one Sorting a box of documents
A box of documents often turns into a pile of checks, appointments from doctors, warranty cards. All this is stored along with important documents, certificates, passports and other things. It is necessary to sort the documents so that in case of a crisis you have a separate folder with the most important papers that could be pulled out in one minute.
What to do?
- First lay out all the important documents: passports, certificates, contracts that are of value. They can be folded into a separate folder on the button or you can purchase a special organizer.
- Then sort everything else: expired checks from stores (for those products for which the warranty period or return time has already expired) can be thrown away, prescriptions and prescriptions from doctors, as well as any medical documents, put in a separate folder. It is advisable to sort papers related to different family members into different files. Leave the instructions for using the equipment and warranty cards, they will need a third folder.
Try to use organizers and folders for groups of documents of each subject: the most important personal documents, papers for an apartment, car, house, etc., medical, technical, etc. You can then put all these groups of folders in one box by signing. Or take special boxes for documents and put them on a shelf. Then there will be no problems finding what you need, and there will be order in the box.
2 Putting things in order in the drawer with pots and containers
There are several hearths in the kitchen that require attention, but often the hands reach them last. And the first of these places is a drawer where pots and food containers are stored. If you have two drawers or two shelves for this, take both, but in turn.
What to do?
- Sort out the containers. Evaluate their appearance and functionality. Do you need multiple containers of the same size? They didn’t turn yellow? How do they smell? Bad-smelling containers can be resuscitated by pouring water inside, adding vinegar and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid. Leave them for a few hours, then rinse. If there are objectively old items, throw them away. Perhaps you decide to replace the set of containers with a new one and buy those that will be convenient to stack into each other — it will be easier to keep order there.
- The same must be done with pots. Thoroughly clean the bottom from soot (this can be done with a melamine sponge), boiling with vinegar or citric acid will help remove plaque from the inside. Then use one of the methods that we described here to store the pots. You can take organizers and put the pans on edge. This will make it easier to find what you need right away. If there is a catastrophic lack of space, you will have to store them in each other.
- Sort the covers. They are best stored separately from pots and containers. Throw away those lids that don’t fit any of the dishes — they just take up space. Organize the rest in a separate drawer or on a shelf using organizers, you can also glue hooks to the cabinet door and store the covers in this way (if there are few of them, this will help save space).
3 Organize a package with packages
If you have a so-called bag of bags (or a box of bags), you can organize the space much more rationally and more conveniently if these bags are folded correctly.
What to do?
- A regular bag or box can be replaced with an organizer that is attached to the cabinet door or inside the cabinet. For example, from the IKEA Variera series.
- Go through the packages, sort out the ones you can still use, and fold them more compactly. Triangles, even rectangles. It will take some time and you will have to fold the packages all the time instead of crushing them, but you will save a lot of space. Similarly, you can store fabric eco-bags.
Watch the video in which we showed how to fold packages and eco-bags compactly and where to store them.
four We sort through the box with cereals and spices
Many people buy cereals for the future. Because of this, chaos can form on the shelf from started and new packages. There you can and should put things in order.
What to do?
- Take a look at each package. Check if there are bugs or midges. If yes, throw it away.
- Get jars for cereals and pasta. If you have large stocks, buy large jars to fit all the cereal from several bags. So you streamline storage, besides, bugs are less likely to start in banks.
- Do the same with spices. If there are not many, put all the bags in a small box. It will be much more convenient to get the whole box and look for the right seasoning in it. If cereals are in jars, they can also be put in a box or a small tray.
5 Putting things in order on the shelf with cosmetics
It is necessary to sort out and declutter the shelves with cosmetics — decorative and care — regularly. It often happens that we buy a new bottle of shampoo before the old one has run out and start using it. As a result, bottles pile up.
What to do?
- Check the expiration date of all jars and bottles of products, as well as decorative cosmetics. Look at the label, which indicates the shelf life of an open bottle or can. If it’s expired, throw it away.
- Get a variety of organizers with dividers or baskets, and sort creams, lipsticks and more.
Do the same with household chemicals — they also have an expiration date. Review your cleaning supplies drawer. Think about what is missing, throw away what could have already deteriorated.