Last month I showed you how I stacked my books like Bruno Rainaldi's Sapien Bookcase without having any bookcase at all! There are many impersonators of the bookcase, CB2's Array Bookcase ($189) being one of them, which I've always thought is just as sharp as the original. And though I've found a way to do without one, now CB2's blog In the Loop is making me think otherwise. The retailer's shown us that the bookcase can be used for much more than just books: it makes great towel storage, too! I think this is a smart idea for renters who can't install more shelves for storage, but do have enough a bit of extra floor space. The towels look tidy rolled up, and you can pull each one down as you need it.
Without an entry table or nook in which to stash my keys when I walk in my front door, I literally cannot function. Otherwise, I will lose my keys somewhere between my couch cushions or in the way back of my pantry — the last place you'd ever think to look — inevitably making me late for every event on my calendar. To curb this problem, I rely on a catchall tray which I set on my foyer console table.
Once you get in the habit of using one, you'll never lose your keys again. But while this accessory is a functional one, it's also the first thing your guests will see when they walk into your home. Thus, it also must be stylish. So I've rounded up a few of my favorite catchall trays to keep your home chic and organized.
I've been busy this month showing you ideas for organizing your home, from small storage to options for organizing entire rooms. Now, Canadian House and Home points to organic, pliable containers, such as baskets, as a 2010 trend for organizing your home.
I use wicker, fabric, and woven baskets for a variety of purposes in my home already, from organizing my linen closet to storing seeds and gardening supplies in my garden shed. Now, though, I'm thinking about stocking up on even more baskets for organizing around my home. Looking for something for your own home? Check out some of my favorites below.
Desire to Inspire recently rounded up some images of clothes stored out in the open that's really got me considering the storage style. Back in '08, I wrote a trend alert about apparel used as home décor — which is one thing — but I'm talking about really storing your wardrobe out for all eyes to see. This photo from Danish magazine Bolig makes the style look flawless, like a high-end boutique, but I know my shoes would never last lined up like that. It does seem like a nice way to keep your pretty party dresses, though, or even work clothes that you tend to wear five days a week. Do any of you do this?
If you're short on space, the bed is a perfect place to look for additional storage. I've found 10 beds that feature built-in storage for keeping your bedroom tidy, even if it's tiny!
The living room is one room that always seems to accumulate random items, from library books and DVDs to stacks of magazines and kids' toys. Instead of immediately purging excess from the room, which can get tedious, you can cleverly conceal it within furniture items that have storage built in.
Ottomans and benches are a wonderful way to both rest your weary bones as well as hide messy items you'd rather not deal with at the moment. Check out some of my favorite recent finds that will provide for your living-room storage needs.
I've never used a pot rack before, but my stack of pots and pans has been so unruly lately, I'm considering it — especially in light of January's home organizing focus. There's not really any way to store them in a cabinet that's not out of hand. If I make the change I'll have to come to terms with having my supplies out in the open; I'm more of a "behind closed doors" girl. Do you use a pot rack?
Source: Flickr User Trebz
As part of this month's focus on home organizing, I thought we'd take a look at some of the ways that people are organizing books in their home. I scoured Flickr for a look at real-life homes that were organizing or displaying books in interesting ways. Want to see what I found? Then check out the slideshow!
Source: Flickr User austinevan
Back when I was an intern in college, my boss had me organize two of her overflowing Rolodex systems — neither as pretty as this Russel+Hazel People+Places Set, $56. It was quite possibly the most treacherous experience in organizing I've ever been through, and I kept thinking, "There's gotta be a better way to do this." Of course, now there is. I keep all of my contacts organized on my computer and handheld, but I know plenty of old-fashioned types who staunchly hold onto their address books and Rolodexes. How about you?