Not all home organization projects have to be huge, like decluttering a kitchen, to help our homes run smoothly. Simple tricks and techniques can also go a long way in making home life easier.
Here are 5 easy tips to help you organize your home:
1. Shopping List on Refrigerator.
I keep a notepad on the side of my refrigerator. When I (and my husband) see we are running low on an item I write it on the notepad. Then as I write my shopping list I include the items from the notepad. It isn't a fail proof system but it works most of the time.
2. Toilet Paper Unwrapped.
I store unwrapped stacks of toilet paper under my bathroom sinks. This keeps the toilet paper where it will be used. I also don't have to wrestle with the plastic wrapper while sitting in an awkward position!
Now that my kids are a bit older they know where the toilet paper is and how to change the roll. Which means there's one less thing I always have to do.
3. Sheets Folded Together.
I fold matching top sheets and fitted sheets the same way so they are the same size. Then the final fold of the top sheet encases the fitted sheet and pillowcase. This keeps sheet sets together and easy to find in the middle of the night when a child wets the bed or has a tummy bug.
I also store sheets in the bedroom closet where they will be used. This frees up space in my hall linen closet. And keeps the clean sheets handy if I see the ones on the bed are dirty and need to be changed.
4. Over-the-door Rack in the Closet.
My master bedroom closet has wasted space between the sliding doors and the edge of where our clothes hang. The doors are cheaply made and would never support hooks. For years I thought about how to make use of this space. At one time I hung up plastic stick-up hooks but those didn't last long under the weight of my husband's workout clothes.
Then a few months ago I bought over-the-door racks to go on my children's bedroom doors and hold coats. Unfortunately the boys' bedroom door was the wrong size and their rack didn't fit. As I thought about where to use the rack I suddenly realized the rack fit over the closet door perfectly. Now my husband has a place to hang his baseball caps and workout clothes!
5. Plates, Bowls and Cups in Bottom Cabinets.
I store my everyday dishes in a bottom kitchen cabinet that is traditionally used for serving dishes. My children (ages 3-8) are old enough to set the table, pour their own cereal, and get themselves a drink.
Keeping the dishes in cabinets they can reach allows my children more independence and reduces the number of times I have to wait on them.
Do you already use these tips or is there one that's new to you? Are you working on any home organization projects? Please share in the comments.
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