How to Spring Ahead: Organization Edition
Your mess is no match for these organization tips and hacks.
Life seems to move a mile a minute sometimes. We’re so focused on the task (or millions) at hand that we allow other things to fall on the back burner – organization being one of these. The problem with this is that while it gives us more time to focus on what we’re tying to get done, it makes our lives harder in the end. Messy, unkept surroundings not only clutter our atmosphere, but they also cloud our minds and lead to stress. Things can get lost or misplaced and visual mess overwhelms us and is not good for us in any way. While some of us put a lot of emphasis on being neat and organized, others believe this quality skipped right over them and that they don’t have the ability to maintain an organized life. Lucky for them, there’s an endless amount of organizational tips and hacks that not only make your life a lot easier, but use common household objects, saving you big bucks that most organizational systems cost. Instead of repeatedly telling yourself “tomorrow I’ll get my things in order,” (which never happens anyway), do it now! Get a head start on organizing your life and welcoming spring on a light, airy note with How to Spring Ahead: Organization Edition.
TIPS AND HACKS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR…
- If you have messy desk drawers, place a muffin tin inside! They double as perfect compartments for small items such as paperclips, rubber bands, or thumb tacks.
- Need to keep your business cards together but have nowhere to put them? Decorate an old mint case and place them in there, this way they’re easy to stuff in your bag on your way out the door incase you ever need one. Containers meant for storing a bar of soap work great as well!
- Inexpensive paint cans are a perfect (and totally chic) way to store items. Use them as a pencil holder, or lay them on their side on a shelf to hold notes and letters.
- Save some money and create your own bulletin board with this easy DIY Tutorial.
- Untangle those out of hand charger wires and make them more appealing to the eye by using a shoebox.
- Attach some magazine holders on your wall to both maximize storage and clear up some much needed space on your desk.
- Check out 20 Printables in order to label things and easily stay organized.
- Don’t have enough desk space? Glue the lid of a mason jar to the underneath of your desk. This way you can use the jar to store small items and it can easily be screwed on and off of the lid.
- Use a dish drying rack to hold and organize file folders.
- Want a reusable calendar? Grab 7 pretty paint swatches, place them in a picture frame, and write on the glass with a dry erase marker to make a calendar that can be hung on the wall and used year after year.
- By hanging a wooden magazine holder horizontally, it serves as a pretty awesome corner shelf!
- Lining the perimeter of your walls right underneath the ceiling with shelves is a perfect way to add something to that blank space as well as providing you with more surface to store or display things.
- Need somewhere to store your jewelry without ruining it? Attach a corkboard to the inside of your closet door and hang your jewelry on there. This prevents tangles and damage.
- Placing shower curtain rings on a hanger is perfect for hanging multiple things in one spot, such as scarves, belts, or hats.
- Have too many T-shirts but no room for them? Stack them in your drawers vertically. This maximizes your drawer space while making it easier to see them all.
- Have a vanity in your room where you sit and do your makeup? Attaching mason jars to the wall near the vanity is a cute way to organize makeup or brushes.
- Christmas ornament organizers are the perfect organizer for your undies and socks.
- A bar cart can be doubled as a storage space in a totally chic way. Paint it a color to accent your room and voila! Easy storage that can be moved wherever you want.
- Paint a small plank of wood and attach cute knobs to it. Hang it on your wall and it’s the perfect way to hang items such as scarves or handbags.
- Place bins under your bed for an easy way to store things but keep them hidden.
- Inexpensive mason jars are the perfect storage container for small items such as Q-tips and cotton balls, and they look cute too!
- Constantly losing your bobby pins? Add a magnetic strip to the inside side of a vanity drawer to ensure you never lose another one.
- A silverware organizer found at your local dollar store is the perfect way to organize items in your vanity drawers such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.
- Attach a cute wicker basket to the side of your vanity for a chic way to store your extra rolls of toilet paper.
- Have any cleaning supplies under your sink? Add a tension rod underneath and hang spray bottles on it by their handles in order to free up space on the bottom of the cabinet.
- Paper towel holders are a great way to store your rings or bracelets without losing any.
- Hanging command hooks on the inside of your vanity cabinet is the perfect way to hang up curling irons, straightening irons, or blow dryers. Just wrap the cord around itself and hang on the hook.
- Small ladders are perfect for leaning against your bathroom wall and using as a towel rack. It looks insanely chic too!
- Wine racks are also perfect for towels. Just roll the towel up and place it where the wine bottle would go.
- Hang up shoe racks are perfect for hanging on the inside of a vanity door to store things such as bathroom cleaning supplies, face washes, or backup hand soaps.
- Placing CD racks on their side in your kitchen drawers is the perfect way to organize tupperware lids.
- By recycling items like coffee creamer bottles, for example, you have a simple way to store small snacks, such as goldfish, while keeping them fresh for longer.
- Turn empty baby food jars into reusable spice containers.
- Attach a magazine rack to the inside of your cabinets to organize pesky lids for pots and pans.
- Like the look of repurposing items into something completely different? Take the handle off of an old metal rake, hang the rake on the wall, and use it as a wine glass rack.
- Flowerpots are a cute holder for items such as spatulas, wooden spoons, and whisks.
- Clean out an old toolbox, give it a pretty paint or stain finish, and use it as a caddy for silverware for the next party you’re hosting.
- Do you save plastic shopping bags for later use, yet all they wind up doing is cluttering up your cabinets? Use an empty tissue box for easy storage.
- Use a pants hanger to hang up a cookbook recipe from your cabinet handle while you cook.
- If you’re lucky enough to have a huge walk-in pantry, use a hang up shoe organizer again, this time to store small items such as snacks or tea bags.
- Attach a piece of slat wall or a pegboard to the wall with shelves and pegs for easy hang-up storage.
- Hang a pool noodle horizontally on the wall and cut vertical slits in it. These slits are perfect for hanging fishing rods in.
- Attach a magnetic strip on the wall in order to make sure you never lose drill bits and small metal items.
- Attach coat hooks to the wall to hang up your hose and prevent it from tangling.
- Turn a pallet on its side and use it as a holder for sports equipment, such as bats and hockey sticks, or for items such as rakes and shovels.
- Mason jars always come in handy. Use them to store items such as screws or nails.
- Add a bookshelf with baskets to store small items.
- Don’t have the ability to hang shelves on the walls? Open up a ladder, place a piece of plywood across the steps, and use these as shelves for storage.
- Use a shower caddy to hold bottles of car fluids or pool chemicals.
- Attach a piece of PVC pipe horizontally on the wall with a slit cut in the front. Slide in a roll of garbage bags for an easy bag dispenser.