Keeping kids rooms neat and tidy is a tremendous chore. Not only do kids have a tremendous talent to destroy a room in the blink of an eye, but they also keep getting more and more stuff. Holidays, birthdays, parties, family reunions, you name it, the kids always come away with something in hand. Of course, whatever they received last is the-most-important-can’t-give-that-away-ever-I-love-it-so-much thing–until they get the next thing.
In order to manage your kids stuff, you need to know which possessions have real meaning to them. These are those precious items that really are important. They differ from the other stuff in that they have lasting significance to your kids, and they would be hurt if these things were taken from them.
On the other hand, a lot of stuff that they get is truly forgettable and disposable. I’ve noticed with my kids that a new gift gets a lot of attention, but within a very short period of time they get bored with it and move on. This doesn’t mean that they won’t come back to it some time in the future, but I’ve gotten to be pretty savvy on what has lasting power, and what’s “yesterday’s news.” This is where smart storage for kids rooms comes in. If you are successful in keeping the stuff down to a reasonable amount, then you can manage your kid’s rooms, and the storage of the important things.
Of course, it’s the smart and educational thing to include your kids in weeding out useless toys and junk, this teaches them responsibility. The problem is that they tend to have a warped view on these things. Show them a dust-covered plastic thingamajig that you found behind the furnace in the basement (doesn’t really matter what) and the usual reaction is “NO, I could never part with that!!! I got it from that person at that thing that time… I love it and play with it all the time!” Sound familiar? I hate to be brutal about it, but organizing your kid’s room is best done when they’re out of the house.
Home Organization – How to Organize Your Home
Imagine coming home from work to a neat and orderly house, rather than having to clear off the dining room table of all the clutter. An organized house doesn’t need to involve lots of fancy storage and hours of time. Here are some tips and ideas for organizing every room of your house.
- Start your organization and storage projects by removing everything (or as much as possible) from the room.
- Next decide what you really need in that room.
- Donate, recycle or throwaway (a last resort) anything that you don’t really need – a good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in a year you probably don’t need it.
- Out of sight is often out of mind. Make sure you don’t try to put too much into any one space.
Don’t forget to map out your room, measuring and sketching the current design with fixtures and furniture in place. Be sure to include doors and windows, also note the location of all wall sockets, light fixtures, and switches. This way if you do need to buy new shelves, cabinets or other storage devices you have the crucial measurements with you.
Kitchens are an active space – frequently used appliances and ingredients need to be accessible. Kitchens also store seldom used items like pressure cookers and the fondue pot, as well as bulk purchases.
- After removing everything from the kitchen, start by organizing the drawers and cabinets.
- Create departments or activity centers. For example, keep all of your baking items such as flour, sugar, and starches together in one cabinet and keep canned goods in another, breakfast foods in another.
- When returning things back into your cabinets think about where they would be best located. Pots and pans should be close to the stove as well as condiments and spices. Dishware should be close to the dishwasher or sink.
- Install tray dividers in base cabinet to store trays, cookie sheets, muffin pans, and other similar items on edge.
- Wall mounted or ceiling pot rack holder for storing pots and pans are a great way to free up base cabinet space. Lids can be stored in holders that mount to the back of cabinet doors.
- Pull-out baskets or shelving make accessing items stored in base cabinets easier to reach.
- 3 tiered step shelves provide visibility to condiments, cans, spices and similar items stored in wall cabinets.
- Consider a pre-made islands if your kitchen doesn’t have an island already. Many are on two wheels so it is easy to reconfigure your space for your cooking needs. Your floating island may be just the place to hang your pots and pans.
Bathrooms pose some interesting storage and organizing challenges. The environment is often hot and humid. The bathroom might be your personal sanctuary or may be shared among multiple family members or even guests.
- Think about what items you may want to conceal from guests (stored behind closed doors) versus what can be on display (on open shelves or countertop).
- Identify unused space in the bathroom – the area above the bathtub, above the toilet, behind or on the door, under the sink or under the windows. Will a shelf, cabinet or bar fit there?
- If more than one person uses the bathroom choose cabinets that offer separate spaces — ideally one for each person who uses the bathroom.
A Simple Guide to Home Organization and Making a Stress-Free Home
One of the things that can make our lives stressful is living in a cluttered home or working on a cluttered office desk that will later send you scrambling for some things that you just can’t find. To help you start living a spacious and refreshing abode, start with having a simple guide to home organization and be free yourself from more stress at home.
- Start with small steps and start now. Before you are overwhelmed with what to do and where to start, start in small steps towards organizing your home. Start by organizing shoes first, or your set of bags, or clearing the counter top in the kitchen, or organizing the bathroom after a bath. However small it may be, it can contribute a lot to being organized day by day.
- Have a place for everything. Of course, one guide to home organization is to have a place for everything in the house. Storage spaces are very important in home organizing and even from the start, consider having storage places in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in the living room, the kid’s rooms etc. If you have storage for all the things you intend to keep, it will be a lot easier to put everything in their proper places.
- Set your mood to really like home organizing. Finding a motivation to do the task is also an important part of organizing. Of course, your attitude towards it matters. If you think there is not much enough time to do it, then you have to overcome this thinking as it can lead to procrastination. One tip to set your motivation is to browse some home organization images or articles in magazines or the internet to help you jumpstart your organizing plans. By merely looking at how clean and how pleasing a well-kept and organized home is, you can find great ideas on how you can organize your living space too.
- Make home organizing fun. Beat your thoughts and make home organizing fun and enjoyable. One thing to do it is to find someone who can help you with organizing – be it your partner in life, or your kid or a good friend who loves to put her creative juices on home organizing. It helps also to plan to give yourself a reward after you have done everything with the home organizing.
- Delegate some of the work to the rest of the family. Share and delegate the responsibility to keep your home clutter-free and organized. Teach your kids how they too can start organizing their room – from their toys to their books and everything else. This does not only take loads from you, it will also help teach the kids early on how to make their living spaces clutter-free and clean.