With summer vacation over and busy daily schedules to coordinate

Get Organized

Conceal

Too often, the family entry—close to the kitchen and the garage—becomes display space for masses of shoes, backpacks and sporting equipment. That’s why the pristine back hall at designer Ray Forehand’s own Southport home epitomizes a clean, uncluttered approach. No one would ever call the Forehand kitchen entrance a mudroom. It’s just too beautiful.

With yards of storage concealed behind paneled cabinet doors that synchronize perfectly with paneled walls, the hall doubles as a study area for the Forehand children, close to the kitchen and their parents. And there’s not a soccer ball in sight.

Forehand, whose clean-lined aesthetic has become part of his professional signature, works his design magic on renovations, such as his own nineteenth-century farmhouse, as well as new construction projects throughout Fairfield County, New York and the rest of New England.

More at Raymond Forehand Associates.


Beat the Clock

The secret to organizing a busy home is keeping things where they belong

Organizing guru Betsy Krobot, a.k.a. Betsy K., offers these quick tips for highly scheduled families trying to cope with a dizzying array of errands and activities:

  • End time-gobbling, last-minute searches and keep your car clean. Have a “to go to the car” tote ready by the door so you won’t have to look for things when it’s time to leave.
  • Use the same bag to bring things in from the car when you get home.
  • Sort your mail at the trash bin. What you don’t need or want goes out immediately.
  • Toys all over the family room?
  • Sort them into containers, each labeled with a picture of the appropriate toy. That way any member of the family can pick up.

More at betsyk.com.


Personalize

Connecticut-based author and design expert Susanna Salk advises women to make their personal workspace beautiful. Coordinate colors, containerize clutter—use beautiful boxes to store clips, stamps, pins, and other small objects—and put fresh flowers on your desk. “You’ll want to use your desk if it looks great,” says Salk, who also arranges her workspace items on an attractive tray for a chic and put-together look.

More at http://blog.susannasalk.com.

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