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Need A Home Makeover? Do These No-Cost Organizing Hacks!

These easy, room-by-room organizing hacks can give your home a quick makeover, no renovation needed

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Photography: Jojo Gloria (Main Photo, right)

Sometimes, we think our home needs a total makeover, with the tearing down of walls, repainting, and addition of new furniture. But before you call a contractor, step back first and take a long look at your house—it may just be messy and disorganized!

There are a lot of simple and easy ways to give any part of your home a quick makeover. Doing simple re-organization and a bit of cleanup can already refresh a space. Here’s our room-by-room guide:

1. LIVING ROOM

Have a space for the kids


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One of our guiding principles our homes is to make sure there is enough space for the children to run around in, and to have a place where they can put their things away. In our living room, we have a section for the children’s toys, and a toy cabinet for this purpose.

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2. BEDROOM

Do a re-layout


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Sometimes doing a change of layout can a big difference in your bedroom.  One of the questions we ask ourselves when we rearrange is: “what would be the most efficient space?” For example, maybe you can move the bed near a window so you’ll have some natural light. If your bedroom doubles as an office space, you can create an office corner that holds all your documents and office-related items in place.

READ: Everything You Need To Know About Organizing Important Documents

Don’t leave a mess in the AM


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One easy win in keeping your bedroom in tiptop shape is making sure that you don’t leave a mess on the floor or on the bed.  As soon as you wake up, fix the bed. Starting your day with a clean bed is one chore off your list.

READ: Here’s How To Make Your Bed in 60 Seconds Or Less

Clean as you go

Also, make it another habit not to simply dump things in your bedroom. Make it a sacred place by putting things away as soon as you enter. For example, instead of dumping your used clothes on the floor, make sure they make it to the hamper, and shoes are put back in the shoe closet.

3. BATHROOM

Contain it


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For your bathroom, what can help spruce it up are nice containers, not only will you keep things organized, but you can give your T&B a nice makeover. One idea is to contain all those small items in a multi-compartment container. For example, cotton buds, nail clippers, hair ties, etc., can be in an organizer. Your organizers don’t have to be plain. Have fun with it and find a container that suits your personality, like a covered ceramic dish for your cotton balls.

READ: Here’s How To Organize All The Makeup Products In Your Bathroom

4. KITCHEN

Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink


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One thing that keeps the kitchen organized is making sure that the counters and sink area are clean and clear. A quick, daily hack here is that once you washed the dishes and have dried them make sure that you put them away. Instead of leaving them outside in the sink, it’ll look more spacious and clean.

5. KIDS’ ROOM

Teach the kids to clean up after themselves


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A child’s room should always be a happy and safe place. But oftentimes, it looks like a tornado went through it. The key here is to teach your kids how to clean up after themselves, or involve them in the organizing process. You can try to make a game out of packing away their toys in their proper place. Cute and colorful containers also make it easier. Designate each area with a fun sign—for example, if your son likes dinosaurs, it could be a tar pit sign for used clothes.

READ: My Son and I De-cluttered Our Closets Over The Weekend And This Is What Happened

6. STORAGE ROOM

Prioritize by use


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I would say that this is one of the most neglected parts of my house. Sometimes, a storage room can be synonymous to a dumping room or bodega. But there are lots of opportunities here to organize, de-clutter, and clean up. One quick way is to move the things you use often more closer to the door. For example, relocate the toolbox or light bulbs next to the door or to an easily accessible spot. Then move the seasonal items—such as Christmas décor —towards the back.

READ: 5 Ways To Give Your Bodega A Makeover

7. GARAGE

Go for enclosed storage


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This is also another area that can become a dumping ground. A practical and long-term organizing fix for your garage is to add customized closed shelving or cabinets. Here, you can tuck away the bulky and unsightly items such as extra tires, motor batteries, paint cans, tools, etc., and this way, your garage will still look organized and clean.

Joanne Endaya and Maan Sicam are two of Real Living’s Style Spotters, and are the ladies behind Happy Helpers, a professional home cleaning and social enterprise in Metro Manila. For more info, visit their website or Facebook page for their cleaning services.

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