The Storage Mistake Nate Berkus Was Making Until a Pro Organizer Came Over
The solution is part of his latest launch.
Published Feb 7, 2023 3:26 PM
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If Nate Berkus hadn’t gone into interior design, he says he was 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 résumé. 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 $15 to $190 that will level up your everyday routines. Psst: The assortment is also available to shop at 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 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 into the creative spirit, mDesign cofounder Susan Lizan-Immerman sent the pros from the Home Sort over to his house in Montauk, New York, to show him their best tips and tricks. “I’m 1,000 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 collection 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 sprung from French furniture design of 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 4-year-old’s dresser drawers in tip-top shape. “That is all that matters at 8 in the morning when we’re going to be late for school,” he says.