Hundreds of articles circulate online about how to de-clutter, organize your home and streamline your life. But rather than tell you that you have too much stuff (which most of us do), and that you have one too many junk drawers, I thought I’d take a different spin on the traditional organizing tips article. Let's look for opportunities for organized design -- in other words, to organize in a way that's inspired by your design style.
Don’t have a design style? Look around your home. Are your furniture pieces and décor more traditional or modern and classical? If your answer is none of these, take some time browsing websites like HGTV, and Pinterest, home magazines or even your local home improvement store to find what home design and decorating themes speak to you.
Once you’ve established your design style, start by reviewing the rooms that you live in the most (probably family rooms, kitchens or other high-traffic areas). Tackle your clutter first by removing unused, broken or unnecessary items, and recycle, sell or donate them. Then figure out a way to maintain order with what’s left. For instance, do you have too many magazines on your coffee table? Keep the last 3 issues, but put them in a nice basket underneath your coffee table, and recycle the rest.
If you can’t find a solution for organized design with what’s available, try building it yourself. During the process of remodeling our kitchen this summer, my husband expanded our small, builder-basic kitchen island to include extra shelving and cabinets, plus a pull-out drawer for our recycle bin. I love the finished result, and it allows us to store so much more underneath our island than we could before. I purchased some inexpensive fabric bins to store extra paper, notebooks, pencils and crayons for the girls, while the cabinets on each side store my recipe books and extra kitchen appliances, getting them off the kitchen counter.
Another clutter issue for our family was where to store the girls’ art and school supplies. We wanted to keep them accessible for the girls to use, but keep them out of sight. A shoe organizer was a good start, but our hall closet was still overflowing with boxes of craft projects, coloring books and other items. So my husband purchased $100 worth of lumber from Lowe’s and built a shelving system. Now we have a designated art closet that makes me want to open it just to enjoy how organized it is. I sure hope it stays that way!
I love finding creative ways to organize my home that also add to my home’s overall design. Look for pretty items that also serve as storage. Here are some ideas that might work for you:
I hope I’ve inspired you to think more creatively when it comes to home organization. With your design style in mind, you’ll come up with clever ways to stash your stuff, while adding to your home’s overall design. if you need help with your home organization, let us know, or check out our interior design services.
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Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.
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