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Organizing your home can be a challenge, but well worth the effort.  Organizing can keep your space free from clutter and mess.  When everything has a home it won’t collect on the countertops and dressers or in the corner.  To have an organized home is to have a clean home.  It is simple and easy to keep it clean once you organize. 

Storage containers are key to organizing.  After all, where are you going to put all those items you need to keep separated?  Baskets are your best friend when it comes to organizing.  Use them in the bathroom, living room, kitchen, or any room of your home where they are visible.  Not only do baskets serve as a functioning storage element, they are decorative as well.  You can find baskets of any size and to match any décor.  Use other storage containers (cheaper ones), such as storage bins or canvas totes in those hidden places, like the cabinets, closets and drawers.  Most often, you can find these at some dollar stores or thrift stores for very low cost.   

Ways to use storage containers:

Kitchen:

Pantry: pre-packages snacks, smaller individual wrapped items

Lower cabinet: Tupperware lids and smaller Tupperware items

Higher cabinet: medicine and ointments (I keep mine way up high above the cups, not near food)

Countertop: for those small items that end up on the counter, like batteries, pens, and mail

Under the sink: wash cloths for cleaning, extra sponges, soap

Living Room:

Next to the couch: for cozy blankets

Under the console table: Each child has their own basket, and when it gets full it is time for them to put the contents away in their room (aka toys)

Under the side tables: remote controls, magazines

Bathroom:

Countertop: hair ties, barrettes, jewelry

In the drawers: separate all those little items that are needed in the bathroom

Back of the toilet: towels, wash cloths

Next to toilet: magazines and other reading material (what?  We all do it!)

Cabinet: larger items needed in the bathroom, separate accordingly

Bedroom:

Next to bed: extra blankets

Bedside table: small items that collect on the bedside table

Closet: accessories, shoes (cubbies), extras

Children’s room:

Toys: separate by type and/or size

Under the bed bins: extra clothing for the off season 

Bookshelf: small toys or books, puzzles

There are so many resources out there for organizing your home, however you do not need to spend a fortune on those organizing supplies.  Check out your local thrift stores and dollar stores.  You never know what you might find.  Think outside of the box as to how to dress up an ordinary (unpleasant) looking item.  Wrap it in fabric; paint an ugly wicker basket a coordinating color to match your décor.  Make it work and keep it organized.  Teach the children how to clean and separate their toys.  With a little encouragement and assistance, children can be great helpers!

I would love to hear from you!  What creative or fun ways do you use for storage solutions?

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