As everyone who's ever tried to say organized knows, having a tidy, uncluttered home takes more than just a big "I'm-a organize all the things!" binge every now and then. Getting (and staying) organized is more about developing attitudes and habits that help you keep clutter under control every day, and not just once a month or twice a year. We dug into our video archives for some of our best ideas for things you can do to get organized — and stay that way for good.
Priyanka's kitchen was just fine. Not the prettiest, that's for sure. And it was a little...beige looking. When she was ready to renovate, Priyanka knew exactly what she wanted. Take a peek at what she decided to do with it:
Nick and his wife settled into a basement apartment in San Francisco that simply didn't make the most of the space available. Light was an issue and so was flow. They decided to add a closet to the space and ended up gutting their entire home and starting over...and the results are amazing. Check it out...
My enthusiasm for measuring things is something of a joke around my house. At any moment I might jump up, grab my tape measure, and start measuring walls, windows, furniture, trim, etc. You name it, and I've probably measured it several times over.
As every parent of school-age children knows, they come home with a lot of paper!! Whether it's the tenuous-but-determined pencil scratches of the letter M or the (very detailed) drop-off and pick-up instructions, these papers will pile up — and very fast — without a plan for managing them. Here's how I try to stay on top of all the papers that follow my preschooler and my kindergartener home.
Lots of old houses have these maddening, inexplicable gaps between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. What do you do with that awkward extra space? You could stuff it full of cookbooks or fake plants, or you could steal this genius solution from Mandi Johnson of A Beautiful Mess.
Emily called it "love at first sight" when she found this upholstered chair at a flea market. She'd been in the market for a new desk chair that she could fix up. Just what did she do with it? (Hint: those tools seem to be Emily's favorite color).
My husband is one of those people who, if he had his way, would insist that every surface in our home be free of clutter. Not even clutter, just STUFF. So he would be delighted if I DIYed us up one of these toothbrush holders that gets things off the counter and stowed away. Check out these clever ideas that repurpose household items into toothbrush storage—perfect for small spaces.
We love a good rescue and that's exactly what John gave this Heywood Wakefield Gateleg table. His journey included Craigslist, ebay, lots of research and even more elbow grease but his results will blow you away.