The se­cret to or­ga­niz­ing your home

Ottawa Sun - New Homes - - HOMES -

For those trad­ing in their out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for some in­door fun, it’s time to get ready for all the ex­tra time you’ll be spend­ing inside. Here are some key tips to start get­ting your home or­ga­nized this fall:

De­clut­ter and re­peat. Start by go­ing through draw­ers, cup­boards and clos­ets and ar­range items us­ing boxes, bas­kets, con­tain­ers and bins. Not only does this cre­ate a tidy space, but it makes it eas­ier to find items. Next, ei­ther shred old pa­pers that have been pil­ing up or or­ga­nize them us­ing file fold­ers. A colour-coded fil­ing sys­tem works best — think green for your fi­nances, blue for any­thing house re­lated and orange for per­sonal files. Lastly, hide cords us­ing ties, boxes or hooks to in­stantly cre­ate a clear space.

Use the walls. Think of all the var­i­ous items that can dou­ble as dé­cor and stor­age that go up on walls in your main liv­ing spa­ces. Pur­chase a coat rack to en­sure coats aren’t tossed over the banis­ter any­more, put up float­ing shelves to store books and var­i­ous knick-knacks, and in­stall hang­ing can­vas bins to store toys or scarves and toques. In clos­ets and laun­dry rooms, add shoe racks and a va­ri­ety of hooks to hang any­thing from keys and um­brel­las to mops and brooms.

Give your items some sec­ond-hand love. This time of year, we’re usu­ally shuf­fling all things sum­mer into stor- age. But be­fore you pack up last sea­son, take time to sort through clothes, fur­ni­ture and dé­cor. Make a keep, do­nate and re­cy­cle pile to max­i­mize stor­age space and elim­i­nate clut­ter. But don’t stop there — go through other items that can be re­cy­cled, such as used bat­ter­ies that pile up be­cause you’re not quite sure what to do with them. Used bat­ter­ies can be re­cy­cled to reclaim ma­te­ri­als that can be used to make new items like golf clubs and sil­ver­ware. Cal­l2Re­cy­cle has more than 8,000 drop-off lo­ca­tions across the coun­try, so one is bound to be close by. Find one near­est to you on­line at cal­l2re­cy­

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