Tips for Organizing Your Stuff.
While decluttering should always be the first priority when getting your home in order, there comes a time when you need solutions for what to do with the stuff that’s left. When your home is organized well, finding what you need is quick and easy, supplies and tools are stored where you use them, and each member of the household knows just where his or her stuff goes. In other words, life is easier. Here are 21 ideas for organizing all around the house. (Laura Gaskill)
You can flick through all 21 in this slideshow – or view our favourite Top Ten further down this page. You can shop for items you see such as Chalkboard Paint, Closet Organizers, Wood, Paint and much much more at your local local family owned Home Improvement Centre – POCO Building Supplies. Check out our Pinterest Boards for more great ideas – and remember to follow us on all of your favourite social media channels to catch all of our updates.
1. Chalkboard cupboard doors. Instead of rifling around to find what you need, a quick glance at chalkboard-painted cupboard doors will tell you just where to reach. They are helpful for houseguests too, and you can change them up at will.
2. Below-bench baskets. If you need to find a little extra storage space, try looking down — a row of baskets can easily fit beneath most benches (and even some sofas). To keep the baskets looking neat, choose a matched set and don’t let them overflow with stuff.
3. Wall-mounted lid rack. Always find yourself fishing around in the cupboard for a lid? A wall-mounted lid rack positioned near the stove will keep lids right where you need them.
4. Kitchen wall hooks. Keep market bags, aprons and tea towels handy with a few wall hooks in the kitchen. Putting some up is incredibly simple — and so convenient, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.
5. Top-of-cupboard storage baskets. Fill wasted space above upper kitchen cabinets with attractive woven storage baskets. Since this spot is usually accessible only by ladder, it’s a good place to keep less frequently used items — think holiday dishes and fondue pots.
6. Back-of-the-door organizer. Using an adjustable organizer on the back of the door is a good way for kids to learn to put away their own things. Keep a hook for a backpack, a rack for shoes and a basket for library books.
7. Craft closet. A small closet fitted with shelving and labeled bins makes the perfect home for craft supplies and in-progress projects. Use the top shelf to hold a row of mason jars filled with smaller supplies that could otherwise easily get mixed up.
8. Art-supply buckets. Free up more room for making art by storing frequently used supplies (crayons, washable markers, chalk) in small buckets hanging from a utility rail. Position it low to make it easy for kids to find what they need — and put things back when they’re done.
9. Laundry room pin board. A small bulletin board is a handy addition to the laundry room. Use it to keep stain removal charts where they can be easily referenced, and pin up a clear plastic envelope to hold random things found in the wash.
10. Chalkboard-labeled storage chest. Any chest of drawers can be transformed into a useful storage spot with the addition of chalkboard labels (buy them or paint your own using chalkboard paint). Use a chest to hold gardening supplies and tools in the shed, or craft supplies indoors.