5 Ways Innovators Organize Their Homes Differently

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If you classify yourself as an innovator, you see yourself as someone who is forward-thinking and continually shifting to adapt to the latest ideas—in every aspect of your life—including your home. Although being innovative is often simultaneous with being a trend-follower, you’re not necessarily focused on adopting what is popular as much as you are committed to carving your own space in the world.

When it comes to the space(s) you occupy, unquestioningly, innovators organize their homes differently. From the placement of your furniture to the prioritization of functional items, here are some ways you have uniquely designed your living space:

1. You Tame Clutter Chaos With Intentional Piles

Okay, this may sound a little strange, but one of your biggest organization hacks is the piling strategy. Why? Because simply moving junk from one part of your house to another (think: creating junk drawers or out-of-sight storage bins) doesn’t work for you. You need a visual cue of what needs to be done, but you also don’t need to be stressed about the to-do list…

Enter the piling strategy!

Whether it’s your desk or your kitchen counter, you shift the clutter into purposeful piles that help you see what you need, what to prioritize, and what can stay where it is until you have more time. This piling can also be a part of the decoration; for example, a shelf with section and clearly-marked label, or something simpler, like a stack of must-read books that trigger your excitement about post-work you time.

The piling strategy helps you to stay organized without you feeling the need to hide or pretend the chaos isn’t there. To you, chaos is a part of life! You’d rather find ways to move through it rather than stuff everything into a corner and forget about it.

2. You Honor Your Quirks as a Part of Your Design

As an innovator, chances are, you have a few quirks or collections. Whether it’s posters on the walls or numerous coffee cups, cat figurines or an assortment of fancy fountain pens, you have acquired some special items. And these items have naturally become a part of your home décor.

How you design differently is that you build intentional spaces around these items. For example, a cupboard for the coffee mugs, a standing shelf for the figurines, etc. This helps you to keep your space visually organized without losing the sentimental charm.  

3. You Lean into Minimalism in Your Work Areas

Minimalism is a trend that, as an innovator, you often embrace simply because it’s a no-fuss way to stay focused in different areas (and spaces) of your life. When it comes to your work desk or the place that you find yourself buckling down the most, you often use minimalism to remove distractions.

Now, this isn’t to say that your desk can’t be littered with pictures and memories of loved ones—it can, and probably will—but you use minimalism as a design guide to help you remove unnecessary busyness and focus on what you’re intending to do: work hard.

4. You Adapt Trends to Fit Your Lifestyle Preferences

As an innovator, what truly makes you unique is your ability to navigate through trends to pick and choose what truly resonates with you.

Unlike many people who are enamored by the latest and greatest, you have the uncanny ability to sift through the noise. You have no problem figuring out not only what will be functional in your space but also what makes the most sense with the styles and quirks you love. Then, you go from there, picking some things while moving away from others until you have the design and organization style that feels right.

5. You Keep Organization Simple

At the core, you are a simple but forward-thinking person. When it comes to organization, you don’t overcomplicate things. If color-coding your closet helps you find your clothing quicker, you do it. If you’re on the go (which you often are) then you make sure the way you put things away is easy to access.

You simplify your systems so that you’re never spending too much time in the process. This way, you can focus more on your tasks (and think about ways to improve other areas of your life, too). As an innovator, you also embrace flexibility. Nothing is set in stone for you; there’s always room for change and for improvement.