Yes, you read that title correctly – clutter can be necessary! There will always be items in our home that we want to accumulate a grouping of. And these items, although they give the feeling of clutter because there’s a lot of them, are appropriate collections to have. In our home, I’ve become the master of disguising clutter. Large collections of unsightly items are rarely seen in my home, mostly because I just can’t stand to look at them! So, I thought it would be helpful to share with you the main ones we hide and how we do it! Hopefully this helps you make your collections of necessary clutter stylish and beautiful.
I use baskets EVERYWHERE in our house to hide things… In the bathroom they hide the toilet paper, bathroom supplies and bath toys, in the family room they hide DVDs and toys for the kids, in the dining room they hide electronics and dumbbells! The options are endless. I would recommend getting closed baskets (remember, we’re trying to HIDE their contents) rather than wire metal ones and get the largest basket possible to fit the space so you maximize your storage! I typically get my baskets at T.J.Maxx or IKEA.
We use bins in the kids’ room for storing toys. These are similar to baskets but are typically made with handles and out of much more durable material. We have over 10 bins in their room storing things like books, farm animals, train sets, Legos, toy food, and balls.
In the front of our house we installed some large built-in cabinets with half-glass and half-closed doors and every day, I regret not doing fully closed so I could use the top half for clutter storage too! Don’t get me wrong, I love the look of the glass panes and decor behind them, but that’s a lot of wasted storage space, and in a small home we have to maximize everything! Inside these cabinets, as well as the ones below the window seat, we store all sorts of things, from our crafting supplies to our china dishes.
At least 1-2 drawers in each of our bedroom furniture pieces is full of clutter. This could be books, decor, you name it. But it’s all things we want to have, keep and reference, so they need a place like the nightstand drawer to be stored in. It’s also common to have a “junk drawer” in the kitchen where all the pending documents, pens and other necessary household supplies are stored. I say, HAVE A JUNK DRAWER! It’s better than leaving all that stuff out on the counter, that’s for sure. 😉
OUR JUNK DRAWER:
We made ourselves a bread box charging station last year as a way to hide all of the charging cords that tend to lay around the kitchen. I love that we can just close the box anytime we don’t want to see the cords anymore! Here’s my tutorial so you can make one too.
So, here’s a recap of my 5 favorite ways to hide necessary clutter (in case you missed any or are obsessed with LISTS like me…):
- Charging Station
I hope this helps you hide some of the clutter in your home! If you try one of these ideas, post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me so I can see!!