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Lonny

It’s that time of the year again: New Year’s Resolutions!

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Lee Ann Thornton

I’m really big on goals. Committing to a task, working through it, being accountable, achieving something big. Book deals, new stores? No problem. Keeping the house organized? Can’t. Do. It.

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Studio Dearborn

It’s so convenient to be able to blame your mother, but, in this case, I can’t. Because her house is perfect all the time. Actually, we joke about our opposite “organization styles.” When you walk in her house, it’s totally clutter free. But open the refrigerator? It gets a little dicey. (Although, that’s mostly my dad…)

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Huestis Tucker

I, on the other hand, have a pantry full of matching, labeled jars that contain all of our food. Not a bag or box or unlatching container in sight. But I can’t seem to keep the mail off of the kitchen counter or all of the laundry put away. I think it’s like having a little reprieve. When the day feels a little hectic, I can open a drawer and it’s tidy and everything is in its label-maker designated place. And, gosh, wouldn’t it feel good if the entire house was like that?

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Eric Paisecki Photography

Thank goodness there’s a new year for everything because, man, oh man, could we brush up on our organization. And the kitchen, what seems to be the catch-all, black hole, center of the messes, is a good place to start.

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Jute Home

See how lovely this looks? A little cutting board on the counter. Nothing else. Just totally streamlined and spacious. (And that awesome brass!)

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Studio Dearborn

Now, of course, the glass cabinets are one place where Mom and I both excel. At home, that’s where I keep the stuff I never use…

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Brooks and Falotico

At the beach… I don’t know. We both just love keeping things looking perfect at the beach. Maybe it’s the fresh air or something!

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Huestis Tucker

Fresh stems of flowers or branches are a motivating factor for me — especially in the kitchen.

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Huestis Tucker

It’s like, somehow, something beautiful and fresh punctuates the space, making us want to keep everything looking just so.

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Revival Construction 

Plus it’s a good excuse to keep fresh flowers around, and who wouldn’t want that?

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Studio Dearborn

Resolution 2: Plant more fresh flowers in the yard!

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Studio Dearborn

This is such a cool office space right in the kitchen. Mom has an office in her kitchen, and keeps it beautifully organized. I have a separate office, but, somehow, manage to keep that super tidy. I think it’s because I was always good with keeping my homework in order. Same thing, right?

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Studio Dearborn

The importance of great kitchen storage really can’t be overstated…

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Studio Dearborn

And this is great kitchen storage.

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Studio Dearborn

Big drawers are the absolute best!

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Anne Hepfer Design

We have these spices at the beach! And they are perfectly arranged. And all of the looseleaf teas are in lovely little matching containers as well… Now to take that magic and spread it to absolutely everything else!

Here’s hoping that 2015 is my year to conquer! Do you have any big goals for this year?