Before &amp After: Painted Ceiling Transformation
Yuko’s new workspace in Japan was cluttered and disorganized when she moved in. Her unpacked items desperately needed a place to go. Lucky for Yuko, a little paint and a lot of organization really transformed this space!We first saw this space a few weeks ago in Inspiring Studios & Workspaces. Apartment Therapy readers responded so well to Yuko’s space that I decided to do some investigating. Yuko was kind enough to provide us with a “before” image of this space.
Mar 12, 2019
What to Do With an Inherited Collection
There are many ways to inherit collections. Sometimes loved ones pass and leave behind keepsakes or parents downsize during a move. Collections can be highly personal and carry a sentimental value that outweighs any monetary value. There is no proper way to handle inherited collectibles. Each situation will vary, but often the most difficult decision is the most basic one: do you keep it?
Mar 12, 2019
How To Make an IKEA Hack “Fauxdenza”
I had a growing pile of paper work on my desk, and shoe boxes full of more paper work on the floor. I needed a quick and affordable closed storage system that hid all the clutter, but still fit in our small office. If this sounds familiar, perhaps this IKEA FULLEN “fauxdenza” hack is for you. We’ve blogged about the “fauxdenza” phenomenon before.
Mar 9, 2019
No Hesitation, No Mercy: How To Decide What To Get Rid Of and Then Act NOW
When it comes to getting rid of unneeded possessions, I’m all for diligently weeding through a home room by room. However, sometimes spontaneous decisions can be your best friend: if you know you’ll never want the item in your hand, put it immediately into the appropriate outbox and never have to deal with it again.
Mar 9, 2019
Tiny Refrigerator Tips: Ways To Organize More, Waste Less
I love a fridge makeover as much as the next person, but I die a little inside each time I see a mega-propped-out “after”. I mean, yes, it’s beautiful and yes, it took a lot of work to make it look that good, but show me how it looks in a week. How do those cute little scrapbook labels look after you’ve dripped salsa all over them? How is storing butter in a mason jar working out? The point is, don’t worry about making it pretty.
Mar 8, 2019
How To Deal With Stuff from Childhood Home in a Studio Apartment?
Q: My parents are about to move out of the house they’ve lived in since I was little. Like a lot of people, I left all kinds of stuff with them when I moved out, and now I have no idea what to do about it. I live very far away in a studio apartment, so I’ll have to be selective about what I decide to keep, and obviously they don’t plan to keep anything of mine.
Mar 8, 2019
Make a Renter-Friendly Magnetic Photo Display in 3 Easy Steps
I love hanging on to old photos, heartfelt cards, and fun prints and postcards from my various travels, but it’s hard to figure out how to display them without buying a dozen different frames, or haphazardly attaching them to my wall with washi tape. But that doesn’t have to be the case — thanks to magnets. With a handful of supplies and 30-minutes or less of your time, you can dress your walls up and display all your favorite prints with this easy photo display tutorial.
Mar 8, 2019
Keep Your Entryway Clutter-Free With This DIY Acrylic Organizer
We all need a little more organization in our lives. One thing I wasn’t expecting was how hard it was to find a letter organizer that matched the rest of our decor and could be mounted in the tiny two-foot wall space of our entryway. And when you can’t find a solution, you DIY it! This one can be customized with different colored acrylic or painting/staining the wood.
Mar 8, 2019
Before and After: This KonMari-ed IKEA Closet Cost $1,700 and Is Basically a Boutique
It took two days to create this walk-in wonderland.
Feb 25, 2019
3 Ways to Display Your Collections
If you have a collection of lovely things, why keep it hidden? We’ve dug through our video archives to find three great ideas for displaying your favorite things, so you can see them and enjoy them every day. Is your jewelry collection all jumbled up in a drawer? Hang it up! You can use a rack like in the video, or create a pegboard display like Parisian jewelry designer Sophia did.
Feb 24, 2019
Spring Cleanout: 5 Things to Get Rid of Right Now
In last week’s video roundup we wrote about spring cleaning, but we may have put the cart before the horse a bit: after all, it’s hard to clean effectively when your house is full of clutter. So this week we’re focusing on something we’re calling a ‘spring cleanout’ — getting rid of some of the unnecessary stuff that’s been burdening you so you (and your home) can feel light and free in the coming season.
Feb 24, 2019
3 Simple Solutions for a Clutter-Free Space
If you think the secret to a clutter free home is getting rid of everything you own, or becoming the sort of crazed cleaning fiend who can’t stand to have a single thing out of place, we have good news for you. Here a few simple solutions — things that are easy to integrate into your life — that will make it a snap to keep your place clutter free. The first tip might be the most important: stop clutter where it starts, right at the front door.
Feb 24, 2019
3 Minutes to a More Creative Workspace
Is your workspace nourishing your creativity? From our archives, here are three quick video tips to help you make your workspace a more inspiring, organized place. It’s hard to concentrate in a space that’s cluttered, and nothing clutters up a workspace faster than paper. In this video, professional organizer Justin Klosky offers up some tips for clearing your desktop of paper clutter forever by going paper-free.
Feb 24, 2019
Cut the Clutter: 3 Get-Tough Tips For Culling Digital Photos
No matter what you do or wish to do with your photos — keep them digital exclusively, share them online, store them in the cloud, print them, organize them for yearly photo books, display them — the question of what photos to keep and what to delete comes into play, most likely first and foremost. Here are the three “rules” I try to implement when deciding what to keep and what needs to go.
Feb 24, 2019
New Holiday Traditions: Ideas for Donating as a Family
‘Tis the season for coat collections, holiday gift drives, and charitable giving, and this year I’m trying to coordinate my own periodic decluttering with the efforts of local organizations. It’s nice to make space for the new, and nicer still to get kids involved in donations, identifying things they no longer use that other children can enjoy. My family is tackling some of our biggest accumulators and finding plenty of enthusiastic takers, eager to distribute our donations.
Feb 24, 2019
A Photographic Ode to IKEA’s Expedit in Kids’ Rooms
IKEA’s announcement last week that they were discontinuing the ubiquitous Expedit storage unit was, ultimately, much ado about nothing as its replacement, called Kallax, is nearly identical. But the public outcry by many fans was a reminder of how beloved this versatile and functional piece is. The Expedit transcends nationality, budget and decor styles as you can see in this gallery of children’s rooms.
Feb 24, 2019
Eleanor’s Cure: Out with the Old…
Yeeaaah… so my Outbox sort of took over my living room this month. I didn’t plan for this to happen; it started life completely respectably in a downstairs closet, but eventually grew into something I couldn’t contain. The trouble is, I’m quite good at Outboxing (or as I like to think of it, “exfoliating my home”) in general.
Feb 24, 2019
Where to Stash Your Stuff: Simple Solutions for a Happy Home
We all know them. They are The Clean People. Every time you go to their house, is is pristine, and when they apologize for that one stray sock on the floor, you feel a murderous rage bubbling deep inside you. You may think the Clean People come from another race, but the truth is that Clean People are not superhuman. They just happen to know a fundamental secret of decluttering: to keep your house from feeling crowded, leave out a few things that you really love and stash the rest. But!
Feb 24, 2019
Eleanor’s Cure: Catching Up
So, catch up day! I was hoping that today I’d be able to show off some photos of my refrigerator triumphantly opening on the left hand side, complete with step-by-step instructions on how I managed it, and perhaps a celebratory shot of me drinking champagne in front of my handiwork afterwards (any excuse?). Unfortunately, this was not to be. If you’ll remember; my fridge is in the corner of the kitchen, and opens, annoyingly, into the corner.
Feb 24, 2019
Carolyn’s Cure: Revisiting the List
There are still a few more days to go before the January Cure is over, but when it came time time to show off the results of my big project, I realized that more than any single project getting done, this month has been about taking care of the small things piece by piece. So instead of showing off one task–although trust me, I spent plenty of time painting this month–I thought it would be a better idea to evaluate my total progress.
Feb 24, 2019
Julia’s Cure: Chaotic to Calm Closet & Drawers
Well, I sort of wish I had a bunch of hot-to-trot “After” pics to show you of Elfa systems and snappy storage boxes, but this closet clean out was a pretty utilitarian affair. Once I reviewed the contents, I realized this closet is like our basement (we don’t have one), so my goal became to find everything a clearly-labelled home, and to see the floor. Yes, seeing the floor of the closet was a big moment for me. Here’s the after. I know, so not sexy, but so much better.
Feb 24, 2019
Hardworking Lady: The Best of Lazy Susans
While putting together 10 Ways To Organize Under Your Sink and 10 Ways To Organize Your Pantry, I was struck by all the ways lazy susans were put to good use. To be frank, the lazyS has always stressed me out (the spinning!), but I’m eager to give it another whirl… From across the web, here are some of my favorite lazy susan ideas. Picnic Basket Organize Your Stuff Now made a handy-dandy picnic caddy with spots for all your outdoor dining essentials.
Feb 24, 2019
Get Organized for Good: Our Best Tips for a Tidy 2014
Do you feel like you’re always surrounded by clutter? Maybe the rest of your house is under control, but your desk is exploding with old papers, or you have that one closet that you don’t like to go into. Or think about. A new year has just begun — and it’s not too late to resolve to make 2014 the year you finally get organized for good. Amelia Meena is a professional organizer, and one area of clutter a lot of her clients struggle with is clothes.
Feb 24, 2019
Eleanor’s Cure: Kitchen Cleanup
The thing about life as an expat (particularly one who hasn’t decided if she’ll repatriate or not) is that it forces you to live with less. As such, I probably have fewer possessions than you might expect of someone my age. I don’t own a house, or a bike, or even a TV. I buy many books on my (gasp) Kindle, and own approximately four pieces of furniture, all small. The one place I don’t limit my physical collecting is in the kitchen.
Feb 24, 2019
Eleanor’s Cure: A Crash Landing, Averted
I count myself pretty lucky that my flat has a built-in Landing Strip, in the form of a covered radiator with mirror in the entry, and hooks for coats further along the hall. I know not everyone is this fortunate (I lived for years in a flat where the keys-mail-coat situation happened right in the kitchen, using up valuable counter space), so I’m definitely grateful for my current situation. The only problem with having a ready and waiting landing strip is that you do tend to abuse it.
Feb 24, 2019
Elisabeth’s Cure: Mudroom Mayhem
Never did I think the word “mudroom” would be uttered in reference to my own home. A long time apartment veteran, I was used to putting my hat, coat, and shoes on a table, chair, and under the bed, respectively. That all changed when we found our house. A house comes with many challenges. Not least of which is: when you have more space, you collect more stuff. This embarrassment of a room is our laundry/office/entryway. It’s gotten bad. Very bad.
Feb 24, 2019
One Minute Tip: How to Organize Now for Next Year’s Taxes
What are the three things you can do now to organize for next year’s taxes (and keep your receipt clutter down all year)? You may not be able to do anything about last year’s sloppy accounting habits, but no better time than the present to organize for a stress free April 2015! What are the three things you can do now to organize for next year’s taxes (and keep your receipt clutter down all year)?
Feb 24, 2019
How To Organize Your Home (On a Budget!)
January is a good time for a fresh start, and organizing is one of the activities that always makes me feel energized, prepared, and ready to tackle life. But when you’re working with a post-holidays budget, it can be hard to convince yourself to shell out cash for organizational tools. The first step of organizing actually doesn’t require any money at all. Begin by sorting all your items in question and discarding all the extraneous ones. Too many cords?
Feb 24, 2019
A Digital Dilemma: Family and Event Photo Albums & Books
I’m finally assembling a photo book from my wedding, which happened this time last year (the first anniversary is paper, so it’s cool, my parents haven’t printed their choices of photos from that day either). Working on a photo book has gotten me thinking about what it means to have a tangible compilation of important photos versus one that only lives on your computer.I love revisiting my parents’ photo albums.
Feb 24, 2019
How To Get Rid of Stuff (and Simplify Your Life)
Whether you’re about to move or just trying to simplify your life, ridding yourself of clutter can be an uphill battle. Tackling a whole pile of stuff (or even just one messy room) can be pretty intimidating. And once you’re actually holding something in your hand, it can be hard to pull the trigger. “But I used to really like this!” “But maybe I will use this… someday.
Feb 24, 2019
Park It: Small Space Bike Storage Solutions
That chill in the evening air means that autumn is breathing down our necks. The approach of colder weather might mean it’s time to park the bicycle indoors for the season. If you’re short on space but still want to bring your wheels indoors, perhaps one of these storage solutions will be the right fit.
Feb 24, 2019
20 Posts On How To Get & Stay Organized
As we noted earlier this month in our Slow Home Manifesto, a slow home “doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It just has to be easy to live in.” And what’s one of the tenets that make a home easy to live in? Organization! Here are 20 of our best posts on how to get and stay organized.
Feb 24, 2019
Just Say No To Owner’s Manuals
Most of our clients hold onto paperwork they think they’ll need someday. Usually those pieces of paper come in the form of owner’s manuals stuffed into filing cabinets. We didn’t realize that pretty much everyone holds onto these cumbersome guides until we held our organizing bootcamp last weekend. We’ve come up with a couple of solutions on how to handle the paper load after the jump.
Feb 20, 2019
10 Amazingly Brilliant Kitchen Organizers for $10 or Less
A place for everything and everything in its place. We love that saying — especially when you think of it in terms of kitchens. See, kitchens stock a lot of stuff. Probably more than most rooms. And things can get unwieldy, quickly. So we are pro organizers—just not the expensive ones. There’s no reason to spend a boatload of money on fancy bins or containers. Spend just a little bit and you can create the most perfect homes for all the odds and ends in your kitchens.
Feb 20, 2019
Before and After: We Wouldn’t Change a Thing About This IKEA Living Room Hack
This simple white storage bench, designed by the Swedish powerhouse, IKEA, has found a new home and a totally new look in a Victorian in London. IKEA’s PLATSA storage bench—not currently available in the U.S. so the STUVA might be the best alternative—fits perfectly into this living room nook, with just a little bit of wiggle room. It looked just fine in the white space, but the room now has a completely different look—and, therefore, so does the PLATSA.
Feb 6, 2019
Set Your Home Up to Be Clean and Happy, All Year Long
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. You can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. We did a lot this month with the January Cure. But if you didn’t quite get where you wanted to be, don’t sweat it. Each day in 2019 that you can do something—anything!—good for your home will help you make a difference.
Jan 31, 2019
You are Just One Weekend Away from a Much Better Closet
I purchased my first home a couple of years ago. Like most split-levels from the 1970s, it was built economically, but not luxuriously. The closets throughout the house—which were untouched when I bought it— had flimsy dark-stained doors on tracks that didn’t quite line up reliably. They each had disgusting carpet, and particle board shelves supported by DIY brackets that didn’t cut it.
Jan 29, 2019
One Thing You’ll Find by the Door in Every Clean Home You See
Tidy people have their secrets (like, uh, a whole storage unit), but there's one good home habit they can't hide.
Jan 29, 2019
Why “Order of Operations” Matters When It Comes to Cleaning
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. Work smarter, not harder. Cleaning and organizing a home is already such a labored process, there’s no reason to make it tougher on yourself—and that’s exactly what you’re doing when you clean out of order.
Jan 25, 2019
Here’s Your Chance to Catch Up on the January Cure
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. For those of you who have been doing the Cure with us all month, I hope you’re enjoying it so far, and after a few weeks of small efforts, you’re feeling really good about the state of your space.
Jan 24, 2019
This 3-Minute Habit Is the Smartest Thing You’ll Do All Day
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. All the proverbial advice about “an ounce of prevention” and “an apple a day”? It all means the same thing.
Jan 23, 2019
One Small Way to Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. Checklists and chore charts are great ways of staying on top of your everyday housekeeping.
Jan 22, 2019
Marie Kondo Says Her Parents Once Banned Her From Tidying
Here's what Kondo has to say about her childhood home.
Jan 18, 2019
The One Thing I Bought (& Still Use!) After KonMari-ing My Entire Home
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in 2014, shortly after it was released in the United States. I had never read a self-help-style book, but I had always struggled with clutter and felt like I was being pulled in two directions: I wanted to live in hotel room-like minimalism, but I also loathed getting rid of things.
Jan 17, 2019
Let’s Bring Your Home’s Big Picture Into Focus with One Small Step
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have big ideas for their home.
Jan 17, 2019
This Small Project Will Change the Way You Think About Artwork
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. Decluttering is effective at giving your home room to breathe. But equally important is giving that breath some life. Once the counters are clear and the floors have been scrubbed, your happy home should have some warmth and personality underneath.
Jan 16, 2019
We Know One Small Thing That’ll Inspire You to Keep Your Home Clean, All Year Long
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. We’re all strangers here on the internet. But because you’re an Apartment Therapy reader and doing the Cure with us, I know at least one thing about you: You are someone who truly cares about improving their home.
Jan 15, 2019
A More Organized Tomorrow Starts with One Question Today
Kendra of The Lazy Genius is an expert on getting dinner on the table every night—and all the preparation that goal involves. One practice that she’s advocated repeatedly is asking yourself this simple but game-changing question: What can I do now to make dinner easier later? Once I heard it, that question lingered on my mind.
Jan 14, 2019
6 Costco Buys That Will Save You So Much Time in 2019
A shopping trip to Costco isn’t exactly a dash-in-and-out type of experience. Spending an hour or two in the store is a given, and that’s time you probably don’t have around the holidays. But one of the great things about the megastore is that tucked among the pallets of snack food and cases of olive oil are items and services that can save you loads of time while you’re out doing your regular Costco run. Here are some to keep in mind: Need a quick hostess gift?
Jan 8, 2019
This 3-Step Mini-Meditation Will Guide You to a Better Home
The January Cure is all about refreshing and organizing your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up, and you can visit the Cure page to catch up with the assignments so far. You’ve heard of nose blindness, yeah? It’s the idea that your brain gets so used to a certain scent that you lose the awareness to actively smell it.
Jan 8, 2019
5 Pro Organizers Share Their New Year’s Resolutions
2019 is here and you’re probably thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. While for some, that might mean gym memberships and swear jars are on the horizon, others have goals for next year that are a little more home-oriented. So to inspire your own home design ambitions, we called on a handful of pro organizers to find out what their New Year’s resolutions were, and how they plan to achieve them.
Jan 6, 2019
Why I Feel ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ Is A Short-Term (But Helpful) Fix
As tradition holds, I rolled out of bed on New Year’s Day with no care as to what time it was and comfortably nestled into the corner of my couch. I was then faced with the annual dilemma: Do I choose to watch TV all day or should I be productive and clean the mess around me? To my pleasant surprise, Netflix provided the means to do both (or at least feel like I’m doing both) thanks to their new original, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Jan 4, 2019
It’s Not Too Late to Join the January Cure… Here’s How to Catch Up in One Hour
January is a month for new beginnings. After all, the calendar starts with a clean slate—so why can’t you? Because we’re about all things home here at Apartment Therapy, we know the best way we can help on the path to a better you is by giving you advice, tools and encouragement to create a calm and clean space. That’s why we dedicate the start of each year to the January Cure.
Jan 4, 2019
7 Tips We Learned from ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’
If you’re like me, then you first heard of Marie Kondo from “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” Emily Gilmore adopts the famous KonMari method and ends up in jeans and a t-shirt due to getting rid of almost everything she owns because it does not bring her joy. This is a very loose understanding of Kondo’s signature method to decluttering your home, and one that is explored deeply in her new Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
Jan 3, 2019
This Simple Big-Picture Project Will Get You Closer to the Home of Your Dreams
The January Cure is Apartment Therapy’s way of helping you reset your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. Sign up now if you want to join! Getting your home into shape doesn’t happen all at once. Even this crash course of the January Cure is more of a journey than a race—each day we’ll get just a bit closer to a more comfortable home.
Jan 3, 2019
This is the Year for Your Best Home Yet: Let’s Kick Off the January Cure!
The January Cure is Apartment Therapy’s way of helping you reset your home for 2019. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. Sign up now if you want to join! It’s officially 2019! And as shocking as the date on the calendar may be, I bet you’re a bit more thrown off by the current state of your home. The end of a year is all about celebration and community and taking time for things you love. But the beginning of the year?
Jan 2, 2019
The 10 Best New Organizing Hacks We Learned in 2018
This year we discovered that it’s quite possible to make something out of nothing. This knowledge comes with a lot of power: It’s helped us be less wasteful, plus keep our homes spotless. Here are some of the best—and most useful—organizing hacks we learned. If your junk drawer is a disaster (whose isn’t?!), cupcake liners make a decent home for paper clips, thumbtacks, coins, and other small items.
Dec 31, 2018
Before and After: An Elevated IKEA PAX Closet Hack for the Ages
It's like walking into a little, glamorous jewel box every morning.
Dec 20, 2018
Your Guests Should Never Have to Ask for These 4 Things
No matter who your guests are and how often they’ve been to your house, it’s rare, probably impossible, for a guest to truly make themself at home in your home. As cliché as the phrase may be, as hosts we definitely want our guests to feel comfortable enough to rummage through the nightstand, for example. But we absolutely don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, either.
Dec 15, 2018
The Most Versatile Whole-Home Organizer You’re Not Using Right Now
Wire grids are an organizational basic, which can then be outfitted and customized to suit any space in your house. They are one of the most versatile tools around, and also happen to be pretty affordable. Here are a handful of ways to hang and use them all over the place. There’s a swathe of space inside your kitchen cabinets (or bathroom vanity for that matter) that you’re overlooking, which can be used to store any number of things.
Oct 25, 2018
8 Small-Space Living Room Layout Ideas We’re Stealing from IKEA
A well-organized living room can be a game-changer for your entire home. Not only do they look sleek and stylish, a thoughtful living room layout can offer up loads of unexpected storage space. Case in point: IKEA’s gallery of streamlined living rooms—which is overflowing with small space-friendly furniture arrangements and storage solutions.
Oct 24, 2018
10 Organizing Tips I Learned While Stalking Marie Kondo’s Perfect Instagram
It’s not technically considered stalking if it’s a public account, right? I haven’t broken any laws or anything, but I’ve probably spent more than the socially acceptable amount of time on Marie Kondo’s Instagram. I can’t help myself. It’s just all so perfect. The time wasn’t wasted, though, because I learned some serious lessons, which I’m now passing along to you!
Oct 13, 2018
This Dollar Store Find Helped Me Finally Get My Junk Drawers Under Control
We know how overwhelming out-of-control junk drawers can be, but amazingly, we discovered a $1 buy that can help you get yours organized in mere minutes. Believe it or not, those cheap plastic ice cube trays you can pick up at the dollar store are also awesome for organizing all kinds of crazy stuff around your home. Just stick one (or five) inside some of the messy drawers throughout your apartment to help streamline your place in seconds.
Sep 15, 2018
This Under-$20 Multitasker Will Help Organize Your Home in Seconds
Staying organized at home on a budget can be tricky. That’s why we have to pause and celebrate each and every inexpensive home organizational find we discover! And amazingly, we actually found an under-$20 buy at Amazon that can help streamline your home in seconds. Believe it or not, this stylish wire magazine holder has the power to organize everything from your kitchen pantry to your closet—it just takes a little imagination.
Sep 9, 2018
How to Double Your Shoe Storage for $20 (and Make It More Beautiful!)
Let’s be real: For as space-savvy as they can be, most shoe organizers on the market—like those bulky shoe racks and hanging pocket-style organizers—aren’t very fun to look at. But what else can you do when you’re working with a tiny closet and almost-zero storage space? Fret not, my storage-deprived friends: there’s hope to be had. We discovered a shoe organizer that won’t just save you tons of closet space; it’ll look good on the shelf, too.
Sep 4, 2018
The Clever Product That Doubles My Suitcase Storage
This one’s dedicated to all of the over-packers out there. It is impossible for me to bring a carry-on for most trips—I’ll even budget for those dreaded checked bag fees when I’m planning my vacations. I’m always looking for ways to cut back—but I also have one trick that maximizes space, without losing any of my stuff (hey, there are worse vices). It’s these travel bags that I always have on hand for trips.
Sep 2, 2018
11 Ways to Display the Clutter You Just Can’t Bear to Purge
There are just some things you can't get rid of—no matter how unnecessary they are (we all can't be minimalists, Marie Kondo).
Aug 27, 2018
Watch Marie Kondo Organize a Messy Kids’ Toy Area
Marie Kondo is known for her ability to take even the trickiest of messes and transform them into folded, controlled spaces that, in her words, “spark joy.” When the bestselling author of the “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” came into our studios recently to demo how her new organizational boxes work, we challenged her to pack a carry-on suitcase—no problem.
Aug 26, 2018
3 Brilliant Organizing Hacks for Working Out in Your Small Space
Some of us only get our exercise in when it involves paying a gym membership fee and actually trekking to a space that’s dedicated to nothing but exercise. For others, that exact thing—having to drive to the gym—is a huge hurdle and working out from home is the only way it’ll happen. But what about the workout stuff? Here are a few small-space hacks that will keep your exercise gear in-sight and in-mind but definitely not in the way.
Aug 12, 2018
IKEA’s New Collection Is for People Who Love Their Stuff
Despite the trends toward minimalism in recent years, some of us aren’t meant to be KonMari devotees with clutter-free spaces. IKEA, despite being a bastion of Scandinavian starkness, has been coming around to a maximalist way of life. Their latest collection is definitely for people who love their stuff, and want to show it off.
Aug 2, 2018
Marie Kondo Showed Us How Her New Organizing Boxes Work
Drawers are my organizational kryptonite (OK, fine, that and the “clothes chair,” if I’m really confessing weaknesses). I can get everything folded up and fairly neat looking, but the first time I need to grab a T-shirt on my way out the door to the gym in a rush? It all goes down one big jumbled slippery slope of messiness. No amount of purging—or even, dare I say, Kon-Mari-ing—has helped. But now, the KonMari architect herself, says she can help.
Jul 25, 2018
10 Brilliant Storage Ideas to Steal from These Tiny, International Airbnbs
If you want to (affordably) escape to an amazing city, renting a tiny Airbnb might be your best bet to get the perfect location. And one of my favorite things about staying in an Airbnb, especially one that’s someone’s home that they rent out versus one that’s really working as a hotel, is seeing the clever tricks they use to make living in teeny spaces work out. While we don’t usually recommend stealing from Airbnbs (that’s wrong! And illegal!
Jul 25, 2018