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This blissful kids’ space is yours for the taking. We show you how…

Who else feels like keeping their kids’ playroom tidy is like nailing Jell-o to a wall? Ha! We’ve been there, trust us. With four kids between us, we’ve had days where we’re winning the decluttering battle and days where we want to scream into a pillow (don’t pretend you haven’t done this). One thing we’ve learnt over the years is: You. Need. A. System. Get the system right and the rest falls into place. We’re sharing our secrets below!

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MAKE IT PERSONAL. Our client’s four children range from one to eight years old. So we divided their activity and reading books into age-appropriate categories, and then store each category in acrylic magazine holders featuring each child’s name. It simplifies the process: they know exactly where to find their books, and they know exactly where to put them back (which, let’s face it is every parent’s goal 🙌🏻). We also gave each child a personalized storage container to hold their precious ‘works in progress’. If there’s one thing we’ve learnt it’s that kids LOVE anything with their name on it. So personalize away!

 
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SYSTEMS WITHIN SYSTEMS. This is a mistake lots of people make. They break things down into categories, then throw everything into one storage container. The result? A hot mess! Each of our white bins contains its own system. We love to throw in these organizers to keep smaller items in check.

 
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MAKE A VISUAL STATEMENT. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: make it pretty! You’re more likely to keep it tidy if you love the way it looks. We stored colorful craft supplies in transparent jars (to make them extra-safe for the littlest kids, we opted for plastic jars, rather than glass). Not only does it make it easier to find/return them to the right place, but they look so inviting!

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LABEL EVERYTHING. Skip this stage at your peril. The goal is to train your kids to stick to the system. Note that every every white storage container is clearly labeled - there’s literally no excuse (ha, try telling that to a three year old but we can dream, right?!) HAVEN loves using decals for a polished look, but a chalkboard label does the trick just as well.

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CREATE ZONES. It’s important to consider the room as a whole before designing a system that works. We wanted to store all the messy art supplies in the two gorgeous cabinets. To make them function beautifully, we put everyday supplies within reach of little hands, and stocked the overflow in ‘Refill’ bins at the very top. To keep things looking super-stylish, we hid the ugly activity kits in the cupboards at the bottom. Then we maximized the space in the central island by stacking coloring pencils and crayons in drawer organizers, and leaving out the most-used crayons in the turntable. Voila! A stylish system that works for everyone. Now it’s your turn!

 

Haven’s art picks

Our round-up of the cutest art supplies around (for little and, ahem, big kids too!)


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Corrie & Jennifer

5 New Year's resolutions for your home

Start 2019 as you mean to go on: clutter-free and in control. Even easier if you follow our step-by-step guide!

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How many times have you kicked off the year determined to whip your home into shape, only to find things sliding back to normal by February? We hear you. Living an organized life can feel like a lofty goal, but it’s 100% achievable with the right system in place. The key is to identify your organizing style and build a system around it. Break it down into manageable goals. Rather than ‘I want to organize my house’, which feels vague and unwieldy, switch it to: ‘I will create a system that makes my pantry work’. Or ‘I will create the space my entryway needs to function’. Take it a room at a time. Make it specific. Give yourself a fighting chance to stick to the system. Read on to discover the five resolutions that will overhaul any space, and transform it for good. Let’s do this!


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I vow to….create space

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Skip this step at your peril. Take one room at a time and make a ruthless choice to trash/donate/consign all the things you don't need. Some people advise starting small with an easy-to-tackle spot in your room. We say: go big or go home. Nothing will give you a greater sense of achievement than overhauling your most lived-in area. Once you’ve nailed the kitchen - or playroom, or whichever space makes you scream - the rest of the house will seem like small fry. Don’t believe us? Fun fact: look at the photograph above. Our client was struggling to part with her excess clothes, so we pulled out a third of her closet and photographed what was left. She was blown away by how much better her closet looked. Not only was there space for her clothes to breathe, it was much easier to create outfits because everything was visible. She vowed to adopt the ‘one in one out’ rule and remove one item from her wardrobe any time she was adding to it. Remember, sometimes you need a visual kickstart. Also remember: space is your friend.


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I vow to…transform my entryway

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There’s a reason we spend time getting clients’ entry points right. The way you enter your home sets the tone for the rest of the house. If your entryway is a car-crash of coats, shoes, bags and other paraphernalia, then shoot this zone to the top of your to-do list. Design a drop zone that works for you. Short on space? Your system could be as simple as a standalone coat rack or hooks behind a door. Got drawers? Invest in some dividers. Finally, adopt our ‘60-second rule’. When you arrive home, spend 60 seconds putting things in their place. Not only does it clear your head but it makes it easier to leave the house, too.


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I vow to…make the effort

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Yes, we’ll share our decluttering secrets, cheerlead the hell out of you, and help you design a system that works. But maintaining your system? That’s up to you. Be honest with yourself. If you truly want a home that works hard - a home that looks and feel great - then repeat after us: I will make the effort. There are no shortcuts. Once the system is in place, STICK TO IT. Did you know that 80% of cleaning is picking stuff up and putting it away? Utter madness. Tidy a room before you leave it. Return items to their place. Don’t leave a mess to fester. Get into the habit of doing it as you go along. Trust us, the pay-off is worth it.


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I vow to…live smart

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Organizing your home shouldn’t break the bank. Tweak your mindset with these steps…

  • I will use what I have. Finish the last inch of toothpaste, the last drops of olive oil, the last roll of kitchen paper. Don’t buy multiples of things. You’ll waste less, consume less, and bring less clutter into your home.

  • I will adopt the one-in-one-out rule. Make a pact with yourself to donate/consign an item each time you buy something new. This will be EXCRUCIATING in the beginning. But once the habit is formed, you’ll wonder what took you so long. Keep a container handy in each zone for items to purge. Then do it (this is very important).

  • I will Shop My Home. Anything can be used to contain your things. At HAVEN we love to think outside the (storage) box. We’ve used everything from vintage hampers to upcycled shoe boxes. Look for things that can be repurposed. Take the bar cart in the photo above. With a few simple tweaks we transformed it into bathroom storage. We used a cake stand to corral beauty products, acrylic magazine holders for hair tools, and an old cookie jar for nail polish. It doesn’t have to be expensive to work.


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I vow to…make it pretty

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One of our best-kept secrets? We make a visual statement with the way we organize. We color-code. We use stylish storage. We go the extra mile. Why? There are real psychological benefits to maintaining this kind of visual order. Dr. Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist says it’s possible that an organized and visually stimulating space can make its owner feel calmer and less stressed. She says: “Bring the complexity in your refrigerator down to a moderate level, and when you open the door, you would have a positive response.” That positive response means you’re more likely to keep it that way. Amen to that!


Haven’s 2019 toolkit

 

Hit the ground running with HAVEN’s hardest-working products…

No drawer should be without one…

No drawer should be without one…

We use them in every room!

We use them in every room!

These hangers will maximize the space in your closet or entryway.

These hangers will maximize the space in your closet or entryway.

Label everything (and we mean everything). We love these stick-on chalk labels.

Label everything (and we mean everything). We love these stick-on chalk labels.

Smudge-proof and idiot-proof! Write on labels or directly onto the container.

Smudge-proof and idiot-proof! Write on labels or directly onto the container.

 

Does your home need the Haven treatment?

Let us work our magic and transform the way you live! Click here to get started

XOXO
Corrie & Jennifer