With a new year right around the corner and people spending more time at home than ever, many are looking for creative ways to organize. Whether you’ve been working from home or just find that your space could be utilized more efficiently, we’ve got you covered. Below is our list of the 10 best ways that you can organize your home to increase productivity, maximize comfort, and simplify living. After all, a new year could be a fresh beginning, so why not start it off with a clean, organized house?
1. Clean your junk drawer
You know that one drawer that accumulates random items when you don’t know where they belong, and you’ve been dreading opening since it started piling up? That’s the drawer that you should finally look at because we bet it’s not pretty. Use this opportunity to organize your junk drawer and tie up all the loose ends by putting things back where they belong and throwing away items you no longer need (old receipts, anyone?). This doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of your junk drawer altogether. Many people choose to keep one, but go through it every once in a while to organize items so it doesn’t get out of hand.
2. Store baking supplies neatly
Baking has become a popular hobby for many of us who are stuck indoors. It’s no wonder if your cabinet full of baking sheets and supplies is out of whack. Stop the mess by finally tackling your baking sheets and organizing them neatly into kitchen dividers or separate drawers. This will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for the next time you go to make your delicious treats and sweet cakes.
3. Make sorting socks easier
Tired of looking for missing socks after doing the laundry, or trying to figure out who each pair of socks belongs to? Eliminate this stress altogether by “gifting” each member of your family a personal delicates laundry bag where they can each put their socks before tossing them into the washing machine. This will save time when pairing socks, as you can easily determine which bag belongs to which family member.
3. Donate old clothes
Now is the perfect time to organize your wardrobe and donate any old or unused items. You may have received some new additions to your wardrobe during the holidays, which means you can finally replace pieces. To avoid excess clutter and overspending, try the “one in/one out” rule. For every new garment that you bring into your wardrobe, one item should be donated, thrown out, or given away.
4. Create a bedroom oasis
Most people spend a lot of time in their bedroom. Sleeping, watching TV, and even working can all be done from the comfort of a bed these days. Why not use this time to create a stress-free environment in your bedroom? After all, your bedroom is your shelter from the outside world, so make it cosy. Add some candles, a nice blanket, and create a separate space for work if possible.
5. Jazz up your office
On that same note, it may be a good idea to also create your dream office space. Many people are working from home and adding a desk, chair, and other supplies to a dedicated home office. Make it a space that inspires you and boosts your productivity. Get creative by adding a vision board, starting a weekly planner, or organizing all your paperwork into colourful binders.
6. Make a pretty pantry
Healthy living and nutrition should be a priority, especially in the new year. Make your pantry reflect your wellness goals by getting rid of unhealthy junk and adding more healthy foods that you and your family will love. You can even organize your pantry with mason jars or decorative labels to make it more appealing. Research some new recipes and keep the ingredients on hand so that preparation is easy and convenient.
7. Tackle your email inbox
An unorganized email inbox can be a mental disaster. This is especially true if you’ve been neglecting your inbox and emails have been piling up for months. Dive in head first by deleting junk or unnecessary emails, and start actioning or saving the emails that you’ve been procrastinating on. Create different folders so that the process becomes easier and future organizing is simple.
8. Label storage boxes for easy access
When organizing any area, try using labels (whether you make your own or use a label maker) to differentiate between categories or items. You can place them on boxes, jars, or even in drawers. This can save you a lot of time in the future when you return to look for these items.
9. Hire a professional
If you find that your home has really gotten out of hand, it may be time to hire a professional organizer. They can get you started on the right foot and tackle large messes by creating an organization system that is easy to maintain. If your space is too overwhelming, they can organize it in such a way as to maximize efficiency. No mess is too big for a professional organizer, so don’t feel like you have to do it alone.
10. Rent a storage unit for seasonal décor and holiday gifts
Need some more space to store seasonal décor or holiday gifts that you aren’t using in the near future? Renting a self-storage unit can help you manage these items until it’s time to bring them out. You can keep your home clutter free, while still having your belongings ready and easily accessible. At Jiffy Self-Storage, we offer climate controlled storage units at reasonable prices so that your belongings and valuables stay safe and secure until you are ready to use them again.
So, if you’ve been looking for a fresh start in 2021, why not start with your home organization? It’s no surprise that a clean, organized home can make you feel ready to take on the world.
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