SOURCE: Handyman Connection

Handyman Connection

November 22, 2011 18:12 ET

Tips From Handyman Connection: Stop Clutter Once and for All

How to Maximize Your Living Space With Home Organization

WINNIPEG, MB--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - Fall is here and it's time for some household maintenance: purging clutter! It's hard to know where to start when there is no order to begin with, so first, clear out and give away the junk you don't use anymore. If you haven't used it in five years, it needs to go. Try to surround yourself with the things that you absolutely love. Then, have a garage sale and enjoy the extra spending money!

Once the clutter is gone, it's time to organize your home with what you have left. The key to organization is categorization. Group items that are similar together, so there is only one place you can go to for them. This will help you never lose them while also helping to keep the room clean and orderly. Everything must have a place. If you know where the "right place" is, the cleaning process will be expedited. No more shoving extraneous items in the closet!

"Home Organization is an often overlooked home improvement project, because it doesn't necessarily silence a squeak, halt a drip or light a room," said Scott McKenzie, Vice President of Handyman Connection's Canadian Franchising. "Still, the benefit of really taking a hard look around the house and getting things organized can be phenomenal and lasting; it's essentially a matter of simplifying a homeowner's life."

Shelving is the most basic form of organization. Add shelving anywhere possible -- the kitchen, bedroom, office and even the bathroom can all benefit from proper shelving. A single shelf is a great way to break up a wall and display your knick-knacks. This can be more interesting than a piece of art as it adds dimension.

Optimize your space and buy drawer organizers for silverware, office supplies, socks, toiletries, tools etc. Anything small that gets thrown in a drawer can be categorized by type and have a specific place in the drawer. You'll be amazed at how much extra storage space you'll find yourself with.

Bins are a great solution for items that can't be stored in cabinets or drawers. Canvas or cloth bins can be found in almost every colour and pattern to match with the rest of your room's décor. Also, clear, plastic containers can be found in every size at places like Wal-Mart. Follow the rule of categorization and devote each tub to a different item. Use labels if you like and stack neatly in an easy-to-access place. For even smaller items, use zip lock bags or containers with mini-drawers.

Once everything is organized and placed where you want it in the room (using methods of Feng Shui helps), you can decorate simply using bold touches like a throw or pillow that matches the artwork on your wall, or candles on the coffee table that pulls the colour of your lampshades. Be careful not to over clutter again! Think like a minimalist.

By reducing clutter and organizing your home, you'll instantly be able to breathe easier. This minor household improvement will leave you feeling more free, peaceful and reduce stress.

Handyman Connection specializes in small to medium home improvements, repairs and remodeling jobs. All of the organization's skilled handymen have at least 10 years of professional experience. In 1993, Handyman Connection became the first company to offer franchises in its industry. There are now 88 locations across North America and Canada. For more information, visit or follow us at and


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