What to do About That Messy Closet

Do you have one of the closets that is the way old-school high shelf and a single bar? There is no place to put your shoes or stack your sweaters, let along hang belts and accessories. Welcome to the 21st century: Cool organized closets are not just for the rich anymore.

You can get someone to help you and pay them to organize your closet, or you can be a little creative. There are many manufacturers of different kinds of closet organizers: wire shelves, laminate, wood, with or without doors—you name it, you can find it. It truly depends on how much money you’d like to spend.

If you are like most people that own their own home money is tight. It takes every penny to pay the mortgage, insurance, utilities, yard work, HOA, etc. But if you take the time to make careful measurements of the interior of your closet, you can change the usefulness of not only your closet but every storage room in the house.;

Planning Your New Closet

Most local DIY stores carry closet planning grids. Get one, and you can take pictures of the different sizes that they offer or go to their website to get them. Draw up your closet with carefully taken measurements. Now you can become a little kid again. Using the same scale that you used on the grid create small closet pieces by cutting up another sheet or two of grid paper. Now you can start to fit them into the closet just like putting a puzzle together. It costs nothing, and you can even do it while watching your TV show for the evening.

Let it settle in your mind for a day or two and come back and try again. You might see a different configuration the next time you play with it. When you are satisfied that you have something that works, you can take the time to look at all of the other products available in different stores. There may be some layouts that you like better than others, or they might have different sizes that would work better. Make a note of those sizes and come back home and create more pieces and see what works. You can do this for as long as you like until you are happy with it.

Once you have your final creation, you can buy all of the pieces. Here is the good news, you do not need to be an expert closet installer to put it together. Most of them have incredibly simple instructions to follow. Presto! You are a closet designer, and now you can tackle all of those other rooms that need better organization.

Being organized is some much less frustrating than not, so now you have a perfect closet and less stress in your life.

Tips For Organized Pantry Storage

Whether you have a free-standing pantry, or a dedicated room for storing your kitchen essentials, there’s certain things that you should do to make sure your pantry is organized and that you have easy access to all of your items. Here’s some tips for good organization in your kitchen pantry:

Be Careful With Stacking Canned Goods

If you stack large items with other smaller items, such as different sized canned goods, it can pose a problem. An alternative to this storage dilemma is that of using risers. If you don’t want to put risers in because you feel that they’ll take up too much space, remember that these storage tools are giving you space in a different sense. However you choose to stack your canned goods, remember that the shortest item should be in the front. Organizing your canned goods by height can help to save you time and space.

Store Open Items In Airtight Containers

Items that have been opened should be stored in an airtight container with a lid. This can save you money by keeping items fresh. Also, you and your family will know what food items have been opened and need to be finished up before new items are ripped open. Keep cereals, crackers, cookies and even pet food fresh with the use of this simple tactic.

Stacking Bins Save Space

If you’re like most of America, your town probably recycles. Consider getting stacking bins for the pantry or kitchen area to place recyclables in. Make sure these bins aren’t too large. This way, you’ll be on top of taking the recycling outside to where it needs to be. This organizing tip helps to keep your kitchen clean. Also, be sure that these containers are easy to open for your convenience.

Categorize Your Snack Foods

Your kitchen pantry area will stay much more organized if you keep things in categories. Cookies and other sweet snacks should stay on one shelf in one area. Snacks for the kids should be easy to grab for little hands (that is of course if the kids have free reign over the kitchen!) Savory and salty snacks are a different category that will be on a completely different shelf and area. Baskets can be a great accessory for single-serve items. Boxes that snack items come in often take up a lot of space that could be better used. Bags of chips and other items are the same way. These bagged items can be transferred to sealable containers. Baskets are also easy to carry around if you’re offering a choice of snacks. Be sure you have clips to close bags and packages to keep snack items fresh.

How Deep Is Your Shelf?

Be mindful when it comes to shelving items like bottles that are all the same size. This can make things hard to find. These types of items are often best stored on a lazy Susan, or other type of turn-style storage that easily spins and allows you to see what’s available for your cooking use. This way, you’ll never have to move a bunch of things to find what you’re looking for!

These kitchen pantry storage tips will help you to stay organized and save time both cooking and cleaning.

Tips to Organize Your Garage

Is your garage overflowing with odds and ends leaving no room for its intended purpose – storing your car? Then you are in the same boat as many other homeowners. Garages can be such a tempting to place to hide stuff that doesn’t have a place, after all out of sight out of mind. If you are ready to clean up your garage to make things easier to find and maybe even finally fit your car inside of it again keep reading.

Start by clearing out your garage. Go through everything and sort items into giveaway/sell, toss and keep piles. Get rid of anything that your children have outgrown, you haven’t used in years or household chemicals that have since expired (be sure to responsibly dispose of these). This step can be a weekend project in itself so don’t worry if you don’t have the organized garage you envisioned before Monday.

When you have settled on what will be staying in your garage sort the remaining items into categories. Typical garage storage usually contains categories like seasonal items, tools, and sports equipment. When reorganizing you will want to make sure everything stays organized. You can do this by giving everything an assigned place and preferably a clearly labeled one. When possible assign items their places in a way where they will be off the floor. This prevents clutter from building up and forces you to give everything a home throughout the process and in the future.

When you have emptied out your garage and organized your remaining items into categories you will have given yourself a clean slate to work with. Set yourself up for future success by investing in shelving units, large plastics bins, small glass jars and maybe even a label maker. Slat board, peg board, and track based organizational systems are other great ways to keep items off the floor, organize smaller items and hang up tools. Garages are also a great place to utilize ceiling space by installing overhead storage. Since you have already decided on categories and what is staying you should have a good idea of what kind of storage solution will work best for your garage.

Once you’ve created a storage system in your garage with assigned places for each item you should have that coveted room to park your vehicles inside again! Take the time to choose where you will be parking your vehicle and hang a tennis ball from a string to signal when you are parked in the correct place. The ball should gently bump the windshield when you are in the right spot. When choosing your new parking spot allow for space to walk between the vehicle and the back wall as well as the side walls. If you have a two car garage ensure that there is plenty of room between the two cars so that when doors are opened it doesn’t risk bumping the other car.

Depending on how cluttered your garage is organizing it may be longer than a weekend project. However, by investing the time into creating a smart storage system you will be able to use your garage not only easily but also stress-free. Happy cleaning!

I Wish I Thought of That! Organization Tips for the Home

Getting organized in your home can be less expensive and easier than you think. There are items all around your home that can help you get the clutter in order. Here are just a few tips to get you off to a good start:

A big problem is spices, they get lost in the cabinet, take up tons of room and are always hard to see. If this is a problem in your home use a mop holder to store spices on the inside of a cabinet door.

Too many craft supplies and a place to put them is a typical problem. Arrange crayons, colored pencils and more in an over-the-door shoe organizer. You have all your supplies organized and easy to see in no time.

Use the shoe organizer for anything. It can also be great for cleaning supplies.

If you need decorations for your playroom walls and you have too many board games this is a great solution. Take the glass out of frames and frame the board games and hang on the walls. Attach the game pieces in little baggies to the frame.

What about all that jewelry? If you could actually see it you may even wear it more. Hang a peg board on the wall in your closet and hang your necklaces from it.

Need a place to put your earrings? How about an ice cube tray?

These are just a few nifty ideas. What are your best ideas to keep your home organized?