by Ida Hsiang
Decorating your home is never an easy feat, made even more difficult with all the great styles of decor and furniture designs available these days. It seems once you've found a great sofa set, it's nearly impossible to then find a dining set and bedroom set and china set and the countless other home accessories that will all match each other perfectly. Sometimes, it's enough to make you wanna tear your hair out. An easy solution? How about finding home decor and furniture that are all the same color? Or more accurately, lack of color. Clear accessories for the home, as well as clear furniture and other home accents, are popping up all over the place. Not only will they surely match perfectly with all the other color-less pieces, but the see-thru aesthetic gives the home an ultra modern and futuristic feel. With everything from kitchenware to larger household items available in clear materials, it's easy to give your home a cohesive look and unique style. Plus, cleaning is a snap when you don't have to bust out the heavy vacuum cleaner or steamer and just need a box of Clorox wipes. The only downside? Since these super cool home accents are see-thru, no more stuffing the dirty laundry and other little messes behind the furniture when guests come over!
One quick glance at my desk at home and it's painfully clear that one of my New Year's resolutions is to get organized. And sure, it's easy to get motivated when it's only the first week of January and I'm still in "fresh start" mode, but once the laziness kicks in it's going to be a serious struggle to avoid reverting back to my old disheveled ways. That's why I'm on the prowl for stylish ways to keep me efficient for 2010 -- messenger bags, laptop cases, agendas, etc. After all, what better motivation to stay tidy than a brand new bag? And even if your list of resolutions is too long to include staying orderly (or maybe you're already enough of a neat freak already), these picks are still practical additions to anyone's shopping list. Check out the slideshow for my favorite get-organized buys for a neat-and-tidy new year!