Do More Than Clean … Get Organized!
[colored_box color=”blue”]Each spring, whether it be tradition or instinct, we are compelled to clean and refresh our homes. With everything pulled out of closet and drawers, it’s also the perfect time to take a closer look at how well our homes are functioning for us. Are things in the right place? Are they easy to get to? Do we even know where they are? Life is always changing and sometimes our storage and organizing systems simply don’t keep up. Here are a few ways to up your organizing game.[/colored_box]
Lessen your laundry load
Unlike other processes, laundry is one system that runs through your entire home and since it doesn’t stop, it’s really worth thinking about how to make it less onerous. Consider designing your laundry system to meet your family’s needs using these simple steps:
- Make it easy to collect laundry by providing a hamper in every room.
- Provide a sorter in the laundry room to divide clothes into categories that makes sense for you. You can sort by lights, darks, delicates, heavy duty, towels, or by person.
- Pre-treat and wash clothes.
- Dry clothes either in a dryer or on an efficient drying rack to save money and preserve your clothes. Hanging clothes can mean they dry with fewer wrinkles. Remove clothes from the dryer before clothes get cold and wrinkles set.
- Sort by person & have each person fold and put their own clothes away.
Capitalize on kitchen & Storage
If you’re frustrated by inefficient storage in an older kitchen, consider these two simple tools to maximize what I call your prime kitchen real estate. It’s important that any cupboard that you can reach easily store your most commonly used items.
If you’re vertically challenged, you may only be able to reach the first or second shelf in your upper cabinets. Adding shelf risers instantly doubles your storage capacity. You’ll need to choose shorter mugs, glasses or bowls to have them fit, but it’s an easy way to put more within arm’s reach.
What about lower cabinets?
Deep and dark, they are often home to long-forgotten gadgets. Fix this by installing pull-out drawers. Go for custom drawers to make sure no space is wasted. The best company for this is Gliding Shelf Solutions. Converting your existing cabinets with pull-out shelves will make what you own both easier to see and accessible, while getting you organized in the process. There will no longer be an excuse to keep things you are no longer using which in turn frees up more space.
Control Closet Chaos
It’s easy to keep adding to a closet and forget to take things away. If you’re struggling to find things in your closet, consider these rules for an easy to use wardrobe.
- Be sure the closet is well lit. If you can’t see it, you’re less likely to use it.
- Respect the limits of your space. If you can’t pull an item out without pulling three others with it, it may be time to edit your collection.
- Group like-with-like by clothing type to free up vertical space.
- Add closet organizers to customize storage to suit what you own.
[colored_box color=”blue”]more helpful tips for organizing this spring Use the simple Streamlife P.L.A.N.™ to get organized and its four steps to any successful organizing system: prioritize, liberate, arrange and nurture.
- Prioritize – Define what you want to do in a space and how it should feel.
- Liberate – Let go of things that don’t fit your vision for the space.
- Arrange – Place things so that they take the appropriate amount of energy to access.
- Nurture – Cultivate habits to maintain order such as employing the one-in-one-out rule.
For more information, visit www.streamlife.ca.
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