Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Get Your Home Organized for Fall

As you say good-bye to summer, get your home in tip-top shape for fall with these handy organizational solutions.

Mudroom Organized

Problem: You waste precious time every morning running around the house looking for the items you need for the day.

Solution: Use a "transfer basket" to gather everything that needs to go out the door the next day -- library books, bills to mail, schoolwork, etc. Haul the basket to your car every morning and bring it back into the house when errands are done.

Closet Organized -Take Inventory

Problem: Your closet is overflowing, yet you still can't find anything to wear.

Solution: You should have only three types of clothes in your closet -- clothes that fit you, clothes you love, and clothes that always bring you compliments.

-- Peter Walsh, author of Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?

Pantry Organized-Open and Shut

Problem: You don't have any extra drawers to allocate for a "junk" drawer.
Solution: The backs of many doors can be hidden storage gems. Attach shallow wire shelving to closet, pantry, and basement doors. If there's space, line the adjoining interior wall with narrow shelves and hooks for items such as cleaning supplies, handy tools, or pantry goods.