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Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

Trend: Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

It’s time to Spring clean and maybe get ready for a much needed garage sale. I know just the thought of organizing the whole home sounds exhausting, but decluttering doesn’t have to be stressful. Start the process with a plan and don’t worry about finishing it all at once! Where do you begin? I like to start with a room that we use most often and then I set up a little organizing station so I can easily organize the stuff I’m going through while I’m cleaning. I always have a trash bag, donate box, consignment box, and a keep box (anything that goes in the keep box gets put away right after I’m done organizing). I also like to tackle one room at a time, but if I don’t have much time to clean I’ll just work on one section of a room, like the closet.

When you’re going through stuff at home there are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  1. Does this clothing item still fit me? If it doesn’t, get rid of it.
  2. Have I worn this clothing item in the last year? If no, donate or sell.
  3. Do I use this item? If no, figure out if there is somewhere you can use it, or get rid of it.
  4. Is this item broken? If it is, is it worth fixing?
  5. If I’m ready to get rid of this item do I donate it, or try to sell it? I like to bring some of my clothing items to a local consignment shop. If we are getting rid of larger home items sometimes we will try to sell it online. If you don’t have time to do that in the next month, donate.

Decluttering and Organizing Your Home with Free Printable Sorting Signs

If you want to keep on top of organizing throughout the whole year, set up labeled baskets (using my free printable sorting signs) in your home so you can easily toss items you no longer need into these organized categories. I always have a donate and consignment basket ready to go in my laundry room. Click here to download my “keep, trash, consign, and donate” signs and click here to download my “garage sale, sell online, too big, and too small” signs. I printed my signs onto card stock, cut them out, and used some string to hang the sign from the baskets. If you want the sign to last longer, laminate it.

Sorting Signs

If you ARE getting ready for a garage sale, I’ve also made some printable “SALE” arrows for you to use. Print the out onto card stock, then cut them out.

Printable Sale Signs

Are you ready to Spring clean and get ready for summer with an organized home? I hope my tips helped!

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


15 Spring Organizing Ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens Blog.

Trend: Spring Organizing Ideas

Spring is just around the corner. Something about the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer makes me want to clean my house. Maybe all this daylight shows off the mess in my house better? Ha! Whatever it is, I’m ready to tackle some Spring organizing in my home. Below you’ll find 15 ideas to get you ready for Spring organizing.

1: Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

Get the laundry basket off the floor and make this lovely embroidery hoop hamper. Find the DIY on Making Nice Midwest.

2: Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

Make use of all the space in your bathroom. Add a shelf above the door. Found on Martha Stewart.

3: Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

Who else is tired of your shaver falling into the tub during showers? Check out this clever and quick DIY to keep those razors in place using PVC pipe and plastic ties, found on Family Handyman.

4: I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

I love this clever toothbrush storage idea. Found on Oh Oh Blog.

5: If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

If you have an electric toothbrush, using a broom clip is a neat way to keep it off your counter. Found on Family Handyman.

6: Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

Add grommets to your rubber gloves to hang them inside a cupboard door, found on Iron and Twine.

7: Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

Once your gloves are organized, you can move onto organizing the rest of the items under the sink. Use a tension rod to hang cleaning supplies. Found on Jen Thousand Words.

8: Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it’s about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

Lids. They are EVERYWHERE and so hard to find in my home. That is probably because we just toss them in a drawer. I think it's about time we changed that. Organize your lids with wire racks, found on BHG.

9: It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

It can be frustrating to quickly find a utensil in a messy drawer while cooking. Make your own utensil rack with wire mesh rebar. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

10: Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Set up a work station on the side of your refrigerator to keep your notes and pens in one spot. I made this work station using old tins and containers. From the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

11: Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

Place a shelf riser in your refrigerator to add more space to place food, from Martha Stewart.

12: Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Displaying your jewelry on vintage jars. Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

13: Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Never lose track of an earring match again. Use buttons to keep those earrings together! Check it out on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

14: Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

Skip the boring (and not so pretty) television stand and install shelving around a wall mounted television. Found on Decorola.

15: Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

Tired of losing the remote in the sofa? Add some Velcro to the back of your remotes so they can attach to something. You will always know where they are, as long as they are put back. Ha! Found on Brie Brie Blooms.

If you loved all of these ideas, check my Spring Cleaning Organization Ideas from a couple years ago.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


14 Closet Organization Ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens blog.

Trend: 14 Closet Organization Ideas

An organized closet can really change a home. Sure, a closet is typically closed off from the rest of the house, but if it’s organized and clean you’ll smile each time you open that door. Below I’ve gathered 14 Closet Organization Ideas to inspire you to organize your home.

1) This linen closet makeover is amazing and inspiring, from Fox Hollow Cottage.

This linen closet makeover is amazing and inspiring, from Fox Hollow Cottage.

2) Use file organizers to sort the towels in your bathroom closet. Found on The Real Thing With The Coake Family.

Use file organizers to sort the towels in your bathroom closet. Found on The Real Thing With The Coake Family.

3) Can you believe this closet was made for $50? I’m impressed. Check out how Design Build Love here.

Can you believe this closet was made for $50? I'm impressed. Check out how Design Build Love here.

4) If your closet is big enough, install a peg board onto the wall to organize your accessories. Found on Martha Stewart.

If your closet is big enough, install a peg board onto the wall to organize your accessories. Found on Martha Stewart.

5) I love this idea for storing hampers. They are in the closet and slide in and out. So clever! Found on Around the Farmhouse Table.

I love this idea for storing hampers. They are in the closet and slide in and out. So clever! Found on Around the Farmhouse Table.

6) This isn’t exactly an organizing tip, but a beautiful closet would make me want to keep it organized and clean. Adding paint to the interior really adds a pop to your room each time you open it up! Found on Classy Clutter.

This isn't exactly an organizing tip, but a beautiful closet would make me want to keep it organized and clean. Adding paint to the interior really adds a pop to your room each time you open it up! Found on Classy Clutter.

7) Storing shoes in clear boxes make it easier to find the perfect shoe for your night out, on Better Homes and Gardens.

Storing shoes in clear boxes make it easier to find the perfect shoe for your night out, on Better Homes and Gardens.

8) If you don’t want to buy a bunch of clear containers for shoe storage, check out this shoe rack IKEA hack, found on Curbly.

If you don't want to buy a bunch of clear containers for shoe storage, check out this shoe rack IKEA hack, found on Curbly.

9) This post is full of great tips for organizing your closet, on Finding Home Farms.

This post is full of great tips for organizing your closet, on Finding Home Farms.

10) Adding a door organizer to the back of a closet door will really add storage space to the closet, from My Sweet Savannah Blog.

Adding a door organizer to the back of a closet door will really add storage space to the closet, from My Sweet Savannah Blog.

11) I always have a hard time storing purses. If I put them in a box, I forget about them. If they sit on a shelf they just fall out all over the place. Better Homes and Gardens uses a tension rod and shower curtain rings to display purses, found over here.

I always have a hard time storing purses. If I put them in a box, I forget about them. If they sit on a shelf they just fall out all over the place. Better Homes and Gardens uses a tension rod and shower curtain rings to display purses, found over here.

12) I have a ton of tights and this idea is great. Hang a row of clothes pins on the wall and hang tights from them, from Lana Red Studio.

I have a ton of tights and this idea is great. Hang a row of clothes pins on the wall and hang tights from them, from Lana Red Studio.

13) These bungee cord hangers are perfect for all those sunglasses I have, from Brit and Co.

These bungee cord hangers are perfect for all those sunglasses I have, from Brit and Co.

14) Do you have some items that need to be stored in boxes? Dress up those boxes in cute fabric and maybe take a photo of yourself wearing the contents so you know what’s in there. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

Do you have some items that need to be stored in boxes? Dress up those boxes in cute fabric and maybe take a photo of yourself wearing the contents so you know what's in there. Found on A Beautiful Mess.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


8 Ideas To Organize Your Home Using Hangers

Trend: 8 Ideas To Organize Your Home Using Hangers

You know what’s great DIYing with hangers? They’re inexpensive and easy to find at most stores. Metal hangers come free with your dry cleaning, plastic and wood hangers often come with clothing purchases, and thrift stores are full of all different types of hangers. Since they are easily accessible by most people, they are perfect for inexpensive craft projects. Today I’m sharing 8 ideas to organize your home Using these cheap hangers. I bet you have the supplies for most of these DIYs in your home right now.

Check out this DIY to create your own non slip hangers and the perfect pants holders, on One Little Minute Blog.

Check out this DIY to create your own non slip hangers and the perfect pants holders, on One Little Minute Blog.

Plan out your outfits for the week by making these weekday hanging tags, on Better Homes and Gardens.

Plan out your outfits for the week by making these weekday hanging tags, on Better Homes and Gardens.

Turn a hanger into a belt organizer! How do you organize your belts? Mine are currently stacked onto the hook of a hanger. It’s messy and takes up more space than I want. This belt hanger DIY is a great idea, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Turn a hanger into a belt organizer! How do you organize your belts? Mine are currently stacked onto the hook of a hanger. It's messy and takes up more space than I want. This belt hanger DIY is a great idea, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Transform a wooden pants hanger into a jewelry organizer. You’ll just need the wooden hanger, screws, and some eye hooks. Found on Morning Creativity.

Transform a wooden pants hanger into a jewelry organizer. You'll just need the wooden hanger, screws, and some eye hooks. Found on Morning Creativity.

Use multiple wooden hangers to create a coat and purse rack for your front entry, from A Little Glass Box.

Use multiple wooden hangers to create a coat and purse rack for your front entry, from A Little Glass Box.

Metal hangers could be bent and turned into cute wall book hangers. This great way to display your favorite books can be found on Apartment Therapy.

Metal hangers could be bent and turned into cute wall book hangers. This great way to display your favorite books can be found on Apartment Therapy.

Use some old pant hangers to display artwork. I actually do this in my home and I love how easy it is to change out pictures, found on Life as a Thrifter.

Use some old pant hangers to display artwork. I actually do this in my home and I love how easy it is to change out pictures, found on Life as a Thrifter.

You will always have easy access to your ribbon by making this and hanging it in your craft room, from Clever Bird Banter.

You will always have easy access to your ribbon by making this and hanging it in your craft room, from Clever Bird Banter.

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas

Trend: 10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas

You don’t have to break the bank to organize your home. It’s almost the New Year so it’s the perfect time to get creative and clean up the house. Check out these 10 Inexpensive DIY Organization Ideas to update your home.

1. With the big holiday season coming to an end I bet you have a ton of wrapping paper to organize. Check out this cool wrapping paper and ribbon station, from Centsational Girl.

With the big holiday season coming to an end I bet you have a ton of wrapping paper to organize. Check out this cool wrapping paper and ribbon station, from Centsational Girl.

2. Transform some old metal locker baskets into wall shelves to organize some books or other items, on Rain on a Tin Roof

Transform some old metal locker baskets into wall shelves, on Rain on a Tin Roof

3. I love this easy accessories’ organizer made from some IKEA caddies. This is great for the bathroom, but I can also see it organizing some kitchen gadgets, from Glamour.

I love this easy accessories organizer made from some IKEA caddies, from Glamour.

4. This laundry organization idea is amazing. She put names on each basket to organize the clothes, from Polka Dot Chair.

This laundry organization idea is amazing, from Polka Dot Chair.

5. Create this wall mounted lint bin to help keep your laundry room clean, on Polished Habitat.

Create this wall mounted lint bin to help organize your laundry room, on Polished Habitat.

6. A new year means it’s time for a new calendar. Create this cool desktop calendar for your office, on the DIY Diary.

A new year means it's time for a new calendar. Create this cool desktop calendar for your office, on the DIY Diary.

7. Spend less than $9 to organize the space under your sink. You better believe this is on my to do list. It can get so messy under there, on How To Nest For Less.

Spend less than $9 to organize the space under your sink, on How To Nest For Less.

8. Stop throwing your mail in a pile on the counter. Check out this DIY to make this mail basket. If the thought of using power tools is intimidating, you can use a paper towel holder instead, from Design Sponge.

Stop throwing your mail in a pile on the counter. Check out this DIY to make this mail basket, from Design Sponge.

9. Find some old wooden crates from a thrift shop to create some shoe storage in your entry, on A Beautiful Mess.

Use old wooden crates to create shoe storage in your entry, on A Beautiful Mess.

10. Craft these cork board pencil holders to organize your desk, on Paper n Stitch.

Craft these cork board pencil holders to organize your desk, on Paper n Stitch.

Do you have any organization ideas for the new year?

We want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


This time of the year tends to sneak up on me so quickly, but I always welcome it with open arms. I love gathering with friends and family, hosting parties, giving gifts and snuggling in with cable knit throws and a warm cup of cocoa. And who can forget the decorating?

Not only do I love to be organized this time of year, I also love to give the gift of organization! Below you will find a room-by-room holiday gift guide based on my favorite storage solutions.

 

Organized Entryway

Entryway Storage Product Picks

Entryway Storage Product Picks

 

Storage Bench: This bench not only offers a place to hide shoe clutter, it also provides a place to sit and acts as a temporary catchall.

Hooks: Hooks keep it quick and easy for the entire family to hang their daily belongings.

Wall Organizer: Wall pockets and organizers are a great place to toss keys, sunglasses and mail when entering the home.

Small Dish: I always love to add a small dish to entryways to catch spare change and little pocket finds.

Charging Station: Hide the cords and give your technology a charge with a simple station that blends seamlessly with any decor.

 

 

Organized Living Room

Living Room Storage Product Picks

Living Room Storage Product Picks

 

Media Boxes: These gems are perfect for hiding and organizing everything from photos to media cases to small games and electronics.

Bookshelf: Bookshelves are my favorite organizing solution for just about any space, and the living room is where I most frequently add these towers of storage. They are endlessly versatile and make the most of the room’s vertical space.

Storage Ottoman: Great for hiding games, toys and electronics, they also double as a place to sit or rest your feet at the end of a long day.

Large Basket: Add an over-sized basket between chairs or at the end of the sofa to provide a place to stash extra pillows and throw blankets.

Remote Caddy: A remote caddy is a great reminder to the entire family that remotes have a place to call home between television viewing sessions.

 

 

Organized Kitchen

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Rolling Cart: Rolling carts not only add additional storage to a space that needs it most, they also add a second work surface. The rolling ability keeps the piece mobile and versatile, allowing it to stay out or tucked away between uses.

Multi-Purpose Bins: These rank as my favorite kitchen storage, I use them in my fridge and freezer for sorting foods by category, in the pantry for lunch making kits and under the kitchen sink to corral cleaning supplies.

Adjustable Drawer Dividers: Drawers are the quickest areas in the kitchen to become a jumbled mess, and that mess can really slow you down in the heat of the cooking moment. Dividers keep things in their place, while also making it harder to just toss items into a drawer and close it. Add in an adjustable option and you won’t lose an inch of valuable storage space.

Food Storage Containers: These containers are perfect for storing both dry goods in the pantry or leftovers in the fridge. I generally recommend finding something that is airtight and clear, allowing you to extend the life of your food and also giving you a quick visual of the contents without the need to label.

Pull Out Cabinet Organizer: Cabinets are a dark and deep place and a pull out organizer will keep everything within reach. Look for tiered options which also make the most of the cabinet’s vertical space.

 

 

Organized Home Office

Home Office Storage Product Picks

Office Storage Product Picks


Desktop Organizer: A desktop organizer is great for holding files and frequently used office supplies; plus, acrylic always looks fabulous!

Calendar: Desktop calendars allow you to stay on top of your dates and schedules while managing appointments, budgets and meetings.

File Box: With the world heading into a lovely paperless age, desktop file boxes are taking the place of larger filing cabinets. They are great for categorizing paperwork by type (i.e. business, bills, kid’s schoolwork, etc…) and are easily toted to any area of the home.

Trays: Trays are always a win because they provide the opportunity to corral a variety of items in a practical and beautiful way.

Pouches: Perfect for coupons, travel docs, personal care items, electronics and cords… these pouches offer endless opportunities to organize your office and laptop tote.

 

 

Organized Bedroom

Bedroom Storage Product Picks

Bedroom Storage Product Picks

 

Clothing Boxes: Protect your daily wears in decorative storage boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing sweaters, hats, accessories and even shoes.

Scarf Organizer: A scarf organizer makes the most of your closet space and can also be used for organizing belts and ties.

Under Bed Boxes: These are ideal for storing off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even small exercise equipment.

Jewelry Organizer: With the ability to hold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, these jewelry trees are a one stop shop each morning when dressing up your attire.

Folding Board: Make laundry a little more fun with the help of this folding board. The board aids you in folding tops and sweaters into beautiful, uniform stacks.

 

 

Organized Bathroom

Bathroom Storage Product Picks

Organized Bathroom Storage

 

Acrylic Caddy: Both classy and easy to keep clean, this caddy can take on most bathroom storage tasks (think manicure supplies, makeup and small toiletries).

Over-the-Door Hooks: I find that hanging up towels and robes is so much quicker and easier than folding and using a towel bar. The over-the-door hooks keep the visual clutter hidden behind a door and maximizes small bathroom storage.

Narrow Cabinet: Narrow bookcases and cabinets act as stand-in linen closets.

Tank Tray: Add a little glam to the loo with an acrylic tank tray. It provides the perfect place to corral a candle, paper products and a plant, keeping your bathroom both organized and beautiful.

Hair Tool Sleeve: This sleeve acts as a mat to protect your counter from the heat of your hair tools, and then slips over the tool while storing it in a drawer or suitcase.

 

 

Do you have any storage items on your wish list this year?


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