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Get Organised In Style
Improving your decor while stowing your gear

So you've decided to tackle those piles of photographs, books and other home clutter by using a smart storage system. Your options are endless: bins, shelves, notebooks, scrapbooks and labels. But how do you make these often-utilitarian solutions gel with the rest of your home's decor?
Those helpful plastic and metal containers can take up a lot of space. Plus, just because you've cordoned off your debris doesn't necessarily mean you've improved your home environment. Here are some tips to get organised in style.

Taking Stock
Home organisation experts say the market is so flooded with tempting clutter-taming options that many Get Organised In Stylepeople dive right in and fall prey to systems that don't make sense for their home. No matter how much you love a set of stacking trays or matching bins, you can't avoid the crucial first step in organising: cleaning up and sorting out.
People can actually make their homes more visually distracting and less effective if they don't analyse their belongings before they try to store them. To get a real integrated solution, you should organise your stuff before you go looking for products. Containerising is the last step rather than the first.
Those who don't sort and purge first end up buying too little or not enough storage devices, or they sink money into a decorative pattern that may not work with the rest of the house.
There are so many organisational products that it can be overwhelming. People pick what's convenient and what's in the moment. They don't think of it in terms of how it will work in the context of their homes.
Get Organised In StyleExperts recommend sorting and categorising similar items that you want to organise, getting rid of duplicate items or those you don't use, assigning a space for each category and then separating the belongings into containers.
Once you know what you have and where it will live, you can shop strategically.

Think Out Of The Box
Some of the best organisational options can be hidden in furniture or found in other items around your home. Adults might take a cue from their children when looking for storage repurposing ideas.
Turn an old trunk into a coffee table: Use the inside for storage and have a piece of glass cut for the top.
You can repurpose anything, but it actually has to have a purpose. Anything that can add decor while also being a storage device is an A-plus for you. It gives you space for things that you want to keep, but you have to do it in a meaningful way.
Get Organised In StyleHomeowners determined to pare down should look for dual-purpose furniture, like ottomans that have built-in storage.
Bookshelves lined up back to back may be used to divide a big room while giving you two sides of storage — maybe one side for a parent's book collection and the other side for the children's books. You can also use varying sizes of jewellery boxes as section dividers inside desk or utility drawers.
You can also make framed collages using similar items, such as photographs or a personal collection.
Get Organised In StyleSome of the things that people hold on to, like a collection of ticket stubs, can be displayed in a creative way.

Wall Storage
Storage organisers don't need to be hidden away to be useful. Creative wall units offer ample storage space and a neat, simple option for organising. Instead of floating shelves, which offer ample space for disorganised clutter, opt for wall-mounted individual drawers. If you have a built-in wall unit with several shelves, glass doors offer a way to organise the shelves for a more useful space. Coloured glass doors or doors etched with decorative labels are a personalised way to organise the Get Organised In Stylecontents of the unit.

Keeping It Going
All that creative thinking and clutter-containing can be for nothing if you don't keep your items in your new storage system. You need to store things where you'll use them and put them back when you're finished. It's about maintaining routine.
People make an effort to contain clutter through clever storage but don't clear off surfaces at the end of the day.
You don't need your entire toiletry collection on your bathroom sink. Becoming mindful about putting things away after you use them can go a long way toward having an organised life.

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