For many, fall is about turning over a new leaf (no pun intended.) It’s a time to refresh your wardrobe (riding boots and chunky sweaters, anyone?), grocery list (root vegetables for days) and of course, your home. For tips and tricks to declutter your space, we talked to Beth Penn, founder of Bneato Bar, an LA-based team of professional organizers. She shared advice on how to organize a home using her favorite Room & Board designs. Plus, now through November 15, you can enter Bneato Bar’s online giveaway to win our Kori storage bin, natural steel tray and Thorn multiple wall hook (pictured above.)
- Distractions are the worst, especially when you’re trying to declutter. Mute your phone or switch to airplane mode. However, give yourself full permission to turn up the volume on your favorite music to keep you motivated while going through your stuff.
- What do you want to get accomplished? Write it down and estimate how long each task will take. Doing this will allow you to see what’s realistic in your time frame and what’s not.
- Get off junk mailing lists with my favorite app, PaperKarma. Just take a picture of the offending catalogs and the like and poof—you’ll never receive them again.
- Downsize your files and migrate to a smaller storage solution like the Copenhagen file cabinet. Beth’s favorite apps that make this possible are: ‘File This’, ‘Scannable’ and ‘Shoeboxed’. With these tools in use, your paper piles will start to disappear.
- The Steel storage drawer is like the little black dress of the organizing world. Place a couple of these under the bed to store linens when there’s no linen closet to speak of. The drawer also works great in a spare bedroom that doubles as an office space—just tuck it underneath the sofa or bed to create a functional office supply drawer.
- The Courier magazine sling works great to house active files in your home office. Place it close to your work station so files can live within reach without cluttering up your desk.
- Anything corralled on a tray looks instantly less messy. The Nadia trays are great for holding perfume, bracelets, keys or even mail.
- A desk top is prime real estate. With the Parsons desk with power and USB ports, consider only housing what you use on a daily basis while also minimizing wires.
- No desk? No problem! The Slim bookcase can store office supplies and important papers in cute bins and baskets for instant decluttering.
- Every piece of paper that comes into the house needs a place to land—including the ones destined for the shred or recycle bin. Place two Twain storage bins in the office or entryway and designate one for shredding and the other for recycling.
What tips do you have for keeping your home organized? Share them with us on Instagram at #roomandboard.
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