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Creative Lifestyles | Organize Your Home

By Courtni Kenyon-George

The new year typically brings the itch to purge and organize. New year, new you!

The Kitchen

My kitchen tends to be the first place after the holidays to get completely demolished, so I always start there with my organizational efforts.

If you have a ton of coffee mugs, and not a lot of cabinet space, try displaying your mugs near your coffee/tea station.

Cutest Coffee Nook by A Farmhouse Reborn

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Do you have rogue measuring spoons/cups lying around? I swear, mine go missing like socks do in this house.

Here’s a fun idea to keep your measuring tools organized – AND have a display of the different measurement types/options. (Psssst, free printable!)

Measuring Cup Organizer from Princess Pinky Girl

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Printable Measurement Cheat Sheet from One Good Thing by Jillee.

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No matter the pantry size, we found a pin to help you get it organized with tons of ideas curated by Landeelu.

And these free printables from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

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Lastly – in the kitchen, the best way to make the most use of the counter space is to have options that are not on the counter! This can be as easy as repurposing a towel rod and grabbing some hanging baskets from the dollar store.

Towel Bar Organization by Good Housekeeping


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The Living Room

The living room can be tricky, depending on how big your space is, and what it is that you are trying to organize.

The Lilac Lobster recommends repurposing crates for unique storage.

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Do you have gamers in your house? I know that one of my biggest pet peeves is all of the controllers and whatnot all over the place. Velcro?! I would have never thought to use it this way!

Game Changers by Buzzfeed

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I know several mamas with toddlers who are looking for creative and eye-pleasing ways to store toys. There are a ton of different ways to do it – this wraps 8 in one article!

Eight Ways to Organize Toys by Babble

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Bedroom

My bedroom seems to be the last on my priority list for organization. Just close the door, amirite?!?!

I feel like most of us have closet storage woes. Even if there is enough space, a lot of times, the right kind or amount of storage is the problem. Check out these cool storage suggestions for not only your closet, but other closets in your house!

DIY Closet Organization from Good Housekeeping

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Is your bedroom lacking extra space? There are a ton of chic ways to give the illusion that there is a ton of room – even when there isn’t. From corner shelves to hanging end tables, there are so many fun ways to make your room feel way more spacious than it is.

15 Ways to Organize a Small Bedroom by The Organized Chick

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A pretty DIY charging station can be great for any space.  The contributors at Oh Oh Blog shows us how to make one by using an old shoe box. Think of all the possibilities!

Repurposed Shoeboxes by Oh Oh Blog

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One thing I struggle with keeping organized are my necklaces. If you have some empty wall space, you can use hooks the way they are displayed here, or get creative and find other hooks at your local thrift store to make a fun display that can really double as art!

Organized Accessories by The Flying Couponer

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Bathroom

Bathroom organization is a frequent discussion in my house. Especially with a teenager and 2 pre-tweens who want to do all of the pretty girly things.

If you have a ton of makeup like me – and you either don’t share your bathroom with a boy (or don’t care) – try finding an old frame and using magnets to store it.

Makeup Magnets by Craft River

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There are so many storage options that you can grab at the dollar store. Especially to assist in bettering the space in your bathroom drawers.

Dollar Store Baskets by Umbrella

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Redbook recommends using command hooks (or a similar product) to hang your hair tools, rather than using drawer space.

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Lacking shelf space in your shower? Make your own by repurposing a shower or towel rod and grabbing some baskets and hooks as seen here on Small Room Ideas.

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The Laundry Room

Last but not least – the dreaded laundry room. Am I the only one that finds a way to just shut the door on this room when company comes over?

Here are a couple of ideas on better storing/sorting your laundry with labeled laundry baskets. Depending on the kind of space you have in your laundry room, this can obviously be modified to fit.

Like this built in one from Make It & Love It:

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Or this mobile one by Hoosier Homemade:

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