For Wendy Silberstein, founder of The Aesthetic Organizer, creating home organizing systems for clients is not just a profession—it's a passion! She started her New York City-based business after a career in the fashion industry as a buyer for Bloomingdales and an executive on Seventh Avenue. She discovered her calling in helping city dwellers organize their space-challenged homes in beautiful, space-saving ways. Wendy’s holistic approach is based on the fundamentals of having an aesthetically organized home that leads to clarity, peace of mind, and well being.
Together with her clients, Wendy creates systems that feel intuitive and simple to maintain, and that look beautiful, too. She believes that everyone wants a home that makes living life to the fullest feel easy and enjoyable. Wendy lives for knowing that she’s made a true impact on her clients with her organizing systems that become integrated into their daily lives.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT
When organizing a space, start with the proper edit. Take everything out, create groupings by placing like items together, and pare down your belongings to get rid of anything you no longer use. Keep bins on hand for choices to keep, donate, sell, or toss.
Create a clear labeling system that will help you maintain your organization. All members of the household will be able to follow your blueprint much more easily when your system is spelled out.
GO IN WITH A PLAN
Create a plan for the space you are organizing. Allow yourself the proper time frame to get through your project successfully. Allow up to a few hours per space, depending on inventory.
MAKE SURE IT MEASURES UP
Measure your areas for height, width, length, and depth, so you can choose organizing solutions that maximize your storage space.
LOOK FOR SPACE EVERYWHERE
Every square inch counts! Install a back-of-the-door system that makes smart use of that unexpected area. Use a vertical shoe rack with clip-on baskets for your master closet, or a hanging organizer to store items in your laundry room. Finding these solutions will keep clutter at bay.
SEE IT THROUGH
Clear acrylic drawer organizers in your bathroom allow you to separate a multitude of categories—makeup, medicinal, toiletries, etc.—while keeping every last item visible.
DECANT YOUR PANTRY
Toss bulky boxes and add the contents to clear containers. The uniform shapes help you maximize space, while the clear display helps you keep tabs on inventory.
HANG IT IN STYLE
Matching hangers maximize space with a thoughtful aesthetic. Measure your rod space to calculate how many to purchase—a good rule of thumb is shirts and blouses occupy about one inch of rod space, while bottoms like pants and skirts require 1.25 inches. Each dress, jacket, and suit requires up to three inches of space on your hanging rod.
USE VERTICAL SPACE
Take advantage of blank spaces by adding shelving to keep items off the floor. On the shelves, you can add thoughtful bins to keep inventory categorized in a pretty way. Add a bin clip label for a final touch that’s easy for all at home to understand.
BE OPEN TO GOING PRO
Hire a professional organizer, who can help you move forward into your most organized and productive life. A pro can provide the support you need as you develop your organizing system and establish new habits.