2019, we’re ready for you. Weeknight meals are no longer a challenge, regular workouts are back on the calendar, and now, we’re tackling the usually intimidating and daunting task of home organization, thanks to interior decorator Anna Burke of Anna Burke Interiors (aka, our go-to girl for all things décor). Here, her top five tricks for sprucing up your home.
- Use vertical storage.
Whether it’s utilizing custom built-ins or simply buying a freestanding bookcase, getting things off counter or tabletop surfaces gets them out of your sight line. Well-organized books, magazines, and accessories look great in bookcases. Piles of them on tables can feel messy.
- Remember: “Out with the old, in with the new.”
When it comes to keeping my closet and dressing room organized, I’ve employed a ‘one in, one out’ rule. If something is going into the closet, something is coming out to get donated. If you haven’t worn it for a year, odds are you won’t miss it when it’s gone.
- Stash seasonal items.
During the holidays we accumulate a ton of stuff—as in cards, decorations, gifts…the list goes on. Use the first few weeks of January to edit your home (It’s really important to do this, otherwise you will still have these items hanging around next year!). Buy large plastic bins for your winter coats, shoes, clothing, and decorations, and label them before filing away. Same goes for strictly summer clothes. If you’re going on vacation to warm or cold-tempered locales during the off-season, you have neatly organized bins to choose from.
- Switch out pillows.
Changing out accent pillows and getting a new throw for your sofa is a great way to welcome the New Year. You can even just change the cover on your throw pillows as many sites now sell just the covers.
- Invest in some greenery.
There are so many different varieties of plants to choose from. I personally love a fiddle-leaf fig. Determine what will thrive in your home and then select your plant and decorative planter. Every room needs something living in it, and once the Christmas tree goes down, it’s nice to have something green in its place.