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Home Organization Tips

Find helpful tips and ideas to declutter your home while organizing your home, closets and kitchen. Organize your home not just to get rid of clutter, but for quick and seasonal access to your belongings. These decluttering tips come courtesy of Farmington Valley Organizing, a professional organizer in Connecticut.

Closet Organization Ideas

Is your closet a mess, full of clutter and in need of organization? Organizing your clothes closets can be fun and easy. Here are a few closet organization ideas to get you started:

  • The very first thing you should do is get rid of all colored hangers. Using as few colors as possible will make an amazing improvement! Use wood, white, metal, clear, etc.
  • Sort all your long clothes and hang them on one side.
  • Sort all your short clothes like-with-like such as dressy, casual, pants, jackets and shirts.
  • While you are sorting, donate any item you haven't worn this year and anything that does not fit. If you must keep smaller clothes, store them in a bin labeled with the size and store them with off-season items.
  • When you hang your short clothes together, you will find lots of space underneath them. If you have many more short items, then add another 3/4 length pole in that space. If you have many more shoes, then add a shoe cubby.
  • If you have extra room on your poles, consider adding a 13" wide cubby tower on one side for folded items like sweaters.
  • Tip: When you change seasons, hang all your hangers backwards. When you wear an item, hang it correctly. Any item with a backwards hanger at the end of the season gets donated.

Kitchen Organization Tips

Organizing Your Kitchen Utensils

If you have one monster utensil drawer, you need to rethink it. Kitchen utensils come in several categories.

  • Stove top Utensils: Wooden spoons, spatulas, ladles, etc.
  • Baking Utensils: rubber spatulas, whisks, measuring spoons, etc.
  • Knives and Peelers: Knives, sharpeners, peelers, etc.
  • Flatware: daily spoons, forks, butter knives, etc.
  • Other: corkscrews, garlic press, corn on the cob holders.

If you separate these kitchen utensils and store them in the area where you use them, you will save countless steps finding and using them.

  • Knives and peelers in prep area with cutting boards
  • Stove top utensils next to stove
  • Baking utensils in baking area near canisters and mixer
  • Flatware near dishwasher
  • Other, corkscrews, garlic press, anywhere