The Home Diet

Lifestyle

It’s January, so you know what that means…. time for a diet. And no, we’re not talking about juice cleanses, eating more salads, or taking up virtual spin class. We’re talking home dieting: getting organized, purging, and creating spaces that are clean and functional.

How to Organize and Style the Perfect Shelf- #Shelfie

Bookshelves are functional of course, but we want you to add a little bit of spice. Michael Ignacio of Mignacio Design gives us his tips on how to organize and style the perfect bookshelf.

  1. Incorporate objects that are meaningful to you from flea find to personal belongings you’ve collected
  2. Books books books. stack them vertically and horizontally
  3. Use bookends that stand out and become a statement piece
  4. Artwork - deep bookshelves give you the ability to layer fun or meaningful art that you’ve collected
  5. Add some natural elements to give it some soul and warmth
  6. Show your personality by adding colors or keeping a neutral palette

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Your Closet… Because we will wear clothes again one day.

Aleshia Schiller of Huntsman Chicago shares her tips and tricks to an organized closet. Check out her amazing closet below. We’ve never been more excited to get organized!

  1. Try the Marie Kondo method, of course! - If you're looking for a big closet overhaul but are lacking motivation, watch 'Tidying Up with Marie Kondo', 'The Minimalists' or 'Minimalism' on Netflix to get pumped up for organizing.
  2. Make sure all of your items are easily visible. - Don't overstuff or let things get lost in your closet black hole. If you can see everything, you'll always know what you have.
  3. Make a home for everything. - Clear boxes are a great home for shoes. Hanging cubbies are a great home for bulky sweaters. Organize in a way that makes sense to you so you always know where things go and where to find them. I like to organize my dresses by color and my tops by sleeve length. It seems random but it makes perfect sense to me!
  4. Utilize the height in your closet. - Use hanging bars to create two tiers of hanging space. If you've got high ceilings, think about how you can use that height for more storage.
  5. Pay attention to what comes in and out of your closet. - If there are specific brands or styles of clothing that you're always getting rid of, consider that when making future buying decisions. When getting rid of items, throwing them in the trash should be a LAST resort. Consign or resell items of value. Donate to local organizations and shelters whenever possible. Organize clothing swaps with friends and family. Cut up really worn items into rags. Save buttons/notions and elastic for future craft projects.

Additional Resources from Organizing Professionals