Handle clutter and make your space work for you – with style.
For many people, the new year represents a pure slate and brings a renewed sense of possibility and enthusiasm. It’s a wonderful time to organize your home ahead of the busy months. Effective storage solutions and organizational systems will enable you to enjoy your home to the fullest. Here are some tips to get you on track for a neat and productive year.
Learn to let things go
The first step in any organizational plan is cleanup. This can be the hardest part, but it is also the most fruitful.
Don’t keep things that don’t work or don’t make you happy. Also remember that something you leave behind could make someone else happy.
If you’re not sure you can drop an item, keep it in a box and see if you miss it or need it. This is a great culmination test for what is really needed. If you don’t miss it after a set time, donate it!
Do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good
Every organizational effort is better than no organizational effort. It is best to approach a gigantic task like organizing your entire home in stages.
The house provides us with natural barriers. Think of each room as their own project and it will start to feel more manageable.
And remember that it gets worse before it gets better, so don’t feel discouraged early on. Organization doesn’t happen in one day – it’s a journey and a state of mind.
Think outside the box shop
A trip to your local organizing shop can be fun, but unorthodox storage solutions make for more interesting space.
Beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces can be very practical and help improve your home. Use available and inexpensive materials, when possible, to tighten your home organization budget. You can create solutions yourself or revitalize brocade pieces that match your style.
This bookcase was made from old wine boxes and then stained a dark walnut color.
The three B’s: buckets, buckets and baskets
Oh, and pitchers. (But that doesn’t start with B.)
Once you’ve reduced your belongings to favorites and essentials, you’ll need somewhere to store them. Baskets and buckets have an amazing visual effect in a room – filling corners, resting against chairs and adding texture and color.
They also work great for storing everything from toys and blankets to magazines and shoes. Beware of unexpected ships, like this giant industrial mixing bowl, which is now a great solution to avoid entry clutter.
Using jars in the kitchen to store dry goods can make a much more attractive open shelf. Bonus: By keeping healthy ingredients, you’ll probably end up using them more often.
Use your vertical space
If your home doesn’t have a huge footprint, vertical solutions are essential to stay organized. These can be carried out in a more practical way – such as stacking bins and boxes under your bed or in your closet – as well as through project decisions.
Capitalizing vertical space attracts the eye to various parts of the room and creates a sense of balance, in addition to saving important real estate on the floor.
This curious cabinet makes excellent use of an angle that might otherwise be neglected. Hanging light above has a nice visual effect and does not occupy additional space.
The best reason to organize and stay? You’ll save yourself valuable time – which means you can focus on things that really matter to you.
Originally published January 2015