Perfect for a living room – I love the black; it’s very chic and the lids, perfection! (Zig Zag Strapping Baskets, Black $49 for set of 3)
Every color of the rainbow – virtually indestructible and an amazing value - enough said. (Striped Strapping Floor Bin, $16.95 each)
Has a great vintage vibe – I use it in the bathroom, for first-aid. (Storage is the Best Medicine, $40)
These powder-coated metal looks cool and stands up to lots of wear and tear, plus you get a bonus shelf. (Hook Your Shelf Up, $48 each)
I love the simplicity of these peg rails – you can line a room with them if necessary and they work well in any décor, (they also have cork and ledge coordinating pieces). (Straight & Narrow Peg Rail, $20 each)
Back to School: Picking it Up
Michelle Kohanzo of Land of Nod shares her tips for organizing your home
Michelle Kohanzo, managing director of The Land of Nod, knows a few things about organization as the mother of four kids under the age of 14 and running the successful children’s retailer. Michelle offers Elizabeth Street her secrets for keeping her organizing her home and get ready for back to school.
"I believe that kids should “live” in the whole home, this includes their stuff. This philosophy creates a bit of an organizational challenge, but with a few key strategies it is possible to keep your home from being overrun by dinosaurs, art projects, and Nerf guns." Here are Michelle's top 5 tips for keeping it neat:
1. Baskets – You can never have enough baskets, and if they have lids even better! Containers allow for easy clean up in every room. This is especially key for all the small toys that seem to multiply in my home. I suggest looking for baskets that suit your room’s décor.
2. Hooks – Wall hooks are an easy, inexpensive option for encouraging organization. Make sure to place them near the door at kid height—otherwise everything will just end up on the floor.
3. Storage-palooza – This is the mother of all storage bins – it holds everything and anything!It is perfectly sized for kids to fill. Every home needs at least 2 of these—I have 4.
4. “Thinning the herd” – This is a phrase that my husband coined – it means getting rid of excess stuff (see multiplying small toys above). I try to “thin the herd” every couple of months. This is best accomplished when the kids are out of the house – say at grandma and grandpa’s on a Sunday afternoon.
5. Pick it up – my kids are sloppy, and they need to constantly be reminded to pick-up after themselves. Resist the urge to do it yourself – make your kids responsible for their own mess.