Closet organizers, shelving systems and storage space-savers help clear the way to relaxation. There’s tons of research on what’s call clutter stress syndrome, but we already know we feel better in a place that isn’t chaotic and disorderly.
Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, founders of The Home Edit blog, are famous for their stylish storage solutions that upgrade organizing to interior design status.
The key: Multifunctional solutions. Furniture with built-in storage like a bench seat with shoe racks perform double duty. Cost Plus World Market has a midcentury modern-style walnut brown Ashlyn bookshelf ($299.99) that can also be used as a console table or media stand.
A slim ladder-style bookcase is an extra storage catchall. Birch Lane has farmhouse and traditional style ladders and corner bookcases as well as floating shelves and metal etageres on sale.
Another tip: Don’t get frustrated by a seemingly unworkable space. Narrow stacking drawers can fit around pipes under sinks. If you want to organize behind doors (closets to cabinets), there are inexpensive, small space storage solutions.
>”The Home Edit Workbook: Prompts, Activities, and Gold Stars to Help You Contain the Chaos” (at Bookshop.org, which support local bookstores).
Here are places where stuff we don’t need can hide in our home and ways we can organize what we truly want to keep.
Is your garage a place to store a car and outdoor equipment or do you want a tool shop or other workspace? Your needs will determine the desired cabinets, sturdy shelving, drawers and other organization solutions.
The Home Depot offers professional garage organization services (schedule a free in-home or virtual consultation) or you can do it yourself with products in stock like ceiling racks and freestanding shelving.
The busiest room in your home could benefit from a spring purging. Start with the refrigerator.
An easy way to maximize space is with labeled drawers and small and large stacking bins on the shelves for eggs, produce and other edibles. Individual bins and drawers are on sale at 20% off at the Container Store or there’s the Home Edit Fridge Starter Kit ($224.65).
>Read The Container Store’s practical design ideas for a small kitchen and teeny pantry
You can make a small kitchen look more spacious. Instead of cabinets and cupboards, use open shelves or storage containers and rolling carts that slide under a counter and behind fabric curtains (see more ideas at JoAnn Stores).
Even inch counts. Don’t let hidden, empty space go unused, especially under the bed. Slide storage bins under the mattress platform.
Easy Closets lets you design and order shelving, hanging rods and drawers, which you can install yourself, directly from the factory to save up to 40% (use the online design tool that keeps tallies on your total before you check out). You’ll need a tape measure, level, drill and screwdriver. See before and after photos.
Reserve floor space when you can by using wall-mounted organizers.
- Memo boards and chalkboards are on sale for up to 70% off at Wayfair. There is also a selection of whiteboards and bulletin boards.
- Pegboard: Lowe’s Home Improvement sells a hard pegboard (47-3/4 inches by 95-3/4 inches) for $19.48 while Wayfair has decorative steel pegboards.
- Magnetic containers attach to a wall plate or any magnetic surface. The Container Store’s Perch Biggy magnetic container holds up to 10 pounds ($14.99).
Whether you’re working at home or the kids are studying, the work station will be more efficient if related items are collect in stackable containers, drawers, baskets or bins.
Mail and other printed documents can be kept in check before they pile up. Decide if each should be shredded or tossed, filed away or handled. Here are some ideas:
- Letter sorters let you organize incoming and outgoing mail and documents. Staples has letter sorters starting at around $5. The Container Store has a clear polystyrene Palaset letter sorter for $5.99 (5-1/8 inches square by 2-1/8 inches high). The crafters at Etsy offer everything from a 12-inch rustic mail organizer ($25.19) to cherry wood and oak letter trays with brass accents for $49.99 (9-3/8 inches wide by 12-3/8 inches deep and 3-3/4 inches tall).
- A paper shredder can protect your identity by destroying private, confidential and sensitive documents. Walmart has strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut shredders (starting at $30) plus shredder oil and bags.
- Waste baskets: Bed, Bath & Beyond has trash cans that come with or without lids, and voice and motion sensors. Search by capacity, brand, color and price.
- Filing systems and storage: Staples as file folders, hanging file folders, accordion folders, classification folders as well as file boxes with and without lids.
— Janet Eastman | 503-294-4072