5 Super Simple Organization Tips To Start The Year Off Right

by Faith Provencher

5 Super Simple Organization Tips To Start The Year Off Right

I hate cleaning. And I hate organizing. But I love the way my house feels once it's finished. So to make it as painless as possible, I wanted to share my 5 favorite tips for getting your space under control for the new year. Here goes.   

 

1. Take out the trash. It's an easy thing to check off the to-do list, and it always feels nice to have an empty, nice-smelling garbage can. While you're at it, organize your trash area by separating the recycling bins and adding shelves for trash bags, paper bags, etc. like the folks at Real Simple have done in the image above. Click here for other under-the-sink organization ideas. [Photo: Real Simple]

2. Clean your desk. Giving your work space a sense of order is sure to increase productivity, and will help you maintain your sanity, too! Need more storage in your office area? Don't forget to look up... utilizing vertical space is a great way to maximize what you do have. [Photo: Paper Blog]

3. Bring order to the fridge. Many of us include "eating well" on our list of resolutions, so why not make it easy on ourselves by organizing the fridge? Cooking a healthy meal is less frustrating when the ingredients are orderly and easy to find. Try buying some of these clear refrigerator bins to take advantage of available space. [Photo: Crate and Barrel]

4. Tame the clothing beast. I'm constantly battling with my tiny closet, so again, vertical space is an important element. Drawers, as shown above, can be advantageous as well. Also be sure to check out this infographic for some great organizing tips and tricks. [Photo: Decor Pad]

5. Write down goals. For those larger organization projects, be sure to set some specific goals and write them down. Download this free printable to help you gather your organizational thoughts. [Photo: Somewhat Simple]

Happy New Year!

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7 Ways To Use Droolworthy Walk-Ins As Inspiration For Your Own Closet

by Faith Provencher

7 Ways To Use Droolworthy Walk-Ins As Inspiration For Your Own Closet

Living in a 525 square foot condo, I am constantly struggling to find extra storage space. Sometimes I drool on my computer when I stumble upon one of those images captioned "dream closet" on Pinterest. But then it hit me - maybe we can learn a few things from those beautiful walk-ins. So here are seven tips for reinventing your closet, no matter what size it is.   

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Make It: Giant Macrame Jewelry Wall DIY

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Make It: Giant Macrame Jewelry Wall DIY

If you spend more than a few minutes on Pinterest each day, you've probably seen your fair share of macrame hanging planters. But a DIY macrame jewelry wall? This is definitely the first time I've seen one of those. If you need a place to store your ever-increasing jewelry stash, and maybe even a few accessories, check out this giant macrame jewelry wall DIY.      

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Roundup: Kitchen And Pantry Organization Tips

by Faith Provencher

Roundup: Kitchen And Pantry Organization Tips

In my house, keeping the kitchen organized is a constant battle. But over the years I've learned a few handy tips that help curb the clutter and keep the cupboards in order. Here are ten helpful ideas.   

 

1. Use the back of every single cupboard door. Take a cue from Julie Blanner and hang shallow items like measuring spoons on adhesive hooks. I also hung a shoe caddy on the back of my pantry door to hold similar items.

2. Label everything. Fill uniform containers with dry goods and label them using these fun free printable labels from World Label.

3. Categorize foods. Follow the advice of the organized folks over at Better Homes and Gardens by dividing foods into categories - for example breakfast foods or snack items - and designate separate canvas bins for each grouping.

4. Use sliding storage. Separate trash and recycling by utilizing slide out bins as they've done over at Better Homes and Gardens. This tip can be helpful in other areas of the kitchen too - a sliding storage rack can be helpful for the cavernous space under the sink.

5. Use vertical space to your advantage. Instead of laying all your cutting boards horizontally on top of each other, store them vertically with tension rods as dividers. This idea (along with many others) was found at In This Crazy Life.

6. Buy a lazy susan. Small containers, such as spices, can get lost in the back of the cabinet... a lazy susan will keep everything organized and at arm's reach. See this and other tips at Belle Maison. 

7. Upcycle old containers for new purposes. Find out how to turn an old disinfecting wipe container into a plastic bag dispenser over at Tater Tots & Jello. She'll even show you how to fold the bags so that removing one bag will pull the next one out just enough.

8. Find a place for those pesky measuring cups and spoons. I don't know about you, but my baking drawer always gets jammed because of a rogue measuring cup... eliminate that problem by giving each one its own dedicated hook. Find this organizational idea and many others at DIY 'n Crafts. 

9. Divide and conquer. Pots and pans are difficult to organize because they are all different shapes and sizes. The best way to combat this issue is by grouping similar-sized pans together on wire racks. And again, don't forget to consider placing them vertically! This and other ideas can be found at The Grey Home.

10. Everything in its place. This is the cardinal rule of organization... create a dedicated spot for each and every item in your kitchen or pantry, and you'll be well on your way to a beautifully organized space just like this one! Love the style of this kitchen? Get the look here.

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Art in Unexpected Places: 10 Ideas to Add Style to Every Space in Your Home

by Faith Provencher

Art in Unexpected Places: 10 Ideas to Add Style to Every Space in Your Home

Art doesn't necessarily have to be displayed in the living room... sometimes it can be more inspiring in another part of your home. Your patio, bathroom, kitchen or even your closet may be the perfect spot for your masterpiece. Go ahead, try it!    

created at: 04/05/2013

1. This colorful piece of art adds some much-needed interest to a monochromatic bathroom. [Photo: House and Leisure]

2. Make the mundane task of doing the laundry more fun by adding...

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