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If you need to get rid of stuff (which: you don’t necessarily have to!), choose a sorting system that you think would be most useful for *you* and your things. And focus most on choosing what to keep — what’s most worth it to you to continue including in your life — instead of what you’re letting go.
Or if that feels overwhelming, pick one narrow category to sort through (like T-shirts, the stuff under your bathroom sink, or even like, the condiments in your refrigerator) to get yourself started. And for square one (if it works for your chosen spot), start by tossing anything that’s expired or past its prime.
If you’re in the mood to completely overhaul a particular space — your medicine cabinet, your fridge, your shoe storage — give yourself a clean slate by taking everything out (and sorting it!), then adding things back in however makes the most sense.
When you’re considering different organizing products, always measure before you buy. Make sure that your doors will open all the way with that over-door rack and that the extra shelf isn’t the exact same height as your built-in shelves.
Find ways to give some of the stuff you do decide to keep a smaller, more manageable footprint. For example, if you have lots of DVDs, Blu-Rays, or gaming discs around, you could consolidate them all into a disc folio that stores all the same stuff in a tiny fraction of the original space.
Or if you happen to have a big duvet or even pillows you know you won’t need again until the fall or winter, collapse it into a vacuum bag that makes it very low-effort to stash away under your bed.
Even something as simple as swapping out your wide, mismatched clothes hangers for non-slip slimline hangers can multiply the available space in your closet.
Easily create even *more* space on your closet rod by doubling up your hangers with repurposed can tabs.
Look out for all kinds of storage space ~opportunities~ in your home that you can transform with the help of a few well-placed pieces. To start, the back of a kitchen cabinet door can become a designated cutting board storage spot or the perfect place for your foil and parchment paper.
And the inside of your bathroom cabinet door might just the perfect spot to holster your hair dryer (plus hang your curling wand and/or straightener).
Enlist sliding drawers to make the most of every inch of space in a deep cabinet. They literally bring everything in the back corners forward in a single swoosh, where you can actually reach it.
Turn that narrow gap between your washer and dryer into useful storage with the addition of a sturdy rolling cart.
Speaking of doors: Don’t forget about the your bathroom, closet, laundry room, or garage doors, either! They can all serve a purpose, whether it’s drying extra towels….
…storing accessories or coats and jackets or even pets leashes….
…adding extra shelf space for food or beauty products or gift wrap or cleaning products…
Institute a “crap basket” system for the stuff that your family leaves lying around the house. Just put anything that’s out of place in the right person’s basket, and then make it their responsibility to put it all away.
When you’re considering different ways to store things, look for ways to make it easy to see everything at a glance *and* easy to both pull out and put away. So especially if you store tights, tees, or sweaters in your dresser drawers, try stacking everything vertically, like this:
Same goes with your jewelry: Display it somewhere you can actually see the pieces you love most, and you just might happen to wear them all more often.
And scarves, leggings, and ties are similar! Organize all your favorites in a way you can get what you need in an instant, saving yourself time in the mornings.
To apply the concept to your linen closet, store a whole set of fitted sheets inside one pillowcase, and it’ll be easy to grab ’em all at once. Plus your closet will look nice and neat!
This works in the kitchen, too. For starters, you can stack your pots, skillets, and pans on a wire rack so they’re simple to see, easy to access, and protected from any scratches they might incur if you regularly stacked a bunch of them on top of each other.
Then take advantage of the empty space on the insides of your cabinet and cabinet door as the perfect place to store lids so you can get to them with zero effort, thanks to yes, Command Hooks.
Same goes with spices: instead of piling them all in a cabinet where you have to pull several out to find what you’re looking for, lay them all out in a drawer or mount a rack in your pantry where you can see your entire selection.
Protect your knives from scratching and dulling by storing them properly — their blades should be separated, never just thrown in a drawer with other knives or utensils.
Whether you’re looking to improve your bathroom, junk drawer, kitchen, or home office, never overlook the power of a well-placed drawer organizer.
Or for something entirely custom, save up empty cereal and snack boxes for a bit, then transform them into the colorful organizers covered with the contact paper you like best.
Disguise all kinds of things — toys, game controllers and headsets, books, candles, you name it — in furniture designed with extra storage in mind. A cube organizer is just one way to pull that off! It can serve as as a handy entryway table, TV stand, bookshelf, clothes dresser, office cabinet…whatever you need most.
And a storage ottoman is another! One might just help you quickly reclaim the living room as ~grown up space~.
For longer-term storage, think about three things: the level of protection you need, how easy it is to access when you need it, and how easy it is to remember what you stashed where.
It’s the same deal when you go to store something seasonal in the garage. Maybe you need plastic bins for more protection, and to label them so you know what’s where next year, but it’s totally okay for them to be stored up on your ceiling because you only access them once a year, and that’s where you have the best available space.
You, creating your own TV-worthy home transformation before and after before you know it:
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