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Just Say Yes to Wall Art

By Basic Organization team member Debbie Baker.

I have already outed myself as a professional organizer who is also a lover of stuff. That also includes stuff on the wall, whether it be organizer-friendly hooks and shelves, or stuff with no functional purpose other than to make us happy, such as art, mirrors, sconces, salvaged architectural pieces – your imagination is the limit. Visiting homes in my personal life and as an organizer I have seen many blank walls, often times with artwork stored in various locations around the home, including leaning against walls. My thought – just hang it! I think a lot of people have a fear of making a mistake. There is really no reason to fear – if you don’t like it, or change your mind, the wall damage caused by a nail is easy to fix – spackle, sand, paint. Or use one of the no damage options available these days, such as 3M Command Strip products. There are so many internet resources available these days for picture hanging tips — here is a link to a good one.

If you make a mistake or change your mind, here is a video from Lowes with comprehensive repair instructions for a variety of wall repairs.

Hanging art is logical in an organizing sense – you are giving appropriate homes to these objects. And in the process you are making a house a home, and making it your own.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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