While cleaning up your house is a tiresome chore, it is one that has to be done. Most people end up collecting a number of odds and ends at home, and decluttering the place can then be a challenge. However, what if you could make your home look more organised and presentable than it truly is? The trick to organising your home is not about cleaning up the mess regularly, but rather about hiding it away until you have the time to sort it out.
Here, we are sharing some smart tricks to organise your home so that you can make your house appear cleaner than it actually is without putting in a lot of extra effort. Let’s get started:
Sort Those Wires with a Toilet Paper Tube
From charging ports of mobile devices to connections for your TV and gaming console, the technological era has brought a tangle of wires with it. Why not organise it so that the tangle does not look so unsightly? One way to do so is to use toilet paper tubes. For wires that are in storage within a drawer, each coil of wire can be rolled and fitted into a single tube.
For the wires that are hanging haphazardly behind your TV cabinet or shelf, cut a notch of 1 inch on the toilet paper tube and punch a hole at the end of the notch. You can create multiple notches on one tube and then fit your wires through it. The tube can now conceal all the excess wiring without ruining your interior’s charm. You can even paint the tubes to match your wall paint or cabinet to make it less visible to the onlooker.
Use an Old Pill Bottle for Small Collectibles
Broken buttons, lost screws, stray safety pins, and a range of other small items find their way into the house. While throwing them into a random drawer is always an option, a quick trick to organise your home is to store all such items in a small pill bottle that has been washed thoroughly. From stray collectibles to small pieces of jewellery, there is a lot that can be stored in small bottles and boxes that you find lying around the house.
Pin Those Open Bags with Cloth Pins
Once opened, bags of chips, biscuits or other edibles not only lose their freshness but can also create a mess if they tumble open onto the floor. One way to avoid this is to use a rubber band to tie up the opened end so that the freshness and the food are both sealed in tight.
Don’t want the unsightly rubber band to ruin the organised arrangement of your pantry or cabinet? Try folding the top of the pack downwards, twice, for about half an inch and clip the fold with a clothing pin to keep it in place. Ideally, use one pin on either side of the fold.
Put a Curtain on It
Want a quick solution to making your shelves or bedside tables seem orderly and well-organised? Put a small tablecloth on them to cover the mess on the shelves. While this trick can work for end tables, you can hang a curtain in front of bookshelves installed into the wall. Then, simply close the curtain when you want to give your home and room a neater appearance. Adding some smart storage solutions to your bedroom is also one way to hide the mess and make your home look more organised.
Organise Your Cleaning Supplies in a Plastic Basket
The cabinet under the kitchen sink remains a standard spot for storing cleaning supplies in most homes. However, the sight of a range of cleaning agents, rags, sponges and other related supplies is not a pleasant one, especially for tidy homeowners. If you want to avoid the messy look, purchase a tall and spacious plastic basket to accommodate your cleaning arsenal.
With this solution, the next time you open up the cabinet, you will be met with the sight of a basket full of cleaning supplies, but not an odd array of bottles and cleaners of all shapes, sizes, and types. This will make your cabinet more presentable too, in case you have to open it in front of a guest to take out a fresh sponge for washing the dishes or to grab hold of an insecticide.
Hang It Up
Hooks are lifesavers when there is a lack of storage space. From brooms and buckets to old clothes and empty plastic bags, if your storeroom seems full and out of order, stick up hooks on a wall and clear up everything that can be hanged. Once this clutter is out of the way, you’ll have a clearer space that can be organised effectively. You can even use this hack for your room or closet space. If hooks are not your thing, why not use a few shower rings for your scarves and dupattas instead? Hang up those dupattas and purses to clear up shelf space and make your home interior more organised.
Divide Cluttered Drawers
We all have messy drawers that we’re embarrassed to open in front of a guest. Want to make it seem organised? Divide your drawer into sections using pieces of cardboard or small plastic baskets or boxes. Then dedicate one basket or box for each type of item kept in the drawer. With this trick, the basket might be a mess, but the overall look of the drawer will be neat and organised, with items stored separately as per their type.
Make Use of a Laundry Basket
Regardless of whether you wash the clothes every day or every alternate day, the best alternative to piling dirty laundry on the floor is to opt for a basket with a lid that can hold your dirty clothes. This will take them out of sight and prevent them from affecting the beauty and neatness of your interior décor.
These are just a few of the many small tricks to organise your home, which can make it appear neater than it actually is so that you can entertain your guests without worrying about the mess.