It is a challenge to organize a space in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Of course, it is easier to throw a bunch of clear, plastic totes on a shelf and call it a day. The following are a few recommendations to help declutter your home.
Jars are an easy way to store small pieces that will otherwise be difficult to retrieve and easily lost. Assigning each jar with a category provides a home for those tiny items that find themselves everywhere (i.e., pens, batteries, buttons, pennies, etc.). Transparent jars should be used to store items you wish to display (or, at least, those you do not mind being seen). For instance, you may want to display buttons, wooden stamps, shells, small toys, etc. Also, remember to organize all of these items by categories that have one major characteristic in common. This will allow the piece to look neater (and will make everything easier to find). In other words place all buttons together or all rubber bands of the same color in one jar.
You can go green by re-purposing empty pickle jars. Simply, remove label and clean jar. Then, paint the lid. For additional glamour or a touch of whimsy, add a small door knob to the lid, or spray paint a small, plastic toy (i.e., plastic toy giraffe) and glue it to the lid. Please note that these embellishments do not add any functional purpose to the jar.
Over-the-door organizers are usually used for shoes and jewelry. However, these can be used to store other items out of sight, if used creatively. These organizers should be reserved for those items that are difficult to store and not attractive enough for display. Organizers with large pockets (those that are usually used for shoes) can be used to store additional office supplies (i.e., pens, markers, notepads, glue bottles, etc.). An organizer can be placed behind a cabinet door close to a desk and be used as a card writing station, where you store all supplies for writing thank you cards or greeting cards (i.e., organizing cards by event, envelopes, pens, stickers, and stamps). Over-the-door organizers can also be used to organize hair accessories, nail polish, snack packs in a pantry, toiletries, and toys. Use a label maker to categorize each pocket, making finding the corresponding spot easy to identify.
Kitchen utensil caddies can not only be used for holding spoons and forks, but also office supplies, craft supplies, art supplies, manicure supplies, and gardening supplies. Prepare a kitchen utensil caddy or a shower caddy as a homework station, where all necessary materials to complete homework assignments (i.e., pencils, markers, crayons, note pads, glue sticks, scissors, erasers, calculator, ruler, etc.). The “homework” caddy can be stored in a cabinet and easily transported to different rooms in the house. In addition, a kitchen utensil caddy or shower caddy can be used as a manicure station for nail polish, cotton balls, nail files, etc. Think of activities that require multiple supplies, such as hair styling, manicures, art, crafts, etc.
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