Tips for Keeping Your House in Order

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Imagine coming home from a long day at the office and not having to clear the table off before you can dine. You don’t need expensive containers or hours of effort to have a well-organized home. The following are some suggestions for arranging your home’s various rooms.

Principles in General:

o Take everything (or as much as you can) out of the room before beginning your organization and storage initiatives.

The next step is to evaluate the room’s function.

If you haven’t used anything in a year, it’s probably not something you need, so donate it, recycle it, or get rid of it (as a last resort).

As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” Don’t try to cram too much into a little area.

Don’t forget to draw a floor plan, including all the existing furniture and fittings. Door and window placement should be noted, as should the placement of electrical outlets, switches, and other fixtures. If you need new shelves, cabinets, or other forms of storage, you’ll have all the necessary dimensions on hand.

Kitchens

It’s essential to have easy access to the appliances and materials you use most often in a busy kitchen. Bulk purchases, pressure cookers, and the fondue pot are just some of the infrequently used goods found in kitchens.

o Once everything has been moved out of the kitchen, you should begin by cleaning the cupboards and drawers.

Make new divisions or hubs of activity. Flour, sugar, and starches should all be stored in the same cabinet, whereas canned goods and breakfast foods should be kept separately.

Think about the ideal place to put things back in the cabinets before you put them away. Put your cooking utensils and seasonings within easy reach of the burner. The dishwasher or sink should be within easy reach of the dishes.

Put tray dividers in your base cabinet to stand up your trays, cookie sheets, and muffin tins.

To avoid cluttering your base cabinets, consider installing a pot rack on the wall or ceiling. Lid holders can be attached to the inside of cabinetry to keep them out of the way.

o Base cabinets with pull-out baskets or shelves make it simpler to access objects kept there.

Wall cabinets with three-tiered step shelves make it easy to find and access your canned goods, spices, and condiments.

If your kitchen doesn’t have an island, you might want to look into purchasing one that’s already been created. Many are mobile, making rearranging your kitchen to suit your needs simple. The movable island you have at your disposal could serve as a handy pot and pan rack.

Bathrooms

The storage and organization issues in a bathroom are unique. The weather is typically warm and muggy. The bathroom might be your private retreat, or several people could use it at once.

o Determine which items you’ll want to hide from visitors (and put away in cabinets) and which ones you’ll want to put on exhibit (and leave out).

o Look for dead space in the lavatory, such as above the tub or toilet, behind the door, on the walls, in the cupboards, and the corners. Can I install a bar or shelf there?

o If you share a bathroom with several people, it’s a good idea to get cabinets with multiple shelves so everyone has their place.

Garages

Garages are the final resort when it comes to storing anything. Hardware, sporting goods, yard and garden equipment, trash, and recyclables are all safely stashed there. Vehicles are sometimes kept there as well.

To begin, sort everything in the garage into distinct piles. When putting everything back, do so in its respective place. This will facilitate both the finding of necessary materials and their subsequent storage after project completion.

If you have less-used objects, you may want to store them up high. Both closed, and open choices are available. If you store things in the ceiling, it can be challenging to recall what you put there.

If you have kids, keep all poisons and other potentially harmful goods locked up and out of reach.

Garage shelving can be set up in unlimited configurations using slat walls similar to those found in many retail apparel stores. Almost any hook or shelf can be mounted to a slat wall.

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