I’m always asked for quick tips and tricks on organizing. I usually answer that there’s no trick. There is a method, there are routines and it’s an on going process to keep your home organized. However I will tell you that if you are a visual person, one key to looking and feeling more organized is uniformity.
Let me explain. You can have a closet or shelf that is functionally organized, but it still looks off to you. It doesn’t feel neat and tidy even though you can find what you need. Like this:
Once you put like things together and in uniform bins, it will look much better, like this:
Try this with your clothes closet. Put everything on the same type of hanger. My favorite is the new micro-suede hangers because they are thin and they grip silky materials. Put like items together: blouses, pants, jackets, dresses and see what a difference it makes. You will feel like you’re shopping at a store every time you get dressed! Better yet if you can have a little space between clothes.
You can also try this with your storage shelves in the basement or attic. Put everything in the same type of bin and label it uniformly. This will make finding what you need so much easier.
On a smaller scale, try this with your file drawer. Just by putting files in the same manila or hanging files and labeling them with color codes and in the same type, you will have a neat drawer that is so much easier to use.
(This is an example of Freedom Filer labels which can be ordered from my Resources page)
What area can you improve with uniformity?