The holiday season has officially come and gone, and, if you’re anything like me, that means you find yourself in the midst of a post-Christmas cleanup. From putting away your decorations to finding space for all the new toys, gadgets, and trinkets your family collected at Christmas, it seems like there’s so much to do to get your house in order. And while organization is a crucial element to keeping your space clean and functional, not all of us are naturally inclined to getting things arranged.
So for those of you who need a little organizational inspiration—or for anyone who’s just trying to get their space together—check out a few tips on how to get your home back in order without sacrificing your style.
Blend form and function. Two of the most important elements in design are form and function. You always want to make sure that your aesthetic—the form—works with the needs of your home—the function. You don’t want to give up one for the sake of the other. So while organization is important, make sure that the methods you use don’t infringe on your overall design. If you storage space is in plain sight, consider how you can incorporate organization into the aesthetic of your home while keeping it cohesive to your design.
Invest in some decorative storage. Storage is key when it comes to keeping things in order. And if you’re lucky enough to have some extra space in a basement, attic, or closet, your aesthetic isn’t really an issue. But if not, try choosing some storage options that match your décor. Baskets, crates, buckets, fabric bins—these are all inexpensive options for organization that will not only give you a place to hide away some of your things but also will blend easily into the design of your home.
Use your space wisely. Sometimes—especially after the holidays—it feels like there’s simply not enough room for everything in your home anymore. Before you start tossing out all of your belongings, make sure you’re fully utilizing your space. Have an extra nook in your hallway? Build in some shelving for some of your things. Got a crawl space under the stairs? Use it for additional storage. There are plenty of ways to get creative with the space you have!
Avoid clutter. It’s always an option to incorporate some of your belongings into your design. Books, mugs, pictures, jewelry—these are all great options to put on display in your home. Whether on tabletops, shelving, or a mantle just remember: less is more! If you opt to utilize some of your things in your design, try to avoid clutter. You want to make sure the items you have on display are contributing to your aesthetic rather than taking away from it by over cluttering your space.
Don’t be afraid to give it away. Sometimes it feels great just to purge some of your stuff to make a little room in your home. Have you used it in the last six months? Does it no longer match your home’s design and decor? Don’t be afraid to get rid of it! There are plenty of great organizations looking for home donations so why not let someone else make use of the things you’re no longer using? It’s a simple way to let go of the old to make room for the new in your home!