Common Residential Organizing Challenges and Solutions

Areas that challenge us can remain in disarray much longer than we’d like. Sometimes a little collaborative thinking is all you need to jump-start the process. 

Bathroom

Challenge

  • Lack of storage
  • Poor use of existing storage

Solution

  • Review stock
  • Dispose of old PX (recycle at your neighborhood drug store)
  • Recycle bottles, jars, shampoos, or lotions that you will not use
  • Add Storage – sounds simple and it is

Now you are ready to consider

  • Installing racks or hooks for towels, mounting a wall cabinet above the toilet
  • Add hooks inside your cabinets, store the bulky stock in another area
  • Only keep what you need on hand, use plastic containers for toiletries, makeup, and small items

Closet

Challenge

  • Clothes are disorganized
  • Overstuffed drawers
  • Multiple items per hanger

 Solution

  • Rotate your seasonal clothes – including shoes
  • Store shoes in hanging shoe bags or clear shoe boxes
  • Review, purge, repair, or donate your clothes at each rotation
  • Install another clothing pole
  • Consider a closet organizing system for your interior closet
  • Stackable bins on the floor of the closet
  • Store bulky items elsewhere
  • Add shelving
  • Install lighting

Kitchen

Challenge

  • Nothing for dinner but the cupboards are full
  • Can’t find the right utensil when you need them
  • Drawers are cluttered
  • Looking for stuff makes cooking a drag

Solution

  • Use a wall sorter for mail or notes, mail, and communications
  • Store like items together in the cupboard – canned goods, baking, etc
  • Use stackers, move, or add shelves
  • Hang pots and pans and use the door for lids
  • Use drawer organizers
  • Bring the kids plates to their level – same with cutlery
  • Containerize, label container

 

Paper Flow

Challenge

  • Bills get misplaced or paid late
  • Mail, lists, bills scattered about the house
  • Piles of papers with no place to put them
  • Not sure where your “important paperwork” is
  • Incoming art work taking over the kitchen

Solution

  • Create a dedicated place for incoming mail
  • Give each family member a place for their paperwork – envelope or container
  • Create a filing system that suits your personal needs
  • Contain all important documents (passport, birth certificates, marriage license, deeds, etc) in a home safe
  • Allocate a drop spot for incoming art work until it gets hung on the wall of fame – either the fridge, the cork or magnet board, or art string.