Clothing Storage Tips with Studio512

I need someone to give me a medal every time I write a blog...or maybe a cookie. Unfortunately it's all a part of the 'start your own business' social media game. Nuts. 

Anyways, here I go again, blogging. Today is all about storing your winter clothes; because - thank goodness - it's officially spring! Click here to jump straight to the video - or - if you love a good blog post, check out the tips below ;-)

1. EDIT EDIT EDIT. I can't say it enough - EDIT. Take a minute to go through your winter items and EDIT out the things you didn't wear this year. I promise, if you didn't wear them this year, you won't wear them next year. 

2. Take the time to launder, dry-clean and mend your clothing. If you do this NOW - your favorite cozy sweater will be ready for you when that first 2018 winter cold-snap hits. 

3. Properly store your items. Coats, pants, dresses, silk and 100% cotton items should be hung up. I am OBSESSED with Huggable Hangers - they even come in kid sizes! Sweaters, hoodies and long sleeve t-shirts should all be folded. I love a good tri-fold (watch video for demo). Once your items are properly folded, store them horizontally in a sweater box or a drawer OR stack them horizontally on a shelf. 

4. EDIT EDIT EDIT. Yes, I'm saying it again - EDIT. Before you hang your spring items up - EDIT. Take a minute and identify the items you wear regularly or that you have a deep love for - if it's a 'maaaaayyyybbeeee I'll wear it'. Donate it. Trust me. 

And that's it! Take the time now & you'll be all set next winter. 

OK, time for a cookie.


Spring Organizing Tips with Studio512

It's better to post late than never...right?! This blogging thing, oy.

On my first Studio512 appearance back in February (more coming soon!). I focused on 3 key steps for any organization project: 

1. The EDIT: this can be a tough step but it's the most important. Don't run off and buy a bunch of bins before you go through your items & really clean out. Think about what you actually use & what you deeply love - anything else can likely be edited out. 

2. Make a Plan: once you've edited your items down & identified the things you're going to keep - categorize them! Whether it's your clothes categorized by season, linens categorized by bed size or toys categorized by color - anything can and should be categorized. Categorization helps you identify the organization items you need, how they should be placed in your space & labels.

3. Use the Right Tools: measure your space before you shop! Then think about the best type of bin or basket for your space. Wire baskets are great for pantries - spaces where you need to be able to see the stored items. Whicker baskets are perfect & elegant in a closet. Remember to clearly label your bins or baskets so you can keep your organization system in place long-term!

As you install your organization pieces and put your items back; remember to double check expiration dates, look for duplicates of items, and really consider whether you should be storing an item or editing it out. 

And that's it! Easy as pie! ...if it's not easy as pie for you, consider reaching out to a professional organizer. A professional organizer will help you edit your space and can create a functional organization plan that will last. If you find yourself 'organizing' the same space over and over again, you're doing it wrong ;-) Contact me, I'd be happy to help!

Click on the image below to watch the Studio512 segment.

Home Organization Design...huh?

What the heck is home organization design?

I promise, I'm not haphazardly shoving extra words into the description of my business. I take to heart the distinction between a more traditional organization approach and what I offer. My process is rooted in functional organization - I LOVE a well organized space that you can maintain and live in day-to-day. But I also love a beautiful space - one that you just want to sit and gaze at lovingly ;-)

One of the most important steps in my process is the initial meeting to talk through your space. What are your pain points? How do you currently use the space? How would you like to use the space? I also get a sense of your interior design style and take note of key design elements in your home. These pieces help guide how your space should ultimately feel (farm house, modern, pops of color, muted, etc) - they also help guide decisions on containers and label style.

So that's what it means - an organized and functional space that you want to show off to your friends and neighbors. Is there really anything better?! 

 #pantrylaundrymudroom organized & designed for the 'G' Family

#pantrylaundrymudroom organized & designed for the 'G' Family