All the accouterments of colder weather can create visual clutter.
These Hook Boxes from Italian company Bosa do double duty: holding coats and purses while giving you a place to put keys, bills and cell phones. Genius.
Got any fantastic ideas for keeping winter detritus in order?
Happy New Year! Living in an apartment poses certain challenges, one of the biggest of which is keeping the clutter to a minimum. So for 2011, one of my resolutions is to find a way to become more organized.
The closet above has been converted into an office and organized to clear the clutter in such a pretty way. Definitely going to keep this in my inspiration file.
Is mastering the art of organization one of your 2011 goals, too? Here are 5 helpful resolution suggestions for your home from HGTV.
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This Week’s Question
I finally admitted something to myself and I’m just going to say it now — I hate housecleaning. Now, I know you’re going to say, “Who doesn’t?” But I really, really hate it. I mean, I would gladly arrange a trip to the dentist to avoid it. The only problem is I equally hate a dirty home. Oh how easy life would be if I could afford a cleaning team to come in and make it all go away. Well, until my Fairy Godmother shows up to wave her magic wand I’m on my own.
Searching for some short cuts and good tips I found a ton of great ideas in the organizing section of HGTV.com at http://www.hgtv.com/topics/cleaning/index.html.
I also looked through a few books and found one that was stuffed with hints and tricks.
The One Minute Cleaner by Donna Smallin
Three things that I picked up in my reading:
- White vinegar mixed with water cleans and freshens almost everything.
- The right cleaning tools can make all the difference.
- Putting on a little ABBA to sing along to as I move through my home helps it all go faster.
What are some short cuts that you use to get housework done faster?