When most people think of interior design, they consider the at of revamping the look of a space – picking out paint colors and finding the perfect furniture. However, it’s also vital to consider the life that a space will have once a design is complete and is being lived in.
Home organization is that crucial element that keeps a design looking fresh long after you’ve completed the finishing touches. It’s an essential step to creating a look that you’ll love for years to come.
Whether you’re someone who needs to have every aspect of your home in order or you’re the type of person that’s more laid-back, every home should have some type of storage system in place. We’ve compiled a list of reasons why order is key, as well as some tips on how to make it happen. Give them a look. You may just be inspired to give your home an organizational makeover.
It Gives A Polished Look
Think about all the professionally-designed rooms that you see when you’re scrolling through Freshome or flipping through the pages of glossy magazines. There is one feature that sets them apart from real interiors. Simply, real homes often looked lived in while the staged photos leave nothing out of place.
Organization is the key to achieving that catalog look. If you look carefully at the pages of those photos, it’s clear that all of the everyday-use items in the room are stored in a specific and predetermined place, which creates a streamlined look.
One of the first steps toward getting your home organized is to find a place for those loose items so they aren’t left lying out and about. Challenge yourself to find spaces for all of your current loose items. Remember, if you can’t find a spot for something, it’s probably time to de-clutter.
Blend Form and Function
At Freshome, we often talk about how important it is to strike the right balance of form and function. After all, it doesn’t matter how good a room looks, if you can’t live in it peacefully, right? By the same token, you won’t enjoy your space if functionality totally overtakes aesthetic appeal.
When you’re looking to organize your home, try to find storage solutions that also fit into the look of your home. Dual-purpose furniture, colored baskets, and built-in shelving that you can paint or stain are often the safest bets.
Honesty is key here, too. As you shop for storage solutions, think long and hard about how you’ll use the item before you make your purchase. Even if you have to search out multiple options before finding a solution that works for you, it will be worth the time in the long run because you’ll continually be inspired to put the piece to use once you get it home.
Structure Adds Resale Value
It’s true. Proper organization can add value to your home. Whether you’re currently preparing to enter the real estate market or you want to stay in your home for a long time to come, it’s never to early to start taking the organizational steps that will keep your home in tip-top shape.
Think about it this way, if you were in the market to purchase a new home, would you want to have to wade through someone else’s clutter on a showing? Of course not. By welcoming buyers into an organized property, you not only show your home in its best light, but you also show them how they could potentially use the space.
Even if your not looking to put your home on the market right away, it’s never too early to put organizational systems in place. That way, if you do need to make a move, you’re not struggling to create order at a moment’s notice.
Designers Share Their Organization Tips
All this talk about organization doesn’t mean much if you’re unsure how to put it into practice. We’ve asked designers to share their best tips on how they get – and keep – their homes in tip-top shape:
Julia Epstein Fasano: Buy as many [baskets] as you possibly can. They should all be made of the same material and the same color to create a cohesive look.
Lauren Makk: Find storage solutions for the unused spaces in your home.
Cheryl Eisen: When It Comes to Knickknacks, fill the space without overcrowding it.
Holly Becker: Hire a cleaning lady or a personal organizer, even a decorator, if you need to clean the slate and start from scratch. Sometimes you just need another person to step into your space and give you some encouragement and advice.
Home organization is the key to allowing you’re home’s design to continue to shine long after the last coat of paint dries. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Even the most laid back individual can keep a house looking photo-ready, if they find a storage system that fits their lifestyle. Check out our tips on how and why home organization matters and you’ll be off to a great start.
Are you super organized are more of a free spirit? Do you have any great organization tips? Share them with us in the comments below.