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Home Organization: Embracing Order in the New Year

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For many people, the new year represents a clean slate and
brings a renewed sense of possibility and enthusiasm. It's a
wonderful time to get your home organized in anticipation of the
busy months ahead. Effective storage solutions and organization
systems will enable you to enjoy your home to its fullest. Here are
some tips to put you on track for an orderly and productive
year.

Learn to let things go

The first step in any organization plan is purging. This can be
the hardest part, but it is also the most rewarding.

Don’t keep things that aren’t functional or don’t bring
you joy. Also remember that something you let go of might make
someone else very happy.

If you're not sure you can part with an item, store it in a box
and see if you miss it or need it. This is a great litmus test for
what's truly necessary. If you don’t miss it after a set amount
of time, donate it!

Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good

Any organization effort is better than no organization effort.
It’s best to approach a behemoth task like organizing
your entire home in stages.

The house provides us with natural barriers. Think of each room
as its own project and it will begin to feel more manageable.

And remember that it gets worse before it gets better, so don't
feel discouraged early on. Organizing is not something that happens
in one day – it’s a journey and a state of mind.

Think outside the box store

A trip to your local organization store can be fun, but
unorthodox storage solutions make for a more interesting space.

Beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces can be highly practical and help
make your home more functional. Make use of available and
affordable materials, when possible, to stretch your home
organization budget. You can craft solutions yourself or revitalize
secondhand pieces that fit with your style.

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Belathee Photography

This bookcase was made out of old wine boxes and then stained a
dark walnut color.

The three Bs: bins, buckets and baskets

Oh, and jars. (But that doesn’t start with a B.)

Once you’ve whittled down your belongings to favorites and
essentials, you’re going to need somewhere to store them. Baskets
and buckets have a wonderful visual impact in a room – filling
nooks, resting against chairs and adding texture and color.

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They are also highly functional for storing everything from toys
and blankets to magazines and shoes. Keep an eye out for unexpected
vessels, like this gigantic industrial mixing bowl that is now a
great solution for avoiding entryway clutter.

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Belathee Photography

Using jars in the kitchen to store dry goods can make open
shelving a lot more appealing. Bonus: By keeping healthy
ingredients in plain sight, you’ll probably end up using them
more often.

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vertical space

If your home doesn’t have a huge footprint, vertical solutions
are essential for staying organized. These can be implemented in a
more practical manner – like stacking bins and boxes under your bed
or in your closet – as well as through design decisions.

Capitalizing on vertical space draws the eye to different parts
of the room and creates a sense of balance, in addition to saving
important real estate on the floor.

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This curio cabinet makes excellent use of a corner that might
otherwise be neglected. A hanging light above has a nice visual
impact and doesn’t take up any additional space.

The best reason to get and stay organized? You’ll save
yourself valuable time – which means you can focus on doing things
that really matter to you.

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Originally published January 2015

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