Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
Organization is a key part to a successful life. You make a plan, you know what you need, and how you will accomplish your goals. This strategy requires you to lay everything out so you can be prepared, which is why people love apps that help them stay on track or write it down in an old-fashioned paper planner. Organization can also infiltrate multiple areas of life such as time management and home layout meaning it has made its presence known in the design world. More and more designers are looking for ways to integrate organization into design, so much so that a new term has been given to describe it, organizeology. Let’s unpack what it means for you and the benefits it gives to your home.
What is Organizeology?
Simply put, organizeology is the blending of organizing and design. While the primary focus is closets and garages, it can apply to more areas of the home. It is the process of analyzing a space, taking inventory of what’s there, evaluating the homeowners need, and finding a way to create a space that is functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. A good designer will be able to assist you in this process, helping you create a specialized plan that works exclusively for you.
Why does it matter?
For some homeowners, it might be hard to understand why organization matters at all. Not everyone is OCD or feels the need to have everything in its place. While this may be true, no one enjoys having to spend extra time looking for something they need ten minutes before they need to leave for work or feel frustrated due to lack of function in the home. Organization matters because it ensures that the things you need are where you need them when you need them.
Benefits of an organized home
Organization yields a lot of benefits both in the home and for the owner. Some of the benefits of an organized home include:
When the home is organized your stress levels are reduced due to the easy accessibility of your things. Knowing where everything is means you don’t have to be frustrated or anxious because you can’t find something like your laptop case or important business report. It is also a tremendous timesaver and since you are not spending time looking for misplaced items you can spend it with your family instead. An organized work space like a home office or craft room gives you a greater ability to focus on the task at hand yielding higher productivity and creativity. For those with less square footage, implementing organization methods into your home will give you more functional space. A well thought out home gives you peace of mind and ease of use for everyone.
How to have organization in the home.
Most of us love the idea of an organized home but get stuck wondering where to begin. Design and organization can work hand in hand with a little good planning. When planning to transform an area from regular to organized keep these features in mind:
Furniture with storage
Designers are learning how to use features in the home to help homeowners stay organized. In areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and closets one of the biggest assets are drawers, varying in size and depth. Drawers can store dishes, towels, and even larger items easily plus make it simple to get in and out. Dividers are perfect for keeping stacks of papers organized, bills, kitchen platters, bakeware, and crafts items all ready to be used when needed. Baskets are perfect for storing large items such as blankets neatly in bedrooms and living rooms. They can also be used in bathrooms under floating vanities and in closets for kids toys and shoes. Hooks are an essential part for mudrooms, closets, and garages as they can hold towels, backpacks, coats, sports jerseys, lawn tools, and much more. They keep things off the ground avoiding a tripping hazard and in arm’s reach when they are needed for a quick grab. Wall space and furniture are also another great way to maximize square footage plus they can serve a dual purpose. Wall space is just that, a blank wall ready to be used. Think built-ins by the fireplace mantel or underneath the staircase. Both areas are perfect to store books, create a reading nook, or even make a wine cellar. Furniture that allows you to store things like blankets, family games, or even photo albums give you a better space, think about coffee tables with drawers, sideboards, or hollow ottomans. Your home was meant to be a place of calm and one that is organized can do just that for you.
Maintaining an organized home
There are not too many things that can outdo the feeling of success than looking at an organized area of your home. There is a sense of pride when we see everything in its proper place but if we are not careful the home can become messy again. By putting things in place for organizing your space, there is a high chance that it will stay that way, keeping your home running smoothly and clutter free. Some tips for keeping it orgazine would be:
Don’t let paper pile up
Put it away when you are done
Declutter the counters daily
Leave the room with something to put away
Keep everyone involved
Often it is the little things that end up becoming a bigger problem later so deal with them right away. Mail can quickly pile up on the counter so make sure to go through it every day throwing out the junk and putting the bills in a designated area. Before leaving a room, take a quick look around and see if there is something you can take with you like a book or sweater. When you are finished with something be sure to put it back as soon as possible. Make sure to involve everyone in the household, after all they live there too. If everyone does a little to keep the house organized it will be more likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Maintaining an organized home is not difficult when it is broken down into manageable tasks that can be done in short bursts of time. Working together makes it easier and helps everyone feel better.
What are you waiting for?
Are you ready to have a home that is functional? Where you can come through the front door and not feel overwhelmed by the amount of things that greet you or you stumble over? An organized home is one that allows you to have the freedom to move around with ease, know where everything is, and get things done with little difficulty. We have helped numerous clients achieve the space they needed, serving a functional role in their routine while designing it in such a way that reflects their unique style. Located only an hour from cities such as Charlotte, Asheville, and Spartanburg, our 5,000 square foot showroom has so much for you to experience up close so come visit us in beautiful Uptown Shelby, NC.