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Tips for Decluttering Your Home

Home organization is a good way to start the new year. | @ fotolia.com / shotsstudio

It’s a new year, folks, and you know what that means: it’s time to start fresh and organize your affairs! Additionally, the new year is an excellent opportunity roll up your sleeves and finally tackle those home organization projects. Like any other New Year’s resolution, home organization is key to feeling grounded and relaxed. Read on for some Read the full article…

It’s a new year, folks, and you know what that means: it’s time to start fresh and organize your affairs! Additionally, the new year is an excellent opportunity roll up your sleeves and finally tackle those home organization projects. Like any other New Year’s resolution, home organization is key to feeling grounded and relaxed. Read on for some helpful tips regarding home organization.

Home Organization for Your Bathroom

Your bathrooms have the unfortunate tendency to get pretty messy (think piles of unused toiletries tossed in the cabinet under the sink). Think small: cut down on the number of soaps and shampoos in your shower, throwing out anything unnecessary (and old!) and choosing a few favored products to keep.

Then, take stock of your vertical storage space: medicine cabinets, shelves, storage racks, etc. Using hanging storage racks is a great home organization method, especially in small bathrooms. These racks can give extra space to store extra towels or TP.

Finally, if you have the space for it, try including a bath towel ladder or stand. This can be an elegant way to keep extra towels off the floor. Here’s a bamboo towel stand for $60 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Towels hanging on the bamboo hanger and ready to use. | @ fotolia.com / tanawatbig

Towels hanging on the bamboo hanger and ready to use. | @ fotolia.com / tanawatbig

Home Organization for Your Kitchen

The most important part of home organization in the kitchen is bravely facing both the refrigerator and the pantry. Give your refrigerator and the pantry a good scrubbing using soap and water. Donate any unused cans or boxes of food.

If you really want to get fancy, you can purchase glass mason jars to store grains, spices, loose-leaf tea, and more. Using these items to replace your hodgepodge of miscellaneous pasta boxes and spice tins will give your kitchen a more unified, slightly homier look.

Glass jars are a stylish way to store dried goods on your countertops. | @ fotolia.com/monticellllo

Glass jars are a stylish way to store dried goods on your countertops. | @ fotolia.com/monticellllo

Additionally, if your freezer or fridge feels chaotic, try organizing everything in simple plastic baskets: meat in one basket, produce in another, and dairy in another. Clip a simple label (leftover luggage tags work well here) on each basket so that you’ll remember where everything goes. Check out the Kitchn’s guide to freezer organization for more easy ideas.

If your kitchen is low on cabinet space, try installing some open shelving on the walls above your counters. Simple shelves for your countertops look especially nice with spices and grains in glass jars. Here’s a chic but simple spice rack for $25 on Amazon.

Home Organization for Your Living Room

A good home organization idea is to section off your living room and finish your home organization tasks one section at a time. For instance, one weekend you could take care of your TV area, getting rid of any unwanted DVDs (or, heaven forbid, VHS tapes), and then alphabetizing your movies and music. Then, another weekend you can finish home organization tasks for your bookcase, rearranging your books by author, subject, or even, to add some design flair to your space, by color.

Finally, try adding some extra storage to keep your living room spick and span. A chest of drawers or a standing cabinet is a good choice for a living room, as you can quickly toss clutter into its drawers when guests come over.

Dressers are smart organization choices for living rooms. | @ fotolia.com / poligonchik

Dressers are smart organization choices for living rooms. | @ fotolia.com / poligonchik

Shallow trays on the coffee table not only serve as storage space for knick-knacks, but can also blend into the overall aesthetic of the room. For even more storage, check out these coffee tables with hidden storage space. 

 

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