This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
Is it just me, or does it seem like getting and staying organized at home is an art form we may never completely master? The more kids and pets you add to the mix, the more chaos reigns! Luckily there are tricks we can use to master the art of home furnishings, such as CORT Furniture Rental! Since we live in a small space while we look to secure employment, we use tools like this to help balance our home decor with functional pieces. Here are a few suggestions to get you on the path to a more orderly existence. How to Organize Your Home Keep the mess at bay by incorporating these must-have items for an organized home.
- A plan. If you know that you are facing a life transition, such as a relocation for work or graduating college, it is important to have a plan for your new living space. Are you buying or do you need to rent furniture? Are you staying temporarily or permanently? CORT provides services and solutions for both individuals facing life’s transitions and companies looking to make changes to their workplace or uniquely showcasing their company. Making a purchase of furniture and related household goods may not be the smartest decision.
- A planner. Many of you know I’m a planner addict, and obviously, a huge advocate of them. The key is finding a planner that you really like and actually want to keep going back to. You might even want to use various planners for different jobs, different projects, or different aspects of your life (such as family, work, blogging, etc.). Some people need a good ol’ fashioned paper planner, while others prefer to go digital. Do what works for you, but make sure to actually use it daily!
- 3-ring binders. You can use a binder and plastic sleeves to organize recipes and menus in the kitchen, homework and important school paperwork in your children’s rooms, and receipts or documents related to a work project in the office. They’re so much more versatile than a notebook alone because you can remove a page at a time or reuse them completely.
- A filing cabinet. These aren’t just for corporate offices! Organize your family’s important documents, including tax information, bank statements, and medical paperwork, inside a filing cabinet. If you have really sensitive documents, consider getting a locking cabinet. Get some cute folders, follow a Pinterest tutorial on how to paint a boring metal cabinet, and you’ll actually look forward to keeping this important piece of furniture organized!
- A digital home base. Instead of having cords all over your house, create a designated station for charging your devices, or two stations, if needed. The point is to streamline this chaos and always know where your phone or tablet can be found.
- A entertainment command center. This is especially important if you have kids. Establish a zone where remotes and controllers are always returned to when not in use. It can be a drawer, a bin, or a cabinet. This can be the same location where you store DVD’s, CD’s or games (which should all be in their proper cases as well). As with the digital home base, it should be a station where any member of the household can easily find what they’re looking for.
- Baskets of cleaning supplies. If cleaning supplies are readily available, you’ll be more likely to clean, and clean spaces stay organized for longer! Keep a designated bin of cleaning supplies in rooms like the bathroom, kitchen and laundry room, instead of housing them all in one central location. If you have little ones roaming around, be sure to keep these in a spot they can’t get to. If you’re all about convenience, consider keeping a tub of disinfectant wipes in an easy-to-reach place instead of an entire basket.
- A chore chart. Do you have a family command center somewhere in your house (or at least a location where everything seems to pile up that you could transform into an organized command center)? Post a chore chart here to keep track of everyone’s responsibilities. Use a calendar, a white board, a chalk board (or chalk board paint), or even an uber organized spreadsheet. Again, do what works for your family, but if you see can plainly see your daily responsibilities, their less likely to be forgotten (or avoided).
- An overflow bin. Designate a basket specifically to collect items that don’t belong in any given common area where they most frequently pile up. Empty the bin daily or weekly to keep it from becoming yet another problem area in your home.
Once your home is organized, don’t forget about CORT. It is furniture on-demand: it’s there when you need it, and gone when you don’t need it! There is less hassle and flexible leases for temporary assignments. How do you organize your small and temporary space?