The old adage less is more is the starting point for creating a well-organized home. However, once you have purged the ‘extras,’ the question still remains: What to do with the necessities left behind. The answer lies in another wise saying: A place for everything and everything in its place.
JULIE HOUGH, THE ORDERED HOME
- Best of both worlds. Form versus function is a thing of the past—you can have both. Using creative materials like baskets, ornate ceramic and/or wooden bowls, or clear glass containers with an interesting shape creates an organized space with visual appeal.
- Kitchen appeal. Because so much of life happens in the kitchen, you want it to be organized and efficient. But it doesn’t end with cabinets and drawers: there are ways to put your refrigerator and pantry in order, as well.
- Dump the junk. The ‘junk drawer’ is a great first-time project to tackle on your own. You can create a practical space and gain a sense of accomplishment with minimal time and effort. However, if you have a full-size basement with years of accumulation, consider hiring a professional to help keep the task manageable.
- Spell it out. Whether you choose to tackle areas in your home on your own or call in a professional, follow the acronym S.P.A.C.E.: S-sort, P-purge, A-assign a home, C-containerize and E-equalize (or maintain).
SUE COLLINS, NEWSPACE
- Go through your home. Although closets are still one of the most popular areas of the home to be organized, pantries, home offices and garages are other areas that can benefit from organization.
- Closet space. Your closet can be a practical and economical solution for organizing your clothes. Or it can be considered another room in your home. If that’s the case, material, trim and lighting can be as important as organization.
- Call it in. If you don’t have a knack for organization and construction, it’s best to call in the professionals. An experienced design consultant can prioritize and design a well-organized space that fits your individual needs.
- To the max. Shelving and clothing rods are the most important items in closet organization to maximize storage; however, today’s designs allow for everyday items like laundry baskets to serve a purpose. Additionally, pull-out rods, jewelry drawers, tie and belt racks, and hidden compartments and drawers are popular additions that maximize organization.