What does it mean to organize in plain sight? Anybody who has a New York apartment knows that you need to get creative with your space. Even if you have a larger house you might still be short on cupboards and closets and who wants to see all your things. Here are a few tips for organizing your things in plain sight. (this article may have affiliate links)
When you are organizing in plain sight using the space under things like coffee tables and sofas is my go to solution. This space is free space meaning you have already claimed it for a purpose, so using it in a pretty way will double that space. I love looking for pretty baskets to store toys, baby blankets, extra pillows, and books in that space.
However I have fallen in love with Ikeas white plastic lidded bins because they stack and I could fit more under my coffee table.
You can use flat trays that slide under bookshelves and console tables filled with serving platters, photographs, frames, art supplies or cookbooks.
Of course use your sideboards and coffee tables to store decorative items and books. But have you ever thought of using the top of your tall bookcases for storing your Christmas decor in a cute basket or boxes? what about putting a shelf over your door in your bathroom for storing towels and extra makeup and shampoo. Maybe you have space above your kitchen cupboards? Getting cute baskets and filling them with party, picnic, or birthday supplies can free up space in a small kitchen.
using ladders (I love mine from MDesign) for towels and blankets and over the door hangers for cute bags filled with your hairdryer and spa supplies is a great way to free up much needed space.
I hate clutter so I try hard not to have too many things hanging out on my floors. however corners are a perfect hiding spot for large baskets and cubbies that might be used to store extra craft supplies, hobbies like crocheting, dipper station, and even gloves and mittens by the back door. Any little spot can be used as a drop zone if you have a designated basket, bin, or tote to catch it all.
Of course you buy bookshelves to store books and shelves to hold nicknacks but don’t stop there. These are the best places for organizing in plain sight. Get opaque magazine holders and store yearbooks. recipes, kids artwork, memorie papers, work great in those too. Paperback books, even things like toys, paint supplies, or barbie clothes will look cleaned up.
Then on the totally opposite end is to get clear glass jars to store cute things like buttons, ribbons, seashells, even flour and sugar in the kitchen. It easy organizing in plain sight if you have the right container.
Remember use beautiful containers when your are organizing in plain sight. treat it like art or decor that you would purchase for your home. You have to live in your spaces so make sure you love the bins, boxes and containers that you purchase. Happy organizing in plain sight.
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