Organization with Open Storage
I love storage that does double duty, offering beauty & function in one. From more elaborate built-ins, to free standing units to simple open cabinets and effective use of a blank wall, every day storage and organization can be an attractive feature in a room.
I believe that storage and every day items can serve as both function and art. If you have open storage in your home you should use it for more attractive every day items. Obviously I’m not suggesting you put your ugly plastic sippy cups in open storage, right? Right. Put them in a basket on the shelf. The basket can be cute even if the contents is not.
It is an art form to live with attractive every day items on display and find creative ways to weave what you need into the design of your home (without it looking too cluttered or messy.) We can all use more storage, am I right? So many clever ways to tuck in some extra shelving or storage and if it can serve more than one purpose, all the better!
Having open storage for displaying useful items doesn’t have to mean you will live with dust and disorder, in fact, it could mean the opposite. Displaying things you love or actually USE means you’ll handle them more often and have the opportunity to keep things cleaner as you go.
My experience is my closed cupboards and closets are the ones that end up getting the most disorganized and messy! Out of sight, out of mind! It is just too easy to forget what is in there or use it as a dumping ground for junk. After all, you can shut the cupboard door. But with open storage, you appreciate seeing it looking pretty so you tend to want to keep it that way. Or maybe that is just me. I like incentives for order and I like living with pretty things.
This is a triple duty cabinet. It serves as a room divider, storage unit and attractive display. Love that!
It does take a little bit more time to find and collect affordable and pretty storage boxes, baskets and attractive things for your shelves than it does to just hide stuff behind cupboard doors. True. But for me that is part of the joy of living in my home. I enjoy collecting what I need for every day function and regular nesting of my space.
Update on finding storage boxes and display items: My favorite places to find open storage baskets, bins and cute displayable items like dishes are places like HomeGoods, IKEA, Target, Pier One, World Market and Michaels Craft. I just have to collect them over time as I can find and afford them!
Even a blank wall can earn its keep as a place for practical and artistic expression! This triple display board offers a place to unite all of those kid papers and creations, turning the whole wall into a way to organize life into functional art.