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  • Writer's pictureAly Thompson

New Year + Starting Fresh: Living + Dining Rooms

We have made it to 2021 + that alone deserves a celebration, so cheers to that. As 2020 was ending I had the urge to purge and declutter and bring in pieces that truly fit my style and added much needed function.


So every year I choose a word that I focus on for the year this year I chose minimalistic. If there is anything last year talk me it was that family and experiences with them mean much more than all the stuff cluttering our home.

We just bought a house in December which lined up perfectly to start going through all the boxes in the basement, sell the furniture we do not need anymore and donate clothing to our local City Mission. It truly has been so freeing to know what I have, have everything labeled, and be ready to start fresh while creating a truly organized basement/home again.

In light of my word of the year and organizational train I am on, I am sharing my must haves to maximizing each space without breaking the bank.

Each week of January I will share a new space to organize.

This week I will be focusing on adding functional and stylish storage to your living and dining room spaces. I will continue to add to this as my research goes on and as I use the products so here we go:

In the living room I want to do a few things, store blankets in a cute way, create a stylish and functional bookcase and have a place to keep the remotes organized.

Blanket Storage Possible Solutions: Woven Basket or Blanket Ladder

Bookcase Accessories and Storage Inspiration

So for my bookcases I want to be able to hide random items in baskets when guests come over, display some family photos and also showcase some of our collected treasures from traveling around the world and books we love. This is a few items I found!

Now I do not have a dining room currently I have a few tricks to help you maximize storage for your dining room! For my clients I like to add a statement piece that also maximizes storage but also adds to the dining room visually. This piece usually is a credenza, buffet, or some sort of china cabinet.


A credenza, buffet, or china cabinet has a lot of storage to hold your china, wine glasses, or even a junk drawer to keep it real!

Storage does not have to be ugly it can truly be a work of art while still adding function all while easy to use!

I truly hope this helps even a little to just start by changing one thing. Do not forget to shop your house, find items in other areas that may help to bring together your bookcase or a basket that will hold those blankets. Design does not always mean something new.

Next week we are going into your bedroom and closet and giving it a makeover.


Coming Up:

January 17th: Bedrooms + Closets

January 24th: Bathrooms

January 31st: Garage / Other

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