Houzz.com is one of my favorite sites. This week’s list of best Ideabooks is one of the best in a while.
Small Steps to Organizing Success
Take care of bite-size projects, and your home’s big picture will be an organized dream before you know it by Beth Zeigler
Even though I’m not a teacher in the traditional sense, I love assigning clients homework — tasks I’m confident they can do without me present — during the organizing process. I do this for a few reasons, but my main objective is to process as many items as I can with clients during a session. Homework gives us a better chance of smooth sailing without distractions. Read on to see what items you might set aside as homework the next time you’re organizing a room.
Small Changes to Simplify Your Long-Term Storage
Conquer your attic and basement storage in more than a day, with these easy, bite-size steps for sorting, storing and protecting your stuff
by Laura Gaskill
With the holidays and colder weather approaching, now is the time to trek into attics, basements and storage sheds to retrieve boxes that haven’t seen the light of day since last year. Unfortunately, these spaces have a way of accumulating endless layers of stuff until it’s nearly impossible to find anything: long-forgotten memorabilia, old furniture, broken toys, home repair project cast-offs, nearly empty paint cans and oh, yes, those ornaments you were looking for. Just looking into an attic or a basement can feel overwhelming; forget doing anything about the mess. That’s why I think it’s best to admit right from the start that this problem won’t be fixed in a single day (or maybe even a single season) — but by committing to making small changes throughout the year, you can remake your space, step by step.
Meet Your Desk: How to Create a Workspace That Works
Ask yourself: What should live on your desk and what can live elsewhere?
Working with clients in their home offices all over Los Angeles, I see a lot of good working habits and some not-so-good working habits. And while it’s fairly obvious to me when I’m looking at a workspace why an individual may not be performing efficiently, most don’t realize how to create a workspace that flows.
I started my professional organizing career teaching a workshop called “Meet Your Desk.” It was a play on the fact that a lot of us work day in and day out without noticing the piles of paper that accumulate. The end result: Most of us wouldn’t be able to tell you the last time we saw our desk surface clean and clear of clutter.
Take a journey with me where we’ll look at desks that are getting it “right,” while also looking at creative ways to store the stuff you don’t need and that is cluttering up your workspace.
8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks
A tension rod under the sink; wire and nails in the closet … these storage and organizing ideas are budget friendly to the max by Samantha Schoech
It would be lovely to have a professionally designed closet or a spacious laundry room with a custom organizational system. But most of us are dealing with small spaces, limited funds and big imaginations.
Oh, and stuff. Lots of stuff.
The first trick to good organization is to purge (you can call it curating if that feels better) often and ruthlessly. If you have not used it in a year, out it goes (unless, of course, it has true sentimental or monetary value).
Once you get your stuff down to a nice, manageable pile, you’re going to need a way to organize it. Here are 8 clever, cute and inexpensive ways to do so.
Houzz.com is one of my most favorite sites for home decorating, organizing, design and dreaming. You can make your own “books” of ideas from their pictures and information, for reference during future design projects. It is like Pinterest in the creation of personal boards, but the posts do not necessarily go public. Others can view your boards if they know to look for you. I love love LOVE this site. Here are some of the best boards of this week – and there are lots. Usually I like one or two per week, so this is fabulous.
Clutter vs. Keepers: A Guide to New Year’s Purging
Simple questions to get in touch with your clutter comfort level — and figure out what needs to go by Laura Gaskill
With a new year upon us and the resolution-making frenzy in full effect, many of us (myself included) will be casting aside clutter in an attempt to streamline our homes. But what, and how much, do you get rid of? What makes clutter, clutter? Where do you draw the line between an inspiring collection and a jumbled mess? And what about some of the styling tricks employed for photo shoots — creative or ridiculous? If you have ever walked into a friend’s home and found yourself wondering how they can live with all of that stuff, you know that we each have our own clutter comfort level.
So the questions become: What is clutter to you, and what can you do about it? Read on to find where you stand on the clutter comfort continuum, then use the questions that follow to examine your reasons for keeping (or tossing) just about anything in your home.
Get It Done: Attack the Coat Closet
With a concrete plan and a little elbow grease, you can tame your jumble of jackets in a single afternoon by Becky Harris
Sometimes there are so many things at home that need organizing that we don’t even know where to start; I know I don’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your mess.
Take it one project at a time. Sit down and make a list of all the areas of your home you’d love to see neat and organized. Hang it on the fridge or write it on a chalkboard wall, and make it a goal to finish one project per week until you are done. In fact, you can even get fancy and turn it into a Houzz ideabook like I did.
If the thought of making a list is overwhelming (I know the feeling), don’t fret. I’m going to make it easy for you by giving you one task per week that you can accomplish within a few hours. Make sure you have enough time to complete the task and take a shopping trip; otherwise you’ll end up with more of a mess.
We’re going to start with the coat closet.
Get It Done: Clean Out the Linen Closet
Organized bliss for your bedroom sheets and bathroom towels is just a few hours away by Becky Harris
The linen closet has become an elusive space. In fact, having one is a luxury in itself. It was once a home staple, usually placed in an upstairs hallway, but these days you may have to create your own “linen closet.” This could be a small closet or cabinet in a bathroom, an armoire in a bedroom, a hijacked guest room closet or some shelves in the laundry room. Where you place it may determine what you store there; what all of these spaces have in common is that it’s highly likely they could use a good clean-out. Let’s get started.
Get It Done: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
You deserve better than precarious piles of pots and toppling towers of lids. Give cabinet chaos the boot with these organizing strategies
by Becky Harris
How to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
Time: 2 to 3 hours
Materials needed: Cleaner, dust rags or paper towels, contact paper, sticky notes (such as Post-its), pen, donation box. Additional organizers are optional. This ideabook also includes ideas for some mini renovations that require more materials and time.
Tip: Take a before shot of your messiest cabinet so that you can feel extra satisfied when this is all over.