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Martha's Homekeeping Room

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An overall view of Martha's new homekeeping room.  The furniture is from our line with Home Decorator's Collection (homedecorators.com).

1 An overall view of Martha's new homekeeping room. The furniture is from our line with Home Decorator's Collection (homedecorators.com).

This piece consists of the storage hutch and three drawer flat file.  Martha customized it so it functions as her cleaning station.

2 This piece consists of the storage hutch and three drawer flat file. Martha customized it so it functions as her cleaning station.

Inside, the shelving is outfitted with open front bins from The Container Store (containerstore.com).  Each bin is labeled and like products are grouped together.  These would also function great under a kitchen sink.

3 Inside, the shelving is outfitted with open front bins from The Container Store (containerstore.com). Each bin is labeled and like products are grouped together. These would also function great under a kitchen sink.

The drawers of the flat file are perfect for holding cleaning cloths and other cleaning essentials.  You can't tell from this image but what's great about these drawers is that they fully extend, meaning the entire drawer pulls out completely so there's no need to reach into the back.

4 The drawers of the flat file are perfect for holding cleaning cloths and other cleaning essentials. You can't tell from this image but what's great about these drawers is that they fully extend, meaning the entire drawer pulls out completely so there's no need to reach into the back.

A collection of squeegee sleeves, squeegees and brushes for any household chore.  Laying items flat like this in drawers makes them easy to find.

5 A collection of squeegee sleeves, squeegees and brushes for any household chore. Laying items flat like this in drawers makes them easy to find.

I have these swinging hooks by Sugatsune (sugatsune.com) in my laundry closet and I love them.  They're so attractive and practical.  When not in use, they can be folded flat.

6 I have these swinging hooks by Sugatsune (sugatsune.com) in my laundry closet and I love them. They're so attractive and practical. When not in use, they can be folded flat.

The packing station in the homekeeping room is made from the gift wrap hutch and another three drawer flat file.

7 The packing station in the homekeeping room is made from the gift wrap hutch and another three drawer flat file.

The surface is large enough to hold wrapping supplies and still leave enough room for packing up items.

8 The surface is large enough to hold wrapping supplies and still leave enough room for packing up items.

Another great piece of hardware from Sugatsune (sugatsune.com), a double hook.  The two prongs hold shopping bags perfectly.

9 Another great piece of hardware from Sugatsune (sugatsune.com), a double hook. The two prongs hold shopping bags perfectly.

The top drawer of the packing station is so organized.  The three drawer flat file comes with these great wood dividers for organizing but any drawer can be customized with a combination of drawer organizers.

10 The top drawer of the packing station is so organized. The three drawer flat file comes with these great wood dividers for organizing but any drawer can be customized with a combination of drawer organizers.

Two additional drawers hold all things for packing.  Acid-free tissue is a must for wrapping and storing items long term, especially clothing and linens.

11 Two additional drawers hold all things for packing. Acid-free tissue is a must for wrapping and storing items long term, especially clothing and linens.

An overall view of the hardware and repair stations.  These stations are comprised of the 42

12 An overall view of the hardware and repair stations. These stations are comprised of the 42" wide storage consoles as bases and topped with a storage hutch and modular organizers from the Martha Stewart Living Crafts Space Collection.

The Snapware Smart Store Totes that fill the stations are from the Home Depot (homedepot.com) and come in a range of sizes for organizing anything.

13 The Snapware Smart Store Totes that fill the stations are from the Home Depot (homedepot.com) and come in a range of sizes for organizing anything.

Compartmentalized cases are a must for holding small pieces.  These cases from The Container Store (containerstore.com) are treated so they also inhibit tarnish.

14 Compartmentalized cases are a must for holding small pieces. These cases from The Container Store (containerstore.com) are treated so they also inhibit tarnish.

Re-imagining uses for things is something we do at MSLO all the time.  Here a magnetic knife rack from IKEA (ikea.com) intended for the kitchen is used to hold tools and thoroughly dry damp paint brushes before storing them.

15 Re-imagining uses for things is something we do at MSLO all the time. Here a magnetic knife rack from IKEA (ikea.com) intended for the kitchen is used to hold tools and thoroughly dry damp paint brushes before storing them.

This tool chest was a gift from The Home Depot to Martha.  She absolutely loves it.

16 This tool chest was a gift from The Home Depot to Martha. She absolutely loves it.

Martha likes to organize tools according to size.  This way, she can see exactly where an item needs to be returned or know right away when something is missing.

17 Martha likes to organize tools according to size. This way, she can see exactly where an item needs to be returned or know right away when something is missing.

High shelving on both sides of the room is the perfect place for storing extra supplies and items not frequently accessed.  These wood magazine files from Home Decorator's Collection (homedecorators.com) are labeled and keep manuals and repair records organized.

18 High shelving on both sides of the room is the perfect place for storing extra supplies and items not frequently accessed. These wood magazine files from Home Decorator's Collection (homedecorators.com) are labeled and keep manuals and repair records organized.

Our January issue is full of inspiring ideas to help get the new year started off right.  Since this is the time most of us think about getting organized, I would love to share with you some ideas from Martha's homekeeping room that appears the issue.  Martha conceived this room as a place to do all things homekeeping related.  It's super organized and well thought out.  The room now functions just as Martha envisioned it.  I know that most of you probably don't have an entire room to devote to your homekeeping projects, but many of these ideas could be incorporated into smaller spaces. There's  also a video from The Martha Show on the room that really brings the space to life.  I hope the ideas and images inspire you to get organized.  I know they've  inspired me.

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