Getting organized might not sound like the most thrilling New Year’s resolution. But it can be way more fun and impactful than you might think. Rather than simply tidying up around the house, organization can be all about transforming your space to make it feel bigger and more functional.
This process of having your home feel refreshed and new doesn’t have to involve hiring contractors or budgeting for a remodel. It can be as easy as following a spark of inspiration and picking up some stylish, versatile pieces from IKEA. Check out these simple ways to reorganize underutilized spaces in your home.
Add Storage Space to Your Entryway
Organization begins at the entryway. Rather than tossing items—keys, wallet, masks, etc.—onto coffee tables or counters or wherever you feel like it, you should have some storage space as close as possible to your front door. This OMAR shelf unit provides plenty of storage space, with adjustable metal shelves that are versatile enough to fit entryways of all sizes and can work as a shoe rack or cubby holder. You can even mix in some plants if you want to add a splash of color.
As for those cubbies, you add these TJENA storage boxes to your shelf unit to provide closed storage for bulkier items that you don’t want cluttering up the rest of your home. These practical boxes will keep your home looking clean and elegant, providing a place to put items like umbrellas, dog leashes, cold weather accessories and more. Once you create intentional space to place objects when you enter and leave your home, it becomes so much easier to keep the rest of your home looking good.
Create a Coffee Station
For many, making coffee in the morning is an essential ritual for starting the day. Make this routine as pleasant as possible by designating space for a coffee station in your kitchen. This NISSAFORS utility cart is a handy piece that can be the focal point of your coffee station. Whether you use a French press, pour over or a standard pot-and-filter machine, you can keep all your supplies on this stylish, three-tiered cart. You can even roll it out of sight once you’re fully caffeinated.
If you want to take your coffee station to the next level, you can hang this MOSSLANDA picture ledge above the space you keep the cart. This can be a place where you keep the smaller supplies, such as sugar, handheld grinder, your favorite mug and maybe even a succulent or piece of artwork. After all, there’s plenty of room for storage and style in your coffee station.
Save Space for a Reading Nook
Even if you don’t have a spacious bay window, you can still enjoy a cozy reading nook in your home. Just try to find a corner that isn’t already being put to good use. Next you’ll need to add your coziest chair and the KALLAX shelf unit. Since you might not want to clutter the corner with an extra end table, this sleek shelf unit is an unobstructive, convenient way to keep your favorite books and magazines within arms reach.
Of course, it’s hard to do much reading without a good light source. For those who want something less harsh than overhead lighting and more illuminating than a candle, this NÄVILNGE work lamp is the perfect compromise, adding plenty of light without taking up too much space. These few items are enough to make this corner your favorite place to be on a lazy weekend morning.
None of these items and strategies will add any square footage to your home. But they’ll definitely help you use your space in a smarter way, which will not only make it seem bigger. It will take the familiar and have it feeling fresh. Getting started is as straightforward as taking a trip to IKEA and getting the pieces listed above.