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Start the New Year Right: Easy Ways to Get Organized in 2024

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Happy New Year friends!  Are you ready to start 2024 on the right foot and finally "get your life together?"  Yeah, me too.  Every year, when I put my Christmas decorations away, it’s like wiping the proverbial slate clean and opening the door to fresh start into a new year.  It feels amazing!   For like a week.  Unfortunately for many of us, it tends to be short lived.  Life happens! Back to work, back to school, back to practices, back to everything but that fresh clean slate.  And so, the cycle continues.

But wait!  All hope is not lost.  We haven’t even hit the end of January, which by the way, is actually labeled “Get Organized Month.”  Seriously, look it up. 

Okay, walk with me.  Imagine a clutter-free home, where every item has its place, and you can easily find what you need when you need it, without sifting through a mess to get to it. Say goodbye to the stress of searching for misplaced belongings and embrace a more organized and efficient lifestyle! 

On our walk, I’m going to share practical tips and techniques to help you minimize clutter, reduce wasted space, and direct you to a customized storage solution that perfectly fits your existing décor and needs without breaking your back or the bank.  Get ready to transform your living space and create an environment that finally supports your new year’s goals and reduces your everyday stress.


Smart Storage Solutions for an Organized Home

Now that you have a clear vision of a clutter-free home, let's explore some smart storage solutions that will help you achieve that goal. By implementing effective organization strategies, you can reduce clutter and create a more harmonious living space that promotes peace and productivity.  Oxy-moron?  Maybe. Stay with me.

One of the first steps to smart storage is to assess your current belongings and your need for them.  Take the time to really look at your stuff and determine what needs to stay and what you won’t miss until the next time you do this little exercise. Get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose in your home or bring you joy. Donate them!  There are a lot of great organizations in your community that would appreciate those donations.  By removing these items from your possession, you'll free up valuable space and will probably even be a bit surprised at how little you miss it, if at all. 

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Another smart storage solution is to optimize vertical space. Install floating shelves or wall-mounted organizers to take advantage of unused wall space. This allows you to display decorative items or store frequently used items within easy reach. Additionally, consider investing in stackable containers or bins that can be neatly stacked to maximize vertical storage space in closets or on shelves.

To further enhance your storage capabilities, consider using labels or tags to categorize items and keep everything organized and identifiable. This will make it easier to find what you need quickly, saving you time and reducing frustration.

Once you have decluttered, it's time to think about efficient storage solutions. Look for furniture pieces that can double as storage, such as ottomans with hidden compartments or bedside tables with drawers. These multi-functional pieces will not only provide extra storage space but also help create a streamlined look in your home.


Customize Your Storage Solutions to Fit Your Existing Decor

In addition to utilizing storage solutions that seamlessly blend into your space, there are several effective organization strategies that can help you reduce the mess and lend some relief to your daily routines.

One strategy to reduce clutter is to assess your storage needs and find creative ways to incorporate solutions that match the style and color scheme of your home. For example, if you have a rustic-themed living room, consider adding a vintage trunk or wooden crates to store blankets, pillows, or magazines. On the other hand, if you have a more modern and minimalist style, sleek metal shelves or clear acrylic containers might be a better fit.  Not only will these pieces serve a practical purpose, but they will also enhance the overall aesthetic of your space.

Another aspect to consider is the size and shape of your storage solutions. By choosing options that fit well within the available space, you can maximize the efficiency of your organization system. This might mean finding compact storage bins that fit under your bed, or utilizing tall and narrow shelving units to make use of vertical space.

Consider incorporating furniture pieces that offer hidden storage opportunities. Opt for ottomans or coffee tables with built-in compartments to keep remote controls, books, blankets or board games neatly tucked away. By integrating these dual-purpose furniture pieces into your home, you can add style and functionality while minimizing that clutter.

ladder with blankets

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your storage solutions. Think outside the box and repurpose items that you already have. For example, an old ladder can be transformed into a unique and stylish bookshelf or blanket hanger, mason jars can be used to store small items like office supplies or toiletries such as cotton balls and makeup wipes.  Repurposing can not only create a functional and organized space but also adds a touch of personality to your home!


Minimize Wasted Space with Made-to-Fit Storage Solutions like Slide-A-Shelf

Let’s talk about our cabinets. With a custom made-to-fit storage solution such as Slide-A-Shelf slide-out shelves and cabinet organizers, you can maximize every inch of available space in your cabinets, minimizing wasted areas, granting access to items you forgot you owned and creating a more efficient (and calming) living environment. 

Of course, a great benefit of adding custom made-to-fit cabinet organizers in your home is their ability to make use of difficult-to-reach or awkward spaces. Whether it's in your kitchen, pantry, bathroom, laundry room or garage, slide-out shelves and cabinet organizers from Slide-A-Shelf can be manufactured to fit perfectly into these spaces, providing a practical solution for storage while enhancing the overall look, feel and value of your home.

Which brings me to another great benefit, the custom finishes!  Yes, with Slide-A-Shelf, you can even choose from four wood front finishes to give you the most customized look without having to completely remodel your space.  Talk about a savings in the new year…yes please! 

By utilizing Slide-A-Shelf products, you can say goodbye to cluttered countertops and overflowing cabinets. Custom cabinetry is dreamy but it can also be quite costly and doesn’t fit into everyone’s budget.  With Slide-A-Shelf, your custom cabinet dreams can become a reality at a fraction of the cost AND you can easily do-it-yourself!  No need to lose your kitchen to a construction zone for weeks or pay an expensive contractor.  Just measure, order, install and enjoy.  No more searching for lost items or rummaging through to the backs of your cabinets on your hands and knees searching for that pot you know you once had - everything will be neatly organized, easily accessible and aesthetically pleasing every time you open your cabinets.

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Staying organized doesn't have to be a daunting task. By implementing some of these smart storage solutions, you can create a clutter-free home that supports your goals and reduces stress. From effective organization strategies to custom made-to-fit storage solutions, like Slide-A-Shelf, there are practical tips and techniques for everyone. As you start the new year right, remember that an organized environment can not only transform your living space but it can bring you some peace of mind, increase your productivity and help you focus on what matters most.  Visit us at and let us help you, start Reaching What Matters in 2024!


Happy Organizing!


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