Before you dive back into your routine at the end of another hectic summer, take time to concentrate on the function and organization of your home. Create a clutter-free, thoughtful life by editing every room and focusing on smart storage solutions and calming colors and fixtures.

Follow these simple steps for a serene space even Marie Kondo would approve of.

1. Savvy Storage
From Left: American of Martinsville Faux Bamboo Dresser, Americana Apothecary Cabinet, Attributed to Karl Springer Two-Door Cabinet, and Russian Burl Cabinet.

The best way to keep clutter at bay is by having ample storage solutions for all your essentials. Creating “homes” for your belongings helps create a clean and clear space, a.k.a., instant tranquility. Thoughtfully designed options offer a practical—and visually appealing—way to improve the function of your rooms. Storage has never been so stylish.

2. Neutral Territory
From Left: Schumacher Modesto Flatweave Rug 9’10” x 13’2″, JANUS et Cie Wegner Outdoor Dining Table, Kasper Salto for Fritz Hansen NAP Chair, and Modern Style Orbit I.

When cooler temps start creeping in, weave subdued neutral shades in a variety of textures into your rooms for soothing serenity. These tried-and-true muted, neutral hues provide plenty of ways to stand out while blending in. After all, beige is the new black.

3. Bright Idea
From Left: Pierluigi Cerri for FontanaArte Sara Table Lamp, Charles J. Weinstein Moravian Star Chandelier, Contemporary Mirrored Glass Plate, Festoni Gregio Stripe Flask Table Lamps, and David Easton Custom Hampshire Pendant Island Fixture.

The days are getting shorter and daylight saving time will soon be over. Don’t wallow in dimly lit doldrums. Bring as much light as you can into your home by cleaning your windows, strategically placing mirrors and adding a new lamp or two to combat the darker months ahead.

4. In Good Spirits
From Left: Mid-Century Modern Two-Tier Bar Cart, Fornasetti Lacquered Wood Tray, AERIN Delph Mahogany Bar, and Woodard Furniture Co. Outdoor Bar Cart.

Fall may be about getting serious, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all the fun. Keep the ingredients for your favorite cocktails stylishly stocked and within easy reach by designating a tray, bar cart or repurposing an armoire into a “bar”moire for all of your autumn hosting needs. Goodbye frosé, hello spiced mulled wine.

5. Make Space
From Left: Milo Baughman Striped Dining Chairs, and Paul Tuttle for Strassle International Anaconda Cocktail Table. Both consigned by interior designer Eric Roseff.

There’s no better way to refresh your home for fall than by saying goodbye to pieces that no longer spark joy. Make room for something that will make your heart sing, and find a new home for formerly treasured pieces by consigning them with Sotheby’s Home.

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