Have you ever spent an afternoon scrolling through your Pinterest feed, which left you wishing your place looked just as picture-perfect as the photos on your screen? Then today’s Spring Cleaning Guide is a must-read for you! Learn expert home organizing tips from Jane Stoller, the author of the new book, Organizing for Your Lifestyle.
Home Organizing Tips from a Pro
Her book is a fun and inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases. You’ll learn the science behind home organizing and not only how to get organized, but how to stay organized. The book is arranged (very meticulously, of course!) into common themes to help you organize your home. From the kitchen to the bathroom, Stoller shares ideas, advice and inspiration to help you lead a happier and healthier life. Studies show that decluttering can not only reduce stress but provides peace of mind and improves your mood. There’s also a special chapter for travel. Packing properly for a once-in-a-lifetime trip means you’ll stress less and be able to enjoy that trip even more!
1. Start by de-cluttering
Jane starts by saying, “Getting organized can be overwhelming and daunting. Often, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. To begin de-cluttering, you need to make some hard decisions about what items are just plain trash.” Her organizing mantra is “the most important thing is that the items you keep need to fit your lifestyle, and if they don’t, they’re better off somewhere else. Start small and give yourself a goal for each room or part of your life. Some de-cluttering gurus suggest tackling categories instead of rooms – for example, starting with all of your clothing, or all of your books.”
2. Organize your closet
She continues by saying, “for me, home organizing begins with the closet.” She recommends asking yourself the following questions before you start: “First, how much space do you have? Do your clothes currently fit where they are or are they all squished together? Do you have enough space for your folded items/ Do you know what items to fold and what to hang? Do you have drawers for items such as socks and underwear?”
If you have the budget available, Jane recommends using California Closets, as they can create a customized solution that fits your space and lifestyle needs. If that’s out of the budget, other affordable alternatives are to install Ikea wardrobes and shelving, pick up storage bins from Target, or get a simple clothing rack or stand from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
3. Make the kitchen pretty & functional
Jane says, “I find I organize my closet now just like my kitchen – making it functional while also trying to keep it pretty with unique, personal touches. Storing things based on frequency is the most important organizing tip for your kitchen. Always make sure that you store your everyday kitchenware on easy-to-access shelves. When it comes to small appliances that I don’t use very often, I store these behind closed doors; everyday appliances I keep on my counter. When organizing your cupboards, make a space that’s only for cooking items such as pots and pans, and sort them by size, type, or some combination thereof.”
4. Tackle the bathroom
“Before you figure out the space you have or need, I recommend going through everything in your bathroom. Expired toiletries can even be dangerous.” That’s why it’s important to regularly sort through your beauty and personal care products, to determine if they should be tossed out (due to expiration dates). “Regardless of your skin care choices, your chosen products need to be stored properly – not just for appearances and easy access, but also to preserve the shelf life of your products.” She recommends organizing the products you’ve decided to keep by storing them in 4 labeled boxes: 1. Everyday use (such as toothpaste, deodorant, etc.), 2. Weekly use (like hair masks), 3. Spare products, and 4. Makeup.
In her book, Jane also shares insightful advice on how to get organized for a trip, different home organizing techniques (and reasons why it pays to keep it tidy), plus other benefits of staying organized, like reducing stress and being able to manage your day and life that much easier. To learn more, check out her book, Organizing For Your Lifestyle: Adaptable Inspirations from Socks to Suitcases.