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After searching for a home, locating the perfect home, putting in your bid, and then receiving your keys - you are officially a homeowner. Congratulations! Now that you're a homeowner, it's time for you to make your space your own. So, why not start with a clean slate and keep your new home organized and clutter-free. By implementing organization strategies from the start is one of the best ways to ensure that you will maintain an organized space. It also provides you with a solid foundation to build onto. So, here are some essential tips for new homeowners when it comes to keeping your place organized from the start.
Adding drop zones is a great way to stay organized. A drop zone is just a shorter, fancier way of saying a specific setup of storage items or hooks that house certain items that would otherwise take up space. This can be anything from a key hook on the wall in the entryway of the door to a pop-out bin by the bedroom door for clothes. You can use baskets, ottomans, hooks, bins and containers to organize these drop zones to keep your interior design crisp and clutter-free.
Labels can be a little over the top if you stick them on everything in your house, but they can really come in handy especially when you are looking for hard to find things like spices, leftovers in the fridge and preserved food in the freezer. You do not need a label maker. All that is needed is a roll of thin masking tape and a sharpie. Admittedly that look is not cohesive or stylish but it's functional and serves a purpose which gets the job done. If you prefer the uniform look when it comes to your labels, opt for the label maker.
Sort The Little Stuff
You know the little stuff we’re referring to are things which can usually be found in medicine cabinets and junk drawers. Items such as medications, first aid supplies, items for arts and crafts, spare light-bulbs as well as stationary. You have to do a little more than simply stowing these things away on a shelf. These can be organized by putting them away into stylish boxes that coordinate with your home decor. Put those stack-able boxes into shelves to prevent you from getting overwhelmed with these little things as they can quickly take over space, derailing all your organizational efforts.
Keep Your Linen Closet Under Control
This closet is typically the first thing to spiral out of organizational control. Only keep on hand two sets of sheets per bed. If you have young kids who occasionally have accidents at night, keep three sets of sheets. You should also only keep three sets of towels for each person in the household as well as one beach towel per person. This prevents you from adding clutter in the linen closet by only keeping what you need. Do away with worn down towels and sheets. Only keep what you need. Donate the rest of the things you do not need in a dedicated giveaway basket.
You want to be able to enjoy your new home for many years. That's why creating simple, organizational systems to combat clutter to maintain a refreshed space is so important. Happy Homeownership!
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