Let's be real. Every year we dread the daunting task of spring cleaning. So this year, I turned to Paige Loczi for a few of her go-to tips on cleaning your home for spring in an untraditional, yet rejuvenating way.
We made it almost half way through the forgiving month of January. Now that we've had the time to relish the holidays and a brand new year, let us begin setting goals and strategizing peaceful order into our lives and dwellings! Below are 5 easy tips and savvy tricks to help you face the daunting task of organizing your home. One thing to note is that organization doesn't always equate to "minimalism". Caroline, a design associate for LOCZI tells us:
"My theory is that it doesn't matter how many belongings you live
with, if they fulfill a purpose it's not clutter. Clutter is junk or unintentional stuff. Belongings that have meaning are not clutter. It's about organization and intention, leaving room for one's personal style and aesthetic."
1. Crown Molding Shoe Rack
As functional as they are, over the door shoe racks are unsightly. Good news: crown molding is making a major appearance in the storage scene. If getting your high-heel collection under control is on your list of things to do in 2013, this simple and inexpensive option is a chance to check it off the list. You can either blend the molding by painting it the same color as your wall, or go with something a little more eccentric that adds contrast to the room.
2. Simple Bathroom Storage
The bathroom is one of the most heavily used rooms of the home. At times it's difficult to know where to put awkward items like blow-dryers and the dreadful bulk of toilet paper—especially with no under-the-sink cabinet space. If you're blessed with high ceilings, one place to consider for storage is above the door. Apartment Therapy also suggests bringing some help from the kitchen to the bathroom, like a two-tiered lazy susan that makes things neat and easy to find in your vanity.
3. Ottoman Love
We love these multi-use cuties. They are a place to rest your feet after a long day's work; additional seating for guests, and of course a place to stash extra throws, remote controls, children's toys... The list goes on. We personally love the Oxford Storage Ottoman in tangerine by the California-based company Lulu & Georgia. Yet, the Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin Storage Ottoman (above) is a perfect find for the mid-century modern lover. Too, if you're looking to make one yourself, there's an endless list of DIY tutorials online to do just that.
They are everywhere and all the rave but especially useful when you're looking to clear out some cabinet space. We found these magnetic spice jars on Etsy from a shop called GneissSpice, catering to those of us who place our spices in hard to reach places. This set of 24 magnetic spice jars can be placed directly onto your fridge or wall. Each hexagonal shape fits together creating a spice-colored honeycomb pattern. And no need to worry—the strong neodymium magnets will keep jars from sliding. Caps are die stamped with spice names. You can either buy the jars empty or choose from an array of spice sets. Do you have any empty spice or tea tins laying around? Try using them on the refrigerator to store pens, pencils and as a magnet for your grocery lists.
5. Office Bling
Think vertical integration. Above, the elegantly designed and modern Fierzo Desk Organizer by Alessi puts an end to the days of a cluttered cork-board. It's a contemporary way to organize and display important photos or paperwork: two stainless steel rods comprising the frame are held taut with movable clips to hold papers securely in place. The beech wood base acts as a tray for storage of pens, paperclips, mini USB drives—you name it. Also take a peek at the Memo Pad and Organizer by the company Pulp. It's a convenient memo notepad (made of 380 sheets of recycled paper) that comes with a pencil sharpener and organizer to help you keep your desktop accessories in order.
More than anyone, we understand that organizing one's home doesn't happen overnight. That is why starting small with a few steps is a great way to go. And don't worry, if you're looking for more tips and products to make your life a little easier, just drop us a line in the comment box below. Happy Organizing!