We all need some catharsis from stress, busy schedules and problems out or our control every once and a while. Organization is one way to tap into that inner peace. Tackling a sorting or purging project that you can accomplish in a few minutes or an hour can help bring back feelings of control for many people. We’re bringing you a few home organization solutions that we hope will empower you with a feeling of accomplishment.
Save Space with a Spinning Rack For Condiments
Are you pulling a muscle trying to reach for condiments in the pantry and not knock over all the rest? Keep jars and bottles at your fingertips by loading them all on a tiered rotating rack. This will help you use deep cabinets efficiently and will allow you to pull something from the back without taking everything off of the shelf. If you have scant amounts of condiments and spices, or little space to spare, a small lazy susan will do the job as well.
Store Spices Stadium-Style for Accessibility
If your counter space is sparse, or you’d just like to maintain a minimalist look in your kitchen, a genius solution is to store spices in a drawer. You can buy buy stadium seating racks from Organize.com and The Container Store, or if you’re handy with the power tools, you can make your own with wedges of spare lumber. This set up may take up valuable drawer space, but with all the labels in view and jars within reach it’ll probably save you valuable prep time.
Turn Your Nightstand into a Charging Station
Fancy charging stations keep cords tucked away, but they often take up valuable counter space. Save money and achieve the same goal by turning your nightstand into a charging station. If space allows, feed the cord of a power strip through the back of the nightstand, and if necessary drill holes in the drawer and out the back to allow the cord to pass through. Secure the power strip to the back of the drawer with command strips, and you’re ready to go. Stow items in the drawer to charge overnight, or pull cords out to charge a laptop or e-reader while you’re using them in bed.
Create a Photo Filing System
Save room on your computer’s hard drive (and keep things from getting sluggish) by transferring digital photos to CDs and filing them away. Do this incrementally. If you wait until the end of the year, it’ll never get done. Instead, take a few extra seconds to transfer the images to a disc as soon as you upload them to your computer. Then you can go ahead and delete them from your computer. Color code your collection by storing discs in jewel cases – blue for parties, green for trips, etc. That way you’ll be able to find the pictures you’re looking for in a snap. This method also serves as a reliable back-up that will keep your pictures safe even if your computer crashes.
Maximize Entryway Storage with an Organized Coat Closet
Often the entry way can become a dumping ground for belongings of all kinds. Make the most of a coat closet when a small entry way doesn’t allow for a freestanding storage set-up. Install deep hooks on the back of the door that can hold several bags at once neatly. Double your hanging potential by adding a closet rod extender. Place longer coats in the top rod and use the bottom for short ones. Storage systems that attach to the hanging rod are great for stashing winter accessories or smaller bags.
What organization project would give you the most peace-of-mind?
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