For whatever reason, storage areas of the home are super difficult to keep organized. Is it because we have so much stuff these days, or because we don’t entertain in those rooms, so we tend to let the organization slide? I guess the reason doesn’t matter — as long as you promise to whip it into shape. Here’s how.
1. Go Bottom to Top
We tend to start at the top when we organize closets…you know…shelves and the hang bar. But if you map out the floor first, you might actually have a good spot for the vacuum. Am I right? Once the vacuum has a home, grab a set of drawers (plastic if you like) for things you need to get at frequently or quickly (batteries, tape, extension cords, etc.).
2. Use Clear Storage
When it comes to storing your stuff, the more clearly you can see it all, the better. If you store things in clear bins, you’ll be able to see exactly where the light bulbs are when you need one. If you can’t use clear bins, use labels to detail what’s in each bin.
3. Utilize the Door
Hanging shoe organizers aren’t just for shoes. Hang one on the back of the utility closet door, and use it to store cleaners, paper towels, plastic wrap, cords, and more.
4. Keep Manuals in One Place
“Now where did I put that instruction manual?” If that’s a good question at your house, consider keeping all your manuals in a single 3-ring binder. Slide each one into a sheet protector, and you’ll never have to wonder where they are again. Keep the binder on a shelf in your utility closet.
5. Clean Sweep
Brooms and mops are notorious for cluttering up your broom closet, mud room, or garage. To keep them organized, pick up a clip that keeps them securely on the wall, but lets them go when you need them to.
6. Hanging Cubbies
These cheap, easy-to-hang closet buddies can be your utility closet’s best friend. The little sections are perfect for all sorts of things, but I love them for paper towels.
7. Zip it Up
The hole at the end of most broom and mop handles is pretty useless, am I right? Unless you plan to hang everything on an ugly nail, that is. This genius idea involves using zip ties to make a loop through that hole. Then, use the loop to hang your broom over any type of hook. Smart huh?