By Becca Grady
Although the New Year is in full swing, it’s not too late for the home organizing projects you put on pause or lost time to tackle. Take advantage of the momentum, and make 2016 your year to organize and tackle any excess clutter with these helpful tips and tricks.
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5 Beautiful Ways to Get Organized for the New Year: Purge the Excess
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Looking around your home, you may notice stacks of papers, piles of mismatched items or clusters of clutter hiding in drawers and other sneaky places. The best place to start in reorganizing is by clearing the clutter from your home and purging the excess. Start sifting through items – emptying drawers, closets, containers and other spaces – and separate into three piles: trash, donate and keep. Ridding areas of unneeded “junk” will instantly renew order and free up room for reorganizing.
5 Beautiful Ways to Get Organized for the New Year: Start Small
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Think about your home organizing as a marathon, not a sprint, and take it room by room. By concentrating on one room at a time, your organizing and decluttering will be much more manageable. Starting in the kitchen, move from one end to the other, attacking the pantry, Tupperware drawers, refrigerator, and cabinets. Keep in mind that as you rework each room, it will get visibly worse before it gets better. But, by breaking up the home in digestible sections, tackling your refresh will be less daunting and more manageable.
5 Beautiful Ways to Get Organized for the New Year: Optimize with Vertical Space
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Walls and vertical space are often forgotten as a means to organize, but lifting items off the floor can make a world of a difference. Maximize storage in the laundry room, kitchen, and kids rooms by using hooks, cabinets and shelves. An excellent option for optimizing vertical space in a living room is to store blankets on an old ladder – this is not only functional but looks inviting and warm in the home. Also, try getting creative with vertical storage and stack wooden nesting crates to create a rustic-inspired aesthetic appeal.
5 Beautiful Ways to Get Organized for the New Year: Find Unique Storage Options
Each room in your home will have different needs and aesthetics, so it’s important to consider all of the different ways to store household items and get imaginative. Bins, baskets, and buckets are all excellent containers and can help to add texture and color. Play around with different container shapes, materials and colors. Consider wooden crates, metallic vessels, woven baskets and colorful containers.
Another way to add extra storage to a room is by looking for furniture with extra storage built in – think benches, ottomans, beds, coffee tables and trunks. These dual-purpose pieces are functional and allow for sneaky storage to hide personal items.
5 Beautiful Ways to Get Organized for the New Year: Stop Clutter at the Front Door
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To ensure that your house is as clean as you envisioned, it’s imperative to stop clutter at the front door. Offering a place at the entryway of your home to organize jackets, shoes, umbrellas and bags is an attractive way to keep your place looking orderly – especially if you have children running around.
Reorganizing can be a big undertaking for the New Year, but there’s still time to bring a renewed energy back to your home. By using these tips, you can surely restore order in no time and ensure a productive 2016.