Beautiful and Practical Home Organization
Updated: Jan 4
Staying at home for much longer than we’re all used to can be a challenge, and if you’re like us, you’re itching to do something - anything - to make things feel a bit more at peace. While we can’t get out much or socialize within six feet of one another, we absolutely can take advantage of this extra time to pull together a bit of organization magic in our spaces.
From closets to kitchens, there’s no doubt that a bit of structure and cleaning can go a long way towards clearing our environment, and by effect, our moods. So if you’re struggling with anxiety and uncertainty during these unprecedented times, read on. We’ve gathered inspiration for beautiful and practical home storage solutions for the most high traffic areas that will have you feeling cool, calm, and collected in no time at all.
There are endless ways to create a linen closet that is both functional and stylish, and we love them all. For a total twist on the expected, repurpose a vintage hutch or armoire into a storage space for bed linens and blankets. Or, go a more contemporary route by mixing and matching baskets in various sizes and textures to get a streamlined neutral look. Then again, if you’ve got your organization all set, but want it all to have a bit of extra pizazz, try installing wallpaper on the back wall - it will instantly make your crisp folded towels and sheets visually pop.
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No space is more used in a home than the kitchen, and especially in times like this, the pantry tends to get hit the hardest. But why fool around with shifting through endless boxes and bags to try to find that granola you swore you stashed away? Instead, turn to simple, but impactful, solutions. By investing in matching glass containers, label makers, and classic baskets, your everyday essentials won’t just be easy to grab, they’ll also be absolutely picture perfect.
From towels to toilet paper and toiletries, the bathroom is a storage space that definitely doesn’t get enough style love. We tend to let our shampoos and soaps collect in shower corners, while the rest gets shoved underneath the vanity in drawers and cabinets. So, how do you solve the issue? Look to unique decor elements that feel fresh and add day-to-day ease. A wall rack for rolled up towels gives your space an elegant hotel vibe, while a basket for extra toilet paper and glass containers for cotton balls and swabs allow you to keep your essentials on display in a simple and beautiful way.
The laundry room is the very definition of clean, but because it’s in constant rotation of dirty and clean clothing, it’s easy for the clutter to get out of control. To keep this room in check, all you need are a few well-placed organization elements. First, keep dirty laundry out of sight in an eye-pleasing way with vintage-inspired rolling hampers. Next, get rid of those bulky plastic detergent containers and instead transfer them to streamlined storage containers to place on a few open shelves. And finally, make sure those items that usually take up a lot of floor space (like ironing boards and drying racks) are arranged to hang on the wall on stylish hooks. The combination of these elements will make this space shine.
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Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Get Help from the Pros…
If all of the above solutions sound great, but you’re not sure where to begin or how to accomplish it all, there is definitely help to get you on track to a totally-organized home! One of our favorite local organizing businesses, Clear Spaces Organizing in Maple Grove, does exactly that - they work with you on everything from simple product suggestions to full space transformations, taking you from concept to action plan and follow up to make sure your home becomes the calm and peaceful space you dream of. Plus, right now, owner Missi McKown is offering complimentary virtual organizing services while Minnesota is under a stay-at-home order. So, be sure to give them a call or visit their website here for more information.
Though these quarantine times are a challenge for us all, we hope that with a bit of creativity and reorganization, your home’s most visited and used spaces will get a dose of storage renovation. After all, when our homes are clean and orderly, it tends to help us feel the same.
By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Designs by D