Hello and Happy New Year from Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo! My name is Kelly Sabella. I am an Interior Design and also the President of Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo. Since 2013, I have worked on 7 projects with RTR4C. Each project we strive to create beautiful, clean and tranquil spaces that promote healing, this is the foundation of Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo. With the New Year upon us, we thought we could apply this same ideology in our home. A beautiful, clean and tranquil environment starts with a well-organized space. January is National Get Organized Month and we have some fun, quick and easy suggestions to make your home the well-organized haven you’ve always wanted it to be! Every Tuesday, for the month of January, we will go room by room, starting in the heart of the home, the Kitchen/Pantry. We’ll then move to the Living Room/Office, Bathroom, Bedroom/Closet and finally the Kids Room.
The Perfect Book Shelf
A well organized bookshelf starts with prioritizing your items. It does not have to include only books, it can also include boxes, pictures, and even sculptural pieces. The key is to to keep the visually heaviest items on the bottom and go lighter as you work your way up. This draws the eye up, creating the illusion of more space. If you decide to include more than just books, it is also a great idea to stagger your items from side to side to create visual interest for the eye. Decorative labeled boxes are great to keep loose photos, CDs, or paperwork easily accessible yet contained.
FJÄLLA Box with Lid from Ikea (Off-White)
The Central Hub
Busy households require schedules, to-do and/or grocery lists, kids artwork, mail, bills and so much more. With a busy family and so many moving parts, one's house starts to feel like Grand Central Station! Having a “central hub” for all daily happenings makes it easy for everyone to know what is going on. Although there are many different ways to display the central hub, I find the most effective is with different surfaces such as cork, chalk and magnetic boards. Some items are best displayed with magnets, other with pins, and some hand written. This area is a constant working area, with lots of moving parts. Having a central hub will make what would usually be chaotic much simpler. If it is condensed into one area, everyone will always know where to look.
Using items such as benches or ottomans with built in storage is an excellent way to practice functional organization. Keeping extra blankets, games, coasters, toys or even files in a bench or ottoman keeps your room clear of all the extra “stuff” while making it easy to find when it's time.
Take a bath or shower, brush and floss your teeth, put on your makeup, etc. The Bathroom is a huge part of our morning and nightly routine. Not only does it need to be clean, but it needs to have order for all of the different purposes it serves. A clean and organized bathroom is important to help streamline your routines. It also helps to have a relaxing environment when you find time for a nice bubble bath!
Stay Tuned for Next Week’s Tuesday’s Tip!
Written by Kelly Sabella.