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Decluttering & Organizing Do’s and Don’ts

Today I’m here to share with you my list of Do’s and Don’ts for one of the most common new year resolutions: getting your home organized. I hope you find the tips helpful!

DON’T give up before you even start. It can be easy to look at all the clutter, get overwhelmed, decide the task is too hard, and throw your hands up in defeat. Work in chunks and keep in mind that it can take time. One-day complete overhauls like you see on TV aren’t typical. Take it one room, corner, or cabinet at a time, you’ll get there.

DO start with a vision. Have some fun tearing out pages of magazines, pinning images from design blogs, etc. to create an inspiration board of how you want your space to look, function and feel. This will not only give you motivation and get you excited about what you’ll be working towards, but it’ll give you a criteria to judge during the editing process, whether or not particular items fit into that vision and should remain in the space.

DO create sorting categories (Keep, Don’t Keep) as well as sub-categories. Keep like items together based on type, color, function, etc.

DON’T throw all unwanted items directly into the trash. Divert as much as possible from landfills by donating items that are still in usable condition and putting paper, plastics, etc. into the recycling bin (check your city’s recycling program to see what’s recyclable – it’s probably more items than you think).

DON’T talk yourself into keeping something that you already have enough of, you never use, puts you in a bad mood, doesn’t fit you, isn’t your style, and/or doesn’t serve a functional purpose for the life you have now.

DO keep items that you love, make you happy, and help you live your best life.

DON’T keep more items than what actually fit into your space.

DO work within your space means.

DON’T go out and buy organizing products/containers prior to sorting through your belongings and determining where items will “live”. Waiting will allow you to get the sizes and shapes that will maximize use of the space.

DO assign a “home” to items based on where you’re most likely to use them and how often you need to access them.

DON’T forget to label containers whose contents are not obvious.

DO use storage that will work with the existing or planned decor of your space.

DON’T bring any unnecessary items into your space. That means thinking twice prior to purchasing something new, skipping the “free gift”, putting a stop to the junk mail, etc.

DO maintain your space. Make sure items return to their “home” each day, re-asses your belongings from time to time, and adapt your space as your needs change.

image credits: 1-via glitter guide, 2-via pinterest, 3-via apartment therapy, 4-scan from harper’s, 5-via fab sugar, 6-via glitter guide, 7-domino
*Originally published and written for La Dolce Vita Beautifully Organized Series
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Baskets as Storage Solution for Throws

A great place to keep living room throws and blankets is in a woven basket.  Baskets are portable, so they can move wherever needed and they add beautiful texture in a room:

image credits: 1-domino, 2-via pinterest, 3-via pinterest, 4-via the little green notebook, 5- via living room ideas, 6-domino
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Stylish {Shoe} Storage: Display Cases

I love when pieces of furniture are used in a creative way. These glass front display cabinets are no exception. They work so beautifully as shoe organizers:

image credits: 1-the selby, 2-apartment living by caroline clifton-mogg, photography by winfried heinze, 3- vtwonen via interiors porn, 4-living etc., 5-via flickr
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Stylish 2012 Planners

It’s almost a brand new year (can you believe it?) and for many that means a new planner with fresh pages for jotting down plans, goals, to-do’s etc. I’ll be getting a 2012 refill for my pink leather Kate Spade organizer (pricey but one of those purchases I don’t at all regret because I use it everyday and even after a few years it still looks great). If I didn’t have a planner already, I’d be considering one of these stylish picks:
1- laurel denise planner, 2- tudor city large debra, 3- jonathan adler 17 month agenda, 4-bijou soho diary, 5- cavallini leather daily planner, 6- dozie bowtie pocket planner, 7- sarah pinto stripe weekly planner, 8- moleskine assorted month daily planner, 9-russell and hazel mini binder, 10- faux snakeskin vintage daily planner

Do you get a new planner each year, refill one you already own with new pages, or prefer to organize your life digitally?

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Umbrella Storage

During rainy season it’s nice to have a handy place to keep umbrellas.  A few entryways that have stylishly integrated a umbrella storage:

porcelain umbrella stand

love the little dividers in this one -would probably make a good DIY project :)

owl umbrella stand

boot umbrella stand

clear umbrella stand

image credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
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Hidden Toy Storage

A beautiful ottoman is a great for integrating toy storage into a living room without disrupting the overall decor of the space. Look for something that’s kid-height (like the Visconti ottoman shown below) so that kids can easily access and put away their toys.

photo via bhg
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Beautifully Organized: Handbags

Today I’m over on La Dolce Vita sharing a few ideas on how to organize handbags.  Click on over to read the post!

image credits: 1- via madebygirl, 2-via anne sage, 3-via house and home 
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Beautifully Organized: Watches

Keep watches in a clear vanity organizeron a glass tray…in a watch box…or on a jewelry tree

image credits: 1- photography by Joielala Photographie, 2-moth design, 3-tumblr, 4-photography by Ashley Batz
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Beautifully Organized Recipes

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Did you eat a lot of turkey?  I was fortunate to spend the holiday with my family.  My husband, the chef of the day, made the most delicious meal: turkey, mushroom and thyme mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, onion rolls, and to top it off pumpkin pie. Yum!

Speaking of food, how do you all organize your family recipes?  I currently organize digitally, most of the recipes that I find in magazines, blogs, etc. (Evernote is great for that),  but  there are  special family recipes I’ve been meaning to write down (like  the recipe for mom’s menudo, grandma’s tortillas, etc.) and keep in something beautiful and tactile.  I was delighted to find several lovely options:

Love that this on is monogrammed and is clear so you can show off pretty recipe cards:Speaking of pretty recipe cards…Image sources: Binders and Books 1-kikki k, 2-liba style, 3-martha stewart, 4-bethbee etsy shop, 5-kikki k, 6-russell + hazel; Recipe Boxes 1-1canoe2 etsy shop, 2-container store, 3-macy’s, 4-sincerely yours paper; Recipe Cards 1-claybrook print design etsy shop, 2-earmark etsy shop, 3-ladybugpress etsy shop

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Entryway Solution: Basket for Shoes & Slippers

Sometimes inevitably shoes end up in the entryway.  If you don’t have a closet to hide them behind, a solution for keeping it from looking too messy, is to have a beautiful basket for them:

If you have a no shoes in the house rule, you can also fill the basket with slippers to encourage guests to remove their shoes upon entering.

image credits: 1- the marion house book, 2- the elegant abode via decor8
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