With all of the stuff that comes with the holidays, it’s no wonder that storage and organization topics are trending on HGTV.com.
This year, I’ve vowed to upgrade my Christmas decorations storage. This list of 12 Holiday Organizing Essentials has been extremely helpful and inspiring.
This is also a great time to clean out and organize your pantry.
With two kids, making space for new toys is always a challenge for me. This Christmas, our son added to his vast collection of Legos. If you’ve ever stepped on a tiny toy, you know the importance of having plenty of buckets, baskets and bins.
How do you stay organized?
When you’re decorating a home, it’s easy to get caught up in a dream world of perfectly organized closets and modern-retro kitchen remodels. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap when your job is to look at amazing, designer rooms five days a week. (By the way: Not complaining.)
The downside of all this dreaming is that the “right now” sometimes gets a little neglected. Case in point: My mudroom. Sure, one day I’d love to have built-in cabinetry and vaulted ceilings, but that doesn’t mean I should wait until the 12th of never to make the space functional. But still, I waited, meaning that the first thing I saw when I walked through the door every day for close to a year was this mess:
Last weekend, I decided enough was enough. After all, I had most of the materials I’d need to turn this room around: framed photos, a mirror, rocking chairs, pillows, a bench. All it needed was a few extra accessories and a little elbow grease. Read on to see the transformation.
Yes, I’m back on the topic of celebrities. I promise I’m not a stalker — but really, does a stalker know that he or she is a stalker? I’ll ponder that one later. In the meantime…
Architectural Digest is showcasing the closets of Mariah Carey, Elton John, Brooke Shields and other stars. My favorite closet featured is the one that hotelier Steve Wynn had designed for his Las Vegas home.
INSPIRATION: WALK-IN CLOSET IDEAS FROM HGTV
AD100 interior designer Roger Thomas created this closet.
What caught my eye was Steve’s impressive tie racks (on the right). Uh, yeah — my ties are hanging crazily on three coat hangers along with several belts. And, I won’t even discuss how my poor bow ties are stored. It’s all very shameful. But, I digress.
Tell me about your dream closet, or tell me what closet disasters you have going on.
A CD holder definitely makes sense, but Rhonda Mooney was the closest with her filing system guess. Designer John Quan wanted to pay homage to his favorite childhood toy, the Slinky. His intention wasn’t necessarily to make a magazine rack, but the thin, flexible plywood material offers a convenient way to store magazines. I think it would be great used to store file folders on a desk, too.
Check back next Wednesday to guess a new item.
One rule I follow when thrifting is to see a find for what it can be not what it is. Take this antique drawer I found at an estate sale. It was at the bottom of a scrap wood pile in a stuffed-to-the-gills garage. The home’s previous owner had been a never-throw-away-anything-you-may-someday-need type and had seen the potential usefulness of a small drawer that had long since been separated from it’s original piece of furniture.
What sold me is its runner-less construction. Runners are the wood or metal glides that help a drawer to smoothly slide in and out; without them a drawer is just a shallow box. I was on the lookout for a small tray that could do double duty serving food and drinks at parties and was big enough to neatly store magazines on my coffee table the rest of the time – I thought I could make this drawer work. The bottom was flimsy due to water damage so I added a plywood board to strengthen it then tacked on quarter-round trim to disguise my fix and handles on each end so it could really function as a tray.
This project was a bargain costing me less than 10 bucks -- $3 for the drawer + another $6 for the handles which are actually gate pulls rather than drawer pulls. The quarter-round trim and stain I already had on hand.
Jewelry storage is so tricky, don’t you think? I have my accessories draped on hooks and dumped in trinket bowls, and the whole effect comes across as sloppy. I think the clear solution is a Bling Box.
You can customize your Bling Box with dozens of backgrounds, but my favorite is this painterly scene by artist Amy Sia. I think it would elevate my jumbled bangles and tangled pedants to a work of art.
I loved reading all your guesses (especially Edwin’s toilet answer). Dianne and Beth A. are both right with their storage and chair answers. The HGTV editors ran across this exceptional piece by Al-Hamad Design at ICFF this year. The Little Oyster functions as a side table, chair and storage unit. Lifting the tabletop reveals a chair, while lifting the seat cushion opens up to a lighted storage unit — making it a perfect piece for you city dwellers.
Check back next Wednesday to guess a new mystery item.
I live in New York City where square footage is at a premium, so I’m always on the lookout for clever storage solutions. The cabinet under the sink in my bathroom is bursting at the seams and there’s almost no counter space left, which makes this Over-the-Faucet Shelf very appealing to me.
Very crafty, Walmart! Now city dwellers will no longer have to carry all their personal grooming supplies into their tiny bathrooms every morning in travel toiletry bags that they store in their hall closet. (Not that I do that. Not at all.)
Organization is my middle name (well, that and Elizabeth), so I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to share our latest video – a closet makeover! Ken’s been hard at work building a custom closet solution that we designed for our master suite, and you guys? It turned out beautifully. Take a look…
What do you think, friends? It’s a vast improvement, that’s for sure. And if you’re inspired to try the look in your own home, feel free to ask any specific construction questions in the comment section; I’ll be popping in to answer any and all!
As gorgeous as our master suite is turning out to be, we’re seriously lacking in storage. And although I’d love to house dozens of beautiful dresses in a vintage apothecary cabinet (or proudly proclaim any of these stellar closets), our storage needs are too large for your average closet. I know, I know. Time to clean out the closet then, right?
Organizing + Storage Tips