Organization Is The Key

It is common for people to become bored with their homes and want to make a change. That change can be moving, or even just remodeling or renovating. An even easier change to make is simply organizing accumulated clutter. Clutter is overwhelming and many people choose to ignore it or run away from it, but by using simple organization techniques the clutter can disappear and a whole new vibe will be felt through the home. When many people hear the word “organize,” they panic. Organization can be just as big of a job as remodeling a home depending on how big of an unorganized mess there is. Do not panic, though. While organizing is a big and terrifying project, it is well worth the time and effort and it can definitely save some money!

Successful Organizing Techniques

There are several ways to make life easier through organization, and many of these ways are so easy that they seem silly! Much of organization is just finding a way to contain messes. According to Real Simple, Lazy Susans are a great way to contain messes by keeping them in one easy to clean space. Do not be afraid to use wall space to mount pegs to hang things like potholders and aprons. Not only does this technique give easy access to those supplies, it also opens up cabinet and drawer space for other items. The kitchen is often the hardest room to organize, but if done right, you will be surprised how easy the task of organizing your kitchen actually can be. Real Simple suggests starting by placing kitchen items in specific places based upon frequency of use. Place items that are regularly used in easy-to-reach drawers and cabinets, and put your holiday china in the higher cabinets that do not need to be accessed on a daily basis. Group similar items together so they are easy to find. One of the scariest places in the kitchen is the Tupperware drawer…in order to avoid a nightmare, file the Tupperware drawer by stacking containers and lids by size and keeping them together so they are not difficult to find. Do not be afraid to invest in little organizational tools such as lid holders. These items may seem silly, but you will quickly find that they are definitely not a waste of money when you do not have to cram lids in a drawer or cupboard. Cabinet organizers are another great way to keep cabinets from becoming cluttered messes. It is amazing how organized one can feel by simply placing baskets on shelves or in drawers to keep items divided.

There are many ways to organize a home and make it feel like a whole new place. One will never regret taking the time and spending a little money in order to organize their home. So before you consider knocking down walls or abandoning ship all together, see what a little organization can do for you!

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4 Tips For Quick Clean Up When You Have Unexpected Guests

When it’s 4 in the afternoon and your husband calls to say he forgot to tell you last week he’s invited a co-worker and his wife over for drinks tonight, you want to throw the phone and his invitation out the window, but you’ve already started a whirlwind of cleaning before even hanging up on him. There’s nothing like an unexpected visitor to help get a messy house clean.

However, there are a few strategies for making that quick clean even quicker, and making your home look more classy and organized at the same time. Susan Baldrige, an interior design writer for Lancaster Online, suggested 4 ways to get your house ready without feeling like a hurricane in a handbag.

1. The 2 minute clutter snatch.
Don’t even bother trying to sort through the clutter. When time is of the essence, you can’t sit around sorting stray socks or packing toys neatly into their respective cubbies. Get a laundry basket, bucket, or other large container and toss all those odds and ends into it to sort later.

2. The pet hair scrub up.
If you haven’t had the chance to vacuum your furniture in a while and your cat or dog loves to lay out on it and scratch themselves luxuriously, don’t bother trying to untangle that vacuum cord now. Instead, don your rubber gloves, dampen them with water, and wipe them over any affected furniture. According to the Real Simple website, the pet hair will stick to the gloves to be easily rinsed off later in the sink.

3. The secret decor stash.
When kids are in the house (and husbands) it’s hard to keep things nice. Pillows get stained and worn, vases get used as bug houses, decorative ornaments get dropped and cracked, flower petals get plucked or shredded. That’s why Baldrige suggests putting all those accessories that match your accent color (and are relatively unbroken) out of reach until you know a visitor is on their way.

Baldrige said, “Get a couple accessories like pillows, pillow covers, small picture frames, a vase—anything that will unify the room with that color. Keep these in a box or cabinet . . . and whisk them out before you entertain.” These items will make the room feel organized and stylish, even if it only looks that way a couple hours each week.

4. The civilized smell.
It’s amazing what a difference the scent of a room can make. Even a clean room that smells of dust or dander can seem dirty. Light your candles or plug in your wax warmer as soon as you know people will be coming over so they have time to melt and spread their scent around.

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