OPEN­ING UP

This busy fam­ily keeps school, sports, and dance gear in plain sight so ev­ery­thing is ac­ces­si­ble in their home’s hard­work­ing spa­ces.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Work + Hobby - WRITER SARAH WOLF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER MICHAEL PARTENIO

IF THE HOME OF­FICE IS STREWN WITH HER

THREE TEENAGE DAUGH­TERS’ LAP­TOPS and home­work, Betsy Ju­liano doesn’t mind. And she’s not con­cerned that the laun­dry room bins are full of damp tow­els or that 12 coats are looped over wall hooks in the mud­room. “It’s all fine,” she says, “be­cause ev­ery room still looks good.” Their home, which her hus­band, Michael, built, was de­signed with easy-to-see stream­lined stor­age so it’s a snap to find fig­ure skates, lacrosse sticks, and snow boots. And the stor­age is even eas­ier to use, mean­ing the girls will ac­tu­ally put things where they be­long.

Thought­ful touches abound. The of­fice is stocked with sup­plies, mak­ing last-minute runs to the store a thing of the past. The laun­dry room windows, counter, and flatscreen TV make sort­ing, press­ing, and fold­ing clothes a plea­sure—or close to it. And the mud­room cor­rals back­packs, coats, and even the dog’s bed in a cen­tral spot, block­ing the mess from mi­grat­ing into the rest of the house.

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