With the beginning of a new year often comes the need to declutter and organize our homes. Here are five things you can do this weekend to start taming the clutter and better organize your home. 

Create color-coded organization for the whole family with bins from the Dollar Tree. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Create color-coded organization.
Head to the Dollar Tree and buy some bins. Assign a color or color combination to each member of your family and then paint one of the colors on each bin. Put the bins in a central location in your home. This is where each family member can toss those random objects that all too often clutter up your kitchen, living room and other common areas. At the end of each week, have each family member take their bin to their room and put the contents away where they go. Get more information on this idea here.

Use metal baskets to contain cookbooks, kids’ toys and other small items. (Photo: Jenna LaFevor)

Build or hang some shelving.
One thing that can drastically help reduce clutter and help organize your home is to build or hang some shelving anywhere you can. You can use this tutorial to build some wall-to-wall shelves that are great in bathrooms, playrooms and offices. This is an easy project that even the beginning DIYer can tackle. If you have some metal baskets, you can mount those to the wall to act as shelves, as well. I’ve used these before to hold cookbooks in my kitchen, but they would also be great for a kid’s room to hold small toys and bathrooms to hold extra toilet paper. Find the tutorial for hanging them here.

Tame the clutter room by room.
Use the free printable found here to start clearing out the clutter room by room, one day at a time.

Create a cleaning closet.
Wrangle all your cleaning supplies in one place by creating a cleaning closet. Use an over-the-door shoe rack to hold all your cleaning bottles. See my cleaning closet here.

Buy bins, bins and more bins.
While you’re at the Dollar Tree, go ahead and pick up variously sized bins and containers. I use them to organize my craft supplies, bathroom vanity and kitchen cabinet drawers. See how here.


Do you have any clutter and organization tips?    

Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at [email protected] or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.