Resolved to stay organized in 2018? We're sharing a few top tips courtesy of home organization expert, Marty Basher to help you conquer the clutter, streamline the stuff, and keep your home looking neat and nifty.
Resolution 1: Start with the space that is typically the biggest contributor to household clutter: the clothes closets. Using the chair or ottoman to throw your clothes on isn’t unusual. Having piles of clean laundry that need folding is a state most of us can relate to. But all of that clothing clutter starts and ends with your closets.
Step one: Pull EVERYTHING out of your closet. Do this on a day when you can really own the task and get it done. You need to go through each piece and decide if you really want to keep it or if it can be donated or thrown out. This is hard, as we tend to get sentimental about that old fringe jacket from high school, but the reality is that if you haven’t worn it in upwards of five years, you probably never will.
Step 2: While everything is out of the closet, get a tape measure out and take your closet measurements. With those numbers, as well as the amount of things you are planning to keep piled up, you can use a DIY custom service to design a new closet system that you can install yourself, quickly and easily, and at a fraction of the cost of using a firm, such as ModularClosets.com.
Step 3: Get into the habit of putting away clean laundry as soon as possible and you’ll find your clutter level drop, helping to create that zen, comfortable feeling that a bedroom should have.
Resolution 2: Investigate all the communal closets.
Step 1: Keep your sheet sets organized by folding them and placing them in one of the matching pillow cases. That way, you have a complete set, ready to pull out and put on the beds without rooting through all the sheets to find the various pieces.
Step 2: Fold large towels down into thirds with the fold facing out, for a tidy look.
Step 3: For hall closets, having baskets, shelves, or drawers for each member of the family to store their various smaller items, like mittens and scarves, can make it easier to put things away every day and find them again the next day.
Step 4: Hooks are your friend: hats, scarves, purses, are all more accessible and kept off the floor with hooks.
Resolution 3: Don’t forget your small storage spaces!
Step 1: Go through pantries and discard any past due or old items. This is true for the medicine cabinet and your makeup drawer too: old makeup carries germs, so it’s best to get rid of it and treat yourself to something new! Old medication needs to be disposed of safely.
Step 2: Maximize space by getting rid of packaging and instead leveraging canisters or clear food grade plastic containers for all your dry goods. In the bathroom, you can keep a container with cotton balls in the cabinet with the rest stored away in the linen closet, instead of a big bag of cotton balls that falls out every time someone opens the door!
Step 3: Make sure that everything in the kitchen and bathroom has a proper place, so counters can avoid being cluttered. There are a lot of nifty hangers, baskets and other storage implements that can help you keep everything from toilet paper to towels in an accessible but tidy place.
This is not a sponsored post. Expert tips were provided by Marty Basher, home organization expert for Modular Closets. Modular Closets are high-quality and easy-to-design closet systems you can order, assemble and install yourself, in no time at all.