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Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore is a residential designer whose firm, MPM Design, is based in Los Angeles, with projects nationwide. She believes that an integral part of healthy living is maintaining an organized, clutter-free, and comfortable home and is committed to using eco-conscious materials and practices.

Declutter

Hello all,

Thank you so much for your interest and for all of your wonderful comments! There is so much to say about interior design, so we’ll have lots to discuss in the coming months. To start, let’s begin with trying to organize the house with children, which I realize can be a daunting task!

A simple solution is to provide your kids with a cubby system for their toys and things. Start with a shelving system or a bench and add storage baskets. Some shelving systems I like include: The Container Store’s “Elfa” system, Ikea’s “Ivar” system, and 2Modern’s Kid Bookcase. (You can find all of these online.) If you like a bench idea — which provides extra seating in addition to storage — try Pottery Barn or Target. For the basket, look at Pottery Barn’s baskets (I like the “Savannah” and “Havana” baskets) or try The Land of Nod for colorful, canvas baskets. Assign each child a basket (you can attach a luggage tag — Target has cute ones) and start clearing that clutter!

One other thing to note: many people loath to throw away magazines, which seem to pile up around the house. To rid yourself of junk mail, go to http://mailstopper.tonic.com or for the magazines and publications you cannot bear to part with, organize them in magazine file folders. “See Jane Work” offers eco-friendly canvas folders in pretty colors — a perfect solution to declutter your desk or kitchen!

Finding a place for everything in your home will simplify the interior’s look and reduce stress for you! For more info about junk mail and keeping green, check out my friend Caroline Howell’s Web site, www.greenbeanie.net or her blog post on junk mail.

Happy Cleaning!

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