When cold weather arrives and forces us all to close our pools for the winter and head inside, many people end up staying indoors to fight the harsh weather with hot chocolate and heating systems. It’s no surprise, then, that most homes accumulate quite the amount of clutter over the course of a typical winter. A few home-organization tips can help make all those hours indoors spent gazing out over your covered pool a little less claustrophobic.
- Buy a coat rack. Just about everyone bundles up in a warm coat once the temperatures dip. But once you get home and the warm air inside welcomes you, the first instinct is to take your coat off and lay it down on the first chair you see. If you have a coat rack by the main entrance, you’ll always know where your coat is and the house won’t look so messy with coats strewn about.
- Have a tray set aside for keys. As clutter accumulates throughout the winter, the chances your keys will go missing increase. Save yourself the frantic search for keys in the morning by setting a tray aside where everyone places their keys.
- Partition desk drawers. It’s easy to fill a desk drawer, but it’s hard to remember its contents. Save yourself the stress of rooting through drawers by installing partitions. This will make things easier to find and will likely prevent you from just adding random items to desk drawers.
- Bundle all those cords. Nowadays, the average television has roughly one dozen cords attached to it. HDMI cables, video game consoles, DVD players, home theater systems, and, of course, the television cord itself are among the many cords that can make a mess near your television. Bundle these cords with a cord organizer to make wires and plugs much more manageable.
- Toss the junk mail. Thanks to paperless bank statements and online billing, many people no longer receive important documents through the mail. Instead, mailboxes are filled with junk mail such as advertisements or menus from local restaurants. Rather than placing junk mail on the counter or storing it in a drawer, throw it out as you receive it. You will undoubtedly notice considerably less clutter.
- Clean out the refrigerator. Another culprit when it comes to clutter is the family refrigerator. Half-eaten meals or expired items can be found in almost every refrigerator on the planet. If you’re putting leftovers in the fridge after every meal, then chances are you have lots of leftovers that have passed their prime. Solve this problem by scheduling a potluck night where you eat all of the leftovers, or commit to bringing them to work for the next day’s lunch. However you do it, clean out the refrigerator once a week.
- Add storage space. Using drawers and only drawers for storage is a great way to become disorganized. If you have any bare walls, particularly in the kitchen, use them to hang shelves you can use for storage. If the walls are full or not sturdy enough to hang a storage shelf, install an extra shelf or two in the pantry.