Next step is to decide how much space you have to work with as far as room goes. This is the hard part for many! Go through and REALLY decide what you need if you don’t have the room you might have to get rid of things. Make 2-3 piles or buckets, one for keep, one to donate or hand of to someone else you think would enjoy them more. When you look at each item, say to your self does this fit me? Try it on if you need to. If not give it away! Also ask your self have you worn it in the last year or season? If not even if you thought you would wear it give it away! Make more room for something you will wear.
Another rule I follow throughout the year is when I purchase something or was given something I think I want to keep I have to get rid of at least one item! This keeps your closet in order. The same thing goes with shoes, purses, hats, etc. If you only have so much room it must all fit! And don’t try and cheat! One shirt per hanger! Use the top shelves of your closets for things you don’t use often such as off season clothes etc. If you have lots of little loose items and you don’t have anywhere else to store them such as scarf etc. get a bin to put them in If you really want to get organized, than color coordinate your clothes along with category! This really makes your closets look professional and pop!
A few tips is the same thing you did in your bedroom closet. Go through pots and pans and make sure you have the things you like and use. Ask yourself if you used certain items in the last year! Of course there are always those little things or special things you only use once a year. If your kitchen doesn’t have enough room for those things it might be time to find a different spot for those, but still able to pull out once a year for that special cooking day.
There are all sorts of fun organizing things for your kitchen such as a stair system rack for spices so you can see what is behind the front row of spices. Lazy Suzan in cupboards as well as your fridge, and maybe one on your counter. Make sure your hot pads and cutting boards are easy to get to. Under the kitchen sink! The best way to keep it all together under the sink is to have several containers. A lazy Suzan is nice to have as well. Put all your everyday cleaning things on that so you can spin it to find what you need. A Container or bucket with household cleaners in it so you can take it out and move it around the house to clean. And another container or two for those items you need but don’t use as often pushed to the back.
Keeping your fridge organized can be a fun task! Here are some tips to help with the fridge. When you have left over’s put a paper plate or paper towel under the container to keep the bottom clean. Use paper towels in the drawers to line it and keep it cleaner as well. Organize food items in proper places such as opened or halfway used veggies meat cheese etc in a container. Use zip lock bags as often as possible to preserve it and to spread the smell of the food within the fridge. Have a little caddy container to hold some of the most favorite condiments then you pull out the whole caddy! Have a kid’s snack basket. This helps the kids keep the fridge clean when they don’t have to look around for food to eat.
Keeping the pantry organized. This is similar to the fridge. I pick a shelf for each type of item, such as boxed items, canned items. Heavy items on the bottom and items you don’t use often on the top. Use a container for small items so they don’t get spread around. Also have a Kid box of snacks for the kids so once again they don’t mess up the pantry looking for food. Have another container for opened things such as chips, cookies things that fall apart once they are opened. This also helps to eat those things that have been opened first. A tip on the stove, even if you have a self cleaning stove you can line the bottom of the stove with tin foil when it gets dirty from spills take it out and replace it. This makes cleaning the stove simpler to do!
Coffee tables can be organized. It is nice to have organized junk on your coffee table a few ways you can do this is to have baskets you put under the table with magazines, games, etc. But make sure that you frequently go through your baskets to keep them from getting out of control, once a month is a good rule.
There are also containers for loose CD’s you need to keep for your computer files, games etc. They can fit on your book shelf. eep your book shelf organized as well. This is a good thing to go over once a year as well or treat it like your clothes closet, if you don’t use it and it doesn’t fit get rid of it. Stores also have great containers for book shelves that help hold magazines you want to keep. Again make sure you go through them and not keep every magazine you ever got. This gets to be too much!
ORGANIZATION CLEANING SERVICES
“Simple Habits to Change your Life”
Organizing a space to put your things, when you first walk in the door!
- a basket for your shoes
- a closet or hanger for your coat
- a place for the kids to put their backpacks
- a hanger for your purse and keys
- a small basket for your mail or any loose papers
- a basket for kids homework or letters from teacher.
- a small container for any other small items, change, etc.
This is very helpful to have a place just for the things you need to set down when you walk in the door. This will help keep the rest of the house organized. This doesn’t have to be right next to the door, but in a place that is easy for you to use in your life. Have the rule for the kids to put there things away when they first get home to, this helps keep the whole house nice.
This helps to have a place for everything so when you do go to leave again you know where your things are.