As with so many things in life, organization is easier said than done. Despite the best of intentions, it's a lot easier to fall into old habits than to create new ones. I've found there are a few simple steps which go a long way to making me feel organized; I've listed them below, along with some top-notch tips from the Apartment Therapy archives.
A clean an organized kitchen, at least for me, is key to a pleasant cooking experience, and a put-together pantry is an integral part of a kitchen that helps you cook. Here are my top tips for an organized pantry.
Do you dread opening that door, for fear of what might fall out? Not quite sure where to stuff this weeks' trip to the supermarket? Are you hoarding condiments? Don't know where the milk should go? For those of us who need a little reminder, a little help, a little encouragement, here is our 3-step guide to organizing your refrigerator:
As a renter, there usually isn't much that can be done to improve a kitchen, but for those of us who amass more cookware than necessary, adding a bit of temporary storage can help give your kitchen a custom feel.
I happened to come across the Japanese word "tsundoku" - accumulating piles of unread books - on the same day a friend was bemoaning the task of packing up his hundreds and hundreds of books for a cross-country move. (Update: his final tally was 1,301). In his case, he says, they are mostly books he has read and loves so he doesn't quite qualify as a tsundokuist, but it got me thinking about the different things we hoard in our homes and the complicated reasons we can't seem to let them go.
You may have discovered (thanks to this post) that you've been making keeping your house clean harder than it has to be. Might you also be making it harder to keep your house organized, cleaning's important and annoying cousin? A stress-free house is not just a dust-free one, it's one where you can find stuff when you need it and don't have stacks of unnecessary stuff adding to your home's clutter. Check out this list of six ways you might be making it harder to stay organized and see what you can eliminate this weekend!
Sure, there are chalkboards, corkboards, whiteboards, and any assortment of other pre-made options for wall-mounted organization. But why go for the generic choices when you could jazz up your walls with these fun, functional, and handmade items?
One of our favorite things about IKEA products is their versatility. Sure, the wall-mounted Trones storage box may be designed to hold shoes... but that doesn't mean you can't put it to work in other ways, as well. Here are some ideas for using the Trones to add a little extra storage in any room of the house.
One of the biggest challenges of small space living is... where does all the stuff go? If you feel like you've maxed out all your storage but you still have things that need a home, this post is for you. Here are ten often-overlooked spots where you can squeeze a little extra storage out of a small space.
One of my favorite things to collect is vintage tins. They add just a hint of eclectic style in your space. Easy to find and affordable, they are versatile décor multitaskers. While you can display them as a colorful collection on their own, here are nine more creative and practical uses: