From ‘Queer Eye’ to ‘Get a Room with Carson and Thom,’ Carson Kressley Reveals 5 Pro Home Organization Tips

 Carson Kressley attends the Television Academy's Performers Peer Group Celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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Life can get busy. Depending on your living situation, it’s easy for your home to become cluttered. Once your home gets out of control, it can become tough to get your living space back in shape. Fortunately, Bravo’s Carson Kressley offers a few tips for getting your space clean and organized. Here’s what Get a Room with Carson and Thom host Carson Kressley shared on Bravo’s home design blog.

Use baskets


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Baskets not only look nice but also hold a ton of things you have no idea where to put. There are plenty of colors, styles, and sizes to choose from. “The texture and global look of chunky woven baskets are so hot right now,” Kressley told Bravo’s Home & Design. “Use large ones to wrangle toys, blankets, magazines, even firewood.”

Let your furniture do double duty

White and gold apartment desk and living room

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If you’re short on space, it helps to have nooks where you can store small items. Having furniture that also doubles as storage is a great way to save space and hide clutter that would otherwise be strewn about your home. “When space is at a premium, consider furniture that does double duty,” he told Bravo. “Ottomans and coffee tables with built-in hidden storage are great for infrequently used items like board games, playing cards, and DVDs.”

Find a new use for trays

Decorative tray with book,tea set and flower on the bed

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If you tend to put keys, papers, and other clutter on your table, there is a quick and stylish solution: trays. A tray can provide the perfect place to organize your home. Kressley says tables can get out of control if you’re not careful about where you put loose items: “Coffee tables are clutter magnets as they offer a lot of flat space. Corral the clutter with simple lacquer or lucite trays to hold coffee table books, magazines, small vases, and candles. Add a fun box to conceal a bevy of remote controls,” said Kressley in the Bravo home design blog.

Use wall space

Get clutter off the floor so you can open up space in your home and create visual appeal. When family and friends come over to visit, you don’t want them tripping over things. “Get things off the floor and up on the wall,” says Kressley. “Try floating shelves to organize DVDs, video games, and the like.”

Create a gallery wall

Living room with gallery wall

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Do you have tons of family photos cluttering a table in your living room? It’s time to find a new home for all those photographs you have scattered around. Kressley suggests creating a gallery wall instead of taking up precious table space: “I love to have tons of framed photos of family and friends (including my horses!) all over my living room,” Carson told Bravo. “But I don’t like the dust they collect or the visual noise they create when displayed on an end table. Why not create a gallery wall instead? I like to scan and print all the photos in black and white and use similar frames to unify the look.”

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