I don’t know about you but I just feel better and seem to be more productive when everything is organized. You know the saying “A place for everything and everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin (and possibly others)
This is certainly easier when you live in a large house but it is probably even more important in a smaller home. Some people will tell you that you must get rid of your possessions in order to be organized and that just isn’t true. Being organized simply takes the right tools for the job.
Once you get started and see how much better everything looks and how much time you save by being organized. You will want to find the perfect storage solutions for every room in your house.
Every room can be organized!
Those of you that read my book, Control Your Clutter!, know that one of my favorite items to use to organize is the bookcase. You can line a wall with these and create beautiful yet very useful storage.
One newer item that I never had the opportunity to use but I find intriguing is the floating wall shelves. While I was always more functional with my organizational endeavors these give you the chance to be creative and really go for a unique look. I guess organization doesn’t need to look boring anymore. There are actually many choices that showcase your belongings rather than just store them.
Craft room or kids play room
I am also a huge fan of stacking bins. At our last home, I had an entire room just for my crafts and lined it with bins all around. My crafts were never more organized and I could find anything in probably under a minute. Now take a look around your craft room and tell me how long it takes you to find your rotary cutter or another specific item. I am telling you the bins are the way to go. Just think you can store all different kinds of crafts. One stack can be for sewing, one for cross stitch, one for needlepoint, one for paints, and on and on.
These bins also work well for smaller toys. How many of you have children or grandchildren that have probably hundreds of little pieces of food and utensils to play with their kitchen set or tons of little cars? Teach kids early to put things in their place.
If you have a storage unit the stacking containers with lids help you store everything orderly. We number ours and keep a master list of what each one holds and we can put our hands on any item quickly without searching through each container.
I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have an office in our home since I have worked from home in some capacity since 1986. You really should make this room your most organized room in the house. It will save you time and even possibly money if you can find things quickly and especially if it translates to higher productivity.
Shelving.com has desks for those like me who are more traditional and they offer many modern choices. The choices make me want to redo our office right now. From white, wood, glass, folding, portable, nesting, mobile, and so much more I would like to say it was hard for me to pick which one I liked but my favorite was here. Which one is your favorite? (Tell me in the comments below)
From there my shopping spree would continue with desk organizers, printer stands, file cabinets (for this I prefer the more modern versions) and of course in my office there are several bookcases.
Even the bathroom
Naturally, you are going to think vanity sets when I mention bathroom and yes a vanity set looks very nice and can really come in handy. But the itemI keep looking at is the hair styling stations. They are lined with stainless steel so you don’t have to worry if your curling iron is hot. They eliminate the mess with all of those cords and keep everything in one place. This particular item would make a great gift.
Basement and garage
If you have a basement you can be ultra organized with wire shelving. Although this shelving looks nice enough to use in other rooms as well. Before we downsized and combined families in one household this is how I kept all of my kitchen appliances ready to use yet each in its own place. The trick is to use any and every space available and make the most of it. This also applies to the garage. Get everything up off of the floor and in its own place with shelves and sometimes bins on the shelves. There are even ball claws that you mount on the wall and they hold your balls – with all of this there is no excuse for lost items.
There are so many other places that you can organize but you get the idea. Make a place to store everything and then get in the habit of putting it away. The key is not to use that spot for something else. Give each item a home and return it there when you are finished with it. This will actually cut down on your cleaning time and I know I feel much better when everything is decluttered. This frees up your mind to be more productive instead of dwelling on all that needs to be done.
What is your favorite item to use for organizing?