Guest post by Julian Lane
5 Budget-Friendly Fixes to Get Your Small Space Organized
Having an organized home can help you lead a happier life. That may sound a little crazy, but it is very true, because studies have shown that a cluttered home can cause you to stress more. But staying organized can be tough when you live in a small space and are working with an even smaller budget. While it’s surprisingly affordable to hire professional cleaners to drop in on occasion (homeowners in Alpharetta pay an average of only $172 for a one-time service), cleaning is only one piece of the organization puzzle. To help you get your home tidy and keep it that way for good, here are five budget-friendly ways to organize every room in your home:
Start with Your Entryway
If the first thing you and your guests see when walking into your home is clutter, your home may look messier than it really is. An organized entryway helps your home make a good first impression. You can find well-priced, quality entryway furnishings by shopping with retailers like Crate and Barrel, and you can even save some money while you shop. You will find plenty of stylish storage options there, and you can do a little searching online to find sales for your new decor. Entryway furniture options include cabinets to store your bags, benches to help you organize your shoes, and tables to hold keys and knick-knacks.
Declutter Your Kitchen Cabinets
When you are working on decluttering and organizing your home, it helps to pay attention to the rooms you use the most. For many families, the kitchen is an area where meals are made, and they act as a daily gathering spot. But if your cabinets are cluttered, it can make eating at home a hassle, which can lead to food waste and get expensive quickly. Take a little time to sort through your food storage system. Bed, Bath and Beyond has so many kitchen organization options, from mason jars for nuts and seeds to spice racks. Best of all, you can typically find a promo code to help you stay within your budget.
Organize Your Bathrooms
The other room that gets used the most in homes is the bathroom. It’s where you get ready in the morning and prepare for bed after a long day, so make sure your bathrooms are well-organized and set up for maximum relaxation. There are tons of budget-friendly bathroom storage options to make even the smallest spaces feel more put together. One simple way to add more storage, as well as a little style, is with open shelving. With a few basic tools, you can install as many shelves as you need in your bathroom to hold cosmetics, towels or any other essentials. Use baskets and jars to add even more organization. Check out stores like Dollar Tree where you find find all sorts of space-saving ideas for super cheap (read: $1 or less, in most cases!).
Clean Up Common Spaces
Now that you have your entryway, bathrooms and kitchen tidied up, it’s time to move onto the heart of your home: the living room. The living room is where you gather with the ones you love the most, or maybe it’s your spot for relaxing with your favorite Hollywood classics. Either way, you can add some storage to your living spaces without taking away style or comfort. From strategically placing furniture to building extra storage, you can make over your living room without breaking your budget. Be sure to check online for promo codes before picking up supplies, and don’t be afraid to tackle these simple jobs yourself to save even more money.
Maintain Order in Your Home
Once you have your home organized and looking fresh, you will want to keep it that way. Sticking to a routine cleaning schedule is a simple and less time-consuming way to maintain a tidy home. Also be sure to put items back where they belong when not in use and make this a habit for your kids as well. You may also be able to pick up some tools to help you keep your home clean, no matter how busy you are during the week, like a robot vacuum that helps keep floors clean all on its own. Check out Amazon’s Gold Box Deals page for steals on robot vacuums and other high-tech cleaning equipment.
Home is where the heart is, so make sure yours is a stress-free zone. While you could hire a professional organizer to create an organized and relaxing haven, the service doesn’t come cheaply, running between $50 and $70 per hour. Rather than dropping a small fortune, use these helpful tips to get your life organized and keep a little more money in your savings account.
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