Does the name Uncle Sam make you cower in fear of filing next year's taxes? Though you probably want to put taxes out of your mind until the calendar year has changed, you'll keep next season's stress levels down by getting organized early. Just as regular teeth cleanings make your dental checkups less painful, checking in on your finances throughout the year can minimize the tax-time pain too. See five ways to create a less stressful tax season in 2013.
I'm excited to present a post from Brie Dyas, editor of Stylelist Home. Let's check out her tips for getting organized in 2012!
Though I live, breathe, and sleep decor as the editor of Stylelist Home, I'm not the most organized person. (Isn't admitting it half the battle?) I'm always envious of those who have, I don't know, beautifully color-coded bookcases. I take a more laissez-faire approach to how I keep everything in its place. Basically, I'm a piler. I believe in organized chaos, artful stacking, and, um, lots of hiding of messes. The thing is, though, I know where everything is exactly. Ask me for a copy of Catcher in the Rye from seventh grade, I'll have it to you in two minutes. So, maybe there is some merit in my system.
If this sounds familiar, you might agree with my favorite organizing finds.
Clean and ample counter space — the elusive ideal everyone, from the culinary genius to the working mom to the metropolitan gal, dreams about. While renovating your kitchen and adding more cabinetry may not be financially and spatially viable, more counter space on a limited budget can be within your grasp. Lo and behold, five ways to hide, store, and camouflage those mixers, microwaves, and more for clutter-free counters.
Keep reading for three more tips for clear counter tops and easy appliance storage.
- Create a zen garden desk organizer. — Craft
- Follow these tips to prevent kitchen clutter. — ShelterPop
- Take a refresher course on hanging curtains. — DIYLife
- Tour some light and bright living rooms. — Fresh Home Ideas
- Learn how to create the ideal bed. — Real Simple
- Explore these 17 examples of unforgettable flooring. — Houzz
It’s hard to keep track of every lipstick, gloss, and eye shadow you own, especially if your beauty products aren’t organized. That’s why we enlisted the help of Beth Zeigler, founder of Bneato Professional Organizing, to give us some quick and easy tips to clean out and straighten up our bathroom cabinets and drawers. Check out her tips, and let us know what you think.
Sure, you can hide your media materials, linens, and glassware away in a closet or drawer, but what's the fun in that? Check out these ideas for organizing out in the open, and looking great in the process.