How to handle household storage? It's a battle!
You, the innocent home manager, want only to find holiday decorations or seasonal clothing.
Your nemesis? Bins and bags and boxes. Crammed cabinets, bursting basements, and inaccessible attics. The Garage from The Black Lagoon. For most of us, an efficient household storage system seems like an impossible dream.
Squeezed by the storage shuffle, many home managers yearn for larger quarters. Let me burst the bubble (as one who knows): a bigger house is not the answer. Stored stuff has an amazing bread-dough quality--it rises to fill the space available, and then makes a sticky mess as it slops over the sides of the container. No matter how many closets, cupboards or square feet of attic space, surplus stuff will find a way to take over while your back is turned.
The answer? A household storage plan. Yes, it will take some work, but the principles involved are as easy as ABC: More »
It's the time of the season: Winter's winding down and Spring is on the horizon. Are you ready to dress for warmer weather?
A closet clean-out clears the decks for the new season and gives even the most frazzled home manager a feeling of accomplishment.
Whether in the children's closets or in your own, follow these principles for efficient, organized clothing storage: More »
Location: a master bathroom in any suburban location. Goal: a clean, uncluttered space for personal care.
Home to grooming rituals and personal care chores--and heir to all sorts of oddments and obsessions--a master bathroom can hold surprises of all sorts.
Time to cut the clutter with a session of sorting, tossing and decision-making. A simple A-B-C concept will make short work of organizing the bathroom's limited space. More »
Open the kitchen cabinets ... and you can tell it's time for a kitchen declutter!
Pudding mixes perch on top of the cereal, showering down onto the head of a sleepy, squawking teen each morning. To reach the oatmeal pan, you must shove aside a stack of pizza coupons, the bread machine pan and a glass jar of pickles.
The top of the refrigerator is a greasy, dusty jumble of unfinished crafts projects, the dog's leash, empty prescription bottles, broken toys and fast-food drink cups.
Time to declutter the kitchen! Here are our best tips for streamlining and sorting kitchen clutter: More »
Christmas Week is here, and New Year's Eve is on the horizon!
Even in the midst of holiday cheer, it's time to look ahead to a clean and organized New Year.
Ready to swing into the coming year from a clutter-free and organized home?
Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year on an organized note: More »
Ready to cut clutter on the homefront--but not sure where to start?
Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day.
This time, resolve to succeed! Get your organized journey off to a good start; these beginning declutter points will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster: More »
Here at OrganizedHome.Com, the e-mails arrive every week: "Help! I'm drowning in clutter and don't know where to begin!"
Whether it's due to poor habits, a packrat spouse, or an advanced case of affluenza, too many home managers struggle under the burden of household clutter.
Clutter can clog the smooth workings of any home, imposing heavy costs on the household. Each day, time is lost searching for missing keys, phones or permission slips. A cluttered desk plays Hide The Credit Card Statement, yielding up the bill only after late fees are invoked. Belongings lost to clutter must be replaced, with the original surfacing just as soon as the replacement enters the house. Gotcha! More »
It's silent. It's sneaky. It creeps about in corners: clutter!
When the state of the house aggravates you to your last nerve, it's tempting to launch an all-out battle in the war against clutter. First, though, know your enemy!
There are as many reasons for household clutter as there are clutterers. As Pogo says, "We have seen the enemy, and he is us!"
Take aim on your household's clutter problem by going to the root of the problem: your own thinking.
What's your clutter personality ... and which of these internal voices strikes a chord? More »