Get Organized! Tips for Decluttering Your Home

posted on May 2, 2014 at 4:17 pm

It’s Spring cleaning time! Nothing feels better than getting rid of the junk that has accumulated in our homes while we were hibernating this Winter. You can get your house back into shape by using these brilliant decluttering ideas.

1. T-Shirts Rolled and Filed

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via realsimple.com

This great idea that NYC organizer Barbara Reich shared with Real Simple is perfect for all of the kids (and adults) in our lives. Reich discovered that she could get about a third more T-shirts in a drawer with this fold-and-roll technique. An added bonus is that when you face the logos and patterns up it makes it very easy for kiddos to pick and pull out the one that they want without messing up an entire pile of shirts. You can buy cedar dividers at a home store to make nice, precise rows of shirts.

2. Decorative Plastic Bag Storage Container

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via onekriegerchick.com

We love this idea from One Kreiger Chick. No more stuffing bags in a cabinet under the sink. This adorable storage container is made in less than 15 minutes using a large oatmeal container, decorative paper, Modge Podge and a custom label.

3. Under Sink Storage Rod

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via pinterest.com

We found this brilliant idea from Cristy Mossburg on Pinterest. By just installing a tension rod you can hang all of your cleaning products to get them off of the cabinet floor, freeing it up for additional items. So smart!

4. Shoe Door Hanger for Cleaning Product Storage   

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via pinterest.com

If you have too many cleaners to put under the sink on a tension rod, try this great idea. Hang a shoe organizer on the back of the laundry room door and place all of the cleaners in each compartment. Organized and easy access!

5. PVC Bathroom Holsters  

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via rentcomfy.com
via woohome.com (originally from The Family Handyman)
via woohome.com (originally from The Family Handyman)

This is a very simple DIY project which will help declutter the bathroom. Just use pieces of PVC pipe to hang curling rods under counters, razors in the shower and more!

6. Flip Flop Hangers  

via pinterest.com (originally from duitang.com)
via pinterest.com (originally from duitang.com)

It’s getting warm outside which means we will be pulling out our collection of Summer flip flops. If you are like us, they are always cluttering up our closet floor (if they even make it to the closet). Even worse, if you have little ones wandering about you might not always find the matches in the same place. These little homemade flip flop hangers are a brilliant idea!

7. Pantry Containers and Labels

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via shanty-2-chic.com

Keep your pantry ultra-organized and your food fresh for longer by buying either plastic or glass containers for storage. Take it a step further and buy chalkboard pantry labels like this. Cute and functional!

8. Nail Polish Candy Jar 

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via hgtv.com

Who doesn’t have little bottles of nail polishes crowding a bathroom drawer or cluttering up your countertop? This great idea from interior designer Liz Caan places them in an inexpensive old-fashioned glass candy jar. The glossy colors look as pretty as a scoop of jelly beans.

9. Manuals in the Cloud  

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via buzzfeed.com (originally from apartment therapy.com)

Everyone has a drawer, box or file overstuffed with paper copies of manuals from our electronics and appliances. If you are positive you aren’t returning it, get crazy and just toss it in the trash. Upload an electronic copy of the manual from the manufacturer to the cloud. No more paper!

10. Crap Basket  

via buzzfeed (originally from sewmanyways.blogspot.com)
via buzzfeed (originally from sewmanyways.blogspot.com)

Call it a crap basket or something a little bit nicer like a “this is your junk to take upstairs” basket. If you see something that has been left downstairs that needs to be put away simply throw it in that person’s basket. Make them responsible for emptying their basket every time they head upstairs.

11. Puzzle Pencil Cases  

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via pennypumpernicklepants.wordpress.com

This is such a great way to store puzzles. As you know, the boxes can take up an entire cabinet. This brilliant idea from Penny Pumpernickle Pants to use pencil cases at the dollar store with little windows is such a great way to conserve space and keep the puzzle and game cabinet organized.

12. Lid Racks  

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via marthastewart.com

Organize your pots and pans perfectly by nesting them in your cabinet. Then, install some towel bars indie your cabinet door to hang the lids behind the bar so the knob or handle catches it and holds the lid in place.


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