8 Home Organization Tips

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams VIP Properties Cal BRE 01412755

Start with a plan.

1. Make a list of projects

you want to complete during the year

and prioritize them. You don't have to do

everything in January and February; pace

yourself so you won't feel overwhelmed.

Take three simple steps.

2. Every

organization project starts with three basic

steps: purge the items you no longer want

or need, analyze what's left to determine

how you use it and measure the space you

have to figure out what will fit where.

When you're organizing, use a three-box

system: keep, discard, and don't know.

When you're finished, seal the don't know

box and put it away. If you haven't opened

it in a year, you don't really need whatever

is in there. Throw it away without looking

inside.

Clean out the closets.

3. Get everyone in

your household involved by competing

for the "cleanest closet" award. When

organizing a closet, frequency of use is

an important consideration. Things you

reach for at least once a week should be

stored at a height between your shoulders

and your knees. Lowe's has a variety

of closet organizers to handle hanging

garments, shoes, sweaters, and all types of

accessories.

De-clutter the kitchen.

4. The kitchen

is often a catch-all for clutter. Review

what's on your counters and move small

appliances and cookware you use most

often to easy-to-reach cabinets. Lowe's

has an Unfinished Oak Lazy Susan

Corner Unit that's perfect for maximizing

your corner cabinet storage space.

Tidy up the bathrooms.

5. Clean out all

the drawers and cabinets by tossing out

expired products and items you haven't

used in at least a year. Then sort your

products in a drawer organizer, such as

the Real OrganizedTM Chrome Drawer

Organizer, available at Lowe's.

Make laundry day a breeze.

6. Keep

a plastic shoe box in the laundry room

to store items you find such as lipstick,

buttons and money. Set up a three-basket

hamper system in your closet or bathroom

so you can sort your clothes the moment

you take them off, making laundry day that

much easier.

Organize your home office.

7.

Customizable closet systems aren't just

for bedroom closets. Check out Lowe's

selection of shelves, drawers and hanging

storage for your home office closet.

Lightweight storage bins are great for files

you use often and come in decorative

canvas, metal, wood and plastic styles.

Don't forget the basement and garage.

8.

Oil drips, grass clippings and trackedin

mud make basements and garages a

challenge to keep clean and organized.

The best way to organize these areas is

to create "zones" and keep the tools and

products you need in their respective

zones, such as lawn care (mower, tools,

potting soil), car care (antifreeze, oil, car

wax), sports equipment/toys, and general

hardware/tools.

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