Spring Cleaning: Organization Porn

Vanessa Traina, ITG
Char and the city
Leigh Lezark, ITG
Julia Restoin Roitfeld, ITG
Harry Brant, ITG
Lisa Houghton, ITG
Lili Barbery-Coulon, ITG
Bibi Cornejo Borthwick, ITG

Were you one of the kids who looked forward to a trip to Staples at the end of the summer just to spend some quality time in the pen aisle? Did you have a folder and coordinating notebook for each class? Does a sense of calm wash over you upon entering Ikea? Do you steal issues of Real Simple from your mother? When you heard that Tori Spelling's mom had an entire room dedicated to wrapping paper, did you think, "What a great idea!"? No? Too far? Well, if any of the above rings a bell, then we’ve got the slideshow for you.

The first day of spring is a mere two weeks away—minus one hour on Sunday (snaps for Daylight Saving Time!)—so it's about that time to finally get rid of all the excess clutter you've accumulated over the past year. Spring Cleaning: an entire season dedicated to putting together that Ikea bookshelf that's been lying around for a few months, throwing out all your old beauty products that are far past their prime, arranging your eye shadows, lipsticks, brushes, etc. in a more orderly fashion, and pulling out your rubber gloves and giving your bathtub/shower a good scrub-down. It might still not be fit for a luxurious bath afterwards, but, you tried.

If you’re new to the organization game—maybe you’ve decided to embrace adulthood instead of marinating in that post-collegiate lackadaisical bliss (we’ve all been there)—there are some items you might need. Consider planning a trip to The Container Store (boxes for literally everything, and then boxes in which to put those boxes); Bed Bath & Beyond (finally, a one-stop shop for Dyson vacuums and tortilla chips); a local flea market (old, wooden boxes); or, if you’re not in the mood to leave your apartment since you’re already in full dust-bunny eradication mode, try some online shopping at Zady (purveyor of the classiest of office supplies, among other things); the MoMA Store (Eames); and the always efficient Amazon (for everything, ever). Maybe even invest in a label maker—the possibilities are truly endless!

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  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElementalMercury L.S. Watkins

    I could never organize my books by color, it would make me twitch that they weren't in alphabetical order by author.

  • Guest

    Some please tell me where I can find the amazing door-hanging cabinet in picture 47; that thing is clutch. And seemingly non-obtrusive.

  • http://taliashulze.com/ Talia

    YES *cleans all the things*

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm surprised how much I like the shot of the paints on the rack!

  • Michele

    Could you do a follow-up post about when products are past their prime?!

  • julie


  • mlle p

    Envy-green here at some of the gorgeous spaces! Thanks for some needed inspiration.

  • SK

    Flee market? Should be flea market.

  • Teckie

    I love getting organized, but hate how keeping everything in its place is so exhausting. Great photos.


  • Isabel

    Anyone else feel a sense of calm wash over them?

  • Chloe

    This made me so happy! I'm such an organizer too!
    xx Chloe

  • Calin

    My eyes are so pleased right now.

  • http://brushandbullet.com/ Teresa @ BrushAndBullet

    FYOP: F*ck Yeah Organizatioinal Porn. Bet there's a tumblr for it.

  • Nina R.

    Could you please tell us the provenance of photo #s 6, 13 and 19? And, where is that awesome over-the-door medicine cabinet from in photo #47? Thank you!

  • http://www.beautyandludlow.com/ Victoria

    Definitely check out Muji for their acrylic drawers. So amazing for organizing makeup. Especially handy for the bathroom countertop - my boyfriend hates when I leave product all over the sink!

  • http://lazygirlglam.com Thu

    omg i didn't realize i had an addiction to clean organized things until this post. seriously my OCD is in pure bliss.


  • Makeup1959

    I love the bar cart for makeup. My bathroom is actually big enough for that. What a great idea.

  • ClaudiaRae

    *Cue orgasm sounds*

  • pamb

    What I want to know is: how did they get every little bit of wax out ;)?

    • Ona_in_Barcelona

      Freezer to remove the big bit of wax + dishwasher to clean up the sides x