Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity. We accumulate scads of stuff in a 365 day period, and organizing it all can be quite the task. The upside to this sometimes dreaded, always necessary task is decorative storage solutions. Is your New Year’s resolution to get organized? If it is, putting the spaces and the places in your home on a diet will help to get the job done.
Declutter by definition is removing unnecessary items from an untidy or overcrowded place. Decluttering is a total body workout.
Decluttering is a physical and mental activity. You stretch, you reach, you bend, you lift, you give thought to. When you live in a clutter free (or greatly reduced) environment, you can find things easier. You can get from point A to point B without having to negotiate an obstacle course of stuff.
Decluttering restores order, reduces stress and anxiety (and yes, the guilt), and gives instant visual results.
If you haven’t used or admired it or over the last year, the time is now to part ways with it
If you haven’t used, admired, or simply lost that loving feeling for a particular item, the time is now to part ways with it.
Of course, exceptions to this suggestion exist.
Family heirlooms, inherited collections, and items steeped in sentimental value, but not your present day decor choices, may better fit your decor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.
Coco Chanel offered chic pearls of wisdom when she said “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
I apply Coco Chanel’s stellar advice to the placement of decor accessories and accents in a space. Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.
Taking away from can add to the appearance and flow of a room.
Transferring from Within
Transferring furnishings and decor accessories from one room to another puts a new spin on things. Groupings with the emphasis placed on cohesiveness will balance the scale of the room.
Absolutely play with the look.
Give placement to each and every “that will never go together” idea.
Some of the best looks I’ve put together began just that way.
If the look doesn’t land you’re keen eye will know it.
“What if I fall?
Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”
As smart and savvy ideas for decorative storage solutions go, baskets, boxes, compartmentalized organizers, racks, and dividers continue to lead the way in stylish options for honing our home storage and organizational skills.
I like to mix things up a bit by bringing antique, vintage, and non-traditional decorative storage solutions into the fold.
Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.
Storage trunks and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options. You not only get a stylish accent but also a decorative storage solution.
I love the look of this coffee table/decorative storage piece.
Storage boxes need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.
A vintage dish or valet tray is a handsome holder for his cuff links, change, keys, phone or sunglasses.
To complete the look…
You’ve Got Mail!
The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.
Clear Magazine Slipcase
Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines), and I still love sending and getting greeting cards through the USPS however, they do tend to stack up.
Wall hanging letter baskets solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.
A vintage biscuit barrel finds a new use as a decorative office supplies holder.
Giving the Dog a Bone
Beau, the wonder Shepherd, loves his afternoon treats. Each afternoon at promptly 3:00 p.m. he appears at the French doors ready for his afternoon snack.
The Ziploc bag I presently store the box of bones in gets the job done, but isn’t exactly what one would deem stylish storage solutions.
Vintage pitchers make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.
McGee & Co.
Once upon a time function and style was an either-or situation.
Fortunately, designers and retailers got the memo, and the decorative storage solutions in today’s market offer both.
Alphabet hooks from Pottery Barn spell out organization.
Towels, keys, leashes, coats, backpacks, messenger bags, purses, jewelry, scarves, and robes hang in style on decorative wall hooks.
Decorative storage solutions bring style to the job of getting organized by offering options big on both function and style.