A fun idea for clothing storage is utilizing an open rack. It could be a nice spot for organizing outfits for the week or for an edited selection of favorite pieces that also serve as eye candy. A little inspiration…
Find garment racks at stores like Ikea, Linens-N-Things, and the Container Store
Do you have a designated spot for your glasses/sunglasses? While you can certainly just store them in their cases and in a drawer, for those of us though who tend not to use our belongings when they’re hidden away, a good option is to keep them corralled in a tray, which allows them to be out where you can see ‘em and easily accessible. This works whether you have two or three pairs (like me)…
or you have several pairs…
Another option is to hang them. A simple sturdy hanger works great.Or you can create a DIY organizer using a frame and wire. Find out how to make your own here and here!
Today we have Myrna of For the Love of Black, participating in the ‘How I Organize’ series. She gives us a peek inside her home to share with us her fabulous desk area:I’ve never really needed a desk area before, but since I’ve started my blog, I was finding I needed an area that was all mine, and of course it has to be beautiful so that it inspires me. So I find if I surround myself with things like my artwork, a scented candle, and beautifully organized desk supplies, I get the job done easier and it’s much more pleasant.
A few things I’ve found to help keep me organized are for everything to have its place and that goes for around the rest of my home as well. On my desk I like to have paperclips ready to grab in a pretty little bowl, definitely a little notebook for those random thoughts going on in my head all the time, a great pen for notes, a pencil for sketching, my iPad, and a good light. I also must have a clock as I’m a stickler for being on time. And fresh flowers never hurt!!
Another thing I find is a must is to keep all wires from computers, lamps, and phone chargers out of sight if you can. Too much clutter looks disorganized. Ikea has some great cable management boxes and reels. Organizing as you go helps things from piling up and keeps your mind free from clutter too. I have a little black urn style container with a lid for receipts and little notes I don’t want scattered all over my desk. For me, this is how I work best!!
If you have insufficient cabinet space, and happen to have an empty expanse of wall, making use of that by adding shelves, is a great way to create additional storage. Kelly of the Glamourai did just that in her kitchen and I love how it turned out:
She used lucite shelves from the Container Store
and lined each with matching pieces, like those lovely aluminum vintage spice canisters. (Find similar ones here and here.)
Have you utilized empty wall space to create extra storage in your kitchen? The cabinet space in our new place is definitely limited, but luckily we do have an empty wall, so we’ll likely be adding one or two shelves as well as a pot rack similar to this one. I’ll share on here once we do!
image credits: all courtesy of the glamourai
These past few weeks have been non-stop for me and I’d love nothing better than to jump into one of these beauties and take a long, relaxing, great smelling bath, while listening to wonderfully soothing music…
…preferably followed by an amazing deep tissue massage… Ahhh…a girl can dream.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
I’m one who loves lists (and have a feeling many of you do as well!) so today I want to share with you my round-up of 10 stylish list pads. Whether it’s a to-do list, shopping list, or simply a list of things to remember, it’s nice to organize and mind dump everything onto paper, especially onto pretty paper like this:
1-the long list, 2- to-do adhesive notes, 3- ‘get it done’ notepad, 4- orange zig zag photo pad, 5- striped notepad, 6- oxford pad, 7- peacock pad, 8- happy notes, 9- recycled paper market list , 10-market shopping pad
Tell me, do you love lists? Do you have a favorite list pad for jotting them all down?
Love the idea of displaying (and protecting!) an ultra special pair of shoes as a work of art under a glass bell jar..
Do you have a treasured pair you’d consider treating like this?
image credits: 1- lucky, 2- lonny
Styled right, a matching cluster of classic pencils can look quite chic on a desk:
Thinking of doing something like that or like this in my new office
Love what Callie did in her kitchen. Not only did she beautifully arrange and organize her dish, glass, and serve-ware, she went an extra step by adhering black and gold mums paper from Paper Mojo to the inside of her glass cabinets:
It’s all in the details! By the way, the rest of her home is gorgeous. See it here.
p.s. In case you missed it – along similar lines, another beautifully organized cabinet.
We’re officially moved into the new place! You don’t realize how much stuff you truly own ’til you move! The place is filled with boxes and boxes ready to be unpacked. I personally don’t enjoy the process of packing, loading the truck, unloading the truck, etc., but I do enjoy the process of unpacking. Probably because it involves organizing!
Now comes the process of getting settled in and making it feel like home. I can’t wait to transform the place. This is what the living room/dining area looked like on the day we got the keys:
It’s a nice open layout. From the front door (which you can see on the right in the second photo) you step into a tiny entry and then into the living room. The dining area is adjacent and a sliding door leads out to the patio. Both the living/dining areas are visible from the kitchen. The floors are in good condition and there’s a working fireplace (yay!).
The color of the walls wasn’t bad, however it didn’t really work with our existing furniture and since it’s a relatively small space, I wanted it to feel as spacious and bright as possible, so decided to paint the walls a lighter color. I went with Olympic no VOC paint in Horseradish which is a lovely creamy beige. I didn’t get a chance to take a good photo of the freshly painted room, but as soon as I get some of the boxes out of the way, I’ll be sure to take one and share with you.
Off to catch up on some work then get a start on the unpacking. I’ll share some more updates later in the week!