I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Beth and Andrea of the Real Life, Real Moms Podcast, and I had a blast answering all kinds of questions related to organizing. If you missed the show and want to know what we talked about keep on reading:
Q. What do you hang? What do you fold? How do you make the closet look better overall?
A. Closets are one of my favorite places to organize! I like hanging as much as possible. This maximizes space and keep things from becoming a wrinkled mess.
Keep like with like. Group all long sleeved shirts together, all short sleeves together, and tanks, etc.. Take it a step further and color code each group. I promise it doesn’t have to be in ROYGBIV order but in case you are curious it goes: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Slim line, uniform hangers make all the difference in closets. Not only does it add a uniform look having all the same color hangers, but the thin design allows for more items to be hung.
Fold all of your sweaters! No one likes hanger bumps in their shoulders. Bulky items can be folded and stacked. I love using clear dividers to keep everything vertical and from falling over. If you have a lot of jewelry use command hooks on the walls and hang necklaces and bracelets. This adds a boutique feel to any closet and makes getting dressed WAY more fun!
If you struggle with trying to figure out what to keep and donate from your closet try this hack. Turn all of your hangers backwards and each time you wear something and go to hang it back up, face it forward. This is a fast way to take inventory of the pieces you actually use and love.
Q. I have a cabinet that has a deep corner. It feels like such a wasted space. What do I do?
A. Shelf risers are the best for corner cabinets. These allow the otherwise useless vertical space to be utilized. Lazy susans are another great option for corner cabinets. Consider storing round items like: cooking spray, spices, and oil. Round items on a round turntable are a match made in heaven.
Q. The household junk drawer. Do you think it is ok to have designated spot for the crap we aren’t ready to get rid?
A. Every home has one. The best thing to do is utilize drawer dividers. This will keep batteries from spilling into your pens, birthday candles, and random change. As long as everything is visible and not piled on top of each other the junk drawer is a keeper!
The Dining Room Office
Q. My husband uses our dining room table as his office space which means there’s a laptop or two including mine, paper work, etc always on it. It just always feels so disorganized. Any magic ideas?
A. A file box is the perfect solution for the dining room desks. Paper can easily get out of hand if not stored properly. Mark files for essential things like to do, to file, receipts, and whatever else might be appropriate for your work. Make a note on your phone calendar to go through the box at the end of the week so you can remove items that no longer have a purpose.
Q. What about the cords?
A. A world without cords would certainly be a prettier place. But since that is not yet the case my tip is to get cords that match the wall color. If you have a white wall and a black cord just switch it out. Use a clear cord if you have fun, colorful walls. Try using cable cord organizers . Theses stick to any surface and allow the cord a place to rest when it is unplugged. That means no more bending or reaching. Major plus!
Q. My kid has so many stuffed animals and we end up putting them in hampers. What are some better ways?
A.The Stuff ‘N Sit is the perfect solution to stuffed animals. It is essentially an empty bean bag that can be filled to the brim with stuffed animals and then used as a chair. If the idea is to get rid of some of the stuffed animals, visually show the child that the items that won’t fit in the Stuff N’ Sit are going to be donated. Kids are smart and once they are understand the toys they no longer use or love are going to children that don’t have toys, the process becomes painless.
Q. We get about 4 to 6 pages of art work a day. What are your suggestions on storing the ones I want to keep?
A. Sweet artwork should be displayed and let’s face it, the refrigerator isn’t going to do the job. Try using these art frames. These store up to 50 pieces of paper and can be interchanged anytime with the easy access door.
If you missed Episode 64 of the Real Moms, Real Life podcast on organizing you can check it out here.
Organizing doesn’t ave to be overwhelming. Try starting on a small space and clearing out the items you really don’t want or need anymore. To help get you started you can grab my organizing guide and use my step by step process in your own home!