It’s 2013. Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions?
This year I have resolved to simplify and tame clutter in my life and home. My children are growing up so quickly and the pace of life has sped up. In a constant rush-hour “go BIG or go home” world, I have resolved to re-evaluate and carefully curate everything that makes up my life. I have a strong desire to S L O W down and savor the moments, to reclaim peace and not take anything for granted. Less truly can be more if what you have is the stuff that really matters. You have probably heard the saying, “the best things in life aren’t things”. This more than ever is true. If your home is free from clutter and organized you will spend less time trying to contain the chaos and corral your stuff and more time enjoying life. This month in the blog I will be tackling home organization room by room and will share my successes and ideas with you as I tame clutter and reclaim my space. For now, here are some home organization photos that have inspired me. I hope they will inspire you also.
In the kitchen storage is paramount. Vertical storage for baking sheets and trays eliminates stacking, scratches and back breaking bending to reach these items. If you don’t want a permanent solution, you can purchase tray stands like this one at most kitchen cabinet retailers.
Scrubbers and sponges are unsightly. These tilt out trays are an easy and inexpensive DIY project in the kitchen. Best of all, the trays are removable and can be washed. I love the stainless ones from Rev-A Shelf.
Aside from the kitchen the bathroom is the other storage starved room where there never seems to be enough space. If reworking your current cabinetry is not feasable, you can easily install this hot tool organizer inside a cabinet door under the sink.
Pegboard is so versatile. It’s not just for the garage anymore. Give it a coat of paint, frame it out and use decorative knobs or drawer pulls to provide attractive storage for your accessories in your closet.
An organized refrigerator can be the difference between getting a healthy home cooked meal on the table and ordering pizza AGAIN. If you don’t have a Crate and Barrel near you, I’ve seen these bins at my local Kroger and also at Bed, Bath & Beyond.
I think this plate rack would be perfect over the desk to organize the family message center. The hooks are a good place to store backpacks and lunch boxes. Each family member could have a designated space for homework, mail, etc.
For any organizational system to work, you need rules. Everything in it’s place or no amount of labels, bins and fabulous storage will solve your clutter challenges. In my home that means training my children to put their things away. I’ve found that once they lose a toy for an afternoon they are much more likely to put it away after they’re done playing 🙂 No, I’m NOT a mean mommy and YES, they will thank me later.
Ok, that’s enough teasers for now. I will share more home organization tips in a future post. If you just can’t wait, stop by our Pinterest home organization board for more great ideas.
~Beautiful Home Ideas
Comment and share your biggest housekeeping/organizational challenges and any home organization tips that you find successful.