5 Fun Organizing Options for Every Room
Tidy Up Your Home
New York City–based organizer and the author of What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? ($17, amazon.com) Stacey Platt shares her clutter-eliminating favorites.
Farmers’ Market Baskets
“These ceramic containers are meant for fruit, but they’re just the right size to keep your bathroom counters from being cluttered up with lipsticks, nail polishes, or hair clips. Try a pair.”
To buy: Two large baskets, $20 each, anthropologie.com.
Kallax Bookshelf and Lekman Boxes
“I always store games and children’s books at kid level so little ones can get in the habit of putting away their things. This inexpensive lkea bookshelf—turned on its side, with four boxes—is a favorite of mine. If you want to make it look high-end, try this add-on: Have a piece of colored Plexiglas cut to fit the top [$53, tapplastics.com]. Affix it with small adhesive felt dots from the hardware store.”
To buy: Bookshelf (similar to shown), $65, ikea.com. Four boxes, $13 each, ikea.com.
Open Canvas Bins
“Head off clutter by stocking up on a half-dozen uniform containers that you can store in the basement. As soon as an item, like lightbulbs, starts piling up in your house, bring a bin upstairs, fill it up, and right away put that bin on a closet shelf so you’re instantly organized. These neutral ones look great in any space. I use them in utility closets (for extra toilet paper or paper towels), laundry rooms (fabric softener, single socks), kids’ rooms (toys, books, stuffed animals), coat closets (winter accessories, dog supplies), etc."
To buy: Six medium bins, $10 each, containerstore.com.
Design-a-Desk Desk Accessories
“It’s so hard to keep your desk neat if you don’t have pretty products to motivate you. These nine items—in-box, tape holder, stapler, pen cup, and more—come in poppy colors and have a modern, lacquered look. Sticking with just one shade automatically feels neat.”
To buy: Set of nine pieces, $101, poppin.com for info.
Acrylic Shelf Dividers
“Sleeker than metal dividers but plenty strong, these stay put and keep sheets and towels from toppling over into a big heap.”
To buy: Set of 10 pieces, $150, theorganizingstore.com.
Bonus Expert Desktop Clutter-Busting Tip
“Eliminate paper with the app CamScanner Pro [$5, itunes.com]. It lets you scan multiple pages at once and print or e-mail documents right from your phone,” says Platt.