Create Living Rooms You Can Live With!
Living rooms are spaces in our home where we often spend the most time, and leave the most clutter behind. Keep living rooms livable, and ready for guests, by employing a few organizational strategies.
**Use a magazine rack to reduce clutter on tables.
**Use baskets under tables for extra storage of things like books, puzzles or games.
**Invest in a sturdy cabinet or bookshelf for music and movies. If you are short on space, get rid of the jewel cases for music and instead use a music binder, or basket.
**If you have kids, use a container with a lid for stashing toys that are left behind. You can even find footstools with hidden compartments for this job.
**Reduce tabletop clutter of multitudes of framed photos by using a digital photo frame. Or, displaying just a few at a time and swapping them occasionally will really showcase your favorites.
Do you use any of these organizing methods in your home? Will you give one these a try? Please share in the comments!
Make condiment storage easy!
Has anyone tried this trick for storing their condiment bottles for easier use? Seems simple and potentially quite useful! Please share in the comments if you like this idea, or have tried it yourself.
Maintain Your Home With Proper Tool Storage
Whether you are a serious carpenter, or only use tools occasionally, storing your tools properly will make every job you tackle easier. Here are a few steps to get your space ready:
1. Sort your tools by function and size.
2. Gather tool accessories and keep them with their mates, such as drills and bits.
3. Utilize any wall space to install heavy duty hooks. Secure hanging tools with bungee cords.
4. Store power tools off of the ground in sealed cabinets or containers.
5. Invest in stationary plastic drawers for small parts.
6. If most of your tools are stored in the basement or other decentralized locations, keep a smaller "project" toolbox in your main home space. A useful spot may be in an entryway closet. Stock this box with a few staple items to have close at hand (i.e. hammer, screwdriver, tape measure).
Make all of your projects and household chores easier by organizing your tools. Have a great week! 😀 🛠️
Home offices / work spaces should provide room in which you can peacefully and efficiently work. But, clutter can stand in the way (literally!) between you and that goal. Make your workspace work for you by organizing the office clutter.
1. Use filing cabinets (or carts) well, labeling each file folder and using a system that works for you (i.e. alphabetizing, categorizing, or color-coding).
2. Use file boxes to store older files that don't need to be immediately accessed. Store these boxes in a location other than the office, such as in an attic, closet, or garage.
3. Shred all documents that you don't need anymore. Here is some more info from the IRS on how long papers should be kept: https://www.irs.gov/…/small-…/how-long-should-i-keep-records
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4. Incorporate AT LEAST one comfort item, such as a radio, favorite picture, or stress ball that will help make work more enjoyable.
What item in your work space makes you smile? Please share in the comments below.
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Design a Dining Room for Dual Purposes!
Dining rooms are often used not only for dining, but for doing homework, reading the paper, sorting and paying bills, or many other tasks where a table is desired. Keep your dining room functional for dining, as well as these other activities with a few simple ideas.
-Incorporate a small dresser into the room. Use one or two drawers for table cloths and napkins. The others can be used for items like pens, pencils, and scissors that might be used frequently at the table.
-If you read the paper at the table, keep a decorative recycling basket nearby to avoid stacks of paper on the floor.
-If the dining room doubles as a homework zone, hang decorative pegs for backpacks. Or keep a homework cart nearby that can be easily rolled out of sight.
-Keep a small trash can nearby by for all of those activities other than dining that leave a mess.
What activities occur in your dining room? Do you use any of these tips to stay organized? Please share in the comments!