With that in mind, here are a few photos that have inspired me to get my small spaces in order now... I'll leave the big spring clean for another week.
Command Central: I think this would be a great way to sort mail - tuck a shredder into one of these cubbies, a basket for recyclable ads/mags, and use these see-thru baskets to sort your bills, periodicals, and outgoing mail. I'd replace the chalkboard with a big bulletin board and calendar - write down and pin up invitations and events as soon as they come in.
Photo: Rue Magazine Gallery, Similar baskets avail at Ballard Designs, Similar Bookshelf avail at West Elm
Photo: House Beautiful , Closet Design by Erinn Valencich
Photos: Originally shot for Domino Magazine
Photo: Annie Selke's closet as seen in House Beautiful
Ahhhh... the dream closet. Some of the best tips I've received for organizing your closet are to:
1) Use identical hangers - Keeps everything looking neat, even when it's not.
2) Use shelf dividers to store your handbags upright and keep them from falling over when you pull one down.
3) Use shadow box picture frames to store your prettiest necklaces and earrings - hang these shadow boxes on your closet or bedroom wall to free up space on your dresser & enjoy your jewelry even when you're not wearing it.
For more organizing inspiration, including more tips from the fabulous Nils Ebbesen, please check out my Around the House article. Happy Organizing!!