One of the most common resolutions as we head into the new year is to get organized. Leave it to Martha Stewart to offer a whole bunch of ideas for putting everything in its proper place. Some are sensible and some scream overly obsessive (seriously, who color codes their entire home?). Here are a few of my favorites.• Attach a piece of galvanized steel to the back of your medicine cabinet, which lets you make use of otherwise wasted space with magnetic containers.
• Make a sewing binder. This is my absolute favorite idea, and I'm not sure why it never occurred to me. Goodbye, messy box of thread, needles and sewing tape. Hello, everything-at-my-fingertips.
• Hang your brooms and mops. I did this in my basement utility room and it freed up a lot of ground space. I wish my brooms and mops were as nice as the ones pictured, though!
• Create a stain-cleaning kit. I can't tell you how many times I've frantically searched my various cabinets for the proper supplies to remove wine from a blouse or oil from upholstery. The more quickly you get to a stain, the more likely it is to come out. Keeping everything you need in one container makes it easy.
• Use the wasted wall space heading down to a basement for storage of bulk products. Of course, if you're a visual person, you'll have to buy fancy matching cans like Martha does, but it's an adaptable concept.
Other helpful Martha tips include using alfalfa meal on slippery paths to gain traction on snow and ice (I'd never heard of this before!) and using pantry shelves to store shoes. Check out the roundup for more. Happy organizing!
Images: Martha Stewart