It’s inevitable: the longer you live in your home, the more things you accumulate – and the faster those things get completely disorganized.
It can be a challenge to keep your home organized, but a well-organized home is worth the effort: living in a clean, streamlined home can help lower stress and anxiety, and knowing exactly where everything is in your house can save you time and headaches when you need to find something in a pinch.
But getting your home in shape doesn’t have to be difficult – no matter how much stuff you’re dealing with. Here are 6 organizational hacks for a clean, streamlined home:
1. Repurpose shoeboxes as drawer dividers
If the interior of your dresser looks like a bomb exploded, with stray socks and t-shirts strewn haphazardly, you’ll love this DIY hack.
Cut a variety of shoeboxes by length and width, and then insert the appropriate sizes into drawers to separate sections and better organize your clothing. You can use your homemade shoe dividers to separate your socks and intimates, your sleep shirts for your everyday shirts, or your casual leggings from your exercise leggings.
2. Use kitchen tools to organize your beauty collection
If you’re a person with a large assortment of beauty products, you know they can quickly take over your bathroom or vanity. But you can easily borrow some tools and storage units from the kitchen and use them to organize a variety of beauty products.
Buy stackable Tupperware and use them to store your beauty products; skin care products in one container, facial makeup in another, and lip glosses on top. Grab your favorite colorful coffee mug and use it as storage for your makeup brushes. Fill glass cookie jars with your eyeshadow or nail polish collection – not only does it help you get your products organized, but it makes a fun piece of decor to pull some color into your bathroom or vanity area.
3. Use shower hooks to whip your closet into shape
While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “shower hooks” is likely to be shower curtain, if you’re using them solely for that purpose, you’re missing out on some serious closet organizational potential.
Shower hooks are the secret ingredient to a streamlined and well-organized closet. Hang them directly on your curtain rod to organize your belts and purses, or add them to the bottom of a hangar to better organize your scarves.
If you have a sports fan in the house, shower hooks are also a great way to keep hats nice and organized – add them to the bottom of a hanger to keep them all in one place.
4. Use shoe organizers for shoes and more
Shoe organizers are a great way to get your shoes off the floor and maximize space in your closet. But who says you have to stop at shoes? Shoe organizers are handy tools for dealing with clutter that happens above the ankles as well. You can use them to store everything from sweaters to jeans – to maximize the space even more, roll your clothing before storing.
5. Use a tension rod to organize your cleaning products
If you have a thousand and one cleaning products underneath your sink – but can never seem to find the right one when you need it – try this organizational hack to bring some order back to your cabinets.
Measure your cabinet and then purchase and install the appropriately sized tension rod. Hang all of your spray-nozzle cleaning products on the tension rod; this will give you easy access to the cleaning products you need and clear up space on the bottom of the cabinet for your non-spray-nozzle products and other essentials.
6. Use CD cases or magazine files to organize your mail
While most things get done via email these days, there’s still plenty of paper mail to deal with. And since it comes every day, if you don’t have a system for organizing it, it can quickly get out of control.
Repurpose that old CD case into a mail organizer by flipping it on its side and labeling each section with the appropriate category, like bills, school papers, and coupons. Or, if you’re dealing with a ton of mail, use one magazine file per category and line them up on your desk.
Organizing your home takes a bit of time and effort, but with these hacks, you’ll have your home feeling cleaner, more streamlined, and more organized before you know it. And that time and effort? Totally worth it for the peace you’ll feel when enjoying your new, organized home.