Spring Cleaning Series: Organize

Done decluttering? Great because this week we’re moving onto part two of our April spring cleaning series: Organization. For those of you who haven’t quite finished the decluttering process, don’t forget to reference last week’s blog.

Have you ever looked for a household item where you usually leave it lying around just to find that it was placed in its correct place within your home? You’re not alone. It’s always shocking when items that have laundry rooms as temporary homes find their way into the room they’re intended. Spring cleaning gives your items an organizational reboot moving them to an official spot with similar items. From small kitchen utensils to desk organization, there are so many variations for homeowners to reference in their quest to achieving ultimate organization.

Here’s how to rearrange and organize the things that survived the declutter binge of last week’s spring cleaning:


Kitchen

Each section within your kitchen requires different organization methods to remain orderly. There is no universal way to go about making the refrigerator, junk drawers or cabinets look nice on the inside, but here are a few suggestions to get you started:

1. Magazine racks

Screw a metal magazine rack to the inside of your cabinet door to organize long boxes like plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

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2. Tension rod

Place a small tension rod under your sink to add an extra shelving layer for spray bottle cleaning supplies.

3. Drawer dividers

Unfortunately, the best way to organize your junk drawer: placing similar items in individual drawer containers or dividers.

4. Pan rack

This rack is the perfect way to organize flat sauce pans without directly stacking them on top of each other.

5. Condiment bottles

The best way to increase space on the side of your fridge is by labeling tall condiment squeeze bottles with your typical selection.

6. Wine rack

Organize your water bottle cabinet with a plastic wine rack. It does the trick!

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7. Printable labels

These labels are an awesome start to organizing each section of your fridge


Closet

Closet organization is not a necessity, but rather a preference to make your mornings easier. Picking out clothes becomes less of a hassle when you can visually see all that you have to wear.

1. Shelf dividers

Insert these dividers between stacks of sweatshirts, sweatpants or purses that sit on top of your shelves.

2. Velvet hangers

The most basic way to condense your closet is by purchasing these velvet hangers that keep your clothes off the floor and latch onto one another.

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3. Binder clips

Use binder clips to slide belt buckles onto for the ultimate belt organization system.

4. Pop tabs

Another simple way to condense your closet is my attaching pop tabs to the top of one hanger and latching another hanger onto the bottom hole of the tab

5. S Hooks

Another way to organize purses is with S hooks that hook onto clothing rods.


Garage

Shelving units.. Need I say more? The best way to organize a garage is with vertical units that will save room for your car. If your car doesn’t typically fit in your garage, now is the time to make it work with these few tips and tricks:

1. Tool storage

For all of the handymen, it's best to purchase some sort of small or large toolbox depending on the degree of your fixing capabilities. For larger yard tools, find a tall stand to place them.

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2. Pegboard

Install a pegboard or put pegs in the wall to utilize the wall space in your garage.

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3. Hang bikes

A common mistake homeowners make is trying to push their bikes to each side of the garage. Screw in a bike specific holder into your wall to hang them instead and save more valuable space.

4. Magnetic strips

Purchase small magnetic strips and attach them to the garage's toolbox to easily attach and detach small pieces and parts.

5. Label containers

Label EVERY container in your garage so you can keep items stored away without having to spend excessive time searching through each bin.


Office

The office is typically the biggest organizational chore in the house because of paper files. If you don’t have a filing cabinet or enough desk space I recommend finding alternate ways to organize important documents. Here are some great ideas to keep your office clean:

1. Label cords

Colored washi tape makes for a great labeling device to tell your computer charger apart from your phone charger.

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2. Printer shelf

This DIY printer shelf is an awesome idea to keep all printing essentials in one neat area.

3. Binder clips

Color code your files and label them in similar groups with binder clips attached to the top. This way you can easily sort your files while looking down on them in a filing cabinet.

4. Drawer dividers

The best way to organize your desk's version of the kitchen's "junk drawer" is by first decluttering all that you don't need and next separating what you do need into drawer dividers and containers.


Don't forget to purchase organization after decluttering because you don't want to end up with  unused storage bins lying around in your crawl space. Before putting these ideas to work, see what you have left from decluttering and plan out the organization you need in that desired space. Remember, you can only be efficient in this step of spring cleaning after the decluttering process.

Happy organizing!