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Read The Organized Home by Remodelista

The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House

Buy fewer (and better) things. Store like with like. Get rid of the plastic. Display—don’t stash—your belongings. Let go of your inner perfectionist and remember that rooms are for living. These are a few of the central principles behind Remodelista: The Organized Home, the new book from the team behind the inspirational design site Remodelista.com.

Whether you’re a minimalist or someone who takes pleasure in her collections, we all yearn for an unencumbered life in a home that makes us happy. This compact tome shows us how, with more than 100 simple and stylish tips, each clearly presented and accompanied by full-color photographs that are sure to inspire. Readers will learn strategies for conquering their homes’ problem zones (from the medicine cabinet to the bedroom closet) and organizing tricks and tools that can be deployed in every room (embrace trays; hunt for unused spaces overhead; decant everything). Interviews with experts, ranging from kindergarten teachers to hoteliers, offer even more ingenious ideas to steal. It all adds up to the ultimate home organizing manual.

Got lots of great prompts from this. Sure, there were some goofy things like decanting your laundry detergent 🧐 and hiding the aspirin in a pretty tin. But I appreciated that they offered multiple storage suggestion for each tricky item, and different versions of each room so there will probably be a solution that works for your space. I also liked the resources list of specific items and suggestions for what they’re useful for. I can have a hard time thinking of alternative uses for things, or alternatives to buying a specialty storage item sometimes, so I liked that they highlighted both buy-it and shop-your-house ideas.

It would be expensive to start this from scratch and buy everything new, but being creative with what you already own and shopping secondhand would probably make it more doable (if you have the time and patience 😉).

Yeah, it’s kinda bougie, but I’m kinda a bougie gal with expensive taste (even if I don’t always indulge it) 🤷‍♀️ I go into books like this knowing they’re aspirational and to some extent advertising for lovely products – they’re selling you the idea of organization, the promise of domestic tidiness and less stress.

And, I always need a reminder to dump shit and cull back to essentials and favorites.

I’m rethinking how I’ve organized some things in my kitchen and closet – anything I need to frequently grab and carry over elsewhere should be rethought. Anything I use on a daily basis that’s annoying should be improved.

Ideas

  • Jelly roll pan for wet boots
  • Shaker peg rail in the bedroom, closet, entry
  • Towel bar in the closet for hanging scarves
  • Bar cart with wheels to store everyday dishware for easy unloading and access
  • Washi tape for labels in the kitchen (instead of the painters tape I’ve been using)
  • Trays in trays, trays everywhere
  • Using pretty vases for storage
  • Amish folding towel rack looks handy for drying a few items at a time, and easier to deal with than my three tier monstrosity of a drying rack
  • Cut holes in a shoebox and use for cable control
  • Store clothes and shoe care items in a caddy
  • Just go for it and store the damn hammer and measuring tape in the house (not garage) where you need them all the time
  • Think about vertical storage / hanging stuff in the bathroom
  • Organize into “kits”
  • Add hooks in the bathroom
  • If you can touch it in the bathroom, make it feel nice
  • String a cable to hang shit on in the kitchen
  • Store cleaning supplies in a tool caddy instead of a plastic tub

New things I learned about:

  • Rag bag
  • Fusto – Italian dispenser for olive oil

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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