While working at a client’s home this weekend, he asked me what the “Holy Grail” of organizing is. I told him that everything needs a place to live. Clutter and disorganization start only when we have run out of places to put our belongings. Does this mean we have too much stuff? Usually. Does this mean we don’t have enough storage? Usually. (I hardly ever find someone with clutter AND empty drawers, though it has happened!) But what happens when you have pared yourself down as far as you feel comfortable going and you STILL don’t have enough storage? Simple… start decorating!!! WHAT??? How does decorating help with storage??? I know. It sounds insane! But bear with me!
In my home, since I live in a small two bedroom built in 1910 (read: no storage) I have needed to be more creative with how I put away my belongings. I have barely any closet space, the smallest bathroom vanity, and the kitchen is hardly a galley! So what is a girl to do with no cupboard space for pots and pans? I hang them up! While I was at it, I hung the utensils too! Now they are all easy to put away after they have been cleaned, they are not wasting precious storage space I can use for food, and they make for a great wall decoration, if I might say so myself!
I have also used the same idea for my glassware, my stoneware, my trivets, and my serving dishes!
These are all examples from my own home. Take some time to search the web or Pinterest, and you will find nearly limitless kitchen ideas including open shelving, S-hooks for mugs, and tons of ways to handle utensils! The kitchen is one of the easiest places to decorate with your everyday items and free up space!
But what if your problem is in ANOTHER room? What about the bathroom? My advice is to try thinking about your bathroom as your personal spa. If you went to a spa and had to search the halls or cabinets for your towels, toilet paper, and even your hair products and tools, you would be pretty frustrated, right? These are always visible, easy to be found and available. Yet somehow, the spa still manages to feel clean and serene, right? It is all about having these items displayed as decorative elements in the room! The towels are neatly folded and stored on open shelves or in baskets. The robe is always clean and hanging. The hair tools are on hooks or in baskets. Even the toilet paper is normally in something beautiful like a basket or a glass holder, right? Save the small amount of space you have (usually just under the sink and maybe a medicine cabinet) for the items you wouldn’t want displayed. The only caveat: if it is out, make sure it looks like it belongs there. That vanity can get cluttered quickly if you are not careful!!
Now let’s talk about your entry way. This area may be a no-brainer, but humor me. If you want to leave your shoes here, do it! But get a basket so they appear to belong here. Next to the front door is a great place for keys; but only if they are on a hook or in a bowl! How about scarves and hats? This one is a bit more tricky. Add a shelf and place a pretty basket or decorative box to hold these items. But all these ideas keep you organized and free up that small closet space (if you are lucky enough to even have one!)
So, up until now, you may have thought “Duh, Tamara” a couple of times. I mean…you are reading my blog because you are interested in organizing already. And some of these hints are not really rocket science. (Now that I think about it, maybe none of them are? I’ll have to call NASA and check on that!) BUT, while it may not require an engineering degree, have you ever thought of your accessories as decorative? You can use your scarves, your jewelry, your pins, your belts, your purses, and even your make-up displayed openly and save precious closet space. Here are a couple of examples:
What is the verdict? Have I won you? Do you agree decorating may be an answer to some of your storage issues? Are you already thinking about your own belongings? What can you can get out of drawers, closets, and cupboards and display to save space and storage? I hope I have inspired you in some way! All the pictures you see above are my creations. But if you need some more convincing or solutions, please check out my Pinterest and browse for more GREAT and creative storage ideas! And if you have more ideas I haven’t seen, I would LOVE to hear about them. Please contact me below, via my website, or my Facebook page. And as always, please reach out to me with any questions as well! I look forward to hearing from you!!! Happy organizing (and decorating!!!)