6 Tips for Organizing Your Home
If you find yourself stuck indoors more than usual in an effort to help stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s easy to start to feel boxed in and claustrophobic. Even more so when your home is disorganized and cluttered. Open up your space and increase your productivity at home by utilizing these simple storage and organization tips.
Take One Room at a Time
Resist the urge to tear through your house.
Instead of finding all the clutter and flaws in every room, begin with one. You’ll save time by focusing on your work and you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed. Decide which space to tackle first by determining how much time you spend in it.
If your living room is too disorganized to function efficiently, start there.
Look for multifunctional storage options that can add to the look and functionality of your space while concealing your stuff. Lift-top coffee tables, decorative baskets, and ladder bookshelves are low-profile storage options that make organizing your things easy and stylish. Storage ottomans can double as foot rests and extra seating but offer compact storage for throw blankets.
If every room is equally in need of organization, consider starting with your favorite room.
That way you have a place that you love to retreat while you’re working your way around the house. Look for organization solutions that fit within your style and budget. For specific room organization tips, read our guides for decluttering:
Sort Your Belongings into Keep, Store, and Toss
Think about the last time you used items in each room.
Consider the items taking up space and when you last enjoyed them. Then decide which should be kept on hand, which should be tucked away, and which should go. Give yourself permission to Throw Away or Donate Items that no longer have a place in your home or bring you a sense of contentment and happiness. Less clutter means less places for germs to gather and more mental clarity. Win, win!
Use Storage Bins and Containers for Seasonal Items
Decide which items you need to keep within reach.
Self-quarantine means you’re home a lot more than you were before, so it’s a great time to go through your home and decide which items can be packed away until another season. Place summer items in storage when winter items are in use, and vice versa. Thick blankets that serve you well during the winter just become clutter when spring comes, so stack them in a linen closet or storage bench.
Sort items marked for storage into seasons.
Once you’ve decided what items you’re keeping out year round, this will help you know where everything belongs. Then, neatly sort them into categories such as clothing, blankets, and decor, and place them into durable storage bins. Storage bins are an affordable and reusable option that are designed to protect your items from dust, age, and moisture. Check out our guide to Home Storage Solutions for more container ideas.
Use Shelves and Double-Duty Furniture
Add shelves and cabinets to empty walls.
Choose organization that adds comfort and style.
Mulitfunctional furniture like storage ottomans, end tables, and coffee tables provide clutter-free organization without taking up separate space. Item-specific storage, like desk organizers, makeup cases, or coat racks can also keep you accountable for putting things where they belong.
Maximize Your Closet Space
A few minor adjustments can expand your closet storage.
Tiered hangers and hanging shoe organizers allow you to take full advantage of vertical space. Extra shelves to the sides or above the hanging rod are ideal for storing boxes and seasonal clothing. Closet organizers are a great option for keeping clothes, shoes, and accessories tidy. But if you don’t have a built in closet, consider an armoire or wardrobe to stow your fashions.
Don’t let limited space stop you from utilizing your closets to their fullest potential. Check out our Organization Ideas for Small Closets for a longer list of suggestions to keep your closet neat and functional.