Organization Is Key: Storage Solutions For Pesky Household Items
Everyone has the same household items that never seem to have a place and end up causing a mess or a headache. In today’s post, we will offer our storage hacks for keeping track of the everyday items that no one seems to know what to do with. Try these hacks, and see how seamless your life begins to flow!
Keys, Wallets, and Cell Phones
Let’s start with the most basic: keys, wallets, and cell phones. These three things tend to be the items that go missing the most often, and ironically they are the three items we most need every time we leave the house! A simple hack to never misplacing these three items again? Create a “catch-all” station right when you enter your Glenwood apartment. If you have a foyer, consider placing a basket just for this purpose on your entryway table. Or, if your apartment is open concept and goes straight into your living space, have a specified location (such as a bar cart, a vintage tin on your kitchen counter, or a wire basket on a shelf in your living room) in which you place these three items every single time you come into your home. Sure, it will take some getting used to, but experts say it only takes 21 days to make a habit! So in less than a month, you could potentially never be losing your keys, wallets, and cell phones again!
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In the era of 2018, chargers are definitely another hot item that we not only need daily, but also tend to go missing! All it takes is one family member unplugging a charger to move it to another area of the home to send someone else in a tailspin! To prevent this, purchase a multi-outlet strip, with plenty of plugs for many devices. This way, you can tuck it discretely next to the side table in the living room, and have enough space to charge Mom’s, Dad’s, and both kids’s iPhones, as well as everyone’s Kindles and tablets, too. Bonus points for wrapping color-coded washi tape on the cords, indicating a different color for everyone in the family. Never again will “stolen” iPhone chargers be an issue!
Purses, Tote Bags, Backpacks
When everyone in the family has some type of purse, tote bag, backpack, or briefcase, these things can take over the living space, QUICK! To avoid the chaos of having bags scattered everywhere, choose one spot for everyone to leave them upon coming into the home. You can hang coat hooks on the walls, or clear a space in a hall closet to hang the large shoe holders (available at stores such as Midtown East’s and the Westside’s Container Store), which can be home to everyone’s bags.
Reusable Water Bottles and Travel Mugs
New Yorkers are big on making changes that benefit our planet, and using reusable water bottles and coffee travel mugs is a super easy way to do this. However, the problem lies in remembering to actually rinse out the bottle, put it back into your bag, and returning it home so that it is ready to use the next day! A simple hack? Put an alarm on your phone right before the end of your work day that reminds you to rinse your cup and put it into your bag. And once you arrive home (after you put your bag into its designated spot, of course) stick the bottle into a shallow bin (a dishpan works great) which will house all the bottles/travel mugs in one spot. This can easily be stored in your cabinets in your Paramount Tower or The Bamford home!
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Reusable Plastic Bags
Those little plastic bags we get from stores are helpful for many things: picking up dog droppings, taking baby diapers to the trash chute, wrapping around shoes before sticking into a suitcase…the list is endless. However, they do tend to take over cabinets very quickly if left untended. A super easy and basically free hack for this is to save an empty tissue box, and stick the bags into the box. Pro tip: take a moment to tie the bags into a knot before sticking them in, this will prevent anything from becoming tangled!