Sustainable Living

choose wisely

Reuse. Repurpose. Readjust—but don’t replace.When choosing storage solutions, look for durable products that adapt again and again for a long lifespan. Before you buy, find out what’s inside… Does the product contain recycled materials? How does it affect air quality?

know before you go

Extra trips to the grocery store cost you time, money, fuel and frustration. Plan a menu for the week so you buy only what you need. Set up your pantry space for quick inventory so you know what you have before heading out the door. Sort by food type.Turn food labels outward. Group items often used together. Stack back to front in descending size.

get fresh

Stock your pantry with pull-out baskets to store and display fresh, local produce (many goods like tomatoes and potatoes fare better outside of the fridge). Plus, local foods require less fuel in their transport and fewer preservatives since they get to your table sooner.

work smart

By showing the boss that you can work effectively from home, you’re likely to get the go-ahead to do so more often, saving gas and time. Get the day started early before the kids are up. Locate your workspace near natural light to improve alertness; use shades to reduce screen glare. Change up your posture and take breaks from time to time to keep your mind fresh and your focus sharp.

refine recycling

Locate recycle bins in a place where it’s convenient for you to sort recyclables right after use.This makes your weekly recycling day a cinch. Give recyclables a proper rinse—ensuring they don’t contaminate the batch (or attract pests). Situate a paper-only mini-recycling center near desks and craft areas and consolidate weekly.

simplify cleaning

When you don’t give grime time to build up, you’ll be less likely to resort to harsh chemical cleaners. Organize for light, frequent cleanings. Consider storage solutions that lift your stuff off the floor, making way for a swift sweep or speedy scrub. Use see-through baskets and hooks to keep earth-friendly cleaning supplies at the ready: microfiber cloths, spray bottles, baking soda, vinegar, lemon.

gather your giving

Designate a space to store items destined for charitable donation.There’s no point in letting good things from last season languish in the back of your closet when someone else could put them to use. By establishing a zone for this stuff, you’ll also make it easier to remember to take it along on your next errand.

be a lifelong learner

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Home Office Organizing Tips

suit yourself, your spouse, your students

Before you plan your home office, consider everyone who will use it. Is this space exclusive to you, or does it include a spouse and children? Think about the postures they’ll assume and the stuff they’ll want to store when they bring work home, play computer games or do homework here.

get comfortable

Though the science of ergonomics is complex and ever-changing, you and your family can benefit from the basics. Situate desk and chair heights so that your knees, elbows and hips relax at right angles while you’re seated at the keyboard or writing area.To comfort taller or smaller family members, choose an adjustable chair, and add a footstool when needed.

shed and shade light

Natural light can keep you alert and focused, but make sure to shield your monitor from direct rays to reduce glare.You may light the room with an overhead or floor lamp, but be sure to add a smaller, task-based light to avoid casting a dark shadow over your work.

Remember to remove clips and staples from office paper and mail you send to the recycler. These metallic bits can contaminate a batch of recycling larger than the one you’ve produced.

anticipate technology

Make room for the tech goodies you own today, and those on your wish list. If you’ll use a wireless laptop, consider lighting and seating for multiple locations. If you’re working with a desktop model, try shelving or strapping the CPU below to save precious surface space—just don’t stow it where you’re likely to play footsie with the delicate hard drive.

stock your shelves

Get strategic with your shelves to make room for what you’re working on right now and leave space for the personal props that inspire you: photos, post cards, fingerpaintings. At an arm’s length, stow pens, stapler, clips, and the few references you use daily—so you won’t have to get up to rummage for them when you’re on a roll. Use other shelves to stack extra paper, toner, envelopes and stamps—supplies that will save you a mid-project trip to the store.

protect your peace of mind

Designate your primary work zone a sacred space. Clutter can dull your focus and wrinkle your brow.You’ll be surprised how a clean desk policy can de-stress even bill-paying.

sort before you stash

Spare yourself a prolonged office cleanup by making quick decisions. As you encounter new papers, decide whether you’re using them this minute, this month, or in a month of Sundays. Clip, tack or prop up pieces you need now to get the job done. Use letter trays, brackets or nearby shelves to stack papers you’ll need later this month (references, articles, pending bills). Relegate nonurgent but important items (financial and health records) to your big file cabinet or deep drawers. Send sensitive information you don’t need to keep (offers that include your credit card number) right to the shredder.

show it to know it

Prepare a pleasing and project-worthy visual aid with a chalk or marker board… a place for your running list of to-dos, your best ideas and reminders to other family members.

Home Office & Media Center Organizing Tips

Whether you’re bringing work home, doing homework, or compiling the family books, a home office provides a convenient place to get work done. With the right solution, this space can blend effortlessly into your home, even doing double-duty as an office or media center. Here are a few tips to help a single small space perform admirably whether you’re on or off the clock.

Do a disappearing act.

Paper, notebooks, and pens may be necessary for your work, but they don’t have to stay out in the open. Conceal them behind storage doors and drawers when not in use so your home always looks tidy and neat.

Blend the lines.

If your office is sharing space with other living areas, look for ways to blur the boundaries so they can coexist peacefully. Using open shelves to show off personal mementoes can help this type of space feel connected to the rest of your home.

Raise the bar.

Opt for a design that uses support feet to raise cabinets off the floor, creating a contemporary, residential feeling.

No loose ends.

Consider all of the items you bring into your home office, and plan storage space for each of them. Then stash your briefcase, remotes, or technical equipment in a cubby instead of leaving them out in the open.

Let there be light.

A well-lit surface makes every task easier, but there’s not always room for a separate task light. Instead, mount low-profile LED strips beneath upper cabinets to illuminate the work surface when the area is in use.


Don’t let your home office or entertainment options be limited by small spaces. Good design can make the most of any space, letting you experience the best of both worlds.

Guest & Multipurpose Room Organizing Tips

When you’re expecting company, welcoming a kid home from college, or making room for last-minute guests, a spare bedroom is a welcome addition. But the rest of the year, an extra bed may take up more floor space than you’d like. With a Murphy Bed, you get the best of both worlds, so you don’t have to choose between your guests’ comfort and your own desire for extra space.

Stretch Out

In between guests, stow the Murphy Bed against the wall behind bi-fold doors, opening the room up to all kinds of possibilities for everyday living. Add a TV to create your own entertainment area, or use the open space as a sewing room, art studio, or exercise room.

Rest Easy

The twin, full, or queen-sized frame holds a mattress up to 11 inches thick, so you or your guests can get a quality night’s sleep. And everyone knows, a good night’s sleep starts your day off right!

Lost and Found

Prevent guests from losing their belongings while they sleep with a folding headboard that covers the gap between the mattress and the wall. Add a pillow-box with soft-close hinges to serve double-duty as a nightstand and convenient bedside storage.

Guest Accommodations

Open shelves invite guests to stow their belongings up off the floor during their stay. With ORG Home, you can combine a Murphy Bed with surrounding storage and display cabinets that give your room a polished look and practical function any time of day.

With a Murphy Bed, you really can have it all: comfy guest quarters that are ready whenever you need them, and extra space for your own pursuits as well.

Entryway & Mudroom Organizing Tips

Turning your entryway into an inviting, efficient transition space can lift your spirits every time you walk in the door. Follow these simple tips to upgrade your entryway, foyer, or mudroom into a stylish, organized space that will always welcome you home.

Have a Seat

Create a convenient spot for tying shoes or removing them before entering your home with a built-in bench. It also provides a handy place to set shopping bags when you come in.


Add Upscale Style

Choose colors, textures, and a style that complement your home and make a positive first impression. Shown here, the combination of Driftwood color with natural woodgrain texture, sleek hardware, and a White bench made of thick Forterra is one of many possibilities to express yourself.



Keep It Together

Spacious wall-to-wall storage offers room to store gear for every season, so you’ll always know exactly where to find that pair of gloves or your favorite sun hat. Custom designs for your home mean you can maximize storage space without wasting a single precious inch.


Claim Your Territory

Sturdy hooks give everyone in the family a designated spot for stashing or grabbing jackets, bags, and other everyday items. Add a few extra hooks for visitors and one for the dog’s leash.


Do a Disappearing Act

Maintain a clean and orderly appearance by storing items neatly out of sight behind cabinet doors or inside drawers. Plan a drawer for every season, sport, or family member.


Put It There

With a designated storage spot near the door, you’ll always remember where you put your keys, your garage door opener, or your favorite shoes. Low-profile drawers with full extension glides make it easy to find what you need at a glance when you’re in a hurry.


Designate a Drop Zone

Take advantage of underutilized space in your garage to create a mini-mudroom. Use hooks and baskets for grab-and-go convenience, and keep small items in overhead storage. A boot bench encourages people to remove shoes so your floors stay cleaner, and it offers a convenient space to set bags while you open the door.


When the entrances to your home are properly equipped, it’s easy to keep these busy spaces looking clean, organized and inviting.

Garage Organizing Tips

get in the zone

Situate your space and your stuff on paper before lugging it around on the concrete. Map out your garage and divide it by zones: indoor-outdoor transition, household overflow, large/long/long term, everyday yard gear; and hobbies. Let the map be your guide as you sort and assign your stuff.

admit it’s an entryway

Saddled with groceries, you stop in the garage and juggle keys, coffee, cell phone and more. For your kids, your spouse, and – let’s be honest – a handful of friends, this is the primary entry to your home. Ease the transition with surfaces for setting and hooks for hanging. Consider lockers or storage benches for backpacks, shoes and boots, and a rug or scraper to cut the dirt or snow tracked inside. If your garage is an extension of your kitchen, designate a spot for supplies like soda pop or paper towels.

Use the space you’ve created in your garage to host a tag sale, donating anything of value that doesn’t sell. Proceeds can fund a favorite charity or a future family vacation. Enlist your kids to spread the word with neighbors who might like to hold their own sales on the same day.

find your station

Sports enthusiast? Garden grower? Grease monkey? If space allows, station a hobby center directly opposite the large garage door: Include a well-lit work surface so you can see what’s at hand. Keep it clear by storing small tools and supplies on the slatted walls that allow you to clip and endlessly rearrange an assortment of hooks, racks and baskets – whether you need to gather golf gloves, pressure gauges or pruning shears.

above the rest

The minute anything but your tires hits the garage floor; it’s the beginning of the end for your organization aspirations. You can mount heaps of things to the walls to spare your floor from pileups and make cleanup easy. Tug on wall systems to make sure they’re stable; If it’s not tight, it’s not right.

layer by hazard and height

Store children’s items close to the ground, with things you’ll need to share at mid-level. Stow “adult” items – chemicals, breakables, or sharp tools – overhead and behind lockable cabinet doors if necessary.

take sides

Hook or hang awkward seasonal tools – snow shovels, leaf rakes, folding chairs – on the walls nearest the garage door to lessen the likelihood that you’ll ding your cars by dragging things along the length of your stalls.

lighten up

No one wants to spend time in a dim garage with hidden hazards. Shed a little (or a lot of) light on the issue. Install long-lasting, energy-efficient bulbs overhead and clip or hook mobile task lights in places where you’re most likely to need them. Multiply the effect by coating your ceiling with light, reflective paint.

mobilize your masses

You’ll only get so far sorting everyone’s stuff by yourself. Dedicate a day of family garage-keeping complete with pre-planning and recreation. Purchase organizers and cleanup supplies ahead of time. Define the project’s time and punctuate with snacks. Park curbside so you can move all garage contents to the driveway to conquer clutter by category. Assign an older child to burn a “garage grooves” soundtrack with pace-setting family favorites. Appoint a project photographer to capture before, after and candid shots.

Laundry Room Organizing Tips

Ever wish you could spend less time doing laundry? With a few strategic updates to the layout of your laundry room, you can make every step from sorting to folding and hanging faster and easier. By designating space for each activity and all the supplies you need to store, you can transform your laundry room into a tidy, attractive area that makes keeping up with this ongoing task feel more enjoyable and less like a chore.


1. Sort Your Supplies

The first step to organizing your laundry room is deciding what belongs there. Organize laundry cleaners such as detergents, stain removers, and fabric softeners and place them on open shelves near the washing machine for quick access. Household cleaners and supplies can be stored in cabinets behind closed doors, maintaining a clean and organized appearance. If you have the available storage space, you might also keep an ironing board, extra towels or linens in your laundry room.


2. Expand Your Space

It’s amazing how much more room you can find when you take advantage of vertical space. Adding a custom organization system with cabinets, shelves, hampers, and baskets can dramatically increase your storage capacity, letting you store supplies within arm’s reach while keeping them tidy behind closed doors.


3. Tame the Laundry Pile

Prep dirty laundry for washing by using deep pull-out laundry hampers to organize darks, lights, and delicates as they come into the laundry room. When one of the hampers gets full, just remove the basket and tip it into the washing machine.


4. Make Your Ironing Board Disappear

Instead of a bulky, full-size ironing board, try a space-saving fold-out board that’s easy to stow off the floor and out of sight when not in use. And it’s not just for the laundry room. This compact board offers convenient ironing in your bedroom when you add it to an ORG Home closet organizer. You can also use a hook to hang your full-sized board flush against a wall when it’s folded.


5. Create a Place to Hang Out

Once clothes come out of the wash, built-in hanging rods make it simple to air-dry delicates. Consider adding a slide-out valet rod to hold freshly dried or ironed clothes on their way back to your closet


6. Claim Your Workspace

Scrubbing stains or folding clothes on the surface of your dryer can be awkward and cramped. Instead, treat yourself to an open countertop where you have plenty of room to work.


Yes, laundry is never-ending, but an organized and efficient laundry room can work wonders when it comes to making this chore more enjoyable!

Pro Tips for Planning Your Home Pantry

Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just preparing your daily meals, a built-in butler’s pantry can transform simple storage into a space that streamlines your tasks, shows off your style, and lets you entertain graciously. Here are a few pro tips to consider when planning your home pantry.


Frame your favorites.

An open pantry is an ideal place to show off your favorite dishes, beverages, and cooking tools. Use the colors, forms, and textures of your supplies to become part of your décor, and consider a white or neutral color to make whatever you’re showcasing “pop.”

Serve it up.

A built-in wine and stemware rack keeps supplies close at hand so you’re always ready to raise a toast. Add an open countertop where you can invite guests in to chat (and admire your pantry) as you prepare their beverages.

Divide and conquer.

Instead of storing decorative trays and cutting boards in a drawer, use vertical dividers to keep them upright, organized, and easy to see every time you walk by.


Clear the counters.

Keep your specialty tools close at hand without cutting into your prep space. Deep pull-out drawers can hold small appliances like blenders and mixers when not in use, so your countertops stay open and uncluttered.

Pick your favorite.

Consider pull-out wire baskets for storing produce. Their full-extension glides make it easy to grab a snack or restock, and the see-through design shows off the seasonal colors.


Keep it clean.

Tuck mops, brooms, and other cleaning supplies into a tall cabinet within your pantry. They’ll be hidden from sight but easy to reach when you need a quick clean-up.

A home pantry can be so much more than a place to store your food. Beautifully designed storage solutions can make your home elegant, efficient—and always ready to entertain!

Kids Room Organizing Tips

take baby steps

When it’s time to de-clutter and clean, approach the child’s room like any other.Take baby steps and do one thing at a time. First, skim away trash. Then, hamper dirty laundry. Move on to big stuff and fill in with parts and pieces. You don’t have to be the cleaning fairy, magically whisking it all away. With your child in the room, walk through the baby steps out loud to demystify the process and invite junior to get involved.

lower the bar

Try a walk around the room on your knees (or better yet, enlist your 12-year old). From this perspective, you’ll soon find out what’s hard to reach. Make it easy for your kids to pick up after playtime or hang up a sweater by lowering hooks, bars and shelves. Stepstools can help, but for safety and ease, lower is better. Consider doubling up on clothing bars-one low and within your child’s reach, the other higher for special clothes requiring your help.

A well-organized space saves you time, money and stress. It can also provide the perfect opportunity to teach about giving and sharing. As you organize, invite your child to think about which toys are favorites—and which could be given away to become the favorites of a little boy or girl who has less.

keep it safe

Children (and sleep-deprived adults) are prone to bumping into things and grabbing onto anything nearby for balance or support. Stabilize structures that toddlers may topple. Remove their temptation to reach higher than they should by keeping off-limit items child-locked or out of sight. Choose ouch-free organizers with rounded edges.

eliminate monster hiding places

Do monsters lurk beneath the beds? You can scare them away permanently by packing their habitat with baskets or bins containing seldom-used toys, or off-season outfits. If your floors are hardwood or laminate, consider storage on casters for easy sliding. No more room for monsters-or clutter.

label and teach

Show your kids where things are supposed to go with picture and word labels. Books. Blocks. Pants. Pajamas. While you build good habits, you can help kids make meaningful connections between words, illustrations and actual objects.

express without mess

Designate shelves, tack boards or other special areas for artistic display-giving your child an outlet for personal expression and a sense of responsibility for the room. As they get older, your child may use these spaces to display trophies, aced report cards, or other items of inspiration.

gather and show

Tired of your child emptying out the dumpster-sized toy chest? Try providing smaller boxes, bins and baskets in easy-to-access places. In these, you can round up smaller toys, parts and pieces. Choose clear or coated wire containers to store a variety of unrelated toys-allowing tots to see what’s inside before overturning.

avoid sticky situations

Despite your best-laid plans, jelly, crayon or gum will inevitably enter the picture. Choose surfaces that wipe clean and resist stains.

Man’s Closet Tips

Behind every well-dressed man is a well-equipped wardrobe. Whether you’re hitting the gym or the town, it’s easy to dress sharp for every occasion with the help of a custom closet solution. Here are four closet organization ideas to make it simple to find what you need, while maintaining a tidy, sophisticated storage space.


Minimal Effort

No more hunting for your favorite shirt. An open, reach-in closet displays all of your options at once, streamlining the process of choosing your clothes or putting them away for the day. Include adjustable-height shelves to make space for everything from bike helmets to sweaters, and separate hanging rods for shirts and pants to keep you well organized.


Maximum Style

Choose appealing colors and finishes such as the Blue Stone color and Matte Nickel hardware shown here, to create a timeless, masculine aesthetic that elevates the look of your room. This upscale, industrial design creates a showcase for your clothes and accessories so you’ll be proud to keep your closet on display.


Open Access

Make it simple to select your shoes for any outfit or occasion. A tower of slanted shoe shelves with grooved toe guards can be adjusted easily to make room for every pair, from sneakers to cowboy boots.


Attention to Details

Add a tower of drawers for socks and underclothes, along with little helpers like pull-out valet rods, belt racks, and tie racks to keep your accessories tamed.


Personal Space

Take advantage of open shelving to display photos, trophies, or other mementos that uplift or inspire you. Or use the space as a convenient spot to drop your phone, watch, and wallet at the end of the day.


Don’t let your style get squeezed out by inadequate storage space. Upgrade your closet, and elevate your style.