As the snowy, slushy weather outside yields to green grass and spring flowers, I end up on a mission to declutter and reorganize every room. The process usually involves some DIY storage ideas because, let's be real, I'm not on a California Closets budget and Marie Kondo isn't showing up at my house any time soon. (Though a girl can always dream.)
These inexpensive storage ideas can help you turn your home into an organized haven.
1. Spruce up the closets
No matter the size of my closet, I always somehow manage to overstuff and crowd most storage areas in my house. (I usually just close the closet door and forget about the mess.) Since discovering some life-changing closet organization hacks there’s no more clutter.
2. Straighten up the cords
All of that technology looks great - until you get the nest of wires plugged into the extension cord. The Spruce suggests a creative way to keep track of your cords: Use bread tags to label each cord so you know exactly which one to applies to a particular device. You can also attach binder clips to the edge of your desk and string your charging cords, so they don't fall off the table.
3. Tackle the garage
Get your garage in tip-top shape with some DIY shelving, to help maximize space as well as cut down on costs. Other garage storage hacks include pegboards and hooks, perfect for hanging tools, ladders, shovels, bikes and other items that call the garage home.
When in doubt, think of ways to hang storage solutions on the wall. It frees up space in drawers and relieves your counter and floor surfaces from clutter. In the bathroom, attach storage bins to vanities or inside cabinet doors to keep your beauty tools neat and accessible. Use hooks to hang mugs under cabinets or floating shelves, and hang up heavy, bulky pots and pans to free up cabinet space. Plus, don't limit shoe organizers to footwear. Scarves, hats, crafts, cleaning supplies and other household items will work just as well in the sleeves.
5. Digitize owner’s manuals
Every time you add a new appliance or electronic to your home, it comes with an owner's manual that inevitably gets lost, likely in the bottomless pit of your junk-drawer. With the HomeServe app, you can snap a pic and automatically add the owner's manual, manufacturer warranty information, how-to videos and links to replacement parts for safe keeping. With all that necessary info at your fingertips, you can discard all those paper manuals. (Bonus points for recycling!)
Being prepared before you're in a mess is always a good strategy. When it comes to prepping for system or appliance problems, some find having a home warranty or home repair plan in place can be a smart move.