Today is Organize Your Home Day! From today until next Friday, I will be sharing some great organizational ideas and product recommendations to help you organize your home.
Rachael Liska, senior editor at Fresh Home magazine, has some great tips for sorting through the mess. From creating a storage space for all of your winter gear to constructing the perfect at home office, you’ll clear out the clutter and may even be surprised by what you find!
Plow Yourself Out
Layer it. Hang multiple jackets on top of each other, organized by how often you wear them. You can also put the space below the coats to work by adding shelving or drawers for overflow items.
Sort it. An over-the-door shoe organizer is ideal for keeping winter accessories in check. Get an organizer with an ample number of pockets, so each family member has four to five spots to stow gloves, hats and scarves. Label the pouches to make it easier.
I like the above idea because the rocks allow the water to filter – so boots are not sitting in a big puddle. The only problem with this is that the rocks eventually get smelly/discoloured and will need to be replaced. One can just put the rocks outside, though – maybe slowly filling in an area around a plant or something?!
This one is nice because this bin can be used different ways – for gardening, for instance. I like the holes in the side but wish there were some in the bottom as well for drainage.
Drip-Dry it. When possible, wet boots and sport shoes should be removed in the garage or at the doorstep to keep soggy footprints at bay. Rest shoes in a shallow, waterproof box filled with river rocks to catch mud and melting snow. If you have a garage, attach wire racks or baskets low on the wall to hold footwear. To help tall boots retain their shape, keep rolled-up magazines or empty wine bottles at the ready.
Remember it. If you have frequent sports practices and games, or venture outdoors often for recreational activities, laminate a checklist of needed gear and zip-tie it to your athletic bag. (Not a bad idea for any season!) Check the list before you leave, and again when you return home, to make sure nothing is left behind.
Simplify it. As the seasons change, take some time to go through last year’s gear and purge the items you aren’t using. First to go should be items that don’t fit or are in poor repair. Clear out hats, gloves and mittens you seldom use. Chances are you’ll be so distracted by the new tidiness that you won’t miss them.
Via Fresh Home Blog