Organization Series Part 5 – Tips for Organizing

There are so many wonderful ideas for organizing that it’s hard to share them all with you. Not everyone will decide to use every idea but, in my world, the more organized things are the better. I love being able to find things easily and to know where things I don’t use every day are stored. Here are some of the great tips for organizing I’ve discovered recently.

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  • Use an accordion folder for storing appliance and electronics booklets. Keeping the booklets for these items is always helpful. They almost always have a troubleshooting guide and you can keep the receipt and other relevant paperwork like warranties stapled to the inside of the booklet. The easiest way I’ve found to file them is by what they are rather than manufacturer; I file the dehydrator book under “D” rather than “E” for Excalibur.
  • Shoe boxes make great places to store…shoes! Keep the shoeboxes when you buy a new pair and store out-of-season footwear in them. On one side of the box write the description of the summer shoes and on the opposite side write the winter shoe description. Then, as you store the shoes for the off-season just flip the box so you’ll easily see what shoes are in the box.
  • Tension rods make great scarf hangers. You can also hang tank tops on them.
  • Clear plastic shoe organizers can be used to organize baby clothes if you don’t have enough dresser space. Hang the organizer on the back of a closet door and simply fold the clothing to fit the pocket. You can easily see which outfit is in what pocket. The organizers are also great for storing kids’ socks and underwear.
  • Ice cube trays are for more than just freezing things. Place a few in a drawer to organize tiny accessories like earrings and rings.
  • Put up a magnetic strip near your sewing area to store bobbins, needles, and scissors. Magnetic strips are also great for organizing tools.
  • When you buy new clothing store the buttons and extra thread that comes with the clothes in a photo album with pockets. It’s much easier than trying to rifle through the sewing box when you need to replace a button.
  • Organize your closet by storing “like use” items together. Keep all sportswear in one section, work clothes in another, night out/formal clothing in a third, and casual/weekend in a fourth.
  • Clutch purses can be hard to organize. You end up with them all piled up in a box or in a stack that falls over all too often. Try using an upright wire mesh desk organizer to keep clutches neat and visible.
  • Wooden shelves with deep brackets can be hung upside down creating built-in compartments. They’re great in guest rooms to keep towels, sheets, and other items your guests will need.
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