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By Hilary Sheinbaum
Getting organized at work is one thing — but, when you share space with a significant other (or, ahem, little ones), getting organized at home can be a teeny bit more challenging. Of course, we’re not the type to back away from a challenge. However tedious it may be to get a space in order, living in a less cluttered and more balanced home is worth all the while.
Here are some top quick and easy tips to get you there and back to your normal daily activities in a flash.
“I jumped on The Home Edit train, and I started organizing everything like the rainbow,” says Lisa Gilmore, principal designer at Lisa Gilmore Design in St. Petersburg, Fla. “Not only is it visually pleasing, but you start naturally just knowing the flow and colors of the organization without even thinking about it. I save a ‘multi’ color area in my closet for pieces with lots of hues.”
“I will be the first to admit that I am not much of a DIY’er,” says Gilmore. “However, when I pull out my Cricut Joy and make labels in all kinds of fonts and colors for different areas in my home, the satisfaction is immeasurable.”
“Hats are one of those awkward accessories to store, so I decided to stop fighting it and embrace it by artistically hanging hats on my dressing room wall,” says Gilmore. “It’s an abstract way to fill a space and also a reminder of what I have to wear. Whatever the mood, I pluck a hat off the wall for that day.”
“When you just need a quick fix to help you break through the overwhelm, give yourself an instant lift by clearing off and tidying up the surfaces around your home,” says Becca Stern, co-founder and creative Director of Mustard Made, in Newcastle, Australia. “Just simply clearing off your benches will instantly help your space feel less cluttered and calmer.“
“As you tidy and organize your space, create a clean and special spot for each item to live,” says Stern. “Utilize jars, boxes or baskets to help you thoughtfully and purposefully create a specific home for different things, rather than just swiping everything indiscriminately into ‘that
drawer’ …you know the drawer I mean. We all have one! Not only does this help keep your home more organized, making it easier to find everything, it also helps create a sense of appreciation and value for the things you already own.”
Now that we know how to get organized, it’s time to decide: which room gets tackled first?