21 Ways to Become an Expert Organizer

Don’t you just love browsing container stores? I do (Tina Nicole here,) they make me feel organized and in control of life. As part of our 2017 efficiency effort here at Nathan Anthony, I found this article 21 ways to become an expert organizer on Trulia.com to be super helpful. An uncle of mine once told me (and he was super organized,) “Everything has a place and every place has a thing” – this is so true! I think of this every time I lose something and spend hours searching. So, get those things in their places!


By Robyn WoodmanTrulia.com.


Getting organized can seem like an insurmountable task, especially if you have lived in your home for years. “Stuff” seems to accumulate overnight and clutter creeps in right before our eyes.

Rather than renting a storage unit, moving to a bigger house, or suffering through the disorganized chaos, try implementing some of the tricks that organized people use to keep clutter at bay. Your space will feel fresh and clean, almost like a brand-new home.

Feeling overwhelmed? No worries. We compiled 21 tips to get you started on your journey to expert organizer.

Divide and Conquer

1. Whether it’s the bureau in your bedroom or the desk in your home office, dedicate each drawer to storing one type of item and partition each drawer for maximum organization. (Old bank check boxes and shoe boxes make for affordable drawer partitions.)

2. Use a muffin tin or ice cube tray to keep track of all those little bathroom odds and ends; they also work well for earrings and other small jewelry.

3. Double up and attach brackets to the top and bottom of wall shelves. Or if your shelf can support the weight, hang it upside down. The brackets function as built in dividers.

Closets and Dressers

4. Streamline your closets and choose one brand and style of hanger; they will hang against one another with less wasted space. Say goodbye to the crazy wire hanger mess!

5. Rather than folding and stacking clothes in the traditional way, try the fold and roll. More items will fit in a drawer, and you can instantly see each one, making clothes selection painless, especially for the little ones.

6. Instead of leaving the bottom half of your closet with a ton of dead space, consider inserting a second closet rod so you can hang shirts on top and skirts and pants on the bottom.

7. Dedicate one shelf in a hall or linen closet for entertaining items. Fill it with your tablecloths, candles, wrapping paper, napkins, and vases for quick access when party time rolls around. Bonus points for using boxes labeled by occasion.

8. If you’re low on drawer space, use a hanging shoe rack attached to the inside of your closet door to store lingerie and hosiery.



9. Toys make bath time more fun, but they can really clutter up your space. Hang a mesh laundry bag on a tile wall in the bathroom and fill it with all those rubber duckies.

10. Clean out your medicine cabinet and get rid of out-of-date items. Then reorganize the shelves by category (skin, eyes, medical, etc.) for easy access.

11. Use a silverware organizer to keep toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste, and other daily items in one spot, especially if your vanity has drawers.

12. Plastic lidded shoe boxes are great for any overflow or back stock of personal care products. They stack nicely and, when labeled, allow for quick access.



13. Add a tension rod under your kitchen sink and hang up your cleaning products in spray bottles. You’ll free up the cupboard space and make them easier to locate.

14. Use your time more efficiently and load your dishwasher in an organized way that lines up with where items live in your cupboards. Stack all plates, bowls, and glasses together. Also load all the silverware in the same place in the utensil rack — forks in one container, knives in another. Then all you have to do is grab a handful and put them away.

15. If your kitchen is anything like mine, then you know the plastic container struggle. Use some old-school CD or DVD organizers to keep the lids to your containers neat and convenient.

16. Tired of digging through your pantry for one ingredient? Organize your food pantry with items grouped by category. Double the storage space in your pantry with an over-the-door shoe or accessories organizer; fill the see-through pockets with accessible snack items.

17. Declutter counters by mounting a magnetic board on a wall for random reminders, receipts, and lists.

18. Put away rarely used small appliances such as bread machines and mixers, using removable washi tape and marker to note the date you last used them. If, after a year, you find you haven’t used these items, donate or sell them online.

General Home Organization

19. Plan ahead and put all instruction manuals in a three-ring binder. It will be at your fingertips when you need it, and you’ll feel like an organizational master pulling it out in a pinch.

20. Take care of unsightly electrical cords with zip ties or flexible tubes that bundle them for a streamlined look. Paper towel and toilet paper tubes are great for organizing a drawer full of miscellaneous cords; wind the cord through the center of the tube, securing the end in a notch cut into the cardboard.

21. Dedicate a specific location for mail. For example, set up a shelf or a basket by the front door to hold all incoming mail plus a pen, stamps, and envelopes. Sit down at set intervals each month with the basket and go through everything that has come in over the previous few weeks. Don’t leave anything for a “later” pile; deal with it now.

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Top 8 Design Trends of 2016

Happy New Year to all! After the fireworks and bubbly have e-v-a-p-o-r-a-t-e-d, we love to look back at 2016 to see which design trends emerged and will continue to influence the way we decorate into 2017 and beyond. Here’s a hint: soft pinks, grays of all kinds and iridescent finishes! We take our cues from Architectural Digest‘s article on the Best Design Trends of 2016. This year trends emerged in sumptuous materials (think faux fur and velvet) and luxe finishes, such as white Carrara marble paired with brass accents. These styles and more were driven home with appearances in familiar places, like the Salone del Mobile design show in Milan and Art Basel Miami, or in high-end projects by principal interior designers. Not all trends arose from the usual suspects, though: Influence arrived from several different scenes, such as the runways during Fashion Week, hole-in-the-wall eateries, and even outer space. While there are certainly plenty of fads that we’re ready to wave goodbye to in 2017, we hope these eight are here to stay.



The sleepy pattern reinvented itself in 2016, making us nostalgic for classic checks and traditional tartans. But this fall the standard motif lent itself to cool color pairings, unexpected surfaces, and lush fabrics. Inject the regal design into the kitchen with tea towels, party platters, and bowls.



Nothing is quite as calming as a room layered in soft shades of gray, and this year interior designers took note, extending the color’s reach ofrom the bedroom and bath to rooms like the kitchen or even the exterior of the house. With a color this versatile, you can buy your next can of paint in hues ranging from dove-gray to dark charcoal with confidence, as we believe this new go-to neutral will be sticking around far beyond 2016.



This year shined a light on the power of pink. The fall 2016 fashion shows featured the hue in details big and small, including blush-color sequins, fur and leather sheathed in bright peony pink, and rosy frills of lace. Models and editors could be spotted at the new all-pink restaurant Pietro Nolita in New York. And after Rose Quartz was named Pantone’s Color of the Year, the vivacious shade launched into superstar status. Opt for an ultramodern look by purchasing homewares in unconventional materials like acrylic and silicone coated in the pretty shade.



Star designers like Patricia Urquiola, who sculpted an accent table in a multichromatic finish that shimmers from every angle, first picked up on this trippy trend. Soon thereafter, everyday items were wrapped in a high-gloss sheen, including kitchen utensils and decorative vases. No matter the form, the rainbow-like reflection will insert the right amount of shine into any space.




The runway often predicts what will appear in our closets, but it can also have a say in how we outfit our homes. That was certainly the case with velvet: After the tony fabric was draped on the backs of models this fall, it began dressing the rooms of our homes in the form of upholstered walls, pillows, and dining chairs. Interior designer Miles Redd suggests using gaufrage velvet for a custom pattern to be sewn onto a pillow or rug.



Galaxies, planets, and stars have found their way onto some of our most coveted home objects. Bottega Veneta’s creative director, Tomas Maier, created sterling-silver trinket boxes topped with jewels that resemble the eight planets in the solar system, while Jonathan Adler took a different approach and stitched symbols of the zodiac into needlepoint pillows. Adding just one of these items to your home will have it looking out of this world.



What could be more luxurious than a flawless slab of Italian marble? Pairing it with an equally opulent material like brass. When Aquazzura’s New York outpost (shown) opened this summer, the world witnessed designer Ryan Korban’s decision to place gold leaf Sputnik chandeliers underneath black-and-white marble arches. The rest of us followed his lead, choosing from a selection of smaller-scale items constructed from the extravagant duo, such as Tom Dixon’s white Morwad marble chopping board with a brass saucer.



Walk into any home store nowadays and chances are you will find an imitation fox or alpaca throw, or maybe a mock Mongolian stool. The faux-fur trend has taken the design world by storm, with nearly every object you can think of covered in the fluffy fabric. Its luxurious and welcoming disposition is perfect for winter, so now is the perfect time to decorate your bed or sofa in an assortment of faux-fur pillows to create a cozy sanctuary.

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