What Marie Kondo is Missing

I’m not a professional organizer…far from it! But organization and design really go hand-in-hand. January is the time for organizing resolutions right? I have been bingeing the Marie Kondo documentary on Netflix “Tidying Up” just like everyone else. And while the spaces are truly transformed through Marie’s (adorable) magic of tidying up, there’s really a next level to creating the home you’ve always wanted – the aesthetic. If you want your space to feel mature and cohesive, it’s worth investing time, and yes sometimes money, in also making it look the way you want it to.

Here are 5 functional AND beautiful solutions to your organizational challenges, paired with the KonMari Method categories.

Clothing

Ok, so I’m counting bags in the clothing category since they are usually housed in the closet. If you have a beautiful bag collection, why not show it off? I LOVE this concept from Polished Habitat - it really elevates the clutches to art status. The only problem is that this was a DIY project, so if that’s not your thing (mine either), then search for something along these lines.

Polished Habitat Blog (Melissa George)

Polished Habitat Blog (Melissa George)

Books

Color coding your books is all the rage and for good reason. It’s so visually appealing! There are so many ways to organize your books, by size, by genre, but this color arrangement is my favorite. The other key to this particular shelfie is that it incorporates objects and also switches up the vertical and horizontal stacks. That creates great balance and visual interest on top of the fun colors. This Buzzfeed article has other great organizing ideas.

Buzzfeed (Paloma 81)

Buzzfeed (Paloma 81)

Papers

I’m not gonna lie, papers are the hardest for me. The incoming mail situation is basically unmanageable. Then there are all the documents you need to do something with now, later, maybe some day… it’s just hard. If you have something like this gorgeous leather letter holder from Pottery Barn, it’s at least a start. There is a surprising lack of pretty file storage out in the world right now. I have some pretty baskets from Target, but they don’t appear to make those anymore.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Komono (Miscellaneous)

Oh the magic of the tray. You’ve already seen it corral your papers. Here, the trays are grouping similar pantry items. Marie is a big proponent of using smaller containers within a drawer, shelf, etc. so she would love this too. The key here is that they are also pretty, not just a random cardboard box, and bonus, they also coordinate with the totally fabulous wallpaper. See more great tips on organization from One Kings Lane. Find fun trays in different sizes and colors from West Elm.

One Kings Lane (Tony Vu)

One Kings Lane (Tony Vu)

Sentimental

Oh I’m sorry, did I say paper was my toughest category. Yeah, that was a lie. It’s definitely the sentimental items. But mostly because I can turn any item, including paper, into a sentimental item. I have friends who are the complete opposite and can ruthlessly discard any old thing, even if it is from their childhood, college, a gift… they straight up do not care. Not me - and apparently not just me because Marie Kondo leaves this doozy of a category for last for a reason. The best thing I can recommend is that if you do have a collection or heirloom that you do love, make sure you find a way to enjoy it and not store it away, like this great tray collection. This is great for the rarely used china and silver you know you have stored away.

Country Living (John Gruen)

Country Living (John Gruen)

If you have other fun and pretty storage ideas, share them in the comments below!