Still need to get started on your organizing resolutions for this year? Hey, we get it — life gets busy, and organizing can’t always be your top priority. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We did a Facebook chat with our resident organizing expert Angela to answer your top organization questions, and help make your life easier in 2014. Take a look at her top 10 tips from the chat, below.
2. Keep your entry clean and simple. “I’d suggest keeping your wall of hooks as a clean, simple statement, and use some of our more decorative statements as a place to put your keys, so it maintains that clean aesthetic. You can create a whole wall moment with the Hannah Wall Basket system so everyone in your family has a place to put their hat, scarves and more.”
5. Cleaning with kids isn’t easy. “If you can make it a fun process, that’s great. Pottery Barn Kids Canvas Storage can be monogrammed and comes in different colors and some fun stripes. Depending on what you put on them, you can make cleaning up a game. You can monogram ‘Round’ onto hamper for children’s toys that are round, and monogram ‘Square’ onto a hamper for things that are square. Or you can do it by color!”
Doggie Toy Basket comes in small and large sizes to organize all your dog’s toys, clothes (We know you have them!), leashes and more. You can also look at our Doggie Entry Organizer, which is a two-shelf system with hooks. It’s the perfect grab and go system. Plus, it has a cute monogrammable bone and small bag for poop bags so you can have one for each of your dogs!”
7. Know that your needs will change with time. “The Gabrielle system can work with any size space. You can put it over a desk, under a stairway, create a whole wall moment, or mix it with other pieces of furniture. It grows with you as your needs change.”
8. Declutter before doing anything else. “You don’t want to buy stuff to keep stuff. But that said, you do have those special treasures you just can’t part with. The precious objects you want to hang on to can become display pieces or works of art that you put into our Rustic Frame Shadow Boxes and hang with the rest of your family’s pictures. But question whether or not you really need to save it.”
Bonus tip: Don’t be too hard on yourself. “Don’t forget, none of us are perfect and organizing is a lifelong process. “