Nate Berkus: 'Organization is the foundation of a life well lived' – here's how he keeps home tidy
The HGTV star uses these containers in his family home – and they can elevate the way you live, too. Here's his secret
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Mastering the art of an effective organization system is vital in every home, but certainly not least in Nate Berkus's West Village apartment.
The star of HGTV's The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project lives with his husband, co-star, and designer counterpart Jeremiah Brent and their two children, Poppy and Oskar Michael Brent-Berkus, in an (unsurprisingly) beautifully decorated penthouse. But with a high-profile schedule, young family, and urban apartment to navigate, Nate has had no choice but to get his home organization ideas in order.
'For me, the organization is the foundation of a life well lived,' the designer says in an exclusive interview with H&G.
'That layer of organization, that feeling of accomplishment when you look through your things and disregard or donate what isn't serving you anymore – and then you have the product to house all of those things, it shifts the way we move through our homes,' he says. But what is the secret to an (almost) effortlessly tidy space? The answer, according to Nate Berkus (opens in new tab), is to find storage containers that work for you.
Since Nate’s first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002, he has become one of the world’s most recognizable interior designers. He has authored two New York Times bestselling books and stars alongside his husband, Jeremiah Brent, in HGTV's Nate & Jeremiah Home Project.
'I have known – not thought but known – for a really long time the importance of knowing what is in each drawer,' Nate says.
'Being able to reach for something, whether it’s wrapping paper or ribbon or a pot or pan – knowing where to find that is an aspect of housekeeping that allows me to fill the space in a way that is meaningful to me. Without that layer – and without the edit – if you can’t look at your things and edit them continuously, I think what happens is we stop appreciating what we have invested in – and the time we have spent carefully assembling these spaces.'
In his home, Nate uses his own storage containers that he designed for mDesign (opens in new tab) – as part of a larger home collection that launched this month. It has a series of storage items, including a two-tier organizer (opens in new tab) that is perfect for kitchen or pantry organization and a sleek wooden shelf organizer (opens in new tab). However, the bins, like the ones shown below, are a particular favorite in his household.
'How can you be creative when you can't get dressed in the morning or find the vitamin you wanted to take? How do you take care of yourself and your home? I am not folding everything with a ruler or anything like that, but my children's drawers have all of my mDesign bins inside because I don't want my son, who gets himself dressed, to have to dig through a messy drawer to find what he wants,' the designer says.
These transparent, versatile bins keep all contents visible, making it easy to find exactly what you need in your cupboard or closet. Meanwhile, the open-top concept enables easy reach-in access.
This tiered organizer comes with two open drawers that pull out, allowing you to separate contents. Its simple yet stylish design creates the perfect catchall for miscellaneous items in any kitchen, bathroom, home office, or laundry room.
'Everything goes in a section, and my mDesign containers fit perfectly in a row in the drawer,' Nate adds. 'I hope that my kids will grow up and that it is their second nature [to store things in the same way].'
You can shop the rest of the Nate Home by Nate Berkus collection via mDesign now.
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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