January 5, 2012
Organizing Ideas for the New Year, Part 2
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Yesterday, we started off the New Year right with some organizing ideas for your kitchen and closets. Today, I'm continuing by sharing some ideas for your bathrooms and bedrooms. You'll get ideas for storing toiletries, towels, and more neatly in your powder rooms, and how to keep all of the clothes from taking over your bedroom.
Ideas for your bathroom
1 Few bathrooms have enough places to hang towels. Stacking towel bars behind closed doors is a great way to remedy the shortage and use space efficiently.
2 Utilize otherwise "wasted" space in your bathroom by putting a shelf over the door to hold extra supplies.
3 Combs, brushes, and toothpaste take up considerable space when laid horizontally on a shelf. Flat-backed, self-adhesive cups on the inside of the cabinet door hold them more efficiently.
4 Uniform plastic bottles not only look better than the usual shampoo and soap containers, but they also fit more neatly in storage devices, such as the hanging wire basket.
5 Wooden boxes and trays help categorize the items and are available in various sizes and materials, so they can be mixed and matched to fit any sort of drawer.
6 Affix the interior of your medicine cabinet with precut galvanized steel with construction adhesive. Magnetic hooks hold all of your must-haves.
7 Your family and guests won't confuse their white towels if you color-code them with hanging loops.
8 Make bathroom cabinets easier to navigate when you fit them with roll-out wire trays, the kind used in kitchens.
9 Keeping your linen closets in order is so much easier when you're towels are all folded uniformly. Learn how to fold the perfect towel here:
Ideas for your bedroom
1 Nowadays shoes can be like works of art, so why not display them as such. Here, heels are shown off using picture rails.
2 Square acrylic organizers give ties and belts their own homes. Underneath, blue acid-free mat board lines the drawer for extra color. Additional trays are cushioned with coordinating felt to protect the jewelry inside.
3 Keep your duvet and your comforter in place by turning the cover inside out and sewing two pieces of five-inch-long fabric tape to all four corners. Then tie the fabric tape around each corner of the comforter.
4 Those pesky fitted sheets never seem to fold quite right, but there is a trick. http://www.marthastewart.com/268521/fold-a-fitted-sheet
5 This basic shadowbox becomes a great jewelry holder when fitted with decorative paper and hooks.
6 Homemade hangers preserve the shape of tall boots and maximize space. They're created by replacing the knobs on cedar boot trees with large cup hooks, which are screwed into the tops. The trees and boots then hang from a cafe-curtain rod.
7 The space under your bed can be put to sensible use with these bins, made by attaching casters to a wooden box, a drawer from a chest, or a wine crate.
8 For even wear and a longer life, a mattress should be flipped four times a year (alternating between end-over-end and side-over-side rotation). Label your mattresses so you know when and how it should be flipped.
9 Keep pants from slipping off of hangers by attaching felt gliders that keep scratches off of wood floors.
10 Keep garments from slipping off of hangers by fitting them with pieces of felt. http://www.marthastewart.com/265816/no-slip-hangers
11 Open, pull-out shelves provide an orderly home for men's or other flat footwear. Each shelf is deep enough to accommodate two rows of shoes, so no stand-alone racks are needed.
12 Keep stacks of folded sweaters and other clothes from toppling by using shelf brackets. http://www.marthastewart.com/273392/add-brackets-for-neat-stacks
13 A mending must-have, this binder keeps everything you need for repairing your clothes in one place. http://www.marthastewart.com/273394/clothing-fix-it-kit
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