It’s a new year, so I thought I’d start a new series (or several). Each month, I’ll feature a themed collection of my favorite things. Our house always seems messy after the craziness of the holidays and winter. Let’s battle the clutter and mess with a few of my favorite organizational products, tips, and tutorials.
For the entry:
Wooden hangers, like the Bumerang set from Ikea can handle the weight of heavy winter coats, and they look nicer than wire hangers. Other than small plastic hangers in the boys’ closet, we have wooden hangers everywhere, scored when Linens-N-Things went out of business.
For a living room or office:
Kassett boxes from Ikea are so versatile. Store CDs and DVDs, pop on a shelf or in a cabinet and everything is neat and orderly. Bonus, you can make pretty labels. Who doesn’t love making labels?!?
Baskets, whether metal (like this Vintage wire basket from Grasshopper Cafe or this one from Target), woven, or plastic, corral all sorts of things like toys, newspapers, knitting supplies, etc. In the theater room, we have a metal basket to throw throw blankets in.
For the kitchen:
A few months ago at Ross, I found an OXO pop container for 50% off the regular price. Let me tell you, they’re worth every penny. Why? They’re square, maximizing cabinet/drawer space, you know there’s an air tight seal when you push the button down, and they come in so many sizes.
For the bathroom:
Don’t make your guests search for toiletries. Buy a few apothecary jars from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, toss soap, cotton balls, cotton swabs, razors, travel shampoo and conditioner inside. It looks pretty and your guests will thank you. Maybe not literally, but they’ll think it.
If you hate storing bottles of shampoo and conditioner, we’ve got a solution. Pretty up a cheap soap pump from Wal-Mart with porcelain paint pens.
For the bedroom:
Overstuffed closet? Try adding a second closet rod to double your hanging space. It has worked wonders for our boys’ closet.
Finally fold a fitted sheet.
For a craft room:
Keep all craft items in the same closet for a one stop shop before starting a project.
Care to share one (or more) of your favorite organizing items or tricks? Favorite one I shared today?