Stay Organized in the New Year! [Design Tips to Make Life Easier]

January 25, 2018

Stay Organized in the New Year! [Design Tips to Make Life Easier]

Too many of us have a high tolerance for inconvenience. We’ll spend months—perhaps years—tripping over shoes, searching for pens or dropping various grooming products in the toilet, all because we’ve convinced ourselves we don’t have the time to implement basic organizing tips.

When the new year rolls around, we tell ourselves, “This is the year I will get organized!” Then we trip over a shoe and go back to our normal routine.

We don’t do this because we’re lazy. Instead, we put up with the various frustrations because we’re busy… and the idea of organizing an entire house seems overwhelming.

In 2018, it’s time to stop thinking on a macro level and start thinking micro. Instead of 101 design tips, choose two…or three.

What Drives You Crazy? 

Before you choose the design tips best for you, identify the most infuriating problems in your home.

Which areas make you groan, grunt and yell the most?

Are you always losing your keys?

Do you cook a nice dinner, then eat standing up because your kitchen table is covered with a pile of today’s mail?

Do you pull ten shirts our of your drawer when you only want one because your drawer is holding ten shirts too many?

These are the problems to fix right now. Everything else can wait until 2019.

Modular Storage

When it comes to organization tips, modular storage should be at the top of the list.

Modular storage units give you the freedom to make any space work for you. If your walk-in closet is so messy you can walk in— but aren’t sure you’ll be able to walk out—consider installing modular storage to hold your belongings.

With a modular storage unit, you can buy what you need then add on as your needs change. The styles range from industrial to country chic and the prices vary as well.

You can buy modular storage units at Walmart, The Container Store, Crate & Barrel or practically any furniture or big box store.

When choosing a modular storage unit, the best design tip is to consider the aesthetics of the rest of the room. Plus, you should always ask yourself how the piece makes you feel. Stacked cardboard boxes may keep you organized but it may be a painful reminder of your days as a poor college student.

Even if you’re the only one who will see this unit, pick something that is stylish and functional.

In other words, design like everybody is watching.


If you’re the type of person who is always running late because you can’t find what you need, and your house is awash in a sea of tiny items, then containers are the answer to your organizational prayers.

Containers do not have to be plastic bins, although a plastic bin works extremely well in some cases. When it comes to containers, a great design tip is to think outside the container box.

Go to an antique store or flea market and—this time-- look at each item with an eye towards organization. A mid-century boomerang ashtray may be a perfect place to put your keys when you walk in the door. An antique wicker basket could be a great place to store your kitchen linens. Distressed sugar and flour tins could hold matches, rubber bands or paper clips.

Or consider making your own container by covering wooden boxes in fabric. There are plenty of clever ideas on Etsy or Pinterest which you could easily recreate.

Also, try shopping where you wouldn’t normally think to shop.

The grocery store is a good place to find unusual storage solutions. Jumbo 20- gallon Ziploc bags can be used to store spare clothing under your bed which will ease congestion in your closet. Ziploc also sells plastic containers in red, green and blue in case you want to employ a color-coded system.

The First Step

Admitting you have an organization problem is the first step to finding a solution. After you’ve identified the problem in your house, make it your mission to find the answer.

Take measurements of any area in question and record the information on your phone so you’ll have the necessary details when you’re out shopping. Also take pictures of the space so you can show them to a design expert who works in retail.

Fixing just a few annoyances can make your home a more relaxing place to be.