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Best of the Week from Houzz.com – Part II

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?

by Beth Zeigler

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.

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