No matter how large your home or apartment might be, everyone can benefit from some extra space. A well-organized home creates a calming sense of spaciousness and order. Whether your last spring cleaning was a year ago or a decade ago, you can make your home feel more open and welcoming without spending a lot of money or time. Here are a few easy home organization hacks you can try today.
Start in your kitchen
Your kitchen is the hub of your entire living space. Whether you love to cook or consider a box of cereal a perfectly acceptable gourmet meal, an organized kitchen sets the tone for the rest of your home. Start by taking a tour of your fridge and pantry. Throw out any expired or half-eaten food that you’ll never finish. Donate any non-perishable foods that are still fresh but that you know you won’t eat. If your pantry area is a free-for-all of cans and boxes, try using some simple shelving to sort food by type. Bonus: you may save on your grocery bill because you can see at a glance what you already have and won’t overbuy.
Make an entrance
Your entryway is the first impression people have of your living space. It’s also the place that welcomes you and your family home every day. Make your entryway both appealing and functional with a bench or sitting area for people to take off their shoes when they come in. Add hooks to the wall to organize purses, backpacks, and pet leashes. Put a weatherproof mat under the bench for muddy rain boots and dripping umbrellas. If the space is small, adding a mirror will help create an illusion of spaciousness and double as a way to sneak a quick makeup or hair check on your way out of the house.
Turn your bedroom into a refuge
It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep in a room that feels chaotic. If your bedroom feels more stifling than soothing, it’s time to clear it out. First, go through your closet with a critical eye. Donate anything you haven’t worn in over a year. Next, gather out-of-season clothes and store them in under-bed containers or vacuum-sealed bags. Use the extra space in your closet for storage racks to keep your bedroom free from the clutter of extra clothes, shoes, and books.
Create an enviable home office
Most homes have a dedicated room (or even a corner) for paying bills, working on crafts, or doing homework. An organized office space makes every task feel more manageable. One easy way to de-clutter your office area is to sort, scan, shred, and recycle any paper you don’t need and then endeavor to go digital as much as possible. Another simple way to make the most of your space is to throw out any unusable writing utensils and supplies and place the remaining pens, pencils, and files in bins or simple desk organizers.
Make your living room more than livable
Living and family rooms see the most traffic of any rooms in your home. They should feel welcoming and cozy, with plenty of space for family and friends to curl up and make themselves at home. Consider adding a multi-purpose piece like a coffee table with built-in storage or an ottoman that opens up to hold extra throw pillows and blankets. Furniture can be both beautiful and multi-functional. Even if you don’t need the extra storage on a regular day, it’s convenient to have a place to quickly stow items before guests arrive, and you need to make more room.
Create a beautiful bathroom
While you may not think of your bathroom as a room you spend a great deal of time in, consider this: it’s the first room you use each day and the last one you use before you go to bed. A neatly organized bathroom can help get your day off to a smooth start. If you have a lot of clutter on your vanity top, add a hanging organizer to the back of your bathroom door to hold and organize your makeup, jewelry, or hair supplies. Try rolling your extra towels and hanging them on a decorative wall rack for a spa-like aesthetic. Maximize your space under the sink with storage baskets and caddies to keep items sorted and in easy reach when you need them.
When it comes to home organization, even small steps make a big difference. You don’t have to hire a professional to redesign your entire space or spend a lot of money to create an environment that feels open, inviting, and thoughtfully-constructed.