By Lindsey Mather. Photo by: Douglas Friedman.
What with last-minute work projects, never-ending errands to run, and that party you absolutely must attend, it's easy to let your home get disorganized. Maybe there's a stack of platters that never disappeared after your last soirée or a little one's toys scattered all over the floor or an unacceptable number of expired cereal boxes in the pantry. Whatever the disarray, we've found a way (and sometimes more than one!) to get it under control. Below, discover advice from the pros, shop the best storage options, and steal ideas from the tidiest rooms from our archives. We see sparkling open spaces in your future.
Do as the pros do
Expert organizers have plenty of advice for us (check it all out, below) but how do they keep their own homes neat? We got the scoop. We also took a tour of home design expert Tricia Foley's 18th-century farmhouse to witness how she treats organization as an art form. Memphis resident Muffy Turley was in the opposite boat: she was in desperate need of a refreshed work space with more storage. Designer Sean Anderson came to her rescue, and the results are impressive.
Break it down
We targeted specific trouble spots in your home—the garage, the kitchen pantry, the closet, and the bathroom—and turned to the pros for easy solutions that will ensure they stay tidy. (One genius book breaks down organizing ideas room by room.) Of course, sometimes it's the items themselves that are causing the problem—we're looking at you, TV cords and pet toys. Luckily, New York designer Wesley Moon was willing to share his genius ideas for concealing everyday objects and we also got the details on the best ways to store your bed linens and extra blankets. Then, we went really nitty-gritty, finding the most stylish baskets, boxes, bins, and even magazine racks to corral all that stuff. Still not satisfied? That's where Marie Kondo's advice comes in handy.
Sometimes being in the presence of a gorgeous, clutter-free home is all the incentive you need to start organizing, so we've rounded up pristine pantries, kitchens with elegant open storage, and spaces featuring beautifully crafted baskets and chic armoires, all from our archives. And we couldn't forget the incredible closets and dressing rooms that have appeared in the pages of the magazine, many of which have epic shoe storage. Now, it's up to you to get started.
This story originally appeared on Architectural Digest.
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