Whether you work at home or just have a separate space for some peace and quiet outside of work hours, your home office is one of the most vulnerable to clutter. Old papers, office supplies… occasionally, it can even collect some items for “storage” that don’t quite fit as well into other places in the home. Take a look at some top tips for making sure your office doesn’t take over your home.
Conduct a Paper Cut
Cut out all of your excess papers. This can be a huge part of cleaning out and organizing a home office, as papers are one of the main elements that seem to continue growing every day. Take some time to really get into your paper piles and sort out what’s important and what’s trash. Once you’ve found the good stuff, move on to a good filing system.
Filing Your Files
A good filing system can have invaluable results. It not only helps you to clear out your current clutter, but it also helps you to stay organized moving forward. Many people opt for a color-coded filing system where hanging folders and tabs of different colors represent categories of files. For example, green can be personal files, yellow for financial, and red for medical.
Contain the Supplies
Many people develop one or two nightmare drawers that are full to the brim of different types of supplies. To help ensure that this chaos doesn’t continue, you can separate different types of supplies into containers. For example, a small Tupperware for all of your pens, one for your paper clips, one for your thumb tacks, and so on. Then they can all fit nicely into a couple of drawers.
Place Like Items Together
Continuing on the path of the drawers full of office supplies, it’ll help to better organize your office and help you find things when you’re looking for them if you store like items together. For example, all of the writing utensils in one drawer or area, all related files and papers in one area, budgeting tools together like your calculator, bill calendar, and checkbook.
Consider Open Shelving
Instead of bringing in a clunky book case, think about an option like a book spine that you can install along a wall. It will take up less room and leave your office feeling more open and accessible, all while allowing you the ability to organize your books, manuals, and notebooks.
A home office can be an important space for concentration and decision-making, so make sure you’re making the most of it and minimizing your distractions.
Even the least shoe crazy among us usually has at least six pairs of shoes for different occasions and uses. When shoes include a combination of sandals, tall boots, pumps, sneakers, and loafers, it can be difficult to figure out how and where to store the shoes to keep the room organized and attractive. The following are a few different ideas for keeping your shoe chaos to a minimum.
1. Keep Your Shoe Boxes on a Shelf
Shoe boxes keep shoes in good condition and can give the area of the room a consistency of appearance when the shoes are stored inside of them. To add a decorous touch, you can paint the outsides of the shoe boxes in the same color and place a photograph of each pair of shoes on the front of each box. The only down side to storing shoes this way is that they will take up much more space and require large shelves, especially if you have many pairs.
2. Store Hanging Shoes under a Bed Skirt
Bed skirts are the perfect height to conceal hanging shoes. There are hanging shoe racks that are designed specifically for this purpose, or you can cut apart a hanging shoe rack that would normally fit behind a closet door and repurpose it. Keeping your shoes like this can save tons of closet space and make it very easy to find specific pairs of shoes when you need them.
3. Add Pockets to Your Ottoman
An ottoman with storage is a perfect place to store a few pairs of shoes. By stapling fabric to the sides, you can create perfect little pockets to store your shoes. Boots or oddly shaped shoes can go in the middle. This keeps the shoes out of sight, but easy to get to when you need them.
4. Strategically Place Pegged Coat Racks
Placing pegged coat racks by an entryway or in the garage can give everyone a place to put their shoes after removing them. This can really come in handy when the weather is unfavorable, as it will allow the shoes to dry faster and will keep the mess out of the rest of the house. Place the rack low enough so that its purpose is obvious, but high enough to accommodate tall winter boots.
5. Use a Shelf or Old Dresser
If you have a shelf or tall dresser that is not being used, it may be the perfect place to store your shoes. If your shoes are stylish, the shelving can help to show off your collection. If your shoes are utilitarian, a dresser may be better, as it will conceal your unsightly sneakers. To save space in the room, you can store either of these in a large closet.
The holidays can be a hectic season, whether you and your family are traveling, hosting guests, or just trying to deal with all of the seasonal commotion. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed with seemingly never-ending task lists coupled with the feeling that your home just can’t get clean or organized enough. To keep your home in tip-top shape and gain some peace of mind, take a look at some top tips.
Choose Decorations Carefully
There’s no better way to make a house feel stuffy and cluttered than to over-fill it with holiday decorations. Don’t get us wrong – if you’re a lover of all things holidays, deck our house to full glory! But for those of us who may get a bit anxious of too many things, it’s a good idea to choose decorations wisely. Minimalist lights, trinkets, and hangings can help to keep your home feeling open and clear.
Prioritize Your Efforts
If you’re entertaining guests, it may be helpful to prioritize your cleaning and organization efforts. For example, you’ll benefit by paying more attention to trying to handle areas where you’ll be hosting guests, like living rooms and dining rooms. Making sure these spaces are always tidy and sharply decorated will help your home look nice to guests while relieving a bit of the urge you may have to clean everything inside and out.
Donate and De-Clutter
For those with kids, it’s easy for old toys and other items to quickly pile up over time. Do you have last year’s toys that your kids have already outgrown? Don’t leave them in your home to take up valuable space while their only purpose seems to be collecting dust. Try donating them to charity if they’re still in working order (it’s not surprising for some of them to be barely used!). On top of a tidier home, you’ll also be helping out families in need. That’s what we like to call a win-win.
Keep Track of Your Stock
Sometimes, we’ll feel like we could use a thing or two to spruce up the home. However, it’s easy to forget what we already have. Don’t do out buying the same decorations, dishware, and supplies as you already have. Before you go out shopping, conduct a thorough “inventory” of what you have versus what you need. This way, you won’t accidentally double-up on anything, which ends up as wasted space.
Many studies have shown that clutter increases stress levels. While it may seem like organizing a home is stress-inducing, organizing can actually have real benefits when it comes to reducing stress levels and may even promote better health. Organizing your home may help lighten your stress load in the following ways.
Clean Bedrooms Are Conducive to Rest and Sleep
When a bedroom is filled with clutter, piles of laundry, and half finished projects, it can be distracting and anxiety-inducing. These types of distractions have proven to make it more difficult to relax and sleep. When your sleeping patterns are disrupted, it can raise stress levels even more, creating a vicious cycle. Clearing the clutter can make it easier to use the bedroom for only the things that it is supposed to be used for, helping to reduce overall stress.
Removing Unneeded Items Can Remove Negative Emotions
When there are items in a room that often go unused, those items may actually evoke emotional responses, such as guilt over not using them or annoyance that they are in the way. Taking a moment to remove or store unneeded items that are in the open areas of a room can save many future moments of having to move those items, removing the stress from the situation. As the appearance of the room improves, going into the room may actually elicit positive emotional responses.
Neat Offices Help to Boost Productivity
Offices, spare rooms, and other areas that are used for bill paying and similar activities often become catch-all areas for paperwork and clutter. Trying to get anything done in this kind of environment can be stress-inducing as you survey all the things that haven’t been done yet. Investing in furnishings to assist with organization (such as mail sorters or filing cabinets) and taking the time to go through paperwork before it builds up can help to boost productivity.
Organization Helps Avoid Missed Deadlines
When mail and other paperwork is disorganized, it increases the potential for missing utility bill due dates and other deadlines. Not knowing when things are due and having to constantly search for bills and important papers can be extremely stressful. Missing bills and paying late fees or having needed services cancelled can increase stress even more. Staying organized and on top of deadlines can help to alleviate stress and may even help you to save time and money.
Contact Closet Envee today so that we can help you get started on organizing your home and reducing your stress!
A spare room often seems like a great idea when you are house hunting and the price is right. Many of us have dreams about what we would do with a spare room, envisioning a cozy space to write a novel or a bright open area that will spur us to reach for fitness goals.
Unfortunately, what ends up happening in many cases is that the spare room becomes the catch-all for items that we don’t want to deal with. Worse, this room often becomes an emotional burden as we feel guilty ever time we see it or add something, so we avoid going in there. The following are a few ways that you can maximize the potential of your spare room and create a more usable space.
Organize Office Space
Many spare rooms have at least partial use as a home office. There is often a desk, littered with papers, mail, and various knick knacks. To begin creating an office that will inspire you instead of draining you, start small. Tackle the desk first; bring a trash can along for junk and file things that need to be saved immediately. After the desk itself is clear, you will feel accomplished and possibly inspired to move on to other areas.
Make a Comfortable Extra Bedroom
If your spare room’s main purpose was identified as an extra bedroom, the bed is often the biggest catch-all. Clothing that you are considering donating and new items that you are unsure of what to do with may be among the debris littered across the bed. This gives you an ideal starting point for organizing.
Clear the bed by getting rid of any items that don’t have an explicit use, finding a home for the things that you do want to keep. If there is also a closet in the room that needs to be tackled later, make it a point to stay away from the closet and to re-home your items elsewhere to avoid creating a bigger mess to deal with later. Once the bed has been tackled, you can move on to the closets and other areas.
Create a Home Gym
A home gym can make it easy to work out without spending extra money, which can be great for your health and well being. Unfortunately, workout equipment often ends up shoved in a corner of the spare room with clothing and other items piled on it. Freeing the workout equipment is the easiest first step to restoring your spare room to home gym status instead of clutter closet. Once the main area is set up with your favorite equipment, it should be easier to figure out how to organize the rest of the room.
For assistance with maximizing your spare room’s potential, call Closet Envee today!