I found this recently and think it is a big winner! Easy to install and pretty to look at. Envision putting up one bar with necklaces, and then below it a second bar for scarves. Kind of a neck wear station. I love finding ways to display accessories because, lets be honest, they are pretty and we like to look at them!
I am pretty certain that almost every client that I have worked with on their accessories has an abundance of those small jewelry gift boxes. These little buggers, unlike socks, actually multiply when you look away! No lie!
There are a million useful ways to use them to keep things around the house organized or use them for wrapping new gifts. Since it is February, and many ladies might be accumulating a new box or two with sparkly treasures inside, I thought it was a good time to give a quick jewelry organizing solution…
Some ladies have retail worthy jewelry displays while others have a more modest box or drawer. This tip is for both ladies!
Added bonus to organizing projects like this: when items have a specific home, they are more likely to be put away. Items that are stored properly last longer and you can find them when you are looking for them!
I had so much fun today working with a client, that I had to share what we worked on…before it was completed! This is my first pro bono project of 2014, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help out these small businesses! The space is an amazing industrial space that has been repurposed to house several small businesses. It is required to wear many hats including: offices, small and large meeting spaces, art studio, children's play area, kitchen, library, and storage… WOW!
The space was functioning, but not to the level that the ladies would have liked. The organization of the spaces was in need of an outsider's opinion. As with all my clients, first questions included: How is the space used? Who uses the spaces? What is working? What is not working?
We do have a couple of other changes to make in the future, which will include some partition walls to provide some much needed privacy to sensitive areas, as well as creating a more warm entry way. For now, they will use the newly defined spaces and be fabulous!
So, I committed to a December purge, and wanted to share with you my personal progress after only a week. My goal was to find one item a day that I could donate, throw away, or sell. Below you will find a photo journal of my first week's purge that includes: a child's Halloween costume, swim suit, athletic pants, plastic containers, seasonal decorations, child safety tools, and potty chair… Now, I should point out that some of the photos include more than one item, but I counted them as one "collection."
I wanted to do this in December for a couple of reasons:
So you want to get started, but are not sure how?
You will be so surprised at the end of the day, week, and month that you might be inspired to keep going. If you are having trouble getting started, then give me a call ;-)
As always, I would love to see and hear about your personal progress. Feel free to share here or email me and I am happy to give feedback as well as share for others!
Like many others, I love to display holiday cards! In the past I have put them in a cute basket on a shelf. This did not allow for them to be displayed very well. I have been looking for a way to display more of them.
I do like the ribbons on doors and I like how easy they are to hang remove at the beginning and end of the season, but I don't like the look of lonely, empty ribbons in the beginning of the holiday season. I spent some “research” time on pinterest :-) and found two ideas that I thought we really fun!
First, and also with ribbons, is the frame. I love this because it seems like a fun idea to keep out all year round. I would use neutral (non holiday specific colors). You could also display other notes by using clothespins for things such as postcards. It seems like we are getting cards and notes year round that I like to display them on the mantle but think this is a better solution.
Next, is the clothes pin wreath. I think it is more fun in the early weeks of the holiday season as cards are trickling in. As you can see, it looks like a wreath without any cards on it. Kids could also help with this project by painting the clothespins with craft paint.
Share pictures or ideas for how you like to display your holiday cards!
We have all heard that “One man's trash is another man's treasure!” 'tis the Season for Purging and Prepping for House Guests. That means it is time for a friendly reminder about the value of donations.
Here are a few highlights:
According to the Internal Revenue Service:
Useful, beautiful, not to mention frugal! This would be a really fun project for an awkward space or stairwell. I really love the idea of using materials that are simple to acquire (and presumable assemble), to create a visual space in the home that is both functional and appealing.
I love books, they are fun to read and beautiful, but often become cumbersome to their owners. Book lovers tend to acquire them without even noticing and before you know it they are everywhere! I highly suggest that you find the space you wish to dedicate to books and set limits. Perhaps a certain bookshelf. Once that unit is full, challenge yourself to purge less meaningful books, those you didn't care for, those you plan on never reading again, those you borrowed, etc. Make space for your new books to fit into your current space rather than adding more space to fill!
Here is it...kinda makes your mouth water huh? "Why didn't I think of that!" Those words roll off of my tongue every time I visit the PINterest mind suck.
Anyways, back to the PIN of the week...
I am a big fan of finding ways to get things off of the kitchen counter. There is good reason for this at our house:
Someone once said "A place for everything and everything has a place", or something like that. In my experience, it is true that if you give your "things" a home they are more likely to get put away. However, as an organizer I often suggest people leave things in easy to access areas without lids or doors if posssible. Remember, any barrier to put it away or get it out leads to piles of clutter. This is something that I work with at all my clients appointments. So while we can minimize clutter in the kitchen for example, we can not put everything away, but get more creative on how we use the space.
After years of a counter top paper towel holder, we went for an under cabinet bar and I hate it. It can not easily be used with one hand. That would also be my concern for this system. I would love to see pictures if anyone tries this at home.
What are your thoughts?
As I sit at my computer pondering topics for an upcoming presentation, I start thinking about gifts. We live in a very consumer driven society and soon we will be seeing Christmas decorations creeping into the stores (Halloween has been there since July!?!) Most of us love receiving gifts. It is exciting, shiny, and new. There is the anticipation of gifts, opening of gifts, enjoying the gifts and on and on... But what makes a gift special? Often when we make use of gifts, let's say candles as an example, we remember the person who gave them to us and hopefully this brings with it happy thoughts and we are getting joy not only from the gift, but also the memory. Well fast forward 20, 30, 40 years and our houses are bursting with gifts, which seem to never end (not to sound ungrateful), and we are in need of? Speaking for myself: Nothing.
As I work with clients who have limited space (and prepare to talk to a group of them on Friday), I think that gifts are one thing that could make a great difference in our clutter accumulation. I think gift exchanges are wonderful. Limit the number of gifts you give and receive and make those more special or useful. Now I have you thinking. Useful? Well, I know that I do not want a toaster from my husband for a holiday (and so does he!) But what about consumables? Maybe fine chocolates, wine, movie tickets, or gift certificates for restaurants or the theater?
Also, if you are downsizing and have special pieces that you want people to have, consider giving those items as gifts while you are able to see them enjoy them. Call me crazy but I think we may be on to something ;-)
"Big organizing projects are what we all aspire to accomplish, but what about the little guys? You know, the things that you often take for granted every day, but could make a big difference in your overall mood."
Let's look at a very simple project: organizing scarves. Many of us own them, some of us a few, and others...a few more... So how do you store them? Some people like to fold them in a drawer. For me, this has never worked. First of all, they never remain folded for any meaningful period of time, and second of all, I forget to wear them...out of sight, out of mind! So the obvious place for me to store them is hanging. The problem: the “solution” that I bought was suppose to solve all my scarf woes. A nifty hanger with holes to pull all my scarves through. Perfect for hanging in the closet. Perfect right? Not so much actually. Once the scarves were on the “solution” hanger, it was difficult to add more to the lower holes without getting everything all tangled. What ended up happening in the end was a pile of scarves tossed over my bedroom chair...
The solution: a multi-tier over the door towel bar. Cost: minimal. Usability: super! I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of over the door hangers (for myself). I prefer things to be put away, that said, I was looking for function over form for this, and I think it is the perfect solution. Even professional organizers have to take their own advise and remind themselves to find systems that work for us...
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