We’re taking you through each room of our house and opening all of our cabinets, doors and drawers! Throughout the tour, we’ll share our tips for staying organized in each room of our home.
A year-and-a-half ago we took you on a tour through all the cabinets in our Tree House kitchen and mudroom, and we quickly learned: You guys are our kindred spirits! You love getting a glimpse into the organization behind all those closed doors and drawers as much as we do, and we had a ball sharing with you. Organizing is, like, my not-so-secret passion. I have fun figuring out solutions for tricky spaces (like this!), and even more so during the execution.
In this video, the stakes are higher, and we’re taking you through all the drawers and cabinets in our whole home! (Well, almost. We need some semblance of privacy, you know?) But before we dive in, I think it’s important to mention that we do our best to cut clutter before it happens. Truthfully, I think that’s where a lot of confusion lies. Before you purchase a single bin or basket, you need to know what’s a necessity (and what’s not).
It’s not about organizing everything you have; it’s about removing the excess, and only then should you organize what’s left.
While we did tidy up the drawers before filming, we did so minimally. The way you see it in the video is the way it (almost) always looks! No staging. No fancy additions. Just 6 years of living in this 130-year-old home, getting to know her and making it work for our family. Below, I’m breaking it down even further and sharing the room-by-room tips and tricks we utilized to get organized!
A Room-by-Room Guide to Getting Organized
- Consider adding a tip-out tray (:55) | That space just under the sink is a great place to stash sponges, scrubbers and soap. We added this tray to eliminate sink clutter.
- Store your everyday items in an easy-to-access cabinet (1:09) | This way, it never feels like a chore to retrieve or put the dishes!
- Install a cabinet sliding shelf (1:33) | We had ours custom built to fit our cabinet, but there are endless options available off-the-shelf! (Punny!) This one is highly rated and will make a world of difference in your cabinet game.
- Put your kitchen island to work! (2:29) | Our island is an old dresser (here’s that DIY) that we painted and added casters to. It’s a workhorse because of the deep drawers, and it’s the number one gathering spot for any get-together.
- Tip: Any of these Rev-A-Shelf storage solutions will round up all your forgotten about bowls and gadgets at the back of your shelves.
- Add a pull-out sliding shelf (4:04) | We DIYed ours, but anything that works in the kitchen can also work in your bathroom – like this!
- Corral similar items in small bins (4:49) | If this seems simple, it’s because it is! Grouping things together will keep you from squirreling away too much, and will make finding things convenient.
- Consider using drawers instead of doors (5:23) | Choosing a vanity with drawers in our master bathroom was one of our best decisions! We can easily find ev-er-y-thing.
- Add electrical to your cabinet, vanity or medicine cabinet (6:01) | We hide away our electric toothbrushes and razor in a drawer where they can be charging at all times. Three cheers for no more junk on the sink top!
- Never underestimate a single inch (6:28) | We had a spare 9″ of dead space next to our tub, and we hacked an IKEA item to create our linen closet!
- Use clear bins in the closets (6:55) | If you have bins hidden behind doors, that’s a perfect opportunity to use clear ones. You can easily see what’s inside without needing to open every one to find the box of Band-Aids.
- A travel cord organizer works at home, too (7:23) | We learned this trick from our friend Ashley at The Gold Hive, but this cord organizer tucks up under our desk and corrals all. the. cords. It’s a true sanity saver. We talk more about it in this post!
- Hide the home printer behind closed doors (7:44) | Why leave a huge, honking machine out, hogging up precious space, when you can conceal it in a cabinet? We leave the door open when we’re printing, otherwise, it helps to alleviate that whole ‘office-y’ feeling from the home office.
Toys + Kids’ Stuff
- Hide the stuff behind doors (8:15) | No, really. Let go of items you no longer need in any of the sideboards and credenzas in your home, and allow that space to be the place where the kids’ toys go to hide!
- Put everything in a basket (8:24) | Lucy can pull out her toys that are categorized by basket, and easily move them wherever she’d like in the home. When it’s time to clean up, it’s all thrown back in the basket and brought back to the credenza.
- Put a safety latch on it (8:15) | If it’s not for the kids, put a safety latch on it! All of the drawers and doors that hide away Lucy’s toys are free for her to open and use. Everything else is latched. Everything. She quickly learned which areas were hers, and which were ours.
- Storage can be anything (9:36) | … Like a coffee table! This is our storage coffee table, and we thought we’d use it to stash remotes and grown-up stuff. Ha! Hahaha. As soon as Lucy realized she could open it, we instead opted to use it as the place to hide loose books, puzzles and building blocks.
- The KonMari method. It works. (10:52) | I began my experiment one year ago, cleaning up closet and learning how to fold my clothes KonMari style, that is, based off of Marie Kondo’s suggestions. IT WORKS. I’ve stuck with it, because nothing is ever lost and everything stays truly tidy.
- Think vertically (11:27) | Utilize the dead space above your clothing rod to install a long shelf! We store our suitcases up there, out of the way but always ready to go!
- Donate on the spot (11:49) | I have a medium shopping bag in my closet. If I put something on for the day and take it off because I don’t like how it makes me feel, I consider if I want to put it back into my closet at all! This is an opportunity for me to toss it in that bag for donation.
Thank you for coming along and peeking behind every one of our cabinets – said no one ever, ha! But really, we hope you found it helpful and found a trick or two to takeaway for your own home.
What else would you add? Let’s get geeky about organization in the comments!