My best organization tip: I have a hanging shoe organizer on the back of almost every door in my house, including the closets! They can be used for ANYTHING. [Funny, I find them useful for everything except shoes. — Asha]
Pantry: Microwave popcorn, granola bars, applesauce "crusher" packets, single-serve snacks
Bathroom: Band-Aids, ointments and creams, extra toothbrushes, hair accessories, bottles of medication, nail polish (store questionable items out of kids' reach)
Office: Electronic gadgets and their associated chargers, headphones, cables and adapters
Hallway closet or downstairs bathroom: Seasonal accessories (gloves, hats, scarves, goggles, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, lip balm)
Kids' rooms: Small toys, stuffed animals, special trinkets/collectibles, watches, jewelery
Laundry room: Stain stick, fabric softener sheets, clothespins, lint roller, spray bottle for the iron, lingerie bags, stray socks
I always buy the organizers with clear pockets so we can all see what's inside. Items the kids need get stashed in the lower pockets so they can get reach them and put them back themselves!
I love this hack because it's so easy and cheap to implement yet it makes such a HUGE difference to your home's usability.
There are any number of over-the-door pocket organizers; those designed specifically for shoes and others with smaller or larger pockets. Stroll around your house, take note of the persistently troublesome categories of clutter, and consider if a pocket organizer might be part of the solution.
Anyone else have a clever use for an over-the-door organizer?
It's a new year…the year we succeed in getting organized! What's your best organizing tip? Email it to me with the subject line GETTING ORGANIZED and I'll fast-track it!
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