October 12, 2010

Maximizing Storage Space with Affordable Organizing Systems


Products

Ready to organize your hall closet? Then consider Ikea’s Pax organizing system, which can help you maximize the “vertical real estate” (see our post on Clearing Clutter with organizing expert Lisa Zaslow). You can use the store’s handy online tool to pick out the components you want to create a super-efficient utility or coat closet in the hall. These units are tall and meant to be standalone storage systems in a room, but if your closet is deep enough they can work as internal closet organizers, too. They arrive flat-packed, so you’ll need to be prepared to put them together … Read Post

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October 8, 2010

Easy Ways to Get Organized and Change Your Life


Projects & Tips

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a charming little book that helped me fulfill a third wish on my home improvement Wish List—coming up with a comprehensive organization and speed-cleaning plan. It’s called 27 Things to Feng Shui Your Home (Trade Paper Press) by Tisha Morris, a feng shui consultant, life coach and interior designer, and its helpful tips on getting organized are so pleasantly written that I actually had fun clearing out some excess stuff in anticipation of the arrival of a few new organizing systems that I’d ordered from Ikea. The book opens with a Chinese … Read Post

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September 24, 2010

Instant Inspiration


Inspiration, Products

Earlier this week, Elle Décor’s new editor, Michael Boodro, hosted an event at the Century Furniture showroom in the New York Design Center to celebrate the site’s new LookBook, which is incredibly helpful for people who are in the midst of a remodel and want instant access to inspiration. The LookBook offers hundreds of photos of beautiful rooms organized by style or room type. It also includes source information on the designer and the issue in which the room originally appeared. In addition, a shoppable feature (powered by 1st Dibs, the online market place for antiques and mid-century furniture) provides … Read Post

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August 17, 2010

Chic and Affordable Organizing Systems


Interiors

So far, the most challenging of my home improvement projects has been the process of sifting through our closets and drawers and de-accessioning the things we no longer need. On the other hand, exploring the range of systems for better stowing the things we intend to keep has been fascinating. After looking into the organizing and storage options from several different companies, I’ve been amazed to see how many nooks and cubbies and hooks and drawers and built-in hangers and shelves there are in the world to choose from. And the range in prices for these storage elements is astounding, … Read Post

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