Getting your house in order and neatly organized is a necessary all things house that make a home activity.
Real life calls this week (the nerve), so in order to not leave you all without a post this week today’s post is a refreshed read for the new year.
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.
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 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 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 décor choices, may better fit your décor tucked away in a keepsake storage box-container.
Editing allows you to clear the canvas so you can see the space in a new light.
Taking away from often adds to the flow of a space and promotes a comprehensive appearance.
Transferring from Within
Transferring furnishings and décor 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 thought to placement; mixing and mingling about the space furnishings and accents at first glance may not seem to play beautifully together. Some of the best looks I’ve ever put together began just this way.
If the look doesn’t work your keen eye will know it.
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.
Antique armoires, sideboards, cupboard cabinets, new or vintage display cases, bookcases, crates, and trunks make great housing for just about everything we need and use while feathering our nest.
Tracking in the outdoors wreaks havoc on our floors, rugs, and carpets. Stopping tracked in stuff in its tracks may not be completely doable, but what you can do is mitigate the problem by having decorative storage solutions utilized in entryways and mudrooms to house, store, and organize at the ready.
There’s a place for everything, and built in cubbies allow organized storage housing for shoes, backpacks, pet leashes and the like.
Hooks strategically hung hold coats, jackets, hats, sweaters, and raincoats.
Containers, tubs, and baskets for umbrellas, shoes, boots, and seasonal gear.
Trunks, chests, benches, and coffee tables make excellent 2-for-1 storage options.
Blankets and quilts in all their warm, cozy, and thick wonder take up a lot of valuable real estate in the linen closet.
Enter the blanket chest- the perfect storage solution and gorgeous addition to any space.
Back in our flipping days, Dave the Builder thought I had lost my mind when I campaigned for converting small, basic utilitarian spaces such as side porches, nondescript alcoves, or even a bedroom into a large closet.
Most of the houses built in the 30s-40s-50s did not offer adequate closet space, especially by modern day standards.
Storage space is a hot commodity, as witnessed by the in demand designer closet suites of today.
Stack, store, and display decor need not be plain, boring, or lacking in decorative oomph.
Small decorative plates, bone dishes, seashells by the seashore all make great jewelry holders.
Pick them up at discount-home-resale-antiques stores, sites, and garage sales and scatter them about vanity-table-counter tops to holder everything from earrings to bracelets to eyeglass/readers.
Pack away memories, photos, papers, collectibles, ties, socks, dress shirts, etc…
Versatile and affordable, collapsible fabric storage cubes suit your storage needs in an array of sizes and designs.
Area rugs may not immediately come to mind when considering decorative storage solutions, but certainly qualify as an excellent choice of prominent décor accent to complement.
Alternatives open up a world of decorative options.
Industrial in style.
Fabulous in color choice.
These decorative storage solutions report for two for one duty as home décor pieces and smart storage options.
Mix and mingle your choice of decorative storage solutions throughout the space to broaden the style perimeters and achieve a custom layered effect.
Storage Basket with Lid
Round Wooden Box
Wire Round Basket Copper Handle with Mesh Bottom Pewter
Large Wire Basket in Gold
Metal Storage Basket
Extra Large Round Wire Decorative Storage Bin with Handles Copper
How stinking cute is this mushroom basket!
Round Paper Box – Pillowfort™
Unique vintage boxes, a spot dish, or Toby mug becomes a handsome alternative to the customary dresser tray as a holder for cuff links, change, keys, phone, jewelry, or sunglasses.
Items that make one pretty look polished and organized when housed in vintage silver tea set pieces.
The quickest way to clutter up the top of your desk is to let the mail stack up on it.
Not all of us have gone paperless or digital (e.g., bills and magazines).
As much as I love receiving greeting cards through the USPS/snail mail, they do tend to stack up.
Woven baskets, bins, and decorative trays solve the problem, free up valuable desktop space, and look smashing.
Organizing in style doesn’t stop at the desktop.
Open, under, over or behind doors- shelves hold the key to clever storage solution success.
Vintage pitchers, tins, containers, and crocks make a charming choice of housing for kitchen utensils.
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.
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.
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.