Now that we've lived here for a while and have purchased most of our furniture, I'm zeroing in on storage and organization. Most of us don't have dream palaces with extra rooms, so we need to put things "away" in plain sight. I've done a couple of things so far, which I'll tell you about, and I found some stuff I want to try:
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>> Find a pretty box. If baskets aren't your style, try some boxes. IKEA has a lot of options for very little coin, and I like the bonus of instant organization that comes from buying multiple sizes. Plus, boxes have lids! Even if the insides are straight-up chaos, nobody will ever know and your room will still look put together. These aren't only for offices, either; try them anywhere you'd normally stick a basket.
|Our house again. (And look, the other basket!)|
>> Group it up. All of us have a collection of some kind. Maybe you're like me and hate saying goodbye to old issues of National Geographic (even though you never go back and read them again...). When you have a lot of something to store, a great alternative is to just display it as a group. As long as the items are similar, it won't look like clutter.
>> Consider food displays. Okay, this picture is a really extreme example of beautiful food storage, but hear me out. Some people don't have a pantry to hide their granola bars and taco seasoning (we don't) and your food has to go somewhere. If you move some of your frequently-used dry goods into glass containers and put them on display, it frees up that precious cabinet space for more stuff.
>> Think utilitarian. My favorite way to do this is by displaying pots and pans. Not only does it make them easier to grab (and it looks cool), but again, you free up that cabinet space for other things. Our kitchen is probably too small for this, but I'd love to make it work.
What's your storage situation like? Do you have a favorite way to wrangle clutter? If you could change one storage problem about your house, what would it be? (I would add closet systems. Preferably they would just appear one day.)