Home Organization Tips for Busy Rooms

Getting organized is this simple: Figure out what you have, decide what you need, and find the right places to put things. Check out these cheap tips and clever solutions for minimizing the mess in your home's challenging areas.

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  • Box Basics

    Look for boxes and bins that are just the right size for holding folded blankets, magazines, and other living room odds and ends. Line them up under a low sofa table for a quick storage fix.

  • Tray Chic

    Create a pretty and practical catchall by placing a serving tray atop an ottoman or coffee table. Mix display pieces with everyday items such as pencils and stationery to maximize function.

  • Family Files

    Store magazines, takeout menus, and other important documents in wall-mount magazine files. Label each file with a family member's name to keep everyone's belongings in order.

  • Spectacular Storage

    Create bonus work and storage space with a rolling-cart island. Built-in drawers and open shelving provide plenty of space for accessible storage.

     

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  • Create a Calm Kitchen

    As the busiest room in the house, the kitchen needs careful organization to rein in the chaos. Start by utilizing the space you have. Use freestanding stacking units, storage bins, see-through jars, and labels for more organized storage within your cabinets and pantry.

  • A-Door-Able

    Take advantage of the inside of cabinet doors. A cork-board insert turns the interior door panel into a handy storage system and message board with the addition of a magnetic dry-erase board, hooks, clips, and containers. Store keys, contact information, shopping lists, and more behind closed doors.

  • Maximize a Small Bath

    Give your small bath the star treatment with these efficient organization and storage ideas.

  • Declutter the Closet

    The most private and personal space in your home -- your bedroom closet -- should be organized in a way that works best for you. Sliding drawers and storage baskets allow you to store foldable items and undergarments, while sufficient vertical space makes room for hanging clothes. A stackable shelf at the base of the closet provides extra shoe storage.

     

    How to Organize Clothes

  • Divide and Conquer

    Use dividers to keep bathroom drawers from becoming jumbles. Satchets keep items together and separate small products, such as cotton balls and bath beads, into individual compartments.

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    Basket Case

    Use baskets to store bills, recipes, or miscellaneous notes, and arrange them in order of importance. Designating a place for random papers will prevent them from being scattered on your countertops.

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    Love Your Laundry

    An organized and attractive laundry room can elevate a dreary chore into a satisfying accomplishment. Start by corralling cleaning aids in tidy containers within reach, and keep several laundry baskets at hand for sorting.

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    Hanging Out

    Install hooks on the wall in your closet to hang laundry bags and totes. This is a great way to keep dirty clothes off the floor and out of your way. A laundry tote with different compartments makes sorting laundry easy and saves time when you go to do a load.

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