It’s that time of year… the time where goals are set, intentions are made, plans are arranged, and the direction of the New Year is settled. There’s something about a completely new year that gives us motivation, pushes us to be better, and causes us to crave that change for the better. And often in our homes, this manifests as organizing, pairing down, simplifying, and sprucing up, all in the hopes that it will create a space that is more functional and cozy.
So let’s harness this energy and use some of it toward home organization! There are so many topics to cover when it comes to organizing your home, and there are camps that range from super minimalistic (less to store) to using every storage system under the sun in your home. For today’s post, I want to give you 3 tools that you can use in your home, no matter what camp you fall into.
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I’ve written about the virtues of trays before and 5 places to use them in your home, and I really can’t sing their praises enough. Trays are the perfect accessory for corralling and organizing all sorts of things… from spices and oils in the kitchen, to makeup in the bathroom, to craft supplies in the office.
Try it in your home:
If you’re tight on space in your home, placing a tray on a bookshelf and putting office necessities on it makes for the perfect small space office solution.
Place a large tray in the center of your coffee table and use it to collect remotes, coasters, and coffee table books?
Put a tray on the dresser in your guest room and fill it with overnight necessities—lotion, chapstick, toothbrush & toothpaste, water bottles, snacks, scratch paper & pen, etc.
Any space that has lots of little things that need to be stored could be helped by clear containers. Think: your bead collection, dry goods in your pantry, your kid’s action figures, makeup, etc! From small jars, to large see-through boxes, clear containers create storage and organization that make it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Try it in your home:
Organize your craft supplies using clear storage. Things like beads, sequins, yarn, washi tape, and colorful pens are fun and colorful anyways, so why not put them on display in some beautiful clear containers?
Ditch the cardboard boxes and plastic bags for pretty glass jars in your pantry. Sure, it might take a few extra minutes when you get home from the grocery store, but it can be worth it, especially for those things that you buy in bulk and don’t have to switch out too often, like flour and sugar.
Shop clear containers:
I’ve also written about baskets and 5 ways to use them in your home, and I have to say, it’s a neck and neck tie as to which I love more—trays or baskets. 🙂 Like trays, baskets are perfect for corralling all sorts of items, but unlike trays, they have more variety in size, depth, texture, and therefore, probably also uses.
Try it in your home:
Baskets are perfect for linen closet organization. Purchase medium and large rectangle baskets and then store your linens in them according to set, type, or color. You can even attach tags for easy recognition.
Try incorporating small baskets into your bathroom closets and cupboards for makeup, medicine, and toiletry storage. You can find cheap small baskets at a dollar store or thrift store, and don’t forget about metal baskets!
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My hope is that you’ll walk away from the course feeling empowered and encouraged in your organizing endeavors, and that the tips and tricks I share will help you create a home that is both cozy and functional!