Thereʼs no such thing as an or­ga­nized mess

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES -

Start by des­ig­nat­ing a spot for ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing, grouped by sim­i­lar­ity and fre­quency of use. For ex­am­ple, all your win­ter gloves can go in one spot, or all your morn­ing beauty rou­tine es­sen­tials. To hide the ex­tras with­out mak­ing them im­pos­si­ble to ac­cess, look to down­size avail­able stor­age space. Sound counter-pro­duc­tive? When you have too much room you wind up with that hastily stuffed-closet syn­drome.

Buy some con­tain­ers that slide un­der the bed and you cre­ate draw­ers, not an abyss. Hol­lowed­out ot­tomans give guests some­where to sit and a spot for ex­tra blan­kets. And a cof­fee ta­ble that slides open is per­fect for DVDs and those mag­a­zines you keep mean­ing to get to.

The trick is then to set aside at least 15 min­utes daily to pick up and put things away. Thatʼs barely the TV com­mer­cial break – but will save you more than an hour and a half of hassle come the week­end.

Re­mem­ber, there re­ally is no such thing as an or­ga­nized mess. The great sense of con­trol youʼll feel is worth the ex­tra ef­fort to cut the clut­ter.

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