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Photo by Laura Moss; interior design and styling by Meredith McBride Kipp (A Mere Life)

The Closet

Melanie Charlton, a top-notch closet consultant, helps stars like Eva Longoria and Lake Bell whip their enviable dressing rooms into shape. Here’s her advice for your favorite (wink, wink) room in the house.

Top Tip: “Edit!” And for your cast-off clothing and accessories, Charlton recommends I-ELLA. “They let you sell items and donate a portion of the sales to the charity of your choice.”

Tidying Tools: “Hangers are the most important tools for organizing a closet,” she says. Charlton is also a big fan of hooks for arranging extras like belts and ties.

Bedside Basics: Charlton uses a shallow tray for her phone, water, and hand cream, while magazine racks keep her nighttime reads from stacking up.



Photography by William Abranowicz/Art + Commerce

The Kitchen

Love an elegant white kitchen? You can thank high-end cabinetry maker Christopher Peacock, who popularized the look. Here he takes on the heart of your home.

Storage Fix: For spaces that lack cabinets, “try open shelving and hooks,” says Peacock. You don’t have to install built-ins to score the kitchen of your dreams.

Tidying Tools: “Always have two or three big utensil canisters on the counter and around the stove,” he says. This way your cooking tools will be at your fingertips.

Curated Drawers: “It’s important to organize drawers properly,” says Peacock. For instance, those that hold flatware “should always have built-in dividers or slip-in trays.”



Photo by William Waldron/True MGMT

The Bathroom

All-around home-design guru Samantha Nestor has been the special projects editor at Metropolitan Home magazine, headed up Elle Decor‘s inaugural show home, and written two gorgeous books on design. Here are her tips for your WC.

Essentials Only: Nestor’s motto for eliminating product overload: “If you don’t use it, lose it. Get rid of those hotel shampoos or gift-size lotions from a year ago.”

Tidying Tools: “Place neatly folded towels in a beautiful basket,” she says. “It adds texture, saves space, and creates a lovely focal point.”

Stylish Solutions: “Choose storage that varies in size and material,” says Nestor. “Items like glass jars, baskets, and upholstered stools will create a nice mix and let you express your personal style while taming the clutter.”



Interior design by Domicille Design

The Office

Beth Zeigler is a professional organizer who writes an advice column for Apartment Therapy and helps people best their mess with her organizational boot camps. Here she shares tricks for your work space.

Reuse, Repurpose: “A vintage toast rack can double as a file holder, decorative canisters can hold chargers, and glass jars can corral just about anything,” says Zeigler.

Tidying Tools: “Decorative trays are great for the supplies you use every day.” To keep projects in order, she suggests enlisting magazine files. “They let you stow anything from large notebooks to CDs.”

Long-Term Tips: For stray bills, recipes, and other items you want to hang on to, “create a ‘to-file’ folder so you can quickly put paper away and tackle all your filing at once.”

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