We tapped hotel pros, travel bloggers, and top Airbnb hosts for their best “comfy and calm” organizing tips. These five are so easy, you’ll wish you’d done them sooner!
Corral rogue remotes with a clever holder.
Hotels often have an official holder for remote controls so they don’t get lost between guests. “Simple and defined placement of remotes goes a long way toward helping guests kick back,” promises Netta Ben Asher, who worked in hospitality before hosting Airbnbs.
To make your own “clicker corral,” apply Velcro to the back of remotes, attach to the side of your coffee table and voilá — they’ll never go missing again!
Stash linens in a ‘grab bag.’
Just looking inside a messy linen closet can ratchet up our stress levels. To make changing the sheets fast and carefree (as they do in the best hotels) simply store each complete set of sheets inside a matching pillowcase in your closet, recommends travel blogger Jen Pellerito of Jen on the Run. “It’s a simple yet brilliant idea I learned from my travels, and I can’t wait to use it in my new home!”
Expand storage with strategic pockets.
When Pellerito wanted to create more space in her bathroom, she simply hung fabric storage pockets from her pedestal sink. “It doubled my usable space.”
To do, use adhesive hooks to attach a hanging shoe organizer to the bottom edge of your sink’s bowl.
Store everyday supplies with Airbnb’s ‘easy find’ rule.
When deciding where to store supplies, rental host Erin Bryant asks, Where would a stranger look for this? It’s helped her see her kitchen with fresh eyes: “I try to make it a no-brainer,” she says. “Paper towels in the pantry, coffee pods in the drawer under the mugs — this takes the guesswork out of household jobs and even encourages family members to be more helpful.”
Drift off to dreamland with a ‘Ritz spritz.’
High-end hotels, like the Four Seasons, pamper guests with freshly scented sheets. It’s a trick Kelly Johnston, owner of Sleeping Bear Essentials, uses in her home. “Lavender and cedar wood are my oils of choice — they’re so relaxing and promote sleep.”
Just add 15 drops of oil to a 2-oz. spritzer bottle, shake, and spray on sheets. “You can achieve the same magic by adding the oil to wool dryer balls and tossing them in the dryer.”
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.