It’s Morgan again from The Patient Mom blog! For this post, I have something a little different for you; AKA, not home decor or crafts. Today I am going to talk a bit about home storage and organization.
It’s amazing how fast we accumulate things, isn’t it? I don’t understand how I have so much stuff. It may have a little to do with my three kids and all of the Amazon deliveries I receive….but that is neither here nor there. I like to think I have learned a thing or two in my 9 years as a homeowner and 5 years as a mother, and today I am going to share some of those tips with you. With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your home cleaned up and organized.
1. Store Holiday/Seasonal Books, Toys, etc. with your Seasonal Decor
I absolutely love switching up my home decor to match the season or the coming holiday. This past year when packing/unpacking items I had an epiphany. I should keep any seasonal or holiday-themed toys, books, and games stored away with the decor, rather than leaving them scattered amidst the rest of our toys.
So, I packed away the Little People holiday and winter toys, the Christmas books, jingle bell bracelets, and the wooden nativity scene with the Christmas decor.
I stored the Valentine books, heart-themed craft supplies, heart glasses, and heart wands with the Valentine decorations.
The outdoor toys are stowed away in our shed and deck box until the weather is warm.
It clears up just a bit of extra space and serves as a nice surprise for your kids, who have probably forgotten about them until they are unpacked.
2. Decorative Baskets/Bins are your Best Friend
Wicker, cloth, rope…you name it, I have a basket made out of it. They come in tall or short, wide or narrow, even circular or square! They fill in space in a room while collecting all of those things you don’t want your guests to see. I use them to hold toys, of course, but also blankets, craft supplies, throw pillows, and more. The Boho Basket from the Summer 2021 Box is one of my ultimate favorites. It fits perfectly with my son’s bedroom decor so I’ve been using it to hold his little dinosaur toys.
3. Invest in an Entryway Bench with Built-in Storage
If you have kids or a love for shoes, this is a must. I store all of my kid's shoes (besides boots) in the storage bins of our entryway bench. They are hidden away, but also easily accessible so when I tell my kids to get their shoes on they can do so easily. As shown in the cover photo, It also makes for a really cute piece of furniture that can be styled with pillows and seasonal decor. The adorable decorative pillow and white set of books are from the Spring 2021 Box, and I use them everywhere!
I actually don’t have any tips for this one. My Tupperware cupboard is a hot mess. Too many lids, not enough containers. So if you have any advice PLEASE send it my way. Lol!
5. Color Code closet by Season & Color
Every clothes closet in my house (except my husband’s side of our master closet because he refuses to keep up with my system) is color-coded and organized by season/sleeve or pant length. My tops are first organized by sleeve length: tank tops, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, button-ups, and sweaters. Then each length is organized by color using ROYGBIV (white/brown before red, grey/black after violet) order and then each color by shade from lightest to darkest. I do the same for dresses, pants, and skirts. Does this sound a bit extreme? Maybe. But when I wake up in the morning and want to wear my pink sherpa zip-up I know the exact place to find it in my closet. Such a time saver and it also makes your closet look tidy and pretty! My kids’ closets and coat closet are organized in the same fashion.
Some other recommendations for your closet? Store shoes in canvas bins and sort by heel type.
Use closet organization hardware sets for shelving, rods, and belt hangers. You can even use a hanger with shower curtain rings to hang abs store scarves!
And that is where I will stop for now; before I start sounding too crazy. But I will tell you; an organized home is a happy home. I hope some of these tips help you to declutter and clear out some space in your own home! Follow me on the accounts below for more great home advice!
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