There’s a lot of talk about clutter in our homes, but often what seems like clutter is simple disorganization. Take a little time to put some systems into place and a lot of that clutter magically disappears. Use these quick organization hacks to make some of your home’s messiest spots orderly in no time.
1. Put a wine rack in the laundry room. Organize items like dusters, cleaning gloves and flashlights by installing a vertical wine rack on the wall. It will corral those items you use frequently and keep them in easy reach.
2. Make your bed. One of the first things all new military recruits learn to do is to make their beds properly. It may sound trite, but having a made bed instantly makes the room look neater, and you feel better, too.
3. Divide and conquer. Use clear plastic boxes in your drawers and on shelves to organize. For example, place shoe boxes side by side in a drawer to sort socks by color or to store camisoles, wristlets or scarves.
4. Tame your Tupperware. The plastic storage food containers we use in the kitchen get notoriously messy. Use a clear box to store all the lids on their sides, like a file. Next, stack containers inside one another.
5. Get a utensil holder. Add a round ceramic pitcher near the stove to hold all the utensils you most frequently use. The rest? Put them in a drawer.
6. Organize kitchen drawers. And speaking of drawers: Adding dividers to your utensil or knife drawers will keep them from becoming a jumbled mess.
7. Tackle bathroom counter chaos. The bathroom counter is often the scene of a beauty product explosion. Curb the chaos by adding a lazy Susan to the cabinet. Put frequently used items on the first shelf in the cabinet. If all you have is space under the sink, go for a double lazy Susan. The top rail keeps small items from toppling over.
8. Use magazine racks. Libraries and airline clubs know that keeping papers and magazines organized keeps the whole place neat. Get a standing magazine floor rack with multiple sections to put all your reading material in one place instead of spread out on the top of tables, end tables and nightstands.