Putting things in order can be fun especially if you are able to do it effectively and with minimal cost. Personally, I get thrilled when I am able to solve organizational problems in simple but inexpensive ways. The suggestions below will help you organize your home inexpensively and efficiently.
Minimize clutter on countertops. When you put all your frequently used items on top of your countertop, the area will definitely look messy. However, if you store small items in different containers like canisters and boxes, your countertop will look neater and you will find it easier to look for things you need. Its better to group similar items in one container to avoid confusion. One basic example is to put items like vitamins, salt/pepper shakers, and napkins on a serving tray. On the other hand, you can place accessories like your keys, glasses, coin purse, and similar items in a box big enough to hold them or in decorative bowls. Of course, garbage should be put in the trash, and things that are used less often should be kept in a less obvious location.
Convert Unused Shelves to Drawers. A lot of homes experience at one point or another, an accumulation of small items that are not used regularly. These include gifts, cords, gift wraps, bulbs, etc. Because of these items, drawers and tool boxes get overloaded and chaos arises whenever someone tries to look for something. If your closet has drawers that are not being used, you can convert them into storage \drawers and storage bins. You can opt to get the services of a handyman, but its much more easier to just stick in the largest box or bin in your unused shelf. Label the bin/box according to what kind of item they are or how they are used (ex. Toiletries, accessories, nail polish, etc.). Grouping similar items together will make it easier for you to locate them.
Childrens Paper Challenge – Most of the time, its hard for parents to let go of their children’s artworks. The same is true for small children who become extremely fond of their creations. One way of solving this dilemma is by designating an area in the house for the everyday drawings and craftworks of toddlers. You can use a letter tray to temporarily hold the artworks; tell your kids that their work will stay in the tray for a week and they would have to say goodbye to them after that time. You and your kids attachment to the artwork would probably decrease in a day or two. However, if your child still wants to keep his or her work, take a picture of the piece and have it printed in a studio or stored in your computer.
Kiddie Paper Memorabilia. Some of your children’s art creations and school work would actually be worth keeping. You can preserve these by putting them in a binder with plastic sheets. Think of categories that will appropriately group them together, and write the categories in color coded tabs (you can use mini colored post-its for this) using a pencil. Its better to use a pencil because you can easily re-categorize whenever then need arises or if you feel like it. Examples of categories I wrote in my son’s memorabilia binder are: Growth Charts, Daycare, Extracurricular Activities, Report Cards, Preschool, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, etc. As much as possible, minimize the “for keeps” items so they won’t create clutter, or worse be a fire hazard.
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