John Paul and I have lived in three homes together, and each one has had its own personality and layout. We've kept some of the same pieces of furniture (my beloved Heywood Wakefield dresser, school desk nightstand, our bar cabinet), but the way we arrange our stuff behind the scenes has drastically changed at each place. John Paul does not like outer clutter, whereas I like a little bit of stuff showing to keep our home from looking sterile. We've compromised by having little things like umbrellas out in the open, but put most of our stuff behind doors. Literally.
this little device from Container Store on the door that hides our washer and dryer. There are four hooks and 4 spaces where you can just jam a handle in there and it stays in place. So much nicer than just throwing it into our hall closet, which is currently holding...
this over-the-door kit for $11 for the board and iron, and it's awesome. Cheap, easy to put together, and slim (less than 7 inches deep with everyone on it).
I had a hard time getting a picture of this, but it's also really helpful to keep my tablecloths on hangers in my closet; they don't get wrinkled, and I don't have to fold them to perfectly fit our narrow shelves. Try it!
What are your tips for keeping life somewhat organized and sane?
P.S. I'm realizing now that I'm coming off like a Container Store spokesperson. I just happen to buy a lot of stuff from their stores.