Living in a small space in the city, I am always looking for ways to keep my home organized and easy to clean. Here are five simple but convenient home organization hacks that have helped me keep a neat home (and my sanity) over the years.
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The majority of the food that I bring home from the grocery store is packaged in some kind of plastic bag. Besides being wasteful, it’s also not very nice to look at. Removing the food from the original containers and storing in a glass mason jar gives your pantry a uniform, clean look.
Additionally, it’s easier to see which items are running low and need to be restocked. You also don’t have to deal with accidental-torn bags that spill their contents. For items that you use every day, you can store them on your kitchen counter for easy access without compromising the look of a clean and organized kitchen.
It’s hard to stay organized especially when you live in a small space. It’s helpful if you can find a way for items in your home to serve multiple purposes. For example, a bench that doubles as seating and storage. I like to use a gifted vintage suitcase to store our swimsuits, even while it sits on display in our dining room.
Have you ever had a long list in your head of items you need to get at the store, and then once you’re there you can’t remember any of them? A great way to keep your brain and your shopping organized is to keep a running, tangible list in a specific, permanent spot in your home.
I keep a whiteboard on the side of our fridge, and any time I think of something that we need, I immediately stop what I’m doing and write it down. When I head to the store, I either use my phone to snap a photo of the list or I take a minute to type it out in a note on my phone. I like that I can reduce waste by simply erasing as opposed to running through notepads.
If you’re trying to be more environmentally friendly in your daily life, a great option is to switch to using cloth napkins. However, it’s easy for them to end up all thrown in a drawer or shoved away in a china cabinet and rarely used. Instead, fold them and keep them in a small basket in a viewable and easy to reach spot, like on the kitchen counter or on top of the refrigerator. Just wash them with your towels and fold them and restock whenever you normally fold laundry. This organization will encourage you to use them more often than reaching for that paper towel.
Tired of your tubes of mascara and lipstick rolling around the drawer every time you open it, making it impossible to find anything? A great way to keep your cosmetic cabinet organized is to use storage trays and assemble your items in a way that makes sense to you. You can also use small mason jars or empty baby food jars to hold objects like bobby pins, barrettes, hair clips, and hair ties.
Try one or all of these home organization hacks and you’ll have your home in shape in no time!