Thanks to Marie Kondo, a near era of self-help is here, and it is all to do with home organisation. Marie Kondo believes that a tidy, organised home can change the way you feel about yourself, those you care about and your possessions.
However, if you just don’t have the time to read her two best-selling books from cover to cover and want to implement some quick wins to get your house looking less cluttered, then try out these ten amazing home organisation hacks.
1. Japanese-style Standing Curtain
In some homes, there just isn’t enough storage space, and there may be no convenient space for a bulky new wardrobe. A great investment is a Japanese-style standing curtain. You can find beautiful designs that can work with your interior design as an art piece.
As well as looking beautiful, they are a fantastic way to not only create room separation, but you can also hide a lot of junk behind them too. Think about hiding bulky items such as suitcases or bags that have no other home. Don’t forget to fill the suitcases with things you don’t need at the moment such as your winter wardrobe during summer and vice versa to free up wardrobe space.
Top tip: If you work from home but don’t have a dedicated office, a standing curtain can create a separate office space and allow you to hide your messy desk away when guests arrive.
2. Keep your bedding cupboard organised
Your linen cupboard can quickly become messy, and while your sheets may have been neatly folded after washing, they can soon become creased as you search for the right sheet, matching duvet cover and pillowcase. However, this bedding organisation hack will ensure your cupboard stays tidy, and your bedding stays folded.
All you need to do is fold the matching sheets, duvets and pillowcases for each bedding set together and then place each bedding set into one of its matching pillowcases. Now, when you’re looking to find the right bedding set all you have to do is pull the right pillowcase out, and the rest of the bedding pile will stay neat and tidy.
3. CD rack for Tupperware
Do you have an old DVD or CD rack lying around? Repurpose the rack in one of your kitchen drawers for a fantastic kitchen organisation hack that keeps your Tupperware and plastic boxes tidy. Slot the lids of the boxes into the CD racks and stack the boxes next to the rack in the drawer. Now you’ll find it easy to find the box you want and its corresponding lid.
4. Ikea storage bins for the fridge
Ikea organisation hacks are well known, however, many of their storage options can be repurposed in different environments. For example, the white basket-style Ikea storage bins work really well as fridge organisers and are perfect as fruit and vegetable bowls and can help you to separate items in the fridge so that you can always find what you are looking for.
5. Pretty shoe storage
There are many shoe organisation hacks available from clear plastic boxes, door-hanging pockets and curtain poles in cupboards repurposed as shoe racks. However, these organisation ideas are not necessarily pretty and can still look cluttered. However, magazine holders come in a range of colours and patterns and make a fantastic shoe storage solution for pumps, sandals and flipflops.
Stack a range of pretty magazine holders along the bottom of your wardrobe to make the inside of your closet more inviting.
6. Create a place for everything
Another Marie Kondo approved hack is to ensure everything has its own place. This is because the main reason clutter appears is because it does not have its own home. One area that often needs work is the ‘dumping ground’ in the hallway or porch.
Many homes will find shoes, bags and coats scattered around the house because there is no designated ‘landing zone’ when you enter the house. Hooks above a storage bench can be a helpful place to hang coats and bags while giving a seat and storage for shoes too.
Add a magazine rack or two in the area to store post and junk mail.
7. Makeup brush storage
Add glamour to your dressing table in this excellent bedroom organisation hack. Purchase some pretty plant pots in a complementary colour theme to your bedroom. Then fill the bottom of the pots with rice. Then pop your make up brushes in so that they remain freestanding and do not contaminate each other. It also makes it super quick and easy to find the makeup brush you are looking for, rather than rooting around a makeup bag.
You can also use this trick for your desk or studio for pens, paintbrushes and more!
Top tip: Upgrade your dressing table even further by adding spice rack or two which is ideal for nail varnishes and will make your bedroom look like a salon.
8. Ladder storage in the bathroom
If your bathroom is too small for a cupboard, then increase your storage space with a ladder. A ladder not only works wonders as a towel rack, but it can also be useful for hanging baskets of toiletries. If you have the depth available, create shelves on the lower rungs of the ladder which increases usable storage space and is perfect for stacking towels to cute baskets.
9. Wall-mounted drying rack
An excellent small kitchen organisation hack when you don’t have space for a draining board is to wall-mount a drying rack above the sink. Furthermore, you don’t have to seek about a specific drying rack; you may have old bathroom and cutlery caddies lying around. All you need to make sure is that the water can drain freely. This is another Ikea organisation hack as they have plenty of wire baskets and S hooks available for you to create a drying rack based on the items you actually wash up regularly.
Top tip: If counter space in your kitchen is still limited, look out for over-sink chopping boards that not only add additional surface space but also allow food products to drain directly into sink rather than spilling over your counters and floor.
10. Stick-on basket in the sink
No one wants damp, bacteria-full sponges and dishcloths left lingering on their kitchen surface. So keep your kitchen looking clutter free and without wet patches by adding a stick-on basket inside your sink. Here you can store the washing up liquid, sponge and scourer to keep them neat and tidy, but still easily accessible.
Top tip: If you want to sanitise your sponges quickly, soak them in a lemon juice and water solution and then pop in the microwave at full power for one minute.