One of the most important things in any home is organization—especially so if you’re living in a smaller space. It sounds like a boring chore, but with the right tools it can be fun and the source of creating stylish accents throughout your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Books: Sorting books on shelves using binding color-blocking looks so stylish. This is one of the easiest ways to make your collection stylish and less visually distracting within your space. While you are sorting, make sure to put aside those books that you know you are never going to read again and donate them to your local Salvation Army or charity. Take a cue from Colour Me Happy Blog’s When You Should Buy a Book for Its Cover post.
Storage Boxes: Make a plan to keep small items off your tables and floors. Use boxes to keep your mail from cluttering your coffee table and store dog leashes in a manageable, easy-to-find location. These canvas bins ($35) from Bookhou are a great option for any home.
Paper: It’s easy to be overwhelmed by invites, important notes and stray photographs. Keep them together and looking great by using a fabric-covered pinboard. These are simple enough to make with a tack board and two yards of your favorite fabric. Not in the mood to get crafty? Try the Linen Pinboards ($99-$149) at Pottery Barn.
Magazine Storage: We all have those back-issues of magazines that we’re hoping to get around to reading…someday. Rather than just stacking them and taking up valuable surface space in the meantime, keep them looking good on your shelves with these colorful Stockholm Magazine Organizers ($7.99 each) from The Container Store.
Kitchen: Use your refrigerator for storage on the outside as well as the inside. This Magnetic Spice Rack for Compact Living ($48) by GneissSpice on Etsy.com are a modern take on the standard spice rack, plus they take up less space and look awesome while they do it.
Inspiration: We love this image from Home Interiors Zone as inspiration for home organizing—with a little creativity and thought, you can find storage in unexpected ways and utilize every nook and cranny you’ve got without looking cluttered.
-Nina V. Freudenberger of TheCultivatedHome.com and HausInterior.com
Nina Freudenberger attended Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 2003 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture. She moved to New York City to accept a position at a prestigious interior design firm. After four years working as a senior designer, Freudenberger ventured out on her own and founded Haus Interior, an interior design firm specializing in the decoration of high-end private residences, model homes and commercial spaces. In June of 2009, she opened the flagship home accessories boutique for Haus Interior in Nolita, New York City, with additional locations coming soon.