Every home has those spaces that don’t seem to stay organised despite the best efforts of those that live there. The mum desk, the pots and pans cupboard, the cleaning cupboard, etc. The following are a few simple tips and tricks to organising these hard to maintain areas:
The mum desk
Mums or whoever is running the household tend to have a desk that ends up covered in clutter. Bills that need to be paid, out of school activity schedules, to-do lists, awards, photos, etc. all tend to end up in one big pile of junk on the desk. While pinboards have long been deemed the solution for such problems, they tend to leave holes in things like photos.
A great option for keeping things straight on the desk, and clearing up clutter is an aluminium ticket holder. These are typically used in restaurants for the short-order cook so that they can keep the tickets and orders straight. You could buy one and use it above your desk. The track will grab notes, bills, lists, etc. and hold them in place, and the groove on the top is perfect for those favourite pictures and whatnots.
For any drawers you may have, you can get drawer organisers to keep things in a certain place rather than all thrown in there, making it easier to find.
The under-sink space
The cleaning supplies under the sink always tend to end up in chaos and are a mess. It seems that beneath every sink there is that never-ending supply of spray bottles for every purpose, the sponges and rags, etc. This adds up to a confusing mess. Solve the problem with three simple supplies.
First, pick up a tension rod to extend across the space under your sink. It will neatly hold all spray bottles, making them easy to identify and remove. Next, get a container to hold your various sponges and scrubbers. Plastic is best, as these items tend to be wet, and this will keep them from ruining something. Last, get a hook to hold things like rubber gloves, chore lists, etc. This can be put on the door, or against one of the sides of the under-sink area.
The under the bed space
The space under the bed has so much potential and is often left unused or a mess of things thrown under there so you don’t see them on the floor and the room looks tidier. Lifewit have some fabric storage container with an upper see-through window that can not only help to distinguish clothes, but also protect them from dust and is easy to wipe down when cleaning. There are also options where you can get ones with dividers for separating the contents and ones made for keeping shoes organised.
Pots and pans
Pots and pans are big, bulky, come with too many parts (okay one lid each really isn’t too many, but the pot cupboard always seems to be a mess), and never seem to be the right size. Add in bakeware, and you get a messy cupboard. Consider stacking rather than nesting.
It takes a little more space but means you can pull out the pan you need without the hassle of pulling out the whole stack. A great way to do this is to grab a vertical bakeware organiser and turn it on its side in the cupboard. Secure it to the wall with cable clips, and you can stack your pans and bakeware, making it easy to get to and remove.