This wicker basket is in my bedroom. It serves as a table and it’s where I keep all the sheets.
My husband and I live in an older home so the closets are pretty tiny. I use the closet in the bedroom for my clothes and he uses the closet in the office for his clothes. It actually works out great since he gets up a LOT earlier than I do. But to make his closet work better for his needs, he lowered the rod and added upper shelves. He doesn’t have a dresser so he keeps all his folded clothes on the shelves.
We also placed a shoe organizer on the inside of his closet and it holds his workout shorts.
I have a large desk in our home office but it doesn’t have much drawer space. I have a 2-drawer filing cabinet under the desk and a 4-drawer filing cabinet across the room. Since most of the files are in the 4-drawer cabinet, I use the 2-drawer under my desk for storage.
I also have a bulletin board on the wall next to my desk. I use that for my receipt envelopes, monthly calendar I can glance at if I need to know the date, and various other miscellaneous items I want to keep track of. Lately I’ve been losing the new recipes I want to try so I’ve been putting those there, too.
On my desk I have one of those small plastic three drawer organizers. I keep stickers, pens, and other planner accessories in those.
Also in the office we have a second closet that I use for office supplies, past year’s planners, rubber stamps and other odds and ends. Since we don’t use it for clothes, David took out the rod at the top and that gave us more room. It’s a small thing but you’d be surprised how often that rod got in the way.
And finally, on the inside door of that closet I have three file pockets for office items I use a lot. I actually got these pockets to hang in the garage to serve as mailboxes for the kids. We always come in through the garage so they passed them as they went in the house. We used them for a while but then I moved them to the closet.
If you need more storage in your dining room but you can’t afford or don’t like the fancy hutches or credenza’s, use a dresser! Dressers can be purchased cheap and with a little bit of imagination you can make them look like they belong in the dining room. Here’s ours:
When you’re ready to place your tv, don’t automatically opt for over the fireplace. There are guidelines about tv placement but the best way to tell is to sit in your space and figure out what location makes for the best tv watching. In our living room, it definitely wasn’t over the fireplace. We put our tv on an arm to the right of our fireplace at eye level for when we’re sitting on the couch. You can rotate the screen a little bit to suit you. It’s perfect!
Not sure where to keep the kids’ toys so they’re accessible but contained? My kids are grown but I have a bunch of toys for the grandkids. I keep them under the tv in three bins. No, it doesn’t look as good as a row of dvd’s but it doesn’t look bad and it’s extremely practical! After the kids leave, it’s a piece of cake to clean up the mess.
And finally, here’s a trick my husband came up with. When he remodeled our kitchen, he put lots of shelves so we could store dishes without stacking them 5 high and then fighting to get the one on the bottom of the pile!
So there you have it – twelve simple organizing ideas from my house to yours. What do you think?