If you’re like us, you’re always looking for ideas to streamline your life and home. And one such place we’ve found tons of inspiration is on the Instagram account of Jaime Lyn Carney—who happens to be a member our ambassador program, The Loop. From the closet to the kitchen to the laundry room, her home is absolutely brimming with easy organization ideas, so we had to figure out exactly how she does it. Check out our Q&A with Jaime below, and prepare to be seriously inspired!
Your home is so curated, clean, and organized! How do you maintain the organization amidst the craziness of everyday life?
Thank you, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way! Remember, what you see in the squares on Instagram is not always real life. I will admit, I am a pretty organized person but sometimes the only clean corner of my house is the one being photographed! Life has been much slower this past year so it hasn’t been too difficult to keep the house clean(ish), but having two crazy pups can make it harder, especially with beautiful clean rugs. We make sure to clean their paws every time they come in from outside and close off certain areas of the house to them if we aren’t in the room.
We love your clothing closet—especially with that rug in there! Can you walk us through each section of the closet and how you stay organized?
The rug is the best part! The closet is color-coordinated which really helps to keep things organized. I know it won’t come as a surprise, but I don’t own much color, so it is really easy to keep my closet cohesive and organized. Within the color coordination, I sort certain pieces and keep them together. For instance, sweaters, jackets, blazers, etc. I have two shelving units where I keep scarves, hats, bags, and other pieces. I also fold all of my jeans and color code them which makes it so easy to grab and go while keeping them organized. Not that any of us are wearing jeans lately…
We’d love to hear your organization ideas for your fabulous pantry, linen closet, and laundry room!
Baskets are key! Using baskets is such a great way to keep things together while looking super organized and clean. I use them in my pantry and my linen closet and they help so much! Also, they can hide any unsightly things you might not want seen. I have separate baskets in my linen closet for travel bags, extra soaps, medicine, etc. In the pantry I put canned food in baskets so we don’t have to look at the labels and we’ll know exactly where they are. I have a small laundry nook I use baskets for as well. I put everything in the baskets and just expose jars of laundry detergent and wool balls. It looks so much better that way!
Say you’ve decided to organize a specific area, whether it’s the closet or a drawer or another space. What’s your process like from start to finish?
I first empty everything out and clean the items and the drawer. Next, I sort things that I actually need/don’t need. Then I will try different set ups with the baskets or organizers or whatever I am using to see what looks and feels the best. Lastly, I will fill everything up and hope it stays that way for a very long time!
How often are you doing big clean-outs of spaces in your home? What’s your process for sorting through everything, and what do you do with things you no longer want?
In the past year, with all of the down time, I have been cleaning things out monthly. But usually, every six months. I am basically an anti-hoarder so I don’t have a hard time getting rid of too many things! I will donate or give away things I don’t want or need. I can’t stand clutter so sometimes I will actually get rid of things we need by accident because I just want the space to look clean and tidy, and then I will have to go and buy something we already had!
What “oops” moments have you had while organizing your home, where you maybe had to start over or think about changing your plans?
This usually happens when we are moving into a new house. I will start loading up a drawer or a cabinet and realize I actually need it for something else. It is so frustrating, but honestly so worth it [to switch it out.] You never want to waste a huge spacious drawer on small things that could easily fit into a small cabinet!
What are your favorite products to use for organizing? Any type or for any space!
Baskets. Those are my numbers on things I use, and like I said, they are just the best for making things look organized. I love using jars, mason jars, or amber jars. Amber jars are great because they’re darker so they can mask things you may not want seen. I also love using risers to make more room for things.
Sometimes the items you’re organizing are aesthetic enough to stand on their own. With toilet paper, it’s something that doesn’t need to be in a basket because it is neutral and sort of goes with the bathroom since it belongs there. I recently hung a mesh bag full of toilet paper in my bathroom, and it became a decor piece!
Any last easy organization ideas you want to share?
Have fun with it! I know organizing isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay, but it is so rewarding and the end result always makes you feel better than you felt when you started. I genuinely feel happy when I look at an organized space, and I don’t think I am the only one. There is a calm it brings and I let that motivate me towards the next project. Of course there are days when you’re not feeling it—I have those days all the time—but using Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration helps so much. I encourage anyone who is looking for some organization inspo to spend some time pulling together photos of spaces they love and work from there!