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Stay Organized: 5 Things to Color Code in Your House

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03.22.13

Organization doesn’t have to be a pain – it can be as bright and fun as Pantone’s 2013 Spring Colors! Plus, categorizing by color is more than just a great way to organize – it can also brighten up a room, protect your health and make your life easier. Here are five ways to use color coding around your home:

Photo: Landee See, Landee Do

1. Keys. With a little nail polish and just an ounce of spare time, you can avoid fumbling for the right key once and for all! Color coding your keys will make them easily identifiable and best of all, it only takes five minutes!

2. Kitchen tools. Color coding your kitchen utensils and cutting boards will help you be safer and more efficient when it’s time to cook! (Paint the edge of one cutting board red for raw meats, and another one green for fruits and vegetables.) This will prevent cross contamination. Then, do the same for your kitchen utensils! You don’t have to spring for a whole new set of utensils, just paint the handles. All you need is a little painter’s tape and some acrylic paint.

3. Cords. No matter where they are in your home, electrical cords seem to always get tangled over time. Keep them organized by color coding them with Washi tape! Just tear off a colorful piece of tape and wrap it near the base of the cord, where it plugs in to your outlets. That way, the next time you unplug your computer charger, you’re not accidentally pulling the plug on your internet connection, too.

Photo: Landee See, Landee Do

4. Chore sticks. Add some color to your kids’ chore duty! First, grab a handful of Popsicle sticks for each participant and let them choose a color to paint the tips of their sticks. Decide which chores each child will be responsible for and write the chore on the unpainted end of the stick. Then keep them organized in labeled jars. Tip: Grab another handful of Popsicle sticks and paint all of the ends a color that none of your kids used. These sticks can be used for chores that you want to rotate weekly from jar to jar, so no one gets stuck with a tough chore forever!

Photo: Ginger Snap Crafts

5. Mudroom. A little bit of color goes a long way towards keeping your mudroom organized. First, assign a color to each member of your family. Then, color code the organizational items in your mudroom, such as wicker baskets (painting the top rim works well), coat pegs and any other storage containers. Not only will this brighten up the room, things will stay organized so you can make the most of this functional space!

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