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Sneaky Ways to Organize Your Whole House
February 23, 2016
Create a Kitchen Hangout
Short on cabinet space? Attach a painted pegboard (available at hardware stores) to the wall, and then loop in metal hooks for a display that'll keep your most-used tools neatly in one place.
Explore Under the Stairs
Transform this dead zone into bonus storage with one of these tricks: Install custom shelving with stylish baskets for each family member; hang coat hooks and prefab shelves for a budget-friendly mudroom; or add cabinetry and a countertop, and presto! You have a butler's pantry dedicated to serving items, wine, and more.
Organize Shoes Heel to Toe
It maximizes space (room for more shoes!) and gives you a quick servuy of color, toe, style, and heel hight to help speed up getting dresses. – Andrea Rapke Knowles, founder of The Organized Move, a relocation company.
Try a Playtime Tidy-up Trick
Meet your new secret weapon to get kids to put away their stuff! Toss a hula hoop on the floor and challenge them to pick up everything inside the ring and return it to its proper place — designated bins make it easy for little ones to know where things go. Keep tossing 'til the floor is clear. — Leslie Josel, creator of Order Out of Chaos, a consulting firm.
Make a Master Grocery List
Save a few of your old receipts and type up a master list of what you buy often, grouping items by where they are in the store so you can breeze through shopping. Print it out and post it in the kitchen; put a check next to items as you run out.
Use Air Space
Junk drawer jammed with menus, dry cleaner tickets, stamps, and other stray papers you can never find when you need them? Store them at eye level instead: Sort everything into categories and file in Post-it Pockets, which stick on the inside of kitchen cabinet doors. — Leslie Josel
Clean By the Clock
When you're overwhelmed by a room so messy you don't know where to start, imagine the floor plan as a clock face. Pick a corner you consider to be 12 and focus on completely decluttering only that area before moving on to 1, then 2, and so on until you're finished. Breaking it down into a step-by-step system makes cleanup quicker. — Maxwell Ryan, CEO and founder of Apartment Therapy
Fill a clear plastic bin (find them at a craft store) with pencils, scissors, rulers, etc., so your child doesn't burn through precious time hunting for supplies every day. When the assignments are done, everything gets returned to the bin and your child sets up her backpack for the next morning — so the only thing scrambling in the A.M. is an egg. — Leslie Josel
Code With Color
Assign each family member his or her own hue and use this as an organizing principle all over the house — each person's toothbrush, towel, laundry hamper, and even sheets can be coordinated in the designated shade, making it easy for everyone to find their own stuff and (more important) put it away. — Sharon Tindell, chief merchandising officer, The Container Store
Save receipts on the fly with Shoeboxed, an app that lets you photograph store slips or forward e-mail receipts ($9.95 a month,shoeboxed.com). Everything is stored on a searchable server. — Donna Smallin, author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness.
De-Chaos Your Closet
Take tried-and-true outfits and hang the items together — shirts, pants, accessories. (This is how fashion shows organize clothes.) Getting dressed just got easy! — Stacy London, star of TLC's Love, Lust or Run
Stop guessing which cord on your power strip goes with what: Save the plastic tags from loaves of supermarket bread, write the name of each device on a tag and clip it around the relevant cord. Genius!
Hang Up Boots
Attach them to skirt hangers to save closet floor space. (Clip over scraps of fabric to avoid marks on leather.)
Upgrade Your Garage
There's no rule that says it has to be gross. Trade dingy decor for something functional and cheery, like this graphic garage created by the crew at A Beautiful Mess, a lifestyle company. Wire baskets and hooks keep supplies and tools off the floor and within easy reach.
See Orginial Article: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/organizing/tips/g111/organizing-every-room/?slide=1