home organization

Suggestions for an orderly linen closet

Image from  Homesong

Image from Homesong

During the gray days of January is a great time to focus your attention on the spaces in your home that are often used but rarely seen. Let’s talk about linen closets. Whether you have a large closet or a small nook or set of shelves that function as your “linen closet”, these tips will help.

How many should I have?

  • Sheet sets: 2 sets for each bed, potentially 1 older extra set to use for painting or other household projects

  • Blankets: one for each bed plus an extra for each size of bed that you have for guests

  • Pillow cases: 2 for twins, 4 for full, queen and king sizes

  • Towels: 2 sets per person plus an extra (in case you have guests and need to do laundry at the same time). A set includes: bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth.

What else goes in the linen closet?

  • Surplus of toiletries (travel size products for guests or to pack for trips)

  • Extra toilet paper

  • Bathroom cleaning supplies

  • First aid/medicine **Check expiration dates on all products & toss the old ones

How to store:

  • Store sheets by size. Fold the flat sheet and fitted sheet as neatly as possible, then store them inside one of the pillow cases. Consider labeling the spot on the shelf where each specific size sheet set goes, to avoid confusion or having to un-fold the sheet set to find the size you’re looking for. You could use cloth storage boxes to keep sheets free of dust.

  • Stack or roll towels. Sort by size and color, or by particular bathroom in which they are used.

  • Use large baskets or bins to hold extra blankets & comforters or sleeping bags. This will keep them off of the floor & avoid dust.

Enjoy a few lovely examples of orderly linen closets…

Image from  Honey We’re Home .

Image from Honey We’re Home.

Image from  Texture Photo .

Image from Texture Photo.

Image from  Waiting on Martha .

Image from Waiting on Martha.

Entryways for Fall

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As the seasons change and the colors start to pop let's talk about spicing up the WELCOME area of your home: the entryway. No matter how big or small, formal or informal, adding some seasonal personality to the entrance of your home will bring that festive Fall feeling we have all waited all summer to enjoy!

First things first, lets begin with what already exists in your space and tidy up our "palate." Start by analyzing the furniture in the area. Take stock of how items are being stored in, on, or under the furniture pieces. Clear out seasonal summer accessories (i.e. expired sunscreen, old or broken sunglasses, sun hats, sandals, etc). Store these items or discard if they will not weather another year. Next, give the area a good cleaning to prepare for the next season of storage and decor. Once the area is clean, bring in this season's necessities like a warm rain jacket, your favorite scarves and hats for chilly mornings, and your coziest pair of boots. This is where a piece of furniture with drawers is ideal for storing small autumn accessories such as gloves, pet sweaters, and your favorite chap stick!

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Fall Leaves Coir Doormat // World Market

Fall Leaves Coir Doormat // World Market

Now for the fun part, you have curated and cleaned and are prepped for the cooler days and now it is time to celebrate with the fabulous colors of this season. We like to think that the entryway actually begins just outside the front door. We love a splash of Fall foliage on the porch or on the door. This creates the first warm welcome as you or your guests approach your home. This can be done using a fall wreath, a bouquet or two of mums, and maybe some pumpkins. This does not have to be much, just adding a splash of color outside to welcome the season and your guests. If you are just feeling extra warm and spicy you can add a beautiful seasonal welcome mat like this one from World Market as well!

Once you enter the home, the "simple splash" approach still applies. We love pumpkins, gourds, and your favorite fall foliage strategically placed around the room. A tiny pumpkin on a key tray, a bouquet of vibrant leaves or flowers on a table is all you need to add that little festive pop to brighten up this area. We love how Julie over at Little Farmstead embraced the simple beauty of this season by showcasing her fabulous boots alongside some precious pumpkins. We think this is a "gourdgeous" combination :)

Feeling inspired? Need a little help? Well we would be delighted! Check out our October promotion below to find out how to let us Help You Dwell....for less :)

** Also, this month HYD is offering an entryway/mudroom organization and refresh for a discounted rate of $75 for 2 hours. We'll help you rethink the way you use your entry way or mudroom... including furniture, storage, and decor.  This is a great time of year to show this area some love, with lots of friends and family sure to be visiting your home for the holidays!
More details by emailing katie@helpyoudwell.com or calling 865.245.9080**

pantry inspiration

When you're in a space that makes you feel happier, you tend to feel a little more inspired...and maybe even a little more motivated. Let's talk about a tidy pantry. I don't know about you, but when each kitchen utensil, appliance, and food item is in it's rightful place, it motivates me to not only eat healthier but to spend more time in the kitchen! 

Today we are sharing a few ordered pantry images to inspire a happier pantry.

Switching your stock pantry items into glass jars is a great way to display your food. The task may seem daunting, but once the chore is complete your pantry will instantly feel fresh and your food can easily be located in just a glance. 

Another great way to freshen up your pantry is to store items such as onions and potatoes in decorative baskets or accessible bins. Also, try putting your fruit in wire or mesh containers. 

Grab a trash bag, a few air tight containers and start creating a happier pantry! Who knows, you may be so inspired that you'll also organize your refrigerator!

 

Stay tuned, our Interior Designer is upgrading her pantry. More to come soon!