How do you make your living space seem neat, welcoming and livable?
A few solutions (you’re probably starting to see a theme here!)
- Hide clutter
- Think beyond big furniture
- Store like with like
For the hide clutter solution, we have a few pieces of furniture that store some of our household items (FYI, I’m doing a separate post for all office things!)
We got this piece of furniture from a boutique place in Greensboro when my dad won a $250 gift card. The drawers make it the perfect foyer table. I highly recommend a foyer table with drawers! A chic antique dresser would also be a great choice (painted in a bright teal!?)
This divider is from Pottery Barn (I coveted it for years!) and holds our incoming mail and paperwork. I try to clear it out each week. The back slot is Matts, the middle on is mine. Then we each have a slot for things like our wallets or little things on the left and right. I get the left because I’m a lefty! Pens in the middle. And keys go in the basket!
The top drawer of the piece holds miscelaneous stuff that I often need when I’m running out the door: sunglasses, mints, chapstick and lip gloss, my wallet, my yoga tuna massager! Note the kitchen drawer organizers work well for non-kitchen drawers too!
The next two drawers work well for all of our winter gear and biking gloves. Middle drawer is gloves and bottom is scarves.
Because we don’t have a coat closet (bummer!!) we store our coats on hooks and a rack in the basement. It’s a bit of a pain, but at least they’re out of sight. We also hang our reusable bags on these hooks (and we have a lot of them!)
You can see the excess coats to the right here. We also have a closet organizer that stores more miscellaneous stuff (if we had a coat closet I’d put it in there). Things like yoga towels, lunchboxes and my camelback that I might need to grab to head out
While we’re in the basement, here’s our laundry shelf – neat and orderly! This shelf came with the house and was a genius idea of the owners to hold laundry stuff above the washer + dryer.
And one more storage area I might have missed – extra big cleaning supplies (that are use too infrequently to go in my carry bin) and party supplies (paper plates) are in their own crates. LIKE WITH LIKE!
Back upstairs, we have another great storage piece – a beautiful cabinet Karen gave to us when she moved into her new house. [It was too big for her space]. I LOVE the cabinet and we’re lucky to have it!
Inside on the right we have our DVR player and internet. Plus a neat stack of magazines.
On the left, I have my placemats and other blogging necessities.
[Note the EXTRA SPACE to grow into!]
This little basket from Target has dividers that work great for fabric swatches and tea towels.
Storage doesn’t have to come in the form of big expensive furniture though. We have stashed a few important things in decorative containers too
These baskets were favors from the presidential inauguration at Davidson and make great..
…napkin storage! They also don’t look bad on the floor and match our rug.
I bought these hat boxes at Pier 1 about 5 years ago. They have always been great for notecards and travel maps
I like to keep our house really open and airy feeling. I love the look of glass. I do think that houses with stuff (like books) tucked into every corner are very cozy, but every time I’ve tried the look it just feels cluttered. So I go for the bare minimum and have been really happy with the feel.
I’m always asking myself: “What would Better Homes & Gardens do?” The gorgeous spaces are always airy, bright and uncluttered.
Please share your household clutter tips below!
Coming up next: office organization.