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It's that time of year where lists of new year's resolutions get jotted down in notebooks, on whiteboards, and on blogs. And let me guess...one of your resolutions is to get organized! (Whoa! I'm a mind reader!) January is a time for fresh starts, and it really is a great time to conquer the clutter that has been building up in 2011. With the right tools, it can be a pleasurable task instead of a painful one.
While you're gearing up for an organizing extravaganza in 2012, start now by investing in some practical furniture and accessories. These pieces will not only house your belongings in an organized fashion, but are beautiful to boot.
Above: an apothecary chest is a versatile piece that's equally at home in a dining room, living room, or bedroom. With a mix of large drawers, small drawers, and a cabinet, this piece can house anything from office supplies to linens to toys.
Replace a coffee table that has open legs and no storage with a trunk. Not only does this piece have classic antique styling, but it also has loads of closed storage to keep blankets and board games at bay.
Store mementos in plain sight in pretty storage boxes. Stacked on a bookshelf or end table, these will add style to your space and provide a home for loose change, sentimental ticket stubs, and that button you found in between the couch cushions (but can't remember what shirt it's from).
If you have a gamer in the family, a custom storage piece like this metal cube can keep video game systems contained - and tuck neatly into a console when not in use. (Video game moms, rejoice!)
Corral desk clutter with these handsome faux leather desk accessories. When paper is tamed in a chic plaid tray, it doesn't seem so scary.
2012 is just four days away...is getting organized on your list of new year's resolutions? What steps are you planning to take to make that happen? If you're not sure where to start, Style Illuminated can help! January is jam-packed with professional organizer interviews, organizing tips, product recommendations, and insider secrets to help you gain control of your stuff and your space. Stay tuned!
Lesley Myrick is an artist, designer, and adventurer with a love for short hairdos, French vanilla ice cream, leather jackets, and great typography. Hailing from Canada with British heritage and now living in sunny California, she's married to (and has a matching tattoo with) a devastatingly handsome American.
Her passions for interior design, collage art, and graphic design are the foundation of her multi-faceted career - by day she's a social media and interior design associate for Lamps Plus; and by night she's a collage artist and graphic designer. Visit her blog at lesleymyrick.com, where she doesn't usually write in third person. Follow Lesley on Google+
Where is the metal cube from??
Hi Anonymous, the metal cube is from Lamps Plus, but is no longer available.
Where is rataan trunk (pictured above small metal trunks ) from?
Hi there, the trunk is no longer available, but here is something similar....