GETTING ORGANIZED ROOM BY ROOM
January 1st, 2016
No one likes the thought of having to get your house organized. Cleaning up the living room, sorting items in the kitchen, or organizing the garage-all of these tasks can be time consuming or stressful. Let AR&C Self Storage help you get started with some organization ideas and tips! We have prepared tips to help you organize your house room by room. Check them out below and get started!
Living RoomThe living room is often the most used room in the house. Since it is frequently occupied, the living room can tend to accumulate papers or other clutter throughout the room. A wastebasket can help you avoid this issue, and if you get one that matches the theme of the room (or decorate it yourself), it will just be extra décor for the room. Things like magazines and papers, which pile up quickly in the living room, can be organized with a file cabinet or dresser. To prevent toys from gathering throughout the room, make corners or specific areas into play locations. These play areas can have bookcases or various bins to help keep toys and other items organized. Most living rooms also have a coffee table, which is a great spot to add storage. Rolling baskets or storage cubes under the table are perfect for this. Finally, places like behind the sofa can make great storage spots if you hide a trunk or small storage bin there. These make the perfect spot to store blankets or pillows for guests since they are out of sight but easy to access.BedroomEveryone knows that keeping a bedroom clutter free and organized is difficult. However, there are some tips that can help you stay on top of organization in your bedroom. Under the bed is a great place to add various storage bins, since items tend to accumulate here anyway. Storage under the bed is hidden and out of the way, but still keeps items organized and easy to get to. Since closets can often become messy, use a shoe rack to help organize items. Vertical storage, such as tall cabinets or shelving, are a great way to open up floor space while still adding storage. Storage items like these don’t really take up much space and are a very efficient way to add storage. Finally, although it may sound odd, making your bed is a good way to keep your room organized. This helps to prevent you from storing items on it, all while making your room more organized and clean.
KitchenFrom pots and pans to cooking ingredients, the kitchen can often be difficult to keep organized while still having things easy to find. Something as simple as a homemade pot and pan rack can help to keep your cookware sorted and ready to use. By using a handrail and some “S” hooks, you can make your own pot rack, and even decorate it yourself to match the room. For cleaning items like gloves or sprays, a great spot for storage is under the sink. Small hook hangers make organization easy and keep wet items like gloves or towels out of the way and hanging up to dry. Finally, spice racks or displays are a good way to not only add storage, but also add décor and make the spices easy to identify. You can use normal glass jars and decorate them to match your room.
BathroomBathrooms are often the room everyone hates to tackle with cleaning or organizing. However, with a few tips and tricks, organizing your bathroom can be simple. Start by adding some over the toilet furniture to the room, such as a decorative box or cabinet. This is a great spot to add storage since it doesn’t take up any extra space in the room, and makes a great place to keep items like spare toilet paper and towels. If your shower or bath has lots of different shampoos or soaps, get a shower caddy or bin to keep them in. This not only keeps them sorted, but also helps to prevent soap buildup on the surface. Adding a plastic storage bin under the sink is another great way to organize the bathroom and keep items out of sight. Use the bin to store hair and personal care products. This keeps them off the counter, making the room look much cleaner and stay cleaner!
GarageOne major way to improve storage in a garage is to add wall storage of various types. There is many ways to do this, such as different types of racks or hooks. Use the wall storage to hang tools like shovels or rakes and keep them out of the way while remaining organized. If you have a work bench in your garage, some cabinets or shelving near it can help to keep it uncluttered. Store pieces of projects or sort and organize screws and nails in the cabinets. Finally, ceiling storage is a great way to add space to a garage. Just like wall storage, there are many ways to do this. Some examples are platforms and storage hooks. Use this new space to store items that are large or bulky, such as ladders or bikes. This keeps them out of the way but still easy to access when needed. With these tips, the garage will stay organized and clean!
PlayroomA playroom is often the most cluttered room in the house. Toys are a difficult thing to keep organized and sorted. You can start by re-using other items from various rooms in the house, such as laundry bins or hanging shoe organizers. These items make a great way to add storage to a playroom for items like stuffed animals or other toys like trucks and cars. Clear storage bins are also a great way to add stacking storage, which is a very efficient way to use space. This helps kids know where to put toys away, and since they are see through, they can easily find the toys they are looking for. Storage that doubles as a seat is another way to add efficient storage to the room. You can even build your own-a simple window bench with a lid on it keeps toys hidden while adding a place to sit or play. If you make your own, you can even decorate the window bench to match the room. Follow these tips, and your playroom will remain clean and toys will be organized!
With these tips in mind, organizing rooms in your home should be a breeze! Check out our other blog posts for more tips and tricks about organizing and storing your items.