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“Dressing well is a form of good manners.” – Tom Ford
The above quote is one of my favorites, and I think the idea behind it can also be applied to keeping a clean and organized home. When your house is tidy, it shows guests that you care about their comfort and well-being.
My family lives in North Carolina, and I miss them tremendously. They drive up to stay with us every year at Christmas, and it is so important to me that when they are here they know that they are loved.
Part of making visitors feel welcome is ensuring that you have everything they will need (such as towels, sheets and blankets), and when you live in a small space it can be difficult to find room to store those items.
Here are my favorite ways to keep my apartment organized:
I recently moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom apartment. Part of me loved purging unnecessary items and ridding my life of clutter. The other part realized that the holidays were fast approaching, and I would have guests staying with me. I couldn’t just chuck all the extra towels that used to live in my giant linen closet because my out of town family would need to use them. Then, I started to wonder where I would store them for the rest of the year (after my guests had gone home) and I panicked.
I realized that I had to find a solution to this storage issue so I went to Lowe’s and bought a few boxes of Ziploc® Space Bags®.
They are the perfect way to organize seasonal items and they are also SUPER easy to use. You put your items in the bag, close it and then suck the air out of the vent with a vacuum. It compresses everything in there nice and flat and provides 3 times the storage*.
Plus, they will keep the items inside the bag clean and secure since they are airtight, waterproof and protect against bugs, moths, dirt, mildew and odors.
Buy double duty furniture whenever possible.
A great way to save space is to buy furniture with hidden storage. One of my favorite pieces is a standing mirror that has shelves inside for perfume and makeup and hooks for jewelry storage.
I also have a big ottoman in my living room that I use to store extra blankets for when Taylor and I want to snuggle on the couch or company stays over.
For this apartment, I knew I would need an area near the front door where we would be able to sit down and put on our shoes so I opted for a bench with baskets. I keep our hats, gloves and scarves in there. There are also slots for shoes.
Put up hooks on the backs of doors.
I have a hook on the back of every door. It is a convenient place to hang towels, and I put my bulky robes up there so I don’t have to waste precious drawer space on them.
Don’t overlook the outsides of cabinets.
If you don’t have a lot of counter space in your kitchen, you may want to consider reserving that valuable real estate for appliances (such as a microwave or toaster). I purchased these spice bottle holders since I didn’t have anywhere to keep a spice rack. This area would also be a convenient place to hang potholders, spatulas and other cooking utensils or measuring cups and spoons.
Be sure to check out more space saving ideas here. Do you have a favorite organizing tip? I would love to hear it! Please leave it for me in the comments!
*compared to uncompressed storage volume