Now this is how you organize a home. 

By Katie Holdefehr
June 01, 2018

On a charming residential street in Vestavia, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, blogger and freelancer Joanna Ballentine of Irrelephant, along with her husband Robbie and two kids, Theo and Alma (and don't forget their golden retriever, Rocco!), have created a cozy family home. After moving into the nearly 1,200-square-foot home in 2012, the family has spent the past six years crafting a whimsical sanctuary out of vintage finds, DIY projects, and beautifully captured family photos. With two little ones under four and a dog, it would be no surprise if the home felt chaotic, but it's every bit as joyful and relaxed as it looks on Joanna's beautifully curated Instagram account. By tucking clever storage solutions into every possible nook and cranny and limiting the collection of stuff—toys for the kids, clothing for the grown-ups—the home keeps its calm. Here are all of the brilliant storage ideas Joanna worked seamlessly into her home's design, and that keep the home running smoothly. 

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