Getting Your Home Ready to Sell – or to Simply Enjoy!

Is your home a haven or a cluttered mess? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the daily mail or the supplies you use to cook dinner, but you need organized spaces. Whether you’re prepping your home for sale or simply want to enjoy it more while you live in it, taking the clutter and getting organized will help. Here are some tips to get you started.

Start in the Garage

If the garage is organized, your whole day starts and ends better. Consider giving yourself a place to store your tools with a pegboard system. Hang pegboard with tool hooks on it. Hang your tools, then use a marker to outline them to show you exactly where to hang them after each usage.

Create Kitchen Stations

In the kitchen, create stations for the activities that happen there.  Many people open their mail in the kitchen, so make a station for this. Do you have food you regularly prep, like your daily coffee? Add a station for that. Your daily activities will define the types of stations you need, but having these will prevent unnecessary chaos and clutter. As you create your kitchen stations, try to put like items together to make your work in that room more streamlined.

Tackle the Toys

Toys are a big problem for parents. Children need to access their toys, but parents need those toys not to take over the home. To tidy the toys, find an area where you can have a series of bins or drawers and dedicate one bin or drawer to each toy type. Use labels or pictures to designate, then make sure the children are in charge of putting the toys where they belong.

Use Caddies in the Bathroom

Caddies can help you bundle your grooming supplies in one place, clearing your counters in the bathrooms of clutter. In the kid’s bathroom, have one caddie for each person. In the master bathroom, consider caddies for various types of supplies, like one for teeth brushing supplies and one for hair.

Make Your Things Fit Your Storage

Your inventory, the things you have in your home, needs to fit in your storage area. If you have a linen closet, but your towels don’t all fit in it, then it’s time to get rid of some. Making the inventory fit the space will significantly reduce your organizational problems as you strive to become more organized.

Keep Like Items Together

It doesn’t matter if you’re organizing your bedroom or your bathroom; one of the best ways to organize is to create a system that keeps similar items together. For instance, in the pantry, have a shelf for canned goods, a shelf for bottles, and a shelf for bagged snacks. Figure out how to combine like items in every area of your home, and you’ll feel far more organized. You’ll also spend less time searching for things that are out of place because you’ll know exactly where the item should be.

Invest in Cabinet Drawers

Cabinet drawers can help your kitchen and bathroom be more accessible. These drawers replace the shelves in your cabinets. When you need to use something, you pull out the drawer and can reach it more easily. This allows you to see better what you have and prevents the risk of items being lost in the back of the cupboard, never again to be seen.

Organizing can feel overwhelming at first, but there are tools you can use to make it easier. Invest in some of these and start transforming your home from clutter to organization.

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