Simple & Quick Organizing Ideas

Simple & Quick Organizing Ideas

January seems to be all about organizing around the home. While you may be inundated with magazine articles on how to tackle large organizing jobs, here are a few tips for some smaller projects around the house.

Capturing Chaos:

When I used to open our “junk drawer” to order a pizza or Chinese food, chaos ensued. I needed a better way to keep these menus organized and out of the way. To the rescue was a binder that I already had. A few dividers that I labeled “Italian”, “Chinese”, and “Misc.”, and I had an organized take-out menu selection. I punched holes in my menus to put them in the binder and it sits on the side of the microwave for easy access to anyone who needs to see a menu.

Some great looking binders for this project {if you don’t want to use plain} can be found at Home Goods and See Jane Work, just to name a couple, or you could decorate your own with scrapbook or wrapping paper. You could have this done in an afternoon and feel a sense of accomplishment!

Thomas Paul binders from See Jane Work

I love the framed corkboards from Ballard Designs. They bring functional and pretty together. Similar corkboards can now be found at Home Goods and other home stores, but you can make your own with an old decorative frame from a picture you don’t use anymore, or one found at a thrift store or garage sale. Get some cork from your local home improvement store and you’ve got yourself a decorative corkboard! You could also use the frame to make a magnetic board, just make sure the sheet metal you get from the store is magnetic {not aluminum}.

Cork Boards from Ballard Designs

Another item that can be found more often in stores now is magnetic boards. If you don’t want to deal with a frame, you can find metal sheeting at your local home improvement store or metal plaques {found in the picture frame aisle} from the dollar store work, too. You can cover the metal with paper or fabric, add some ribbon and decorative magnets, and your refrigerator may thank you for freeing it up a bit.

Fabric covered magnetic boards from Ballard Designs

Fabric covered magnetic board from JustHangItDesigns ~

These are just a few small tips to get you started organizing in 2011, and you will feel you’ve accomplished something to boot. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to tackle those closets!

By Kathy Passarette of and Buttoned Up’s Home Expert

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