The Storage Mistake Nate Berkus Was Making Until a Pro Organizer Came to His Home

The Storage Mistake Nate Berkus Was Making Until a Pro Organizer Came to His Home

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If Nate Berkus wasn’t an interior designer, he says he’d be destined to be a professional organizer. (Which might have something to do with his self-proclaimed double Virgo sun and moon energy.) As of this week, he’s gotten that much closer to adding the title to his ever-expanding resume. While he won’t be personally Marie Kondo-ing anyone’s space, the designer launched Nate Home in collaboration with mDesign, a line of organizational products (think tea bag dividers and bottle holders) as well as linens retailing from $14.99 to $189.99 that’ll level up your everyday routines. Psst: the assortment is also available to shop on Amazon, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, and Belk. 

Aside from his celestially guided tendencies, Berkus believes the definition of living well starts with a neat home that’s edited down to things that really bring you joy. For him, that also means focusing back on the basics. “It’s like the pocket tee or the jeans you always reach for—it frees us up to be romantic and creative with everything else,” he says.

To get Berkus get into the creative spirit, mDesign co-founder Susan Lizan-Immerman sent the pros from the Home Sort over to Berkus’s house in Montauk, New York, to show him their best tips and tricks. “I’m 1000 percent Team Professional Organizer now. My cabinets were organized, but not every container matched. Everything was labeled, but I labeled things in the wrong place and the font was too small. They fixed all of that,” shares Berkus.

One of the biggest lessons he learned: a basket is practically useless if you can’t see what is inside of it. For that reason, the Nate Home features deeply practical transparent bins so you can actually see what you are storing. Of course, he didn’t abandon his designer’s perspective. Inspiration for the geometric silhouettes, for example, came from the Viennese Secession movement, while his choice to use white oak instead of typical bamboo came from French furniture design in the 1950s. 

Naturally, Berkus is using the new pieces all over his home, from the perforated bins that have become a pantry lifesaver (his kids aren’t digging around for snacks for 10 minutes) to the clear boxes that keep his four-year-old’s dresser drawers in tip-top shape. “That is all that matters at eight in the morning when we’re going to be late for school,” says Berkus.

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