As we approach the chaos of the holidays, we can't help but get a little messy. After collecting gifts, hosting gatherings, and decorating every nook and cranny we can, we foresee the need for a few new organization tactics. Enter Julie Carlson, editor-in-chief of Remodelista, and Margot Guralnick, interiors editor and author at Remodelista.
In their newly released book, Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House, Carlson and Guralnick provide a few tips on how to reign in the holiday madness. Below, we've highlighted five tips from their new book. Here's how to get organized for the New Year — store these in your back pocket for the post-wrapping paper mayhem.
1. The Artful Sink
"Trays are handy throughout the house, but our all-time favorite use for them is as a home base for sink-side essentials. The appeal ranges from the practical (trays are portable and easy to clean) to the aesthetic (grouped as an ensemble, humble tools on a tray become a Giorgio Morandi-esque still-life)."
2. Drying Racks, High and Low
"Instead of moving everything straight from the washing machine to the dryer, air-dry as much as you can: not only is it the no-brainer green approach, but it also spares your clothes the ravages of being tumbled in the heat.
To keep your floor space open, opt for the Sheila Maid Clothes Airer, shown opposite in actress-turned-interior designer Amanda Pays’s Los Angeles laundry room. Made for more than a century and often used in British kitchens, this ingenious contraption is lowered for loading clothes and raised to dry them in warm air."
3. A Repurposed Medicine Cabinet
"We all long for a bathroom that feels like a spa experience. Unattainable? Not entirely: you can create your own moment of Zen beauty in your medicine cabinet. All you have to do is remove the pileup of unused things and medicine bottles (in fact, it’s actually better to store medicine at room temperature and away from moisture). Instead, devote the medicine cabinet to the key items in your grooming arsenal, including makeup, perfume, even jewelry. Select versions of everything that are a treat to use. And whenever you open the cabinet, it will make you happy."
4. Pot Lid Storage: Put Your Doors to Work
"Lids tend to take up a lot of real estate. Give them a place to belong and you’ll gain more space and always know where they are. An architect-designed kitchen is detailed with a metal lid rack right next to the stove."
5. Sort It
"This sounds obvious, but it’s an important rule to follow. Break the habit of randomly throwing things into drawers. Establish a discrete place for everything (color-coded hangers for tops and pants; separate containers for wooden spoons and metal utensils), and a sense of order will emerge."
For more little-known home secrets and organization hacks, check out Remodelista's page here.