We renovated our kitchen more than 5 years ago, and if we were to do it all again today, there are definitely some big changes we’d make – starting with pull out drawers on the base cabinets (as opposed to doors). When items don’t fit, get lost or you can’t find their matching counterparts, a simple everyday task can turn into a daily pain point.
I’m not sure why this took us so long, but we finally buckled down, made a road map of the changes we wanted to implement, and we did it! I shared the entire process in our Stories (saved to this highlight for you), and I’m now singing the praises of our solutions every day.
Why do we wait so long to put systems into place that have the power to eliminate routine frustrations? So in an effort to inspire you to tackle the corner that makes you grumble or the homework station that’s in a constant state of disarray, I’ve invited our friends to share their home’s finest organizational moments!
This is another round of Collective Q+A, a blog series focused on sharing voices other than our own to promote new ideas and encourage outside-of-the-box thinking. Today we’re asking: What is your finest organizational moment in your home?
A lucky estate sale find brought us over 2,000 vintage books to fill 48 shelves with. I invested an entire year sorting the books and cataloguing them. — Monica Chavez
Monica Chavez, House of Esperanza | My finest organizational moment in my home is our personal library of vintage books. We built this space ourselves over the span of 2 years with the goal of curating a room that would keep inspiring us for years to come. A lucky estate sale find brought us over 2,000 vintage books to fill 48 shelves with. I invested an entire year sorting the books and cataloguing them in the app BookBuddy. I organized popular and what I consider must read books by category/series and then other books up top by color. By using the app, I can quickly search for a title or author to find its location. With the titles easily visible and accessible, it’s tempting for anyone who enters this space to grab a book and take a seat!
Find Monica on Instagram @house.of.esperanza.
A couple brass bars with hooks to quickly hang up the necessities and a wood catch-all has provided a clear drop zone to keep things tidy. — Nahyun + Joel
Nahyun + Joel, Our Hideaway Home | We recently transformed a bare hallway into SUCH a functional space, and it has been a game changer! This narrow hallway always had a layer of ground cover; some shoes and a dog towel (for those messy paws) that we were always falling over. We were in desperate need of some sort of storage, and a narrow IKEA shoe cabinet – that we upgraded with paint, trim and hardware – not only provided organization for our shoes but also other items like our dog leashes and booties! A couple brass bars with hooks to quickly hang up the necessities and a wood catch-all has provided a clear drop zone to keep things tidy. Creating a designated space for items that are in the way has really improved the organization in our home, and this mix of closed and open storage has left this area feeling clean and airy, a feeling that every home deserves!
When we were planning and working on our homeschool room last summer, I quickly realized that this was an opportunity for organization and order out in the open. — Stacie’s Spaces
Stacie, Stacie’s Spaces | When I used to think of organization it related primarily to closets, pantries, refrigerators, etc. However, when we were planning and working on our homeschool room last summer, I quickly realized that this was an opportunity for organization and order out in the open. I love this space because it looks nice but it is also super functional. Each of our boys have their own work space with their necessary materials on their shelves above their individual station. We are never searching for pencil boxes or crayons or trying to figure out which one belongs to who. With three kids all close in age this was very important to me. They each have their own little basket as well to store different manipulatives for math, their headphones, and flashcards. Of course my favorite element is the rainbow sorted book ledge. We have some of their favorite books front and center but in an organized and aesthetically pleasing way. Now if I could just figure out how to make the rest of my home as organized I would seriously be overjoyed!
When it comes to an organized home, I love to find a balance of form and function. Keeping things simple and functional is key for a tidy children’s space. — Cass Smith
Cass Smith, Cass Makes Home | I customized IKEA cabinetry in my daughter’s playroom for lots of toy storage! When it comes to an organized home, I love to find a balance of form and function. Keeping things simple and functional is key for a tidy children’s space. The closed door built-ins keep everything hidden, and the shelving inside allows for lots of customizable storage space. Bins, baskets, and boxes are my favorite way to keep those toys hidden and organized! I have found that mixing and matching makes it easy for my toddler to remember what toys go where. The closed door built-ins keep everything hidden, and the shelving inside allows for lots of customizable storage space!
PS: Here’s a tour through ALL the cabinets in our home, these are the 5 things we do to keep toys under control, 8 things you can do right now for a closet you’ll love waking up to, and here’s a big list of affordable items to keep you organized.