According to conventional wisdom, spring’s the time to fluff the pillows, clear out cobwebs, and show that junk drawer who’s boss. But let’s face it: tackling a less-than-organized living space can overwhelm even the coolest of customers.
To save you from making a mountain out of a laundry pile this spring, we’ve laid out a simple plan to help you tackle dust bunnies with ease. With the help of professional organizers, we’ve drafted a list of where to shop locally for all the mess-tackling mechanisms you’ll need.
And while cleaning isn’t always a blast, shopping should be. So we vetted these spots to make sure the staff is friendly, the price points are fair, and the shelves are stocked with best-in-class goods for getting your home in shape.
First things first: you’ll need some materials for spraying and scrubbing. “Cleaning products are the most boring items on any shopping list—until you go to Merz Apothecary,” says Deirdre Pursel, founder of Organize & Edit.
There are two Chicago locations of the European-style apothecary, but Pursel is partial to the original outlet in Lincoln Square (it opened in 1875!) “The staff is just so darn nice and knowledgeable,” she says. “They’ll try their best to help you find what you’re looking for.”
And what might you find? The charming spot is stocked with everything from hand soaps to dish soaps and laundry detergents. For a sweet-smelling lair, look for the lavender vacuum beads by Good Home Co.
4716 N. Lincoln Ave., (773-989-0900 or merzapothecary.com).
When it comes to making countertops shine, Whole Foods has a slew of product lines that lure Chicago’s finest neat-nicks.
“Monica Friel, chief executive organizer at Chaos to Order Inc., swears by the Earth Friendly brand. “Their Parsley-Plus all surface cleaner is great—and it smells like spring!” she says
The store also stocks goods from Method Home, which Ashley Murphy of Neat Method can’t get enough of. “These are the absolute best cleaning products, and they come in a wide variety for specific surfaces,” she says.
For store locations, visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Land of Nod
With its whimsical design and storybook name, this store often lands on the “just-for-kids” list. But Sarah Nelson of Less is More recommends browsing its aisles for rainbow-hued storage items for all ages.
“Their playful wall shelves and hooks add the perfect punch of color to a playroom—or to an entryway,” she says. Plus, “the storage furniture at Land of Nod is well designed and coordinates with a variety of different decors.” And for stowing magazines, newspapers, and other items, “they carry bins and baskets in every color of the sun.”
For store locations, visit landofnod.com.
Need even more room to stash your stuff? “A new end table, a small console, or a bookshelf will increase storage space for all your cool finds and knickknacks,” Pursel says. “Nadeau in Ravenswood is the best place in the city to buy these items without taking out a second mortgage.”
With the tagline “Furniture With a Soul,” the expertly stocked shop has handmade pieces with a variety of ethic influences. Shopping there feels like stumbling upon a chic flea market.