Getting Ready to Get Organized in 2012

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Apothecary chest

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.

Steamer trunk coffee table.

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.

Storage boxes with nailheads

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). 

Video game storage unit

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!)

faux leather desk accessories

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!

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Getting Ready to Get Organized in 2012