If you are like many people, one of your new year’s resolutions was to get organized. We are two weeks into 2015 so it’s time to get going. If you don’t know where to start, Sara Adrienne Knowles , a Seattle interior designer writing for Zillow.com has some suggestions for you.
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.
Do not keep what isn’t functional or doesn’t bring you joy. Also remember that something you let go of might bring someone else a great deal of pleasure.
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.
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 is a journey and a state of mind.
Think outside the box store
A trip to the Container 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.
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 must haves, 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.
Using jars in the kitchen to store dry goods can make open shelving a lot more appealing. Bonus: With healthy grains and goodies in plain sight, you’ll end up using them more often.
Use your 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.
Feeling inspired or overwhelmed? Start with one room and you will see the difference in no time!