Monday, January 31, 2011

A month by month plan to get your home storage organized

Better Homes and Gardens released this storage organization guide recently and I thought it'd be a good thing to share. I should have posted it early, and from now on I'll post each month's schedule withing the first week of the month. To read the whole storage plan on BHG, click here.

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January is all about the home office. Here is what they suggest doing:

•Create a Mail Station. Set up mailboxes on a desk, wall, or bulletin board. Or give each member of your family his or her own labeled box, bin, or slot.

•Stay on Schedule. Hang a large monthly calendar in a spot everyone can see and use it. Choose a paper calendar or dry-erase version, and encourage everyone to write important events, deadlines, and reminders.

•Organize Office Supplies. Outfit a desk drawer near your main working area with a divided tray or multiple small bins. Limit the number of office supplies in each compartment. Label each compartment with an adhesive label.

•Get Rid of Junk. Test all writing utensils. Toss everything that doesn't work perfectly. Group similar items (pens, pencils, markers, etc) in canisters for easy access.

Of course, you can always go way more in detail, but I think their suggestions are a nice starting point.

I adore this choclate office, and I'm a huge fan of baskets.
via Southern Living

The modular desk systems and home office styling ideas from Pottery Barn are an organization junkies dream. day...
via Pottery Barn

love me an inspiration board
via Traditional Home

A super glam office

A Herman-Miller studio.


Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

I {heart} just makes my heart go pitter-patter when I see a really clean and put together you know I'm totally in love with these suggestions! Great post! (c:

Jennifer said...

everytime I get organized it's time to move! haha =) I love it though!!!

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Simple Dwellings said...

Beautiful office spaces! I love the basket idea too. My favorite was the chic office space! What a jawdropper!

Lila said...

What great tips. These are going to help me in my New Year's Resolution to de-clutter! I really needed this!
Lila Ferraro

Megan said...

Oh, this post takes me to my happy place! Organizational tools are my cup of tea - I can't help it. I will definitely be using their guide!

jja said...

Home office, my sore spot in my home...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the joy I feel every time I open your blog and I send you my best love wishes for your stay with your boyfriend! Gina

ashley@decorology said...

@Gina - aw! Thanks so much you just made my day!

Mark Sindone said...

I am really enjoying this organization series! It's quite helpful to segregate the different storage areas in the house by month and making sure that each area is being well kept - at the very least once a year hey?


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