The Edit: Simple, Stylish Storage Solutions

Lovely Friends, there is no good reason to fill your living spaces with plastic bins or storage solutions that don’t reflect your taste or style. Woven baskets are a much more stylish alternative to the plastic bins and poorly made storage cubbies I see cluttering up most living rooms and family rooms. Whether you need to store laundry, toys, blankets or even firewood, try up-leveling your storage with some beautiful (and practical) open baskets. See below for some inspiration and resources so you can give your home a quick and easy storage makeover.

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Inspiration: Designer, Amber Interiors uses this charming basket duo to store musical instruments and plush toys. Photography by Tessa Neustadt.  Get the look for your home {here} and {here}

firewood in stylish basket

Inspiration: Woven basket by The Citizenry used to store firewood. Styling + photography by The Veda House. Get the look for your own home {here}

toys in storage baskets

Inspiration: A collection of baskets are used to store everything from toy trains, blocks, clothing and blankets. Styling by Shira Gill Home + photography by Vivian Johnson Photo. Get the look {here} or {here} or {here}

Do you have a favorite item or product that elevates your home storage? Please share in the comments below!

Style Inspiration: The Capsule Wardrobe

If your closet is packed with clothes but you feel like you have nothing to wear, a capsule wardrobe might be just what the doctor ordered. While it seems paradoxical, a leaner closet can actually make you feel like you have more options. A capsule wardrobe forces you to thoughtfully define your personal style, invest in timeless, well-made pieces, and fill your closet only with things that fit and flatter your current body.

Living with a streamlined closet has enabled me to spend less time and money shopping and encouraged me to make more conscious choices about what pieces I invest in. I’ve had to get creative mixing and matching pieces in a new way. If you are considering a closet edit and want a little inspiration and support, let me introduce you to a few of my favorite minimalist fashion bloggers. When it comes to living with less in-style these ladies get top marks.

Style Bee

Founder Lee Vosburgh provides you with style inspiration aplenty (10 outfits out of 10 pieces!) as well as super helpful workbooks and exercises. My favorites are Write Your Style Story, Recognize Your Shopping Triggers, and Define Your Color Palette. Click here for more from Style Bee. I’m hooked!

Capsule Wardrobe Closet


Caroline Rector founded her minimalist fashion blog Unfancy in an attempt to curb her shopping habit and redefine her personal style. She shares simple outfit ideas and closet curating tips, and focuses on style over trends. I love her emphasis on ethical fashion and her capsule planner for those just starting out on a leaner closet mission.

Capsule Wardrobe Collection


Anushka Rees was one of the original minimalist fashion bloggers and recently launched her first book, The Curated Closet. She is all about helping you define your personal style and sharing tips to curate your own closet. Check out her 10 Step Wardrobe Revamp here and other great stye resources here.

The Curated Closet Book

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How to Declutter Your Kitchen Counters

Kitchen surfaces commonly become a dumping ground for mail, papers, and random household items. If you are eager to declutter your kitchen counters, follow the steps below to ensure you will banish the dreaded piles once and for all!

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Leave Out Only Daily Use Appliances

Take stock of which appliances you require on a regular basis and relocate the rest to a cabinet, pantry shelf, or storage area. Do you make coffee every day or start your morning with a smoothie? If so, then it makes sense to leave out the blender and coffee maker, but most likely the bulky Kitchen Aid or Slow Cooker can find a home in a new place.

Use Clutter as Information

Clutter offers us valuable information. Most often, clutter builds up when items don’t have an assigned home. If you find bills and mail all over your kitchen counters, create a new “home” for them by setting up a tray, basket or wall mounted pocket to contain these papers until you can give them your attention. If you find homework and artwork from school drifting into the kitchen, use the same principle and set up a simple homework or art bin. Take action! Gather up the clutter from your kitchen counters and find or create homes elsewhere for all of the things that are commonly dumped.

Put Things Away, Right Away

Clutter builds up when things don’t get dealt with in the moment. It’s so easy to come home from a busy day and dump everything on the counters, but it truly only takes a few minutes to hang up your bag, and put keys, mail and papers in their “homes.” Once you get into the habit of putting things away in the moment, it will start feel natural and easy to maintain.

Do you have a simple strategy for banishing kitchen clutter? Please share in the comments below!

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Why You Should Make Your Bed

I know you are probably tired and rushed in the morning. I know that making the bed doesn’t seem very important. But here are five solid reasons why you should consider taking the time to complete this small task:

Making the Bed Sets the Tone for Your Day

Taking a few minutes to tidy your bedding and pillows will make you feel like you have already accomplished something before you have even left your home. “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget,” says Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit.

Making the Bed Teaches Your Children a Good Habit

Practicing the daily habit of making the bed will role model good behavior to your little ones. Observing this small action will teach your kids to treat their things with respect and take care of their personal spaces.

Making the Bed is a Form of Self Care

When I come home from a long day, there is nothing better than collapsing into a beautifully made bed with a good book or magazine.  Think of making the bed as a gift you can give yourself.

Organized Bedroom with Marlo Bed from Room and BoardMaking the Bed Lowers Your Stress

A tidy, uncluttered space can be very calming. Think about how good it feels to check into a nice hotel. Why not create a relaxing sanctuary in your own home? You get to decide how your space looks and feels – make it feel as lovely and restorative as possible!

Making the Bed Can Make A Messy Room Look Instantly Tidy

In most bedrooms the bed takes up the single largest percentage of space. So, just by pulling your covers up and fluffing a few pillows, your room will look instantly more pulled together and polished.

You deserve it! Why not put in a little added effort each morning and see if making the bed leads to better habits, greater productivity, and an increased feeling of well-being at the end of your day?

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Fewer, Better: Handbags

I have been working on ton of closet and style makeover projects and have had handbags on the brain. This everyday item can elevate and define one’s style and should not be neglected when updating a wardrobe. I work with so many professional women who have beautiful clothing, but outdated, poorly made handbags. No good! When investing in this staple item, I always suggest buying a classic black tote and also a brown/tan or neutral handbag. This way you can splurge on beautifully made handbags that are versatile enough for both work and play.

Black Cuyana handbag with camel statuettes


Current favorites include this oversized carryall tote in black and this small carryall tote in sable, both by Cuyana. I use the oversized tote everyday for work and love that it is chic, yet large enough to hold my computer and gym clothing. The smaller one is perfect for date night, dinner with friends or running errands in the neighborhood.

Are you overdue for a bag update? Try donating or consigning your old stash and investing in a few high quality handbags that will help you feel stylish, polished and ready to take the world by storm.

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Nightstand Styling

Is your nightstand covered in stacks of books, mail, and bills? Or perhaps it is littered with old snacks and kid toys? This little surface deserves a makeover! It is commonly said that making the bed sets the tone for the day. I would like to add that a streamlined, stylish nightstand invites you to rest and relax after a long day. I have a rule that mine only contains items that are pretty and make me happy. Could your nightstand use a little love and attention? Follow these simple tips for a quick and painless makeover.

Brass rimmed glass nightstand

One. Clear your nightstand completely and wipe down for a fresh start.

Two. Relocate any unnecessary or misplaced items, and stock your nightstand drawer with only the essentials: Reading glasses, current books or magazines, lip balm, hand cream, or anything else you like regular access to before sleep.

Three. Select a few pretty objects to style the surface of your nightstand. I find that intentionally styled surfaces discourage the dreaded clutter piles from forming. Favorites styling objects include: Fresh flowers or a potted plant, scented candles, pretty rocks or sculptural objects, a ceramic dish for jewelry, and framed photos. Remember less is more!

Happy styling. Your nightstand will thank you.

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Splurge: Elevate Your Everyday

As part of my mission to buy fewer, better things for myself and my home, I’ve been thinking about what’s truly worth splurging on. I’ve decided that it makes the most sense to splurge on the items that I see and use daily, even if these items are simply utilitarian. A few of my favorite products to elevate your everyday:

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Garbage Cans

I am partial to these but also enjoy this one. My husband thinks it is pure madness to splurge on a garbage can, but I say if a garbage can makes you happy, splurge on, my friend!


What’s with all the mismatched, starchy towels from the 80’s? Towels that are past their prime appear in almost every home I have ever organized. Treat yourself to some fluffy, matching towels. Your deserve it.


I only recommend owning two sets of sheets per bed so why not invest in lovely high quality linens that feel great? I am currently coveting the washed linen and vintage cotton beauties from Matteo Bedding.


We eat three meals a day and come into contact with our plates, bowls and glassware more than almost any other household object. Find a style you love and buy 8-10 of each item. A few years ago, I invested in a set of beautiful plates and bowls from Heath Ceramics and actually feel like my food tastes better on them!

What items do you love to splurge on to elevate your everyday? Please share in the comments below!

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Simple Styling Tips

Whenever possible, I like to merge form + function in order to create both organized and stylish spaces. Here are three easy styling tips I use on almost every project:

One: Use concealed storage to avoid over-stimulating the eye. Example: I love tucking away hair brushes, clips and ponytail holders in this adorable canvas bin by Petit Pehr.


Two: Use uniform containers. Find a container (bin, box or basket) that you like and use the same style and color in a row for a clean, streamlined look. Likewise, I always use uniform hangers when organizing a closet, uniform cups, plates and bowls in a kitchen and matching food storage containers in a pantry.

Three: Elevate everyday essentials. Everyone needs household essentials like diaper caddies and laundry bins. Why not pick the prettiest ones to furnish your home with? I love using these canvas bins as a portable diaper stations stocked with wipes, diapers and diaper cream and these oversized bins make adorable laundry bins or dress-up bins for a kid’s room. Also, loving these stylish high chairs with splash mats from Gathre.

It doesn’t take much to step up your interior style – Try experimenting with concealed storage options, uniform containers and elevating your everyday essentials. Struggling with how to create a stylish, functional home now that kids are in the picture? Click here to check out my easy online guide Clutter-Free with Kids!

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Work Happier

It’s been home office makeover week here at Shira Gill Home! If you currently dread sitting down at your cluttered desk, treat yourself to an office refresh with this simple process I use with my clients:

*Clear all clutter from your desk surface and drawers.

*Immediately, shred or recycle outdated papers and dispose of any trash.

*Sort the remaining items into broad categories: office supplies, reference materials, current projects, etc.

*Store all office supplies together  in a desk drawer or basket, file paperwork in a file cabinet or file box, and keep current projects and to-dos visible and easily accessible in a wall-mounted pocket or stacked neatly in a basket or tray.

*Once your desk is clutter-free and organized, you can accessorize your space with a few pretty objects – nice lighting, fresh flowers, and framed photos help your workspace feel both personal and inviting.

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Letting Go of Clutter When it Feels Hard

If you truly want less clutter in your home, but feel overwhelmed or resistant to parting with your stuff, you may simply be focusing on the wrong questions as you assess each item. 

Unhelpful Questions:

Could this be useful one day?

Did someone give this to me?

Did I pay a lot of money for this item?

These questions are rooted in guilt, obligation and fear, and will provide you with the justification to keep just about anything!

Helpful Questions:

Does this item support my current values and priorities?

Does this item fit in with the vision I have for my ideal home?

Does this item feel important and meaningful to me?

Could this item be useful/helpful for another person?


These questions will help keep you focused on creating a space that supports your current goals and lifestyle. They are rooted in abundant thinking – i.e “If I end up needing an eyeglass repair kit, I can easily buy or borrow one.” The goal, of course, is not to be careless, or get rid of everything, but, rather, to remain focused on keeping things that are truly meaningful and functional for you in the present.

Bonus tips for making it feel extra good to get rid of your clutter:

  • I recommend clearing clutter from your home in manageable chunks – one small space at a time.  Even if you limit yourself to cleaning out only the junk drawer, completing a job you start bring tremendous satisfaction.
  • Connect with a local non-profit or charity that can benefit from your donations can also prove helpful and motivate you to let go of more while helping your community. A win-win. 
  • Create a vision board of your ideal space. When you get stuck in the editing process, use the board as a reminder of what you are trying to create.  If you keep keep the destination close, the journey of decluttering will feel shorter and less fraught with anxiety.

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