My husband and I used to live in a really small apartment and nothing ever seemed to have a place. I was overwhelmed with clutter and it drove me insane!
We purchased our first home about 6 months ago, in April. *Happy dance* It’s a beautiful 4-bedroom, 4 bathroom home. Once we moved, we had so much space we didn’t know what to do with it. So, before we got to comfortable, I got a few organizational helpers to keep our space feeling clean and clutter free.
After all, a clean home is a happy home. & I don’t know about you, but when my home is clean, I just feel better.
“Self reflection is the first step to decluttering, because it’s not about the stuff.” (click to Tweet)
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So, without further ado (or is it “adieu”???)…
Anyways, LET’S GET STARTED!
Is it just me or is the kitchen the most daunting room in the house? Every time I think about doing something in here it instantly drains me. Maybe it’s because this is where all of the cooking and most of the cleaning is done. If you think about it – you do the dishes here, wipe the counters, sweep the floors, wipe the fridge, etc, etc, etc, time and time again.
Here are just a few of my life saving tools in the kitchen:
Get that fruit out of your fridge and display it on your counter. It acts as a decoration and it saves you some space in the fridge.
P.S. If you have healthy snacks out where you’re likely to see them, you’ll generally reach for them whenever you’re feeling snacky – just a tip!!
I have a basket similar to this one that I stick my cookbooks in. The basket sits in the corner on my counter and the cookbooks are easily accessible.
I have this exact utensil holder. Before buying this, though, I had a wire one and the handles of the cooking utensils would always slide through the openings. It was very frustrating. Plus, I always had to dig for what I wanted which drove me nuts. This utensil holder makes it so much easier to spin it around, find what you need, and best of all, nothing falls out!
Our bathroom counters were always full of clutter and you couldn’t ever seem to find what you were looking for in the drawers. Until I changed my ways.
Here are a few things I use in our bathrooms to keep clutter at bay:
This organizer is perfect for make-up brushes. Or, if you have a large family, it could act as a toothbrush holder. Honestly, you could put whatever you wanted in it.
These bins are amazing! They interlock with each other, so you can make the drawer organizer as big or small as you want. Use 2 in a drawer, or use 5, it’s completely your choice! As long as they fit in the drawer.
Towel hooks (or bars) are also a great investment! They keep the towels and robes off the floor. This keeps them drier and cleaner, meaning you don’t have to wash them every use!
Baskets or hampers are another must have in your bathroom. The dirty clothes go into them and then you don’t have to look at (or smell) them until laundry day. And on laundry day, you can carry the whole hamper or basket to the laundry room instead of trying to hold everything in your arms.
In my house, we have a designated area for toys. But even in that designated area, the toys can get overwhelming.
Here are a couple organization tools we use for toys:
Here’s a plastic cart with drawers. We have a similar one that is white, but ours only has 3 drawers. I’ve also seen these with wheels, but that’s your preference. We don’t want wheels because our little one is just learning how to walk, and we don’t want her pushing it around or tipping it over.
We have a tote similar to this, only ours isn’t clear. I’ve found that a tote is WAY less expensive than a toy box, but it serves the same purpose!
My husband was always getting on me because I was always leaving my shoes all over the apartment (guilty as charged!). After we moved, I found these shoe organizers. Now, each pair has their own home!
This is the exact over the door organizer I have. It holds 24 pair of shoes and it’s mesh so the fabric is stretchy for larger shoes. I keep ours right inside the door in our coat closet. When I come in and take my coat and shoes off, they both go straight into the closet.
Another fantastic shoe rack. I keep this next to the door with a rug underneath it. If it has been raining or snowing and I don’t want to put my shoes in a closet to get mildew-y, I put them on this rack until they are dry enough to put away.
If you’re a boot fanatic like myself, these are a must have! They keep your boots from folding over and cracking or bending. I keep these in my boots in the bottom of our coat closet or right next to the standing shoe rack I just mentioned.
Junk mail is the biggest source of clutter. All the paper drives me nuts. How dare those big companies waste all of those trees to send me a pre-approved credit card that I definitely won’t be using!
Tools to help decrease paper clutter:
My husband checks the mail when he gets home from work every day. And before, I never seemed to get any of it because it was put in a different spot every day. After we had a missed payment and were charged a $50 late fee on a $5 toll, we decided it was time to do something different (by “we” I mean “I”).
I bought this mail organizer and it was such an amazing transformation in the flow of things for both of us. As soon as my husband comes home, he throws the mail in there for me to look at later. Our keys hang on the hooks and I hang the grocery list on the cork board each week so I can grab it on my way out the door. I don’t use the chalkboard, so that’s just a bonus!
I also keep a basket like this right under the door organizer. When I go through the mail every few days I throw junk mail in it (I don’t throw it in the trashcan because most of it has personal information on it). At the end of the week when I pay my bills (usually on Sundays), I shred the papers in the basket and put it in the recycling bin. That way our personal info is protected and but I’m not looking at mountains of junk mail paper clutter all over the house.
There ya have it. A few tools that I use around my house to keep things looking organized.
What types of organizers do you use? Do you have any other tips? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Have a beautiful day!