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The newest decor update in my office is a big beautiful tray that Paloma of La Dolce Vita recently sent over from her Joy & Revelry shop for a White Box Challenge. I decided to put the tray on the surface of my Expedit shelving, which I have right behind my desk, along the back wall. It has been great for containing things that I like to have within arms reach but off my desk. Here’s a look:
Things tend to look neater and more stylish when corralled within a tray, wouldn’t you agree?
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Paloma’s shop, and to get 10% off, use code LDV_WHITEBOX_10.
I oftentimes carry a lot of things in my handbag – keys, cell phone, driver’s license, credit cards, debit cards, rewards cards, cash, coupons, lists, hair ties, lip balm, lotion, tissues, pens, sunglasses, the list goes on….can you relate?
Because most of these items are relatively small, they can easily get lost in a large bag and it’s so annoying to have to rummage through to try to find what you’re looking for. What I like to do is group and separate everything into smaller bags, cases and pouches.
For the essentials like money, driver’s license, keys, tinted lip balm, and my cell phone, I use a wristlet that easily fits in my bag and I can pull out when I’m making a quick trip and don’t really need much else (the one I have is an old style but you can find a similar one here). I use a magic wallet, which is compact enough to fit inside the wristlet, to keep my credit cards, debit cards, and my license, organized. I keep cash and coins in the little interior pockets of the wristlet. I try not to put anything else in there so that there’s enough room to also fit my keys if needed.
For all the non-essential cards that I use less frequently but still like to have on hand, like loyalty cards, rewards cards, gift cards, etc., I use a card cubby and sort them all into the little alphabetized dividers.
My business cards go into a nice business card case so they don’t get dirty or bent.
Coupons go into a small expanding file case. There was a time not too long ago when my husband and I were really penny pinching and to make the most of the money we had, I got into the habit of putting coupons for items we frequently bought or stores we normally shopped at, into an coupon file that I took with me whenever I went shopping. This worked really well and I’ve continued with this habit. I no longer find myself at the store saying, “aww I had a coupon for that!” and feeling regretful that I could have saved some money. I labeled this expanding file with general categories like beauty, craft, grocery, office, etc., which makes it easy to find the relevant coupons when I’m at the checkout counter. I use the space in the front for my shopping list and a pen.
In an accessory pouch that has interior pockets, I keep beauty and personal care items that are nice to have handy like hand cream, hand sanitizer, hair ties & clips, lip color, a mirror, oil blotting sheets, floss, a mini lint roller, tissues, bandages and a multi-use ointment.
My miscellaneous items, like a measuring tape, notebook for jotting down notes and ideas on the go, an extra pen, and a backup battery for my phone, all go into a zippered pouch:
So there you have it, that’s how I organize my bag. The general idea is to group like items together and put them into smaller bags, pouches or cases that will keep the contents organized. I know everyone has different needs and carries around different things, but I hope this inspired some ideas on how to organize your own bag, if it’s not organized already.
*The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post. All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.
Came across these images of ladders used to organize and display high-heeled shoes and thought it was such a clever idea. I love seeing how people reimagine things and use them for something other than their intended purpose.
Makes a fun alternative to traditional shelving. If you use a salvaged or vintage ladder, it’s eco-friendly too!
Another creative shoe organization idea here.
image sources: 1-unknown, 2-the nest, 3-design sponge
Though I have a lovely gallery wall in my office, what I face when I’m sitting at my desk are two doors – one which leads to the hallway and I almost always keep open, and the other which leads to our laundry room and I always keep closed since there’s another door we use to access that space.
For awhile I kept both doors blank, which made for an uninspiring view from my desk. I finally realized the door I always keep closed would be a great spot for a cork board. While I love Pinterest and use it almost daily, it’s nice to be able to pin on an traditional physical board. It’s a great spot not just for inspiring images, but also for notes, reminders, keepsakes, artwork, and fabric swatches. Plus a cork board gives me a certain tactile experience I don’t get when I’m pinning virtually, and by having it in front of my desk it can serve as something beautiful to glance at throughout the workday to give my eyes a rest from the computer screen.
Before heading to the store, I measured my door so I could easily decide what size cork board would make best use of the space. The 24×36 size was just the right width and height. Not too big, not too small.
To make it fit seamlessly with the decor of my office, I covered the board in a simple white cotton fabric and gave it the look of nailhead trim by adding super inexpensive thumb tacks along the line of the board’s frame. Since my place is a rental, I didn’t want to make any holes on the door, so I used command strips to mount the board.
Overall the process was easy and I’m thrilled with the results. Here’s how it looks:
I pinned: a few inspiring images (from my virtual boards) that I had printed on card stock, a magazine pull-out, a lovely art piece my sister made for me with the word ‘Love’ painted in gold, a few fabrics I’m considering for pillows for the shop, as well as a little printed reminder to myself to drink more water, take my vitamins, and make green juice.
For those of you interested in making a similar board for yourself, here’s a list of what I used and a few tips:
- 24×36 cork board
- 1 yard of white cotton fabric
- 2 packs of thumb tacks
- clear pushpins
- a pack of large command strips
- light duty staple gun
-Iron your fabric before stapling it to the board
-After you staple the fabric on one side of the board, pull the fabric really tight before stapling the other side.
-When placing the thumb tacks, use your thumb as a spacing guide
-Place the command strips on the frame of the board to help them best adhere to the wall
-The strips come in two different colors - black and white. Since you may possibly be able to see a little bit of the strips from a side view, get the ones that are closest in color to either your wall color or the color of your fabric.
-Most importantly, have fun pinning to your board!
*The folks at Office Depot sponsored this post. All ideas/opinions/thoughts are my own.
Today I’m delighted to bring to you a new How I Organize post! Shop owner and lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs (who just became a mom to a sweet baby boy!), gives us a look at how she beautifully organizes her jewelry and collection of perfumes:
I like to have most of my everyday jewelry in place, ready for me to quickly pick up and go! Having all those jewels organized on my side table along side my perfume is perfect! The silver tray is from The Cross Design, one of my favorite home décor stores in Yale Town, Vancouver. The Stag Head jewelry holder, which holds my bracelets is from Front & Company in Vancouver.
For pieces that I only take out for special occasions I like to have them all wrapped up in the boxes they came in. I laugh, because my husband thinks I’m a horder- whereas I like the organization of each piece in it’s place! Takes up a little bit more room, but those boxes are just too nice to throw away!
headshot photo by Melissa Skoda, all others by Ellen Ho of Hong Photography
In my previous home, I organized my pantry using matching food storage containers from Ikea which I labeled using my P-touch labeler. I loved it because it was practical, streamlined and looked great. When we moved to our current apartment last year, since the containers unfortunately didn’t really fit in our new awkward sized narrow cabinets, I decided to give them to my mom who was reorganizing her kitchen at the time. The plan was to get new containers that better fit our new cabinets and in the interim keep items in their original bags and boxes and/or use whatever (mismatched) containers we had on hand. A year has passed though and I still haven’t gotten the new containers.
These photos below from the kitchen of Jen of the Social Home are giving me the inspiration and push I need to get my pantry looking beautiful again. Jen used matching containers from the dollar store and created her own lovely labels, which she generously offers as downloadable freebies here and here. She also offers custom labels in her shop The Paper Society.
p.s. Check out her post on how to smudge-proof your labels
In love with this creative workspace from the home of Darcy Miller, illustrator and editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. It’s the chicest craft room I ever did see! It’s not only fully stocked with all the supplies you could ever need for any creative project, but it’s also beautifully organized. Everything has a home designated based on frequency of use, so things are accessible and easy to find. With the exception of the art supplies which bring a cheerful rainbow array of color to the space, most everything (the walls, floor, ceiling, furniture, and storage containers) is black, white, and gray. This creates a uniform look and keeps the room from feeling chaotic or overwhelming.
See more here.
Photography by Christopher Sturman
A new ‘How I Organize‘ post! Today participating is my amiga Irene of Designstiles, whose home I posted about yesterday. She shares with us how she beautifully organizes her sideboard:My sideboard is really a dresser I bought at the thrift store and repurposed. I like to organize each drawer by category. In the top middle drawer I keep misc tablesetting items – party hats, confetti, paper plates, cute gift bags, fun candles. On the top left drawer I keep candles and candlestick holders. In the four larger bottom drawers I store napkins and placemats in one, tablecloths in the drawer next to the napkins. Plates (like these) and chargers at the bottom and stemware to the right of that. I usually keep all my stemware wrapped but in this case, I unwrapped some of them to display. These gold elephant highball glasses are my favorite. I used to intermix all my tablesetting things until it got out of hand. Assigning each drawer to a different tablesetting item has made it so much easier for me to remember what I have. No more thinking I lost stuff. -Irene
Ahh a new year is just around the corner, full of promise and fresh with opportunity to make things happen! When it comes to goals for the year, I find it helpful to plan and lay them out in a calendar that allows me to see at a glance what I should be doing when and when certain deadlines are approaching, so I can get my butt into gear and actually accomplish what I aim to. The Neu Year calendar is perfect for that. I have one in my office, placed vertically on a door that my desk faces. It’s nice to look up from my computer and be able to quickly see the whole year at once. Since it doesn’t have gaps between the months, it has a good flow, which is great for planning across months easily and clearly seeing the distance between any two dates in a year.
If you haven’t gotten yourself a 2013 wall calendar yet, you’re in luck because we’re giving away Neu Year calendars to a few lucky readers! To enter, just leave a comment at the end of this post. For extra entries, pin, tweet, facebook, or instagram about the giveaway*, and leave another comment letting me know you’ve done so. Winners will be chosen at random next Friday and announced shortly thereafter!
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. All entries must be received by 11:59 PST January 3, 2012.
*Tweets, pins, and instagrams about the giveaway for extra entries must include a proper link to be valid.
Hope you all had a very merry Christmas yesterday!
My hubby and I spent a few days before the holiday, baking goodies to give to family and friends. We don’t bake all that much and our kitchen storage is very limited so we keep all our baking specific ingredients and supplies separate from items we use more often, in harder to reach upper cabinet shelves, and pull them out as needed a few times a year. Someday when we have a bigger house, and make the time to bake more often, I’d love to have a whole cabinet dedicated to baking items, beautifully organized like this:
Such a perfect little station! Everything has a spot within the cabinet to make time in the kitchen efficient and enjoyable. Like items are placed together: spices, extracts and flavorings on the bottom; baking powder, baking soda and salt in the middle; and pastry bags and tips up top. White hooks on the inside of the cabinet doors, holding mixer attachments and measuring spoons, take advantage of a frequently untapped storage area. Risers placed in the back of the the cabinet give shelves multiple levels and make things easily visible. Clear glass jars, canisters and bottles, not only makes it easy to take stock, but also creates a neat and uniformed look, free of visual clutter. Love the labels too! The ones used here are from Paper Source.
Do you like to bake often? Do you have a spot in your kitchen where you keep all your baking items?