Since the recent organization challenge, I’ve been realizing all the ways that I’m actually already organized. I really like staying organized and feel that it’s one of my natural strengths.
What I do to stay organized probably isn’t anything new, but it works for me. Hopefully I can offer you some fresh ideas for your own spring cleaning.
1. Put Jewelry on Display
I’m not a huge jewelry person, but jewelery storage has been tricky for me. I have a jewelry box, but unfortunately it makes all my pieces rather inaccessible since I can’t see them. To solve that problem but still provide cool jewelry storage, I decided to display my jewelry.
Since jewelry is pretty, I can store it and have a decoration out of it all in one.
I got the wall piece at TJ Maxx for $10. Best $10 ever spent! The wall storage unit is so easy to access and fun to look at. And it means I actually wear most of my jewelry!
I also used some basic hooks from Target underneath a mirror on a different wall to make use of some awkward space I have by the door. The hooks also give a home to my really long necklaces that I otherwise wouldn’t know how to store.
2. Bins + Bookcase = Instantly Organized
This is an obvious one. But using bins turns weird spaces into organized places.
I have this very small space in my bathroom across from the sink that could have been otherwise unusable if it weren’t for this bookcase that fits there perfectly. A bookcase + lots of bins = instant organization and extra space in the bathroom.
I got the bookcase at Target for around $20 and the bins at various places, including the Dollar store. You can use this method of organization in any room, but it works especially well in my bathroom. And there’s even room for decorations on top so this isn’t just functional, but pretty too.
3. Create “Catch-alls”
“Catch-alls” are my name for little bins or dishes that I set around the house to “catch” all my random stuff. While items are out of their place and being used, catch-alls can be their placeholder until they get put back again. I currently have three main catch-alls.
Catch-all in my bathroom, which typically holds hair ties, headbands, bobby pins, lip products, etc.
And there’s a bin next to it 😉
Next catch-all is on my dresser in the bedroom.
I got this pretty platter from my mother-in-law. I didn’t know what to do with it at first, but it’s great for just putting stuff on. This is an easy way to give stuff a home but still keep my dresser free of clutter while keeping it visually appealing.
My absolute favorite catch-all was also a gift from my mother-in-law. This little glass dish rocks.
It has bees & bee hives on the side. I think it’s so pretty! I’ve had this on my nightstand ever since I got it for Christmas a few years ago. It typically stores chapstick, hair ties, hand cream, and anything else that I use at night. It keeps my nightstand free of clutter & it’s adorable.
4. All-in-one Make-Up Storage
This storage container pretty much speaks for itself here. All my make-up in once place! What’s not to love?
I got this Rubbermaid organizer at Wal-mart, I believe. And if you have way more make-up than I do, these bins are stackable. So get two on top of each other or three side-by-side for really easy storage you can get to and move around easily. Since I don’t have a medicine cabinet, these bins work great!
You can see in the bookcase photo that I keep this bin in the bookcase. When I want to put my make up on, I just pull it out onto my counter for use and put it back when I’m done. So simple.
5. Make An Easy Entrance
The one thing that drives me crazy when it comes to clutter is an unorganized entryway. Since I live in an apartment, my entryway isn’t exactly built for organization. My coat closet is also about the size of Harry Potter’s closet under the stairs, so that doesn’t help me much.
I used a couple of options (all of which I think came from Target) to give common “entry way items” a home.
- A rack for shoes. I also put a bin here in the winter for hats/gloves too.
- A wall mounted mirror with shelf & key hooks. This piece has been so useful. I can check myself in the mirror before heading out. The hubby puts his wallet on the shelf when he comes home. And we hang our keys and Beans’ leash/collar there when not in use.
- Coat hooks. Simple and always in use!
These are just a few options that help me stay organized in a small space.
Without a lot of money or effort, these simple options for organization keep my stuff pretty well organized throughout the week. These options also help me out when I clean up every day. The more intentional I am about my organization options, the easier it is to stay organized all the time. And that makes me happy!
Questions for You:
- What’s your favorite organization technique? Bins? Hooks? Something else?
- What do you typically keep on your nightstand?