Today’s how to declutter your life blog focuses on organizing tips by room.

Have you decluttered and become stumped when it came to organizing your space?  Looking for tips to stretch space?  Need some ideas to spark getting your space organized?

I am going to be sharing organizing tips for different areas of the house.  These are really general, but I am hopeful that you can use these or they will spark some ideas for you.

MMM good. The kitchen!


  • Open shelving cookbooks, serving bowls, and baskets.
  • Toe kick drawers.
  • Ceiling rack pots & pans
  • Under cabinet appliances: coffee makers, microwaves.
  • Magnetic strips along backsplash knives & cooking utensils
  • Mounted spice rack
variety of spices in glass jars on wooden shelves
Photo by Polina Tankilevitch on

Cookbooks & Recipes

  • Use only a handful of recipes?   I read once that we make the same 9 recipes again and again.  So, if that’s what you consider keeping the recipes and tossing the books.
  • Scan & file electronically (Or photocopy & file)
  • Make an online cookbook. Google & store recipes. Search by ingredient, course, or occasion. Find a recipe you like, and try it. Not a match, delete.
  • Pinterest, and Evernote to save recipes you’d like to try.


  • Group in categories that make sense: lawn & garden care; automotive; decorations; tools; sports, etc.
  • Pegboards for tools. Shelving. Get stuff off the floor & gain space.
  • Get Creative: We used the bottom of the old bathroom sink for storage.
  • Don’t forget the ceiling! Lots of storage options. Great place don’t access frequently: luggage, decorations 
  • Cover/store items might be affected by dust, rain, etc. such as pet carriers or luggage.
  • Create a map near the garage door with groups/categories where everything is stored.

Not organizing tips for space, but wanted to share:

  • Make sure to dispose of hazardous materials properly
  • Make sure highly flammable materials are tightly sealed & closed & locked IF you store
  • Allow for 20 inches around the furnace
  • Match the paint to rooms & release the rest


  • Keep drains clear. Consider a water alarm sump pump
  • Waterproof plastic bins
  • Packets of silica gel help absorb moisture
  • Use wooden pallets to get off the floor
  • Leave space around the fuse box, furnace, and water heater
  • Have smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, fire distinguisher
  • Keep items a foot off the floor; hard plastic containers, instead flimsy cardboard boxes.


  • Keep flat surfaces here as tend to get easily cluttered
  • Get rid of expired meds (don’t flush the toilet; see if your town has a turn-in day)
  • Keep extra supplies out of the way
  • Use vertical space
  • Use behind the toilet


  • Adjust shelves
  • Use Doors & Walls
  • Store underneath the bed (note that this is bad Feng Shui)
  • Reposition / remove rods
  • Store off-season another room
  • Slim hangers to save space.

What organizing tips do you want to try? What room can you organize first?

Take actions from today’s blog on clutter-free living focusing on organizing tips by room:

  • Group your items in categories that make sense to you and how you would go to retrieve it.
  • Look to stretch or create space by moving rods, or shelving; create more space by utilizing wall or ceiling space;
  • Stop it before it starts! If you don’t buy it, you don’t have to organize it!

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