I’m so excited to finally be sharing this post with you today! Not because of the topic, though I do love organizing. But because this is the start of a new series here at Maison de Cinq and something we’ve been planning for a few months now!
Starting today I’m joining with a group of my favorite bloggers to bring you a new monthly series called Simply Home! And that’s exactly what it is! We will be bringing you a variety of topics; from decor and design, to entertaining, cleaning and organizing, and anything else that “home” encompasses.
So now, let’s get on with our first month! This post is dedicated to all things organization, and I’m sharing my five favorite organizing tips with you. This is not a full organizing post, but just a handful of easy hacks and items that I’ve found helpful. I love getting organization ideas from friends and other bloggers and we thought you would, too!
Five Favorite Organizing Tips
Lazy Susans! I know these may seem old-fashioned but I love them!!
I have about three in the kitchen. One to organize all my baking essentials, one for bigger spice bottles, and another that holds condiments like ketchup, mustard, and soy sauce. But I love them in the bathroom, too! They are awesome for holding things like my everyday lotion, deodorant, and skin care essentials. For these, I like the plastic ones with a lip. They’re easy to clean if food spills, and no bottles go flying off when you turn them.
You could also use them in the office for pencil cups, paper clips, and the like. The wood ones also look great on a kitchen table with napkins, silverware, and salt and pepper!
Office dividers I use in my closet!
They are technically office sorters or dividers, but if you buy ones with slightly larger slots (3″ or more) they work great for keeping small handbags and clutches organized! I can’t find the exact ones I have (I bought these on Amazon probably 8 years ago) but I found a really close match, and they are adjustable! That’s actually great since the purses are usually slightly different sizes, and this way, it’s customizable.
Keep a basket in the powder room to hold the extra toilet paper. This is such a simple hack it hardly qualifies 😉 But it’s one of those things that once I did it I thought, why didn’t I think of this before?!
This was a happy accident, actually! I used to keep magazines in this vintage basket in the downstairs powder room, and I emptied out the basket one day when I was getting rid of them. Then the basket sat there empty for a few days and when I came home with toilet paper from the market, I just dumped it in there.
For this bathroom it works really well because there are no cabinets. In the past, I had nowhere to store more TP for whenever we (or guests) needed it. What I love is that this basket is fairly large so it holds a lot of TP and I don’t need to refill it very often. Plus, it’s a cute way to use a big vintage basket! Any wide, low basket can work ~ new or vintage 😉
Stack your baking trays and muffin tins vertically and use dividers to keep them organized.
This was actually a suggestion by my contractor when we re-did the kitchen seven years ago, and it’s brilliant! I used to have the pans stored vertically, but they were not separated at all and they were in a low cabinet.
To be honest, when it comes to baking pans (which I use a lot) they really mar up the cabinet! When I opened the cabinet, it was covered in black marks and really unsightly. Now they are high and above the refrigerator so no one sees how marked up the cabinet is, and they stay upright and organized this way.
I have the dividers from The Container Store which screw in. I do like that they are sturdier, but there are other versions that you simply place in the cabinet. Probably a trade off between being able to move them around, but also having them move when you don’t want them to!
Use drawer dividers to increase your storage space and keep your drawers neater!
I’ve been using these drawer dividers from OXO for years and I’m completely hooked! I have them in almost every drawer in both my dresser and my closet, and I’ve used some in the kid’s, too. I find that even if you fold your clothing carefully and try to have neat stacks, the piles still fall or spill over onto each other! Well, not with these. These separate the drawers beautifully.
They are super sturdy, and they fit any drawer, too, because they’re adjustable. In most of my drawers I simply use one to split the drawer in half, but in my bedroom dresser I did two in some of them to create three sections. It makes the drawers so much neater and allows me to store more, too. A win/win!
I hope you enjoyed our first installment of Simply Home, and that you’ll check it out when we are back next month! Also, if there are any subjects you’d like us to cover be sure to let me know in the comments or shoot me an email!
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I use three of the white-lipped turntables in fridge for condiments. From Target, and I believe OXO. Saves time searching and rearranging items. Am going to add turntables in bath tower cabinet, per your suggestion. Living in the desert, I’m open to ideas for closet organization that keeps out dust. I appreciate your work!
I love that idea! Thanks for sharing Char – and for the kind words!
Roseann D'Elia says
For some of us this comes naturally. Hubby says I’m OCD. Towels folded a certain way,jars,cans all facing front. What I do not have and will go hunt for is some of these drawer dividers from OXO!
Now if you could help a gal find Bedding for her Tempurpedic bed she would be indebted to you!
Haha well I can’t help you with the bedding, but I can tell you an organized person like yourself is going to love those dividers!
Thanks for stopping by!
This made me feel so good since I do each of these things in my home. I love the separator for baking pans because it allows me to use a fairly high shelf and reach all the items.
As for lazy Susans I have a large plastic one that was faded from the sun. After spray painting it I decided to cover it with a spare piece of fabric left over from the table cover I made. I gathered it underneath so it can be removed and washed.
The lazy Susan idea is perfect! I can’t wait to try it out. What a great post on so many helpful tips.
This post is very informative and I already checked out all the dividers! I need to take inventory of all closets and get organizing. Thanks for the tips.
Linda Johnston says
You mean I don’t have to have purses ring down on my head? Csn’t wait to fix that issue. Thanks.
haha right?! I had the exact same problem! I’m so glad you found the tips helpful 🙂
KariAnne Wood says
Love this series! So happy to be a part of it! Thank you so much for putting all this together!
I’m so glad KariAnne – and so glad to have you with us!
I agree, Sheila. I love those drawer dividers. I have them in all our dressers. That filing system for your bags is genius!! That’s a game changer right there. Thank you for organizing such an amazing series!
Isn’t that soo true?! I love learning easy life-changing hacks like that!!
And you’re so welcome -I’m so glad to have you here!
Got some great “helpful” tips from you which I will
Thank You, for sharing.
You’re so welcome Darlene! I’m glad you found it helpful!
Such great tips! You have such a beautiful way of keeping you stunning home organized
Thank you so much Deb! So glad you’re joining us for our series 😉
Love these tips! The drawer dividers tho! I need to do that in all our drawers— it’s the one thing I can’t seem to keep tidy in the kids room and it drives me bonkers!
They are the BEST!! I’ve been using them for about 10 years and I’ll never be without them!
This was a great post, thank you so much.You gave me ideas I have never even thought of before. I am grateful. I love your home and love your blog.Can not wait to see more!
Aww that makes me so happy! Thank you Rosemarie!