Refresh Your Home: Get Organized

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The new year calls for some quick-and-easy updates to your abode that can make you feel renewed and relaxed. Brighten up and organize with these tips from professional organizer Stacey McElrath and our stylist, Sidney.

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Make the most of your stuff.

Large bowls and cake stands, for example, can be difficult to store. Embrace their visual and functional possibilities by displaying them, as well as using them to store small items like fresh citrus, for a bold pop of color. Efficiency at its finest!

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Repurpose.

Is your entry table not so welcoming? Try switching it out with another piece in your home. A bar cart is a fantastic replacement—it has shelf space, charming appeal, and a size that isn’t overwhelming.

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Visual clutter creates mental clutter.

Flat surfaces, like floors or countertops, are breeding grounds for clutter. Maintain these areas by respecting their purpose. A floor is meant for walking on, not for storing clothes that should be hung up. A countertop is meant for meal preparation, not housing a week’s worth of unopened mail. Clear space = clearer mind.

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Classic Bar Cart How-To

See how to create the perfect cocktail station: http://www.celebratemag.com/bar-cart-how-to/

For more organization tips and ideas to refresh your home, pick up the January/February issue of Entertain Decorate Celebrate!

Resources: Bar cart from wayfair.com; dog leash, State Traditions


Birmingham, Alabama-based professional organizer Stacey McElrath helps clients throughout the Southeast clear clutter and establish customized systems to maintain order in their homes or offices. Visit SHMorganizing.com for more information.