Tips on how to create order without losing
your home's decor
Being organized means different things to many people. To some,
it's about being able to find your keys at a moment's notice, having
a labeled spice rack, or a wardrobe setup for the current season.
For others, it's having an easy to use color-coded filing system
for one's office. Whatever the purpose maybe, the underlying key
to organization; is function. Systems of organization must perform
a specified action of activity in order for them to work successfully
and satisfy a person's needs. However, just as cut and dry as that
sounds, often times, that is exactly what is seen: something that
is functional, but far from fashionable. To avoid this pitfall of
organization, try some of the following design tips.
Choose materials that match your space
- Be selective about the organizational materials you choose. If
possible, purchase containers to be on display, in the same color
scheme as your current furnishings or accent hardware. Such as matching
dark containers to dark wood furniture, or silver organizers to
silver desk knobs. If a more modern look is desired, try clear acrylic
containers, for neutrality and easy content viewing.
Color-coordinate when possible
- When organizing a closet, functionality should always come first.
Set up categories, such as shorts, pants, short sleeve shirts, long
sleeve shirts, dresses, etc.; then consider categorizing by color
within each subcategory. Since the majority of our memory is triggered
by visual cues, a colorized closet system aids photographic memory,
ultimately saving time when it comes to picking out the clothes
you want, and knowing just where to put them back.
Less is more
- When it comes to being organized, the less "stuff" you
see, the better. Rather than "hiding" unwanted clutter
in multiple closets, try storing items in the rooms that they are
related to. If space is of concern, use discrete containers that
serve as storage and decoration. For example, use attractive stacking
boxes on an entryway console table to house incoming mail, or place
extra blankets and pillows for guests in a living room ottoman that
flips up for added storage.
Add character and storage
- In a kitchen, remove counter clutter by looking up, rather
than in your over stuffed cabinets. Place fruit in hanging metal
baskets, and pots and pans from ceiling racks. Not only does this
add character to your kitchen, but more importantly, it adds more
cooking area to your counters.
Decorate every room
- Proper attention should be given to every room in your home.
Whether its a guest house or your laundry room, neglected spaces
create negative energy. By adding a little TLC, spaces can be
transformed from tired to trendy. House everyday items, such as
razors, q-tips, and toilet paper, in stylish canisters with lids,
while reading material can be organized in natural woven baskets.