One of the cheapest ways to make your home a better space is to keep it more organized. However, that’s often easier said than done. Even if you don’t have the time or inclination to maintain a highly organized home there are a few tricks you can use to help keep things from becoming a cluttered mess. Here you will find seven great ways to make sure your home will be as organized as you want it to be.
Take Advantage of Empty Space
Empty spaces under beds and sofas are a great place to store things that might normally take up space in the closet or even your living room. Specially designed trays allow you to easily add sliding storage to the spaces you have available. Unlike boxes and crates, sliding storage will keep things easily accessible. Measure the space and purchase the tray that is the closest fit for best results.
The pantry you have in your kitchen likely has about a foot of unused shelf space on every shelf. If you do use all of the shelf space, it is impossible to get to something that is placed close to the wall. If you use narrow sliding shelves, you can store anything in them and always have access to each item. These are designed to be pulled out directly into the kitchen so you can get what you need and close it again to hide it. They work well in the narrow space between a wall and refrigerator.
Use Velcro to Keep Spices Handy
As you are cooking going into the spice cabinet can take time. You do not want to waste even a second rummaging around for the perfect spice. Attach Velcro coins like the ones in the image above from HookandLoop.com, to the bottom of your spices as well as to the wall over your stove. When not in use, the spices hang harmlessly from the wall. Alternately, the spices can hang off of the wall on their sides if you attach the Velcro to the side of the container. If you don’t want to replace the Velcro when replacing spices, purchase refillable spice dispensers and attach these to the wall instead.
Hanging Shelves Gets Things off the Floor
Most homes have empty space close to the ceiling in rooms like the kitchen, living room, and garage. Hanging shelves provide you with yet another space where you can store items you are not going to use right away. Decorative hanging shelves provide you with something attractive to look at while keeping additional mess off of the floor.
Nesting Bowls and Pans Saves Space
The space in your kitchen cabinets can be limited. Taking advantage of nesting bowls and pans can help you make the most of this space. Nesting allows you to contain 10 bowls in the same space you would normally only store the largest of the bowls. Best of all, you are guaranteed to have all the different sizes of bowls you need when you are getting ready to mix or serve.
These are just a few of the tips you can use to keep your home more organized and to help you enjoy your space even more.
About the Author
Alex Stahl attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Alex stayed in Miami, where he managed staff and inventory for two restaurants, gaining expertise in inventory management. With over a decade of experience in sales and customer service, Alex moved to Jacksonville, Florida and took a position as purchasing agent for HookandLoop.com. As the business has continued to grow, the HookandLoop.com website has grown as well. Alex has helped in developing the new site’s navigation and product selection.