5 Great Organizing Tips for New Homes
Everyone appreciates a clean, open and inviting home. Great new homes for sale from expert new home builders are like an empty canvas waiting for a family to fill them with love. But sometimes, families in new homes can fill their new homes a little too much. Without good organization, ‘too much love’ turns into clutter and mess. So how can you combat clutter in new homes? Try these organizational tips and see if you can add a little organization to your home:
Use Slide-Out or Folding Furniture Items
A great way to organize new homes is to create slide-out features for each room, such as the kitchen or pantry. You can use a slide-out cutting board in the kitchen that slides away when you don’t need it. You can also add pull-out wire racks in your pantry for additional food storage. You can also install pot and pan holders that slide out from a cabinet near or above your stovetop. This way, your pots and pans can stay organized and in easy reach near where you use them most.
Your slide-out features don’t even have to be related to the kitchen. For example, you can install a slide-out ironing board in the laundry room, or a foldable desk to use as you need. A foldable or pull-out table also works great in the garage to work on projects when you need space. You may also consider buying or building a basic tool rack and shelves for holding screwdrivers, hammers, and nails. You can even create a mini-tool shed using an empty cupboard, and mount it in your garage for easy access.
Consider Going Paperless
Paperwork can take up quite a bit of space and clutter in new homes. Why not get rid of the clutter by putting it on your computer instead. You can scan papers quickly and easily with the latest scanners. Some will even take a stack of mixed paperwork, scan it, and sort it all for you!
In addition, you don’t need a large amount of computer storage thanks to the advent of cloud computing and file sharing. You can use services like Google Drive, Dropbox and similar programs to store your critical files. With cloud computing, you can safely and securely store your scanned documents in “online file cabinets” that you can retrieve anytime, from anywhere.
Multi-Functional Furniture Doubles as Storage
A great organizational trick in open rooms is to use furniture that can also double as storage units. In rooms such as such as the living or dining room of new homes, you can add furniture that combines comfort, style, and functionality. Pieces such as tables with drawers or cabinets or ottomans that hold accessories are great choices to add to any room.
When you’re looking to maximize your space, don’t forget to look up as well. You can use your walls to store and organize all manner of items. Wire racks held to the wall make great organizational tools for just about anything in new homes. You can also add shelving and cabinetry of all kinds to hold just about everything. With the right display, you can add both functionality and your own unique style to any room in your home.
However, you should make sure to keep heavier items closer to the floor, and lighter items higher up. Keeping heavy items high on your walls could lead to injury when you try to retrieve them. Heavy items on a shelf could also damage your wall if you don’t properly secure the shelving to proper wall studs.
Purge and Rotate Often
It’s easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over several years. For example, you could have a lot of barely worn clothing, or an old wine rack or end table you are not using. Items that you don’t use anymore should be purged at least once per year, or when moving into new homes. If you haven’t used your old ironing board in the past year, consider getting rid of it. You don’t need a dozen wine glasses unless you frequently host large dinner parties. Old VHS movie and music collections that you no longer watch to listen to could be taking up too much space.
Take stock of your collections when moving into new homes, and at least twice per year afterward. If you come across something you haven’t used in over a year, don’t just put it back where it was. Set it aside, and consider having a yard or garage sale. You can also donate unneeded goods to charity, or give them to someone else in need.
Keeping New Homes Clean Helps Keep the Clutter Away
The adage ‘A clean house is a happy house’ stands well. Your space will naturally feel more organized when it is clean and cleared of excess clutter. This means taking the time to put away clothes, wipe down counters, and vacuum the rugs at least once every week. Every other cleaning, you can have a mini de-cluttering session in a single room, where you focus on re-organizing drawers and purging excess clutter. Using these tips, anyone in new homes can keep them clean, organized, beautiful, and comfortable.
And that’s something everyone can look forward to coming home to.
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