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Hmmm … just a nice little entry table … or so it seems …
Storage in general is the most basic issue in organizing any home. Finding the perfect spot for our TV remotes or cell phones doesn’t matter a ton in the long run. Things we are constantly using are shifting so much it can be pointless to try to pin them down definitively. (Though of course having a regular spot for these items does make it easier to find them!) Finding the right storage for things we rarely access, like Christmas decor we pull out and put away once a year, can be helpful, but really … it is those things we use regularly or semi-frequently that should get a lot of our organizing focus, because finding the right storage for them is going to make a bigger impact in our homes.
One of the most common problems I see with this storage is that we tend to let it become an eyesore. Don’t let this happen in your home!
The trick is finding a way of hiding it. Remember, good organization is a combination of beauty and function!
One of my personally tricky storage items was the kids DVDs. We keep the kids ones separated, so it makes it really easy for the kids to choose movies they are allowed to see. This is an okay exception of the “keep like with like” principle, because not all DVDs are so alike! What made this tricky to me, is that my kids mostly watch movies in the living room, and I do not consider their DVDs good decor for the center of my home. So, my DVDs are conveniently stored in this cabinet, and most importantly, they are hidden. Yeah!
But there they are, all those cute little DVDs! Now those DVDs are accessible close to where we use them most, but not constant visual clutter.
If you aren’t able to go out and buy a new piece of furniture, consider adding baskets to hide your storage, instead of leaving the occasional storage out for the world to see, cluttering up a flat surface or your floor. Baskets also make really great additions to shelves.
The point of all this: Make your home beautiful and hide your storage. There you go, more of my deep thoughts. Ha!
How do you hide your storage?