DIY Home Organization: Kitchen Hacks

DIY Home Organization: Kitchen Hacks

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By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com

Here at Storage.com, we want to help people get their homes organized and clean, whether through the use of self-storage or helpful online tips and hacks that you can try yourself.

Both renters and homeowners of every stage can usually agree on one thing—there’s never enough space in the kitchen. Since additional space can be hard to come by when you’re already settled, the process of reorganizing calls for a little investigative work and a lot of innovation. Listed below are ten kitchen hacks for fully maximizing the space you already have.

1. TACKLE “THAT SPACE” BENEATH THE SINK.

Home to the kitchen’s endless collection of cleaning supplies, utensils, and other miscellaneous tools, the infamous space below the sink can be transformed from unorderly to methodized with a few organizational approaches. An easy way to organize “that space” is to position curtain rods or wall hangers for DIY cleaning supplies and garbage bag holders. With frequently-used items fixed up above the base of the cabinet, there’s plenty of space to organize the rest within specific tubs or containers.

via simply organized
via simply organized

2. OPT FOR MAGNETIC SPICE RACKS.

While traditional spice racks are great for keeping all of your seasonings neatly organized, many of them are uniquely shaped and hard to store. If you’re looking for a more efficient method to stash away your spices, DIY magnetic spice containers might be just the solution. Simply stick them to the side of your fridge (or other magnetized surfaces) to keep spices on hand and easy to see when whipping up those tasty recipes.

via the kitchn
via the kitchn

3. HANG POTS AND PANS.

Save the storage space of larger cupboards for eye-sore items (like bulky appliances), and hang pots and pans from rods, hooks, or racks. Whether you prefer to display entire sets, or an eclectic combination of your go-to cookware, this lived-in kitchen storage hack also makes for quicker preps and clean-ups.

via Design*Sponge
via Design*Sponge

4. DIVIDE AND CONQUER.

Free up some drawer space by placing spatulas, whisks, wooden spoons, and other tools divided into pitchers or crocks near the stove. This clever kitchen hack takes little to no time at all and can be done with pots, ceramics, or mason jars you already have sitting around your home.

via dose
via dose

5. USE A FILING SYSTEM.

Arranging baking sheets and cutting boards within DIY file folder racks is a simple yet handy trick. Stowing them vertically brings order to the various sizes and edges, which helps keep finishes pristine and intact, too.

via Martha Stewart
via Martha Stewart

6. FILL EMPTY WALL SPACE WITH OPEN SHELVING.

Use any bare walls to your advantage by installing DIY open shelving. This allows you to stock shelves with day-to-day dishes, utensils, or apothecary jars within reach all while keeping the vibe of your kitchen open and airy with this modern design concept.

via Smitten Studio
via Smitten Studio

7. KEEP PRODUCE OFF THE COUNTER.

When life gives you lemons, hang them from the ceiling (at least that’s the new phrase we’re coining). These suspended fruit baskets add a contemporary touch to any kitchen space, while taking fresh produce off the counter tops and out of your way.

via homeedit
via homedit

8. CREATE A DIY COFFEE STATION.

Take the early-bird routine clutter even further from regular counter space by setting up a DIY coffee station. Designating a separate space for all of the mugs, spoons, and accessories that come with the perfect cup of morning java takes extra bodies out of high-traffic kitchen areas (and might earn you a few more hostess points along the way). If you needed another excuse to invest in a bar cart or similar portable shelving piece, this is it!

via SF Girl By Bay
via SF Girl By Bay

9. REVAMP THE CATCH-ALL DRAWER.

Hoarding everything from old receipts to batteries and thumbtacks, the catch-all drawer (otherwise known as the “junk drawer”) doesn’t have to be an overwhelming sea of clutter. Placing space dividers within the drawer allows you to differentiate items by their miscellaneous uses. For a quick-fix, you can even make dividers by using small baking sheets or the tops of old shoe boxes, jewelry boxes, or check boxes.

via Better Homes and Gardens
via Better Homes and Gardens

10. POSITION A WINE RACK.

The top of your fridge is no place to balance happy-hour essentials—winos and cocktail enthusiasts alike can attest. Instead, arrange your slew of wine bottles and glasses in an organized fashion by mounting a wine rack or case (like this DIY wine rack made from a wood pallet).

via HGTV
via HGTV & Flynnside Out Productions

What are some of your favorite DIY kitchen hacks? Tell us in the comments!

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

How to Declutter Your Home with Self Storage

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By Vince Mancuso, Storage.com

Storage.com is an advocate of a cleaner home, whether through helpful tips for tackling clutter or the use of a storage unit.

Whether you’re in a three-bedroom home or a studio apartment, chances are you have clutter. Spare rooms often become dumping grounds for unused items. Countertops become havens for receipts, magazines, mail, and other items that should be filed away. And, of course, there’s that hallway closet that’s filled to the brim—the one you’re too scared to open after you were barely able to get it shut the last time.

While getting rid of trash is easy when decluttering, it’s much harder to get rid of items that you don’t need around the house every day but still want to keep. Think old family photos, financial documents, Christmas decorations, and the bike you ride to and from work when the weather allows. Rather than stressing about ditching these belongings or finding a larger home, you can rent a self storage unit.

Renting a storage unit is a great solution for keeping all of your belongings while getting the most use out of your square footage. But before you go running off to the nearest facility with a 10×10 available, follow these steps for using self storage to declutter your home.

Take Inventory

How do you determine what needs to go into self storage? That’s easy. Create an inventory of the non-essential items taking up space in your home. The best way to take inventory of these items is to separate them into four categories: records, keepsakes, seasonal, and junk.

Records

Records would be things like financial documents (taxes, investments, credit card statements, loans, etc.) and home or vehicle documents (mortgage files, insurance policies, appliance manuals, etc.).

As for how long you should keep records, each document has its own “keep” period. For example: Taxes should be kept up to seven years whereas bank statements should only be kept for a year. Any record that’s past its recommended keep period should be shredded and/or thrown away.

Keepsakes

Keepsakes include more personal items, such as photo albums, family heirlooms, collectibles, antiques, and furniture that you may use later down the road. While you might not use these items every day (or even every month), they’re belongings you want to keep for sentimental or personal value.

Seasonal

Seasonal items can include winter and summer clothing, holiday decorations, lawn equipment, boats and ATVs, and sporting gear. These are usually the possessions you keep in closets, garages, attics, or basements when they’re not in use.

Junk

Junk is whatever you have left. This includes broken items, belongings you never use, things you don’t have a place for, and possessions that have no personal value. Either discard, sell, or donate these items.

Find Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve taken inventory of your clutter, it’s time to find a storage unit for the items you want to keep. This means finding the best storage facility, unit size, and storage features for your needs.

The Facility

If the items you’re storing are things you’ll need on a regular basis, such as a bike, then it may be best to find a storage facility near your home. However, if you’re only storing Christmas lights and the inflatable Santa collection you use from November to January, the location of your storage facility isn’t as important since you won’t need to pick up and drop off these items frequently.

The Features

Each facility has different storage amenities available, which is why it’s important to determine what items you’re storing before finding a facility. For instance, if you plan to store wooden furniture, which can crack in extremely cold environments and warp in hot, humid environments, you’ll want a storage facility that has climate-controlled storage units. If you’re storing expensive or personal items, such as jewelry, wine collections, or family heirlooms, you’ll want a storage facility with good security.

The Unit

As far as storage unit size goes, a 5×5 or 5×10 is what most people use to declutter their homes. These units are roughly the size of a walk-in closet and can hold a mattress set, small furniture, and a few boxes. If you need to store multiple large items—like a sofa and armchair, bed frames, and some boxes—a 10×10 would be better. This unit size can typically hold the contents of two full bedrooms.

If you plan to store a recreational vehicle that you only use when the weather’s nice, such as a motorcycle, ATV, or boat, ask the facility about vehicle storage options. Some facilities will have indoor spaces from sizes 10×15 and up; others will have outdoor or covered parking stalls.

Move In and Check In

After you’ve found your unit, it’s simple. You just move in!

Though, one thing many self storage users don’t consider is whether they need to visit their storage unit after moving everything in. This is especially true of people who don’t need to frequently swing by the facility and grab items. Nevertheless, it’s important to regularly check in on your storage unit to make sure your belongings are still in good condition. A good guideline would be every two to three months.

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    I think that cleaning up the house actually isn’t all that bad if you are able to stay focused! In fact, getting your storage organized and neat can really be quite therapeutic, as will the clean space when you finally see it when you’re done throwing out the junk and nonsense!

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