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June 3, 2020

Adding a basket to your room is a great way to store throw blankets and extra pillows, while adding instant style to your space! Baskets can also be a pretty way to store rogue toys, magazines, firewood, or anything else that might need a home. Because of their versatility, we often include them in family rooms, play spaces, and bedrooms.

There a wide variety of basket styles on the market, so you’re bound to find one that brings you joy and looks perfect in your space, and we’re here to help you get started. Below are some of our favorite baskets! Sources for purchasing are listed below.

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Which basket did you order!?

XOXO,

RWD

We’ve designed many home offices in our time, and each one is special and unique. Because our home offices are so important to all of us right now, we wanted to share some of our favorite home office designs to inspire you. And of course, if you would like us to virtually design your home office, contact us here!

ZEN MODERN MANOR

Our client wanted an office space in her Zen and Mid-Century Modern home, so we converted the den into the perfect home office. Subtle wallpaper, dramatic window treatments, and a simple desk with clean lines brought the room together beautifully. We also used the client’s Eames Chair in the room and found this stylish cabinet, which is deep enough to hold the printer!

REFINED URBAN ABODE

The office space in our Refined Urban Abode project is actually the landing space in the client’s loft. The area could have ended up an ill-defined pass-through area, but the orange accent wall and area rug help to define it as an office space. The desk and bookcase coordinate perfectly, and an accent chair and reading lamp (not pictured) help to make the space comfortable, as well as functional.

Vibrant Country Chic
VIBRANT COUNTRY CHIC

Shiplap covered walls and a rustic wood desk make this the perfect country home office! The art in the room represents one of the client’s dogs, adding the perfect personal touch, and the bright teal sofa provides a lounge space in the office, and adds a pop of color in the otherwise neutral area.

XOXO,

RWD

May 6, 2020

A thorough deep clean of your home can be a daunting task… we totally get that. BUT it is important to clean your home really well at least once a year; not only for cleanliness, but also to maintain the quality of your furniture and home decor. An added bonus: deep cleaning means inspecting areas of your home you normally never lay eyes on, making it more likely that you’ll catch any major issues (like water damage) early, before they become even bigger problems.

If a thorough cleaning session feels overwhelming, try picking one area to deep clean each week – take it one step at a time! And in some areas, like your kitchen, it makes more sense to clean over an extended amount of time, since there’s so much work to be done in the cabinets and drawers. Our suggested list of what to clean in each area of your home is listed below – we hope it’s helpful!

Every Room

  • Vacuum and wash all air vents.
  • Dust and clean your ceiling fans and light fixtures, including any lamps shades in a room.
  • Clean your baseboards, window sills, doors, and any smudges on your walls (including spots that are usually hidden by furniture).
  • Clean your floors really well by hiring a professional carpet cleaner and mopping hard surfaces.
  • Vacuum and clean all area rugs in your home.
  • Wash windows (inside and out), as well as window treatments.

Kitchen

  • Deep clean the inside of your pantry, cabinets, refrigerator and oven.
  • Clean the outside of your cabinets, refrigerator and oven.
  • Disinfect refrigerator and oven handles, stove knobs and faucet handles.
  • Clean and re-seal (if applicable) your counters focusing especially on any grout lines. Hire a professional if needed.

Bathroom

  • Wash bathmats and shower curtain.
  • Deep clean shower walls and countertops, focusing on especially any grout lines. Hire a professional if needed.
  • Scrub bath tub and toilet well.
  • Go through vanity and properly discard un-used and expired makeup and medications.
  • Dust accessory items.

Family Room

  • Vacuum and/or wash upholstery and dust case-goods.
  • Polish wood furniture.
  • Dust TV and art on walls.
  • Wash throw pillows and blankets.
  • Dust accessory items.

Bedroom

  • Wash all bedding, throw pillows and blankets.
  • Go through drawers of nightstands and purge anything un-used.
  • Go through dressers and closet to evaluate clothing and determine what is un-used or un-wanted.
  • Dry clean winter coats for storage.
  • Dust accessory items.

Other

  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Update your house first aid kit.
  • Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is not expired.

Don’t forget outside!

  • Sweep your front porch and back patio.
  • Make sure your garage is organized and all seasonal decorations are properly stored.
  • Brush off any outdoor furniture, washing cushions where needed.
  • Deep clean your grill.
  • Clean the exterior walls, hiring a professional if needed.

XOXO,

RWD

As a professional organizer, one of my favorite projects are client pantries. A few quick changes can make a really high impact, giving you that Pinterest-perfect look, as well as keep your family organized. It’s a great project that you can also tackle at home while sheltering in place. 

No matter what type of pantry you have, the first step is always to clean out and sort your food. Once you know what you’re working with, you’ll be able to select the organizational items that will work best for your space. 

At the end of this post you’ll find a downloadable guide including your own pantry cleanout checklist, and links to all the items mentioned here!

Now that you have a better idea of what types of food you need to store, here are some of my favorite products that will help you beautifully organize your pantry. 

Before you choose your accessories, be sure to think about what types of items will work best for you. Many of my clients find that they prefer clear acrylic bins to group items together, because food isn’t able to hide from sight. They find that if they can’t see it – it doesn’t exist. That said, some of my clients adore (and strongly prefer) the look of beautiful wicker baskets or solid plastic bins. I always advise that you lean in to whichever style you prefer.

You’ll want a look that works best for your lifestyle, and will be most easily maintained by your family. The goal of a good pantry makeover is to combine style and simplicity. It can be easy to overcomplicate organization, so I don’t encourage clients to put every single item in bins or containers, but to group items together that might otherwise be unruly. Things like sauce packets or chip bags can each be grouped together so that they’re not falling over or laying flat in your pantry. The goal is to make it very easy to find what you want, when you want it.

Common items I might group together include:

  • Individual snack bags for the kids
  • Chip bags
  • Candy
  • Seasoning or sauce packets
  • Bags of spices can be decanted into spice jars

Now that you know which items you want to store together, you can create a shopping list around those needs. Download the guide below to shop the products mentioned here, and enjoy the benefits of a beautifully organized pantry!

Carly Adams is a professional organizer based in Sacramento, CA. Her mission is to create peaceful environments with simple storage solutions for her clients. To learn more or sign up for her weekly newsletter, visit tidyrevival.com.