a bright, airy, organized space is solely the province of glossy shelter mags
or movie sets? Think again. A streamlined, clutter-free space can be yours with
five simple steps from the organizing pros.
Less is More: Nothing gives a space more
bang for the buck than a thorough purge. Clutter creates stress and detracts
from a space's aesthetic, so commit to a ruthless edit of your belongings and
watch your free space grow. Be honest; do you really need three spatulas and
two whisks? Ditto all those unused toys, neglected books and out-of-style
clothes? Edit, edit, edit; asking yourself three questions: Do I use it? Do I
need it? Do I love it? Anything that gets a "no" gets tossed, donated or sold.
Consider asking a trusted friend to help with the review to keep you honest. Click here for a
before and after shot to get you motivated.
Clever Storage: Keep your space feeling open
and airy by using clever storage to conceal clutter. Enlist multitasking
furniture such as trunks to serve as a coffee or side table, while holding
bedding or board games. You can also shop for ottomans or other upholstered
pieces such as benches and even sofas and chairs, which have hinged seats to
conceal needed storage. Or use a skirted table either bedside or beside a sofa
to conceal a basket with remotes, books, and other small items. This link
some wonderful storage options.
Shelf Life: Adopt the mantra "a place
for everything, and everything in its place" by adding enough shelving to your
home to neatly corral your belongings. While custom shelving is a fantastic
option for maximizing your particular space, even inexpensive units from Ikea
can do the trick. Simply measure your space, and buy as many units as will fit.
Use attractive baskets or bins to hide away smaller items and to present a
cohesive design. See here
and here for ideas.
Skirted Tables: Don't underestimate the
organizing power of a skirted table. Even if your aesthetic favors, streamlined
modern pieces, a simple, skirted table can provide a wealth of organizing
options. Here a skirted consoles table
holds decorative accessories while concealing a full bar. And this clever homeowner had a seamstress create a
skirt for her Ikea Expedit bookshelf, providing concealed storage for her TV
Careful Color Choices: Create a bright, airy feel
by organizing your home and décor with careful color choices. By sticking to a
cohesive palette, you can make your space seem bigger and brighter. Tone on
tone color allows furniture to recede into walls, creating the illusion of more
space. Click here for examples. This doesn't
mean you need to avoid color, just use it judiciously: see how these homeowners use bright pops of color for
organizing here and here.
Now that the iPad mini is old news, tech-savvy trend spotters are in
search of the next great thing to organize, entertain and generally make life
easier. Tech-out this trio of trends that will have you on the cutting edge of
High-Tech Bathrooms: One of the last frontiers for technology
in the home, the bathroom, is becoming increasingly high-tech. Bathrooms, once
considered merely functional spaces, are increasingly designed to offer
homeowners spa-like amenities. Now, high-tech products such as wireless scales
and waterproof electronics, lets users customize their bathroom experiences
like never before. Sync your scale with your Fitbit app to monitor your weight and fitness
routines. Wave your hands near your smart faucet; sensors turn the water on for you. Hey,
even singing in the shower goes state-of-the-art with the electronics featured
in Tech-Out Your Bathroom.
Beauty Apps: Makeup counters are so old school. Modern
beauties turn to apps to put their best face forward. Need help picking a
lipstick or a foundation color? Try MatchMaker by True Match http://bit.ly/JZC1un or Make Up Forever Pocket Studio. Can't get a dermatologist appointment to
deal with that zit? Check out PerSKINality for tips on getting blemish free by the
weekend. We also like OPI
Nail Art Studio and How to Do Your Own Cute Nails for tips on getting salon-worthy manis
LED Your Life: Okay, LED lights aren't exactly new
(they've been around since the 1960s) but they are booming in popularity like
never before. Witness Katy Perry's multihued, LED light dress worn to the recent Met Costume Ball; the
sparkling dress took 3,000 LED bulbs to create. For other eye-catching,
light-up fashion, check out We're
Obsessed: 10 Glowing Geek Chic Gowns. LED isn't just for celebrities, a slew
of bright products in equally cheerful price points put LED décor within
everyone's reach. Check out these colorful coasters and LED ice-cubes to put some bright in your bevy. Or unleash
your inner DIY-diva with the ingenious projects in Light It Up! 15 Awesome LED Projects.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.