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Best Home Organization Hacks According To Designers

Organization is essential to a comfortable home. While we’re not saying we all need to commit to the life-changing magic of tidying up, there’s no denying the calming feeling of a well-organized home with little to no clutter in sight.

Good home organization can feel like a daunting task. We’ve all been there: Closets never seem to stay neat; there are too many books, paper, and mail in random places; there’s ‘stuff’ that doesn’t fit inside any storage pieces. Yep, we’ve alllll been there.

So for guidance, we polled our designers for their organizing tips for every room in the home. Keep reading for some of their favorite home organization hacks.

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But first… Why is organizing your home important?

It comes down to functionality. The truth is, home organization can often feel like a huge undertaking, no matter how small the task. But the truth is, a little tidying up and organizing in the home goes a long way to make your space more functional. And more functionality means less time looking for things and sorting through piles and drawers, which leads to less stress.

It makes you more relaxed. Speaking of less stress… it’s easy to see how visual clutter and a disorganized home can be stressful. Psychologically, when we’re looking at more “things” (say a messy desk or an overflowing pantry) there’s more for our brains to digest. This can lead to a “cognitive load” which can cause mental stress (think the mental health equivalent of having too many tabs open on your computer). So in turn, staying organized and keeping rooms looking neat can have major positive effects on our stress levels!

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It saves you time AND money. Having well-organized spaces not only saves you time when looking for things, it can also help you save on unnecessary (and accidental) spendings. If you’re like us, you’ve probably gone to the grocery store for pasta only to come home and find that there were unopened boxes hidden in the kitchen pantry. Whether that’s happened to you or not, a bit of organizing can help you take stock of what you have at any given time and not buy things you don’t need.

We know that can feel like a lot, but we’re here to help! Organizing your home doesn’t have to feel like a chore once you find a system that works for you and is easy to keep going. Get started with some of our designers’ best home organization hacks and smart organizing tips below.

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Home Organization Solutions from Our Designers

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Home Organization for Your Entryway

The foyer is the first stop in the home, so it should make a tidy impression that sets the tone for the rest of your space. Try these easy home organization hacks that our designers swear by. Need more help? Check out more entryway design tips.

  • Create a drop zone. Make it a breeze to move in and out through your entry with easy-to-maintain storage pieces. The goal is to have a place where you can quickly grab keys, sunglasses or pet leashes as well as set down a jacket or bag.
  • A console as a catchall. One that’s narrow with drawers is great for keys and everyday items you can grab on the go. It’s also a good place for a system of bowls and trays to sort mail to minimize paper clutter slipping into the home.
  • Designate some shoe storage. Whether it’s a storage bench, shoe bin or a lined mat, they will help keep dirty pairs from getting into other rooms. If you have kids, try adding a bookcase with cubbies labeled for each child’s shoes and backpacks.
  • Go all out on wall hooks. A hanging coat rack, open shelving, and key hooks always make for stylish organization in an entry, especially if you’re pressed for space!

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Home Organization for Your Bedroom

Clutter in the bedroom can disrupt your daily well-being. After all, it’s where you rest and start and end each day. These organizing tips will keep it feeling calm rather than chaotic.

  • Streamline your nightstand. Organize your bedside table with essentials that don’t include technology, like a book for bedtime and a tray filled with a carafe of water and a dish for rings and jewelry. A nightstand with a drawer is a good place to tuck away your phone each night so that you can truly rest.
  • Better looking clothing storage. Organized clothing storage changes the whole mood in a bedroom. Whether you store your clothing in a walk-in closet or a dresser, make it a point to give everything a home. Try rolling clothing and putting them in drawers or containers for the closet, and keep seasonal pieces in underbed storage bins. This will minimize your closet and dresser clutter.
  • Add closet door storage. One of our designers’ favorite home organization hacks is hanging a shoe holder on the back of closet doors. Besides shoes, it’s also perfect for scarves, makeup, and anything that doesn’t have a place.
  • Away with your hamper. Put your dirty laundry hamper in a corner that’s easy to access—or even better, your closet. No one (not even you) wants to see your dirty laundry, and your bedroom will thank you for it.

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Home Organization for You Home Office

With WFH becoming the norm, an organized home office is key. Here are a few home organization hacks for a more inspiring and productive workspace.

  • Add a pegboard. It’s the perfect mood board and tool board rolled into one. Use it to put up notes, postcards, inspiration photos, and even hang stationery that you can mix and move around as needed.
  • Hack a bar cart. Sure, you use a bar cart in the office like an actual bar a la Don Draper from Mad Men, but you can also use it as storage for office supplies, papers, books, and even a printer. Think of it as a chic office caddy that corrals everything in your space neatly and stylishly.
  • Your desk should have storage. It’s a must. A practical desk is always the way to go, meaning drawers for papers, files, and extra pencils and pens. If you don’t need a monitor, try adding small bowls for binder clips or vases and thrifted mugs for pens on your desk surface.

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Home Organization for a Clutter-Free Kitchen

Nothing says a welcoming home like a tidy kitchen where people feel invited to gather around. You can instantly bring that vibe home with these simple storage and organizing tips.

  • Get your spices in order. Displaying cooking spices is stylish as long as they’re neatly organized on your counter, in a tiered rack, or on a round spicer holder. Or take it one step further and organize them in alphabetical order—so you can find that paprika in a pinch!
  • Do pantry bins. Stack and line up clear containers for pasta, flour, sugar, and other food ingredients are a great way to streamline the look in your cabinets. Use low bins and holders to keep things easily accessible and visible. Knowing that everything has a place is 90% of great kitchen organization systems.
  • Line those cabinets and drawers. The easiest of any home organization hacks is dividing up your kitchen drawers with utensil containers or even just cardboard boxes that keep everything in place.

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Home Organization for a Pristine Bathroom

A clean and beautifully organized bathroom has a way of soothing the mind and our senses. And it all starts with keeping things neat with these easy organizing tips.

  • Make towels look luxurious. One of the simplest and chicest home organization hacks is to roll your towels up and put them in a basket on the floor in your bathroom. No matter your space, it instantly adds a spa-like feeling to your bath. Bonus hack: You can continue the spa theme by putting small items like cotton balls and q-tips in jars on the counter to keep things visible yet clutter free.
  • Organize the medicine cabinet. Use small clear bins labeled with what’s inside each one and line them up in your medicine cabinet. If you have a small cabinet, skip the containers and arrange items in categories row by row—aka. Skincare products on the bottom, medicine at the top, etc. It will help keep your daily routines a breeze.
  • Hook it up. Wall hooks are essentials in a bath. They’re perfect for towels and robes that you use every day. Plus, they come in a wide range of styles and designs, so you’re sure to find ones that match your space.

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Home Organization for Your Living Room

It’s the busiest space in the home and the one most prone to mess and clutter. Which means having clever storage pieces and systems are key. Consider these foolproof organizing tips.

  • Contain your electronics. Keep TV remotes on trays, extra phone chargers and cords in pretty boxes, and (if you can) hide modems and routers inside your media stand or sideboard. Fewer tangled wires are one of the most common visual clutters in homes!
  • Bring in sneaky storage. As far as home organization hacks go, it doesn’t get simpler than furniture with hidden storage for anything and everything. Keep extra blankets folded and away in a storage coffee table or stow away board games inside a storage bench. Take a look at our home furniture checklist for more essential storage pieces.
  • Tray up the small things. Use trays with abandon to organize all the pretty things you keep on your coffee table and consoles, like candles, vases, books, and favorite objects. This helps make everything look curated and not cluttered.

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Home Organization for Your Electronics

Wires, cords, and bulky electronics are a hassle to store and make look neat in any room. To keep them within reach but out of sight, try these home organization hacks for electronics.

  • Go with storage bins. For all the different wires, headphones, and cords you don’t use everyday, either toss them or store them coiled up and labeled in a bin. There are usually more cords than we think, so take the time to sort through them. Bonus hack: If you have a free drawer to spare, embrace the cord drawer and store all your bins in there.
  • Basket your media. For all your bulky electronics like your TV system, try storing them in a basket near your sofa or coffee table. If you have game consoles and speakers, conceal them behind cabinet doors or stash them away when they’re not being used.

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19 Easy and Functional Bookshelf Styling Ideas

Sometimes the smallest changes in the home can have the most impact. Restyling bookshelves is one such small change. Whether it’s rearranging how your books are displayed, adding some colorful art or layering in your favorite objects and collections, giving your bookshelf a quick refresh can completely bring a new perspective (and vibe) to your spaces. But it’s also a small decor moment that can be surprisingly difficult to master.

For some inspiration, we’ve rounded up our best bookcase styling ideas along with quick tips on how to decorate bookshelves to be instant focal points in your spaces. Find out below!

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1. Set Up A Sculpture Show

Fill your shelves with sculptures and accents that have unique and interesting shapes. Whether it’s unusual vessels, captivating artifacts or organic ceramic vessels, they make for intriguing bookshelf decor that’s bound to inspire conversation. Try adding a few cool-shaped sculptures alongside books as a way to work in movement and break up the straight lines of your shelves.

Style Tip: Combine a mix of sculptures in different sizes and heights, like a round vase with tall vessels and obelisks, for visual balance.

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2. Think Multipurpose

Bookshelf decorating isn’t all about styling shelves out just for show. For most people, they’re used for multi-purpose storage for books, bins, and knicknacks, like these low bookcases in this reading corner. With low shelves, try not to overstuff them with books and storage containers. Space things out so it doesn’t look overwhelming.

Style Tip: Have a mix of baskets and containers that hide smaller items on the bottom, then layer books and accents on top for both weight and visual balance.

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3. Organize For Work

In any home office, a tall bookcase is essential for keeping books, resource materials, and work supplies organized and within easy reach. If you’re wondering how to decorate a bookshelf that’s all about functional storage, consider pretty storage baskets, bookends, and sculptures that can be set on top and alongside books. They have more impact than you think.

Style Tip: Don’t forget the style of your actual bookshelf can also make a statement. Try one with a captivating look like this bookcase with an arched design.

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4. Organize In Full Color

Take a vibrant approach to bookshelf decorating by mixing bright accents, like colorful books, sculptures, and florals. It’s a great way to incorporate color into a space without painting or buying colorful furniture. Focus on two or three colors for your palette to create a cohesive look.

Style Tip: There are no hard and fast rules for how to style a bookcase, but it’s always good to arrange accents in groupings of twos and threes for many unique focal points.

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5. Mix It Up

Shake things up with your bookshelf decoration by turning your shelves into a stylish mixed-use display for books and a bar. Whether or not you have built-in wall shelving or an inlet like this little corner, you can easily create an impromptu bar space by arranging cocktail accessories and drinkware on the lower shelves, then filling the top ones with books.

Style Tip: Select neutral-colored books to go with silver, copper, and brass-accented barware. It’s a surefire way to create an instantly chic look.

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6. Create A Curated Display

Take a cue from this under-window cubby bookcase and arrange your shelves into an artful display of decorative objects and books. This bookshelf decorating approach is perfect for those who have a collection of finds that deserve to be seen in the home. Think of each cubby as its own mini gallery space for your items.

Style Tip: It’s about showcasing the uniqueness here, so work in all kinds of shapes and colors—tall vases, round items, big colorful books. The more eclectic your mix, the better.

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7. Build Out A Library

If you’re like us, a wall of bookshelves is home office goals. With wall-to-wall shelves, give yourself room to experiment and have fun with how you store and display things. Stay practical by filling the lower shelves with all your books, then use the higher shelves as showcases for sculptural pieces, art, and other decorative accents throughout.

Style Tip: Beautiful book covers are artworks in themselves. Display some pretty books by placing them cover forward to give your shelves a high-end gallery vibe.

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8. Think Simple

Don’t feel like you need to curate your bookshelf decor to only be unique objects. The best display can be one that has simple everyday items that speak to you, like a pretty bowl you like or a photo that reminds you of a trip. Keep to simple styling, leaving lots of room between your objects and shelves, for a layered but airy look.

Style Tip: If you have trouble editing what objects to show, choose a theme or color palette, like the nautical red, white, and blue focus here.

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9. Go For A Monochrome Look

Bookshelf decorating doesn’t get more refined than a towering wood-and-glass cabinet. It sets a formal tone and elevates the bookshelf look by default. Play up the sophisticated look further by displaying books in monochrome white and off-whites all throughout. It will guarantee a tailored and elegant overall look.

Style Tip: For balance, arrange books in horizontal rows as well as stacking them vertically. This is an easy way to create height and visual variance with just books.

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10. Keep It Lean

Bookshelves aren’t just for the living room and office. Lean a slim ladder-style bookcase in your entry, where it can function as a catchall as well as extra storage. Style larger items on the bottom shelves and go smaller as you work your way up. This will invite the eye to explore up and down.

Style Tip: One bookshelf decorating idea that’s always great in an entry is to combine art with greenery. It’s a lively pairing that’s certain to set a welcoming tone.

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11. Opt For A Gallery Look

A long and low bookcase in your dining or office space is the perfect display ledge for a collection of artwork. Think of it as a gallery wall but with shelving. Arrange the surface with framed prints, sculptures, and art objects, then fill the shelving below with books and practical storage. Be sure to leave plenty of open space to emphasize a gallery-like look.

Style Tip: To round out this gallery approach to bookshelf decorating, hang art above your shelves and lean larger pieces nearby to fill out the surrounding area and drive the look home.

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12. Aim For Height

If you’re pressed for space, consider installing a few tall and slender open bookshelves. It’s a great way to utilize vertical wall space and decorate with shelves that are styled out instead of hanging up art. Organize your shelves by use, with everyday items more accessible on the lower shelves and art and display objects higher up.

Style Tip: Tall open shelving has a way of adding visual height, making the ceilings appear higher and the room feel more spacious. Keep your surface styling uncluttered to maintain the open look and feel.

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13. Show Off Your Collections

When it comes to show-stopping bookcase ideas, you can’t beat a wall-length cabinet of curiosities. It’s all about playing up a collector’s vibe here. But instead of ephemera and taxidermy and strange objects, filling your cabinet with your book collections is just as impactful and eye-catching. If you have old books and vintage sets, this is the best way to give them pride of place in your home.

Style Tip: Mix vintage and new books, sculptural vases, and other small neutral decor items that don’t overshadow your books.

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Venture outside of traditional bookshelf decorating ideas by arranging your shelves with greenery instead of art and decorative objects. Make it a point to have a mix of greenery and florals, and bring in a range of vases and vessels for your plants. Space them out and set them on top of stacks of books.

Style Tip: If your shelving doesn’t get much light and you’re worried that live greenery will be too difficult to maintain, go faux. They’ll be just as vibrant and elegant.

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15.Combine Practicality and Fun

A tall bookcase is an essential in a kids room or nursery. Make sure to choose a bookcase that’s both functional and safe for a kids room. One that has a combination of closed drawer storage and open shelving is best. You can store blankets and larger toys in the drawer and spread out stuffed animals and books on your shelves, which keeps it cute and stylish.

Style Tip: Your bookcase should provide storage that’s easy for you to access as well as higher shelving where you can keep toys and heavier bookshelf decor out of reach from the little ones.

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16. Play Up Your Personal Style

Another bookshelf decorating idea that’s ideal for an entry is to array a console shelf with all of your favorite art and objects. Unlike a gallery-like approach, this is all about letting your personality shine and welcome guests from the moment they step into your home.

Style Tip: Don’t worry about pretty shapes and matching colors. Trust that grouping together things you love and that reflect your personality will always result in a creative look and feel.

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17. Try A Classic Color Combo

Round out a media cabinet with decorated shelves that are arrayed with accents in classic blue and white. It’s a versatile color combo that works with any room and decor, including a large TV screen. Blue and white accents have a way of adding style and color without being distracting or stealing away all the attention. Avoid anything too bright. Simple is key here.

Style Tip: If blue and white isn’t your color pairing of choice, try another classic color with white as the anchor. Black and white can have a graphic appeal while green and white can bring the outdoors in.

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18. Make It An Eclectic Catchall

Rather than books, use a ladder bookshelf as a multipurpose catchall for a range of everyday items. This is a great way to corral everyday items into one central spot. Assign each shelf a function—two lower ones for bins that hold cords and electronics, one shelf for music and a record player, one for plants, etc. If you live in a small space, this is a stylish storage solution.

Style Tip: Decorating shelves is all about play and experimentation. Try arranging your shelves for different uses and with various objects and decor to see what works visually and what suits your everyday needs.

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19. Turn It Into A Vertical Garden

Draw inspiration from vertical gardens and make leafy greenery and plants the main focus of your bookshelf decor. Unlike an elegant display of floral arrangements and delicate greenery, this approach is all about adding plants to your shelves over time and building it out into a full garden display.

Style Tip: Mix different varieties of plants, like cacti, philodendrons, and ferns, with interesting garden accessories, such as lanterns and a watering can, to play up a greenhouse vibe.

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5 Storage Ideas To Ready Your Entry For Summer

With summer in full swing (finally!) it’s time to step outside and soak up all that the season has to offer. No doubt you’ve been heading in and out of the house a lot more for beach days, picnics in the park, and summer evenings out with friends.

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So, make sure your entry is prepped for your on-the-go summer lifestyle by keeping it organized and functional. We’re offering up 5 easy entryway storage ideas that will turn it into the perfect hub and a practical yet stylish checkpoint for summer.

Ready to get your entryway into summer-shape? Read on for 5 of our best entryway storage ideas!

entryway storage ideas1. Add Breezy Catchalls

If you’re looking for easy, good-looking storage that doesn’t crowd up your entry, woven baskets are a great way to go. They’re an easy addition that’s guaranteed to add both function and a summery vibe to your entry.

They’re great for holding everything from your daily yoga mat to umbrellas and beach towels, or they make perfect hampers for dirty shoes and sandals that you don’t want to drag into the house.

Stylist Tip: Squeeze a few baskets into tight corners, line them up side by side, or even stack several small lidded ones on top of each other.

entryway storage ideas2. Hang It All Up

Work in some wall hooks and hanging shelves with coat racks in your entry to give yourself easy access to all your summer totes, beach towels, bike bags, backpacks, and light jackets. This not only helps you save on floor space but it also provides a place for all your summer essentials.

Stylist Tip: Make the most of your entryway by thinking vertically. Line up a row of hooks along one wall then add shelves above for even more storage space.

entryway storage ideas3. Ready Kid-Friendly Storage

Need your entry to be functional and family-friendly? Add a storage bench (or tuck a few baskets under a regular bench) so that your kids have their own designated space for stashing sandals, beach toys, and even swimming trunks. With a bench, you also have the added bonus of a seat in the entry for little ones to put on and take off their shoes.

Stylist Tip: For maximum functionality, incorporate wall hooks above your storage bench, which will turn your entry into a mini mudroom that has enough storage for the whole family.

entryway storage ideas4. Make For a Double-Duty Vanity

Add a console table and hang a mirror above it to give yourself a makeshift vanity where you can do a last-minute wardrobe checks before you dash out to all your summer parties. Use the surface for trays, bowls, and catchalls that can hold sunglasses, jewelry, and keys that you’ll need whenever you head out.

Stylist Tip: Choose an open-base console that allows you to squirrel away two ottomans underneath it for moveable seating. No need for perches? Bring in baskets instead for additional storage that’s also attractive.

entryway storage ideas5. Create a Convenient Storage Station

If you have a spacious entry, anchor it with a dresser or a storage chest that conceals all your everyday on-the-go essentials — be it extra chargers, notebooks, or blankets that you can fold and tuck away.

The best part about a storage chest is that you can also use it as a seasonal extension of your bedroom closet. Sneak in extra storage by using your entryway to hold extra summer scarves, sarongs, and light cardigans.

Stylist Tip: A storage chest alone is all function, but you can dress it up to be a focal point by bookending it with two chairs and adding a mirror or pretty art. To add durability, lay down a natural-fiber runner or rug to give your entry a relaxed summer vibe.

 

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