Was home organization at the top of your to-do list when stay-at-home orders suddenly freed up a bunch of your time? It seemed like everyone was sharing tips for closet organization and pantry perfection, but that was back in the spring.
After all this time at home, for many, the excitement surrounding home organization was replaced by binge-watching and perfecting our takeout ordering skills. Perhaps you never got around to organizing your home, and that’s okay. September snuck upon us, and with it came a fresh wave of inspiration in the home organization arena.
If you have recently been inspired by Netflix’s new hit show “The Home Edit” like we have, your Amazon cart already knows the home organization bug has bitten once again! If you’re looking for simple ways to spruce up your space, check out our tips below.
Home Organization: Create Dedicated Workspaces
It is super convenient to have a home office for the adults, but kids need their own space too! So many children are participating in virtual schooling; a special spot for them to work will be very beneficial for successful learning and for keeping your home organized.
Most kids thrive in a structured environment; working all day at the kitchen table isn’t the best option for you or for them as it’s often too open of a space for them to focus on school assignments.
Quickly and affordably organize a workspace for yourself or your school-aged child by adding a small writing desk in a bedroom, a sectioned off space with shelves in the playroom or even a desk in a spare closet!
Home workspaces are so trendy that we have a whole article showing you how to achieve this look in your home! A small desk set in a closet or a built-in bookshelf can be highly functional for any member of the family.
Home Organization for Kids: Contain, Contain, Contain
If we’ve learned anything from popular home organization shows, it’s that containers are the key to maintaining any organization you implement. And remember: “If you can’t see it, you can’t use it”!
Baskets are beautiful, but if you want a system that lasts, go for clear containers. When it comes to helping kids learn organization, teach them to organize by color. Not only is this a fun “game” for the younger ones, but it also makes it simple to keep things tidy. From books to toys to school supplies - have fun setting up clear bins by color and you’ll be surprised how easy it becomes to find items (and return them) when they’re in a color-coded container.
Photo: The Container Store
For kids, keep their special containers in their room, or near their desk-space, so they have easy access to use all of the supplies! For adults, clear containers work in nearly every room. Organize under the sinks, in kitchen cabinets, closets, the garage - you name it. Containers help you from accumulating clutter!
Home Organizing Tips: Focus on the Bathroom
The bathroom is a space we use multiple times per day, but many of us forget to clear out closets, vanities, and drawers. The linen closets are often a catch-all and don’t get us started on the mix of makeup, cleaning supplies, and hair product co-mingling in the vanity.
Photo: Craving Some Creativity
If you’re like most adults, odds are you are holding onto expired items, over-used towels, and way too many travel toiletries. Take stock of what you really use, save a bit more than you need for guest use, and then donate the rest.
P.S. Clear containers are a bathroom’s best friend, too!
Organizing Under the Sink
When was the last time you took inventory of the cleaning supplies under your kitchen sink? Maybe you purchased in bulk this spring to ensure your home was clean and safe for your family. This additional product may be taking up extra space and making it confusing to know which bottle is open at any given time. Now is the time to see what is left in each bottle, throw out any empty containers, and replace dusting cloths and sponges.
Once the inventory is done, start fresh and wipe the cabinet down completely. Lay down a surface protector in case a bottle leaks. Arrange everything nice and neat, install safety locks if you have little ones, and you’re done!
When your space is clear, your mind is clear and you’ll have room to be creative, especially for working and schooling from home!
Dedicated workspaces will keep you and your family focused and your home less cluttered.
Teach kids how to organize by color and use clear containers so they can find and return items easily.
Focus on the bathroom closets to spruce up your space and get rid of unused items.
Clear clutter and empty cleaning solution bottles from under the kitchen sink. You use these items every day, don’t dread opening the cabinet!
What area needs sprucing in your home? Will home organization help you feel better in your space?
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