Stefanie from Brooklyn Limestone posted her favorite organizing tip the other day. She was asked to provide one as part of Centsational Girl’s round up of (wait for it) favorite organizational tricks from several well-known (and very organized) bloggers (I know, with a lead-in like that, you thought the post would be about crock pots and outdoor activities for kids). But then she went into labor and decided that, even though she missed the deadline, to post her idea anyway. Head over to her blog to see it and her cute baby.
That got me thinking: hey, I wasn’t even asked to provide my favorite organizing tip – but I could share mine too. I’m probably one of the least organized bloggers out there. Which is probably why I wasn’t asked. It might also be because I can’t meet blog deadlines. This by the way is only for fun and I love reading both of these blogs.
So, here’s where this post has an actual point and I stop trying to be funny [crickets]. My favorite tip for organizing: use your vertical space.
The garage is one of those places where lots of crap gets strewn about on the floor (and then caked with sawdust). It’s a pain (literally) to maneuver around large metal ladders and tools. So where you can, you should think about using hooks, pegboards, shelves, and other various organizers to hang things off the floor and out of your way. Visually, it helps things simply look better: take the same amount of stuff, get it off the floor, and the whole room looks more put together.
This tip applies to more than just garage space, but the garage is an easy place to start. There are a lot of organizers meant to hang in laundry and utility rooms (that aren’t the most decorative or nicest to look at, but they do the job). One of my favorites is a mop and broom rack. Take five of your various long-handled items and store them within easy reach. Or get creative and wedge a sixth in there by resting a short-handled sweeper along the top ledge. I don’t know who would do such a thing; it just came to me.
Then, of course, tall vertical cabinets get things off the floor, too. I bought one a few
weeks months ago and assembled it while putting up my Christmas tree. Took me 10 minutes and left me with more floor space than I’d seen in a year. Which I immediately crammed with my in-progress workbench, but considering that I’m trying to move projects into the rooms they belong, the vertical cabinet served a very useful purpose that day.
Got any of your own tips to share? I’m asking.
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