Updated: Feb 16, 2022
Argh, it's that time again! Spring cleaning....well, although « cleaning » is not my strongest point, I can definitely give good advice on « space management »!! Here are my TIP-TOP TOP TIPS (say that 10 times fast!!!), room by room:
Open that tupperware drawer in your kitchen...is it a scary sight? If so....
- purchase a dozen or so identical-sized containers
- purchase (or keep) 2 or 3 large rectangular transparent containers for serious leftovers
- purchase (or keep) 2 or 3 supersize rectangular transparent containers for holiday leftovers, big batches of cookies, etc.
· Transparent containers allow you to see contents without opening
· Choosing good-quality containers with lids that close well will save money in the long run
· The advantage of same-size containers is that they stack perfectly in the fridge when lids are on, and perfectly in the drawer/cupboard when lids are off
· Rectangular containers waste less space than round containers
· Same-size containers avoid time wasted searching for the correct lid!
French bathrooms are often rather small, and it can be a challenge to make good use of this space...
- Over-the-door transparent shoe organizers (can be found at BHV, laredoute.com, drogueries, or « Paris Pas Cher » types of stores
· this organizing tool adds storage to otherwise-wasted space
· transparent pockets allow for easier visualization of items stored
· great for small items such as Q-tips, perfume samples, small bottles of cream, etc.
- Baskets or containers, placed in convenient easy-to-reach places, WITH NO LIDS
· With baby in your arms a lot in the first few months, you will be opening things with your feet, elbows, single-handed, etc. Keep it simple – no lids to struggle with!
· Same thing applies to the dirty laundry hamper – no lids, or lid that opens with one foot
- Choose organizing system wisely for their toys
· Sort toys in a way that suits your KIDS, not you, the PARENTS. For example, don't expect a young child to separate Barbie clothes from Barbie accessories in the heat of clean-up time! Have one Barbie bin, no matter how obsessive-compulsive you may be! It will be much easier to say to your child « all Barbie stuff in this bin PLEASE! »
· If you want to increase even more your chances of getting the kids to tidy up, label all bins, and put a picture/drawing of its contents on the outside
If you are lucky enough to have as separate food storage area, this is high-risk for clutter!
- Give away/throw away unused or perished items
- Refill shelves by placing similar items together by category (« kids' snacks », « pasta corner », « baking stuff », for example)
- Place most-used items at eye level in front, less-used items up high and/or in the back, kiddie items down low for them to reach
- Use empty sturdy shoe boxes to create a « drawer » on a shelf. Use for stray packets of sauce, cake-decorating items, etc. Make sure the boxes are labelled, and stack them in the cupboard (if possible) to make good use of VERTICAL space which often goes unforgotten