We know… we know–you’ve probably already Marie Kondo’d every closet, bedroom, and box in your house. Surprisingly, the does-it-spark-joy phase was last March, and nine to ten months of working and schooling from home can shift your space dramatically. We’re finding that while the spaces we live in were functional for what we needed one year ago, they aren’t any longer.
1: multi-purpose pieces
If you are buying new furniture or renovating any rooms, now is the time to invest in multi-purpose items for your work/school-from-home spaces. Think couches with storage underneath the cushions or desks that fold up to your wall to get out of the way when you’re not working. You’d be surprised how many items out there exist like this to make your spaces less cluttered, more functional, and less stressful.
2: natural organization
A lot of the craze is plastic storage containers, and while we understand the allure of labeling and seeing all of your items, we try to stay away from plastic as much as possible (not just for the environmental drawbacks). Plus, if it’s not your craft closet, plastic storage bins in every closet can start to feel just as cluttered as not organizing at all. When you’re out thrifting, look for woven baskets that can sit out in the open and still offer a touch of warmth and help you stay organized without adding to clutter.
3: if you have a garage, use it
Our garages can be black holes for clutter; so much so that sometimes you’re just thankful that all you have to do is pull your car in and out. An increasing trend is to utilize the ceiling space in your garage. There are plenty of DIY videos on YouTube as to how you can either create these storage spaces yourself or already constructed items are available for purchase online. The more you can get off of the floor and out of the way, the less anxious you’ll feel in any space.
4: patience & kindness
2020 was… something else. We have all been dealing with an unprecedented amount of newness. There are curveballs we’re still learning how to hit, and all of the “New Year, New You/Space/Diet”, etc. can be so exhausting. Your home is YOURS, and all of the Marie Kondo-ing in the world might not spark any joy at all if you’re doing it from a “trend” place instead of a “home” place. First and foremost, your home should feel like yours, and whatever project you decide to tackle should be done with a lot of patience and kindness in mind toward yourself. This home you’re pinning organization and DIY and design ideas for has carried you through a global pandemic, social unrest, and political upheaval (among many other things) in 2020. Be grateful for it exactly as it is and take your time making it however it is that you dream.