Speed-Clean Clutter Control
Fifteen minutes of tidying every night: That's the secret to a stress-free home, says Ashley Brown of the Seventh House on the Left. "We call it the Bumble Bee Cleaning method," she says. "Our regimen includes straightening up the pillows on the sofa, wiping down the kitchen counter-tops, taking out the trash and starting the dishwasher. It makes waking up the next morning so much more enjoyable."
Quick-Stop Cleaning Supplies
"Make your cleaning supplies easy to grab and go," says Becky Rapinchuk of the Clean Mama. "Hang supplies from wire shelving, so it's easy to see when you're running low. Add S-hooks to neatly store brooms, mops, dusters and more.
Create a Mini Home Office
By installing a small cabinet under a floating shelf, Ashli Malinek of the Mini Manor added essential storage for a small home command center. "It holds everything — stationery, a printer, catalogs and more — and it's where we pay bills, take down phone messages and keep a calendar," she says. "It keeps our family on track and organized."
Pack It Up
Laura Wittman of Organizing Junkie installed a backpack station right outside her garage door. "When the kids come home, they remove any necessary notes and homework and hang their backpacks up. Once homework is done, it all goes back into the backpack ready for the next day."
"Hang a shoe organizer on the bathroom cabinet door," suggests Courtney Fernan of A Thoughtful Place. It's more convenient to open the door and easily find everything from nail polish remover and bronzer, to new razors, hair spray and more. "I got in a habit of keeping things on the counter, but now it is all tucked away."
Open Shelving for Linens and Supplies
Since it forces you into smart and attractive grouping, open shelving can work wonders for crowded linen closets. "We realized that a few chic baskets could convert our claustrophobic closet into clean and functional open shelving," says Sherry Petersik of Young House Love. Reuse baskets and white planters from around the house to keep essentials at hand.
Labeled Storage Bins
Instead of folding everything in drawers or piling on a shelf, Cas Aarsen of Clutterbug uses bins in her closet. "The best part is how much easier it makes putting away laundry," she explains. "Use bins for pajamas, camisoles, bathing suits, workout clothes and off-season clothing. For a baby's room, use bins for blankets, shoes, towels and crib sheets."
Sweater Storage Solution
Sweaters never seem to find a happy home — regular hangers leave stretch marks and folding them usually means wrinkles. To avoid these problems, hang lightweight sweaters folded over children's plastic hangers says Megan Ardoin of Honey, We're Home. "They are the perfect size for sweaters, and you won't get that annoying fabric stretching in the shoulders."