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13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

If you’ve made a resolution to get organized in 2018, you’re not alone. Decluttering for a tidy home has become a movement all its own, with hundreds of books, online tutorials and blogs dedicated to managing (or getting rid of) clutter. Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” has even become a household name for her proven methods of maintaining order and for the question “Does this spark joy?”

So, where do you begin? Get started with these 13 tips to tackle clutter and get organized one room at a time.


13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: A disarray of coats, shoes, mail and keys.

Solution: Turn this drop-zone into a command center. Hang a wall organizer for keys and incoming mail. A bench with built-in storage is perfect for containing shoes.


Problem: A cupboard of tangled pots and pans.

Solution: Keep only the cookware you love and hang it from an overhead pot rack. They’ll be easy to access and put away, and you’ll be more likely to take good care of objects in plain sight.

Dining Room

13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: Special dinnerware that takes up space and remains unused year after year.

Solution: Store dinnerware where you use it. A sideboard in the dining room is stylish, and some models feature glass doors so you can enjoy the fine china even when it’s not in use.

Living Room

13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: Dust-covered shelves full of books and knick-knacks.

Solution: Replace your bookshelves with basic storage for items you use every day. Consider leaning a decorative ladder for hanging your favorite throw blankets instead.


Problem: A cluttered nightstand.

Solution: Small trays or inserts are a simple way to corral small necessities, such as jewelry and lip balm, in your nightstand drawer. No drawer? A small tray can go a long way on your tabletop, too. Consider using a clip-on lamp to make extra room.


Problem: Cabinets stuffed to the brim.

Solution: Start by throwing away expired medications (consult a pharmacist about proper disposal) and products you don’t use. Then get creative with easy-to-access storage containers. Items you use every day should be easy to grab – and, more importantly, put away.


13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: An outdated filing system.

Solution: Purchase or borrow a scanner to digitize must-have records, and recycle or shred everything else. Digitizing also allows you to get rid of bulky filing cabinets.


13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: Toys. Everywhere.

Solution: Set up toy storage to accommodate the simple truth: Toys will reappear as soon as they’re put away. Try all-encompassing baskets and bins to toss toys into (no sorting needed).

Laundry Room

Problem: Clean laundry mingled with dirty laundry.

Solution: Make sorting impossible to ignore with clearly marked hampers for dirty and clean clothes. This will reduce the time you spend doing laundry and prolong the life of your clothes.


13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: Tons of clothes you don’t wear.

Solution: If you hold an item of clothing in your hands, does it make you happy? If not, donate it and give the clothes you do love room to breathe.

Photo and Memory Drawers

Problem: Mostly chaos.

Solution: Commit to finding your favorite photos and putting them in an album (hardcover or digital). Blurry images, duplicates and others can be stored in acid-free archival boxes and labeled by year or event.


13 Hacks to Organize Your Home in 2018 - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Problem: Tools and outdoor necessities nearly block the path to your car.

Solution: Tools that work together should live together, so designate space for each (off the floor, if possible). Pegboards are an excellent investment for organizing hand tools, and wall-mounted storage works for large items such as brooms and shovels.

Home Bar

Problem: You never know what you have on hand.

Solution: Make a list of everything you have in your home bar and reference it each time you host guests or craft a new cocktail. This will keep you from buying duplicates and act as a good reminder when it’s time to restock.

Remember, no one is perfect, but an effort to organize and declutter your home can lead to peace of mind and space to enjoy the things you love most.

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  1. Wish someone would show me hoe to use the digitizer thing. I have one but these companies always assume you can figure it out yourself. I prefer written instructions and even better pictures.

    1. Hi Melodie:

      I’m going to assume you mean those digital scanners. It’s a little bit difficult to get a definitive guide because there are several different models. Still, there are some commonalities and it’s a good suggestion for a future article.


  2. Most police or fire departments have a drop box in there station where you can take your old, expired, or unwanted medicines and drop them off. They don’t ask questions they are just happy to get it off the streets in a proper manner. It doesn’t matter if it is prescription narcotics or over the counter.

  3. For kids toys and closet storage bin systems, use translucent or transparent bins so you can easily see at least some of what is inside without pulling them out. In a toy room, it can help to have a few opaque ones for toys you do not want the kids getting into all the time (placed out of reach).

  4. Sounds great for non readers and folks who don’t keep family treasures and mementoes. I’d rather have some “clutter” that holds meaning than look at blankets hanging on a ladder.

  5. Improperly disposed of medicines pose a serious environmental and public health hazard. Please advise people to ask their pharcist before doing so.

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