Organizing your home does not have to mean buying storage boxes, bins, or racks where you can put all your stuff. Sometimes all you need is a little imagination and creativity to find different uses for things you already own. So before you head out to shop for whatever home organizing item you think you need, here are some items you may find at home that you can use on your next decluttering project.
Old coat racks
Coat racks can be useful in many ways. If you have an old one sitting at home and no longer being used for its original purpose, you may want to transform it into a jewelry holder. You can also use it to organize other accessories as well as scarves, belts, or bags.
If you have an extra bath or shower caddie, you can repurpose it to organize your laundry space. You can put your detergents and other laundry-related items on the caddy to keep your laundry area clutter-free. Bath caddies can also be useful in organizing your art and craft materials.
Contact lens cases
Use old or spare contact lens cases as a pill or medicine organizer. Instead of buying a travel pill organizer, you can use a contact lens case as a handy container for whatever medicines you need to carry around with you.
A napkin holder can also be useful in organizing bills or recipes. This keeps your current bills organized or helps you quickly find a recipe when you need it.
An old CD case can also be useful as recipe or to-do list stand or holder. Use one side as a base while the other side serves as the “stand” where you can stick your recipe or task list. This makes it easier for you to see what is on the list while you continue with whatever it is that you are doing.
Reuse old bookcase as a magazine rack or desk organizer. You can also use it as an active file storage where you can put papers or documents you are currently working on.
You can use old jars in many ways. Apart from reusing them in the kitchen as food or drink containers, you can also use them as pen holders, storage space for hair accessories, and so much more.
Decluttering sounds simple enough, until you take on a chaotic mess of things that have somehow accumulated over time. And as clutter continues to build up, you set yourself up for more time-consuming and potentially tedious organizing work. If you want to keep your life, home, and work space organized, you may find that tackling mess every day is much easier in the long run. Here are some helpful habits to live by if you want a clutter-free, or at the very least clutter-less, home and life.
Do it every day
The more clutter and mess you have to deal with, the more tedious organizing may get. For this reason, it helps to make it a daily habit to organize the things around you before they start building up. You do not have to spend a long time doing it either. Five to ten minutes of decluttering every day can help keep your home, workspace, and life more organized.
Put things back where they belong
Sometimes clutter builds up as you delay putting back things to their proper places. Keep papers on your desk in folders or file trays. Label for reuse papers that are still useful. Recycle or throw away the rest that you no longer need. Return books or magazines on their designated shelf or rack. Make it a goal to immediately put things back from where you picked them once you are done with them.
Go for less
Decluttering is easier if you have designated boxes or containers for the things that you need to organize. But before you start shopping for storage bins, you might want to consider making an inventory of items you already have that you can use for the same purpose. Buying more only add to the number of things you own and have to find a space for. Living with less stuff minimizes the amount of things you have to clean and organize regularly.
Schedule a purge
Schedule a major purge at home and at work at least once a year. Consider it as the big clean up — a time when you can get rid of things for good. You can choose to donate, sell, recycle, or throw away things that no longer serve any purpose in your home, work, or life. Pay attention to things that you may be keeping for sentimental reasons. It may be time to finally let them go or give them away to people who will have more use for them.