The Weekly Warmth is a reminder to take time for yourself. Here, I share a weekly collection of fashion, cooking, lifestyle, and design favourites, along with uplifting stories, helpful tips, and more. With the Weekly Warmth, we can all come back to a creative space and find special moments in the everyday.
The start of a new year always inspires me to get organized! It’s an opportunity to streamline, lighten the load, and find tiny wins in this time spent at home. As we gear up for another round of virtual learning and take steps forward in our business, it’s also a moment to set up a functional home so that we can all thrive in other areas. This week, I’m sharing my top home organization tips to start the year fresh. I hope you draw inspiration from the little things that brought me warmth this week.
PHOTO: Melissa Leclair in the Leclair family kitchen
The Kitchen: Functional CAN be beautiful. I take January to reorganize my cupboards and pantry goods. Wire baskets or plastic bins are useful to group together things like kids snacks and nuts and seeds for easy grab-and-go in the mornings. Frequent use items like flour, sugar, and other loose ingredients are better kept on the counter for easy access. I use these white lidded crocks so they play double-duty as decor! We also love our bread bin and these versatile woven boxes for storing functional kitchen tools in stylish containers.
The Living Room (or any space, really): “Basket” has to be one of my favourite words. I use them in every room, for almost anything. In the living room, baskets are an easy storage solution for extra throw pillows and blankets or to tuck away toys, magazines, and more for a quick clean up that makes you feel accomplished—at least for 30 minutes! The Sana basket is one of my favourites for its large size. You’ll also find the Hilda basket all over our home.
The Closet: Now is the time to switch out seasonal pieces to make sure your closet represents what you’re currently wearing. This helps fasttrack my busy mornings. While you’re at it, why not purge pieces you haven’t worn in the last twelve months or that you don’t feel your best in? Finally, great hangers can make all the difference—and will last longer. We use these solid white wooden hangers in our main bedroom closet, but a natural wood or walnut finish would also look great.
The Bathroom: Clean out vanity drawers and bathroom shelves to toss out old makeup and toiletry products and refresh them with little things that make you happy. In the kids’ bathroom, we use plastic bins to separate everything from hair elastics to lotions and toothbrushes. We like to group things by order of how you would naturally use them in your morning routine.
Kids Spaces: The Donahue coffee table has been a life-saver in our basement. Its hidden storage makes it easy for the kids to clean up after themselves at the end of the day, and keeps their play area looking both tidy and stylish.
The Entryway: I’ll say it again—more baskets! Add these marble bowls to your console table to toss your keys and a few clean masks in and it’s easy to keep your home’s first impression looking great.
The Laundry Room: Our custom drying rack and closed storage were game-changers in our laundry room. If you don’t have closed storage, invest in a few bins and wire baskets to keep that never-ending laundry cycle in order. Stay tuned for a full tour of our laundry room later this week!
DESIGN TIP: Move your existing greenery around from room-to-room. This can completely change the look of a space and make it feel instantly refreshed! It’s also a great way to get creative with your decor as we spend more and more time at home.
With love & gratitude ♥,