Home Organization 101

The start of a new year always feels refreshing, and it’s a time we all feel extra motivated to get our lives on track. Organization is one of the keys to a comfortable and successful year, so we’ve got you covered with these great tips to help you get started on a more organized life.

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Identify Clutter Culprits

Whether you’re a Feng Shui fan or not, we can all agree that a cluttered home can feel much more cramped and demotivating than an organized one. Start by identifying the areas of your home that are prone to attracting clutter, such as the entryway, the laundry room, your dresser, or the kids’ play area. If you’re low on space, think outside the box a little with hanging organizers, or repurpose items meant for a different part of the house.

Use Magnets For Small Objects

Sure, that fridge of yours might be a bit of an eyesore, with all the random magnets and yellowing receipts you saved so you could return something, but magnets don’t have to be the problem. You can use a magnetic strip in your bathroom to organize small metal items like bobby pins and nail clippers, or as a place on the fridge to organize your spices. (TIP: Use old baby food jars for spice organization by placing the lid-side against the metal fridge.) You can even use a magnetic tin rack in the bathroom to organize these items, which is even better than the strip because the tins will hold non-metal items as well, including hair clips and bands, studded earrings, cotton swabs, lip gloss and more.

Get Cords and Cables Out of Sight

Cords and cables are a huge contributor to a messy home, but luckily people all over the web have come up with hundreds of ways to keep them organized and out of site. You can roll them up nicely and organize them in toilet paper rolls, or clamp an office clip to the edge of a table or nightstand and run your charger cord through the end, letting it rest perfectly in sight without falling to the ground or getting tangled.

Another option when using a surge protector for multiple electronics, such as behind the television or under the desk, is to mount the surge protector in an accessible area, then wrap up the slack cords and secure them with a rubber band. Everything will stay organized and out of sight. Finally, if you have no good way to hide a messy surge protector in furniture, get a decorative cube box with a lid (wooden looks good) and cut a hole in the back. Place the surge protector inside and run all cables through the back hole. This is great for cube storage entertainment systems or standing desks.

Hang More Things

Do you have too many earrings and necklaces to fit in your jewelry box? We all know they’ll just turns into one big metal knot, with you heading to the store to stock up on more necklaces and dangly earrings. Instead, organize them by hanging them individually on a mesh jewelry holder or a large metal rack. You can also use this as a place to store decorative items like photos, as well as useful things like coupons and receipts. Another option for hanging is a pegboard. You can get numerous hooks to organize anything from kitchen utensils, pots, and pans, to outdoor garden tools, power tools, and anything you keep in your garage. They’re also great for hanging brooms and mops, or organizing your laundry room.

Buy More Space

No, this doesn’t mean you need a bigger home, it just means you should be willing to spend a little money on organization sometimes. Sure, if you’re great at DIY projects, you can make most organizers, but those of us who attract clutter also have a tendency to procrastinate on projects (which is where a lot of that clutter comes from). Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and spend a little time online or make a trip to one of those amazing stores with organization ideas for everything. With the right inspiration, you can double your home’s storage space and free up the kitchen table for things like eating together as a family.

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Lakeside Pinteresting Picks for December

Things are finally settling down for us here at The Lakeside Collection, so we’ve decided to compile a quick list of our most popular pins from December. Read on to see what our Pinterest followers found most Pin-worthy last month!

Novelty Toe Socks

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You liked them and so do we! These adorable novelty toe socks were favorite stocking stuffers for kids and adults of all ages! If you didn’t snag a pair from Santa, it’s not too late. These are great for wearing around the house when it’s still too cold to go outside, or just on a fun night in with the girls! Make it really fun and have a themed wine night – everyone wear your favorite toe socks!

 

 

 

 

Prescription Bottle Kooler

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Some say laughter is the best medicine, but after a stressful day at work, most of us turn to a nice cold beer to calm our minds. This prescription bottle holder was one of the most popular items in December. Great as a fun gift for a white elephant exchange, it’s still useful as a beer cooler. The Lakeside Collection still carries a few varieties – including the red cup and the toilet coolers, but the prescription bottle is definitely the winner. Grab a dozen for your next backyard barbecue or tailgate!

 

 

 

Monogrammed Wine Cork Holder

monogram wine cork holder

What to do with all of those used wine corks? You don’t need them for re-corking wine since you’ve probably got a fancy airtight wine stopper, but they make for great decorative accents and it would be a shame to throw them away. Well, many of our Pinterest followers absolutely love the Lakeside solution – a metal monogrammed wine cork holder. Whether you have a hundred corks now, or you need time to fill the space, it’s definitely a nice & decorative way to save the corks! Here’s a tip – rate each bottle of wine on a 1-10 scale and write the number on the side of the cork that touches the wall. Then you can go back and see which wines are worth purchasing again.

 

 

Beauty Product Organizer

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Everybody likes to stay organized, and the beginning of a new year is a great time to upgrade the organization in your home. That’s probably why so many of you really enjoyed our beauty organizers for bedrooms and bathrooms. They’re great for make-up brushes, nail products, and anything else you might need at your fingertips at the start of your day. Another great use we’ve seen for these organizers is on your office desk, filled with pens and post-it notes, or even as a place for kids’ crafting items. We love how creative our followers can be!