This month’s first guest participating in the How I Organize series is Jean of Flower Hill Design Company, whose design aesthetic I love. She gives us a peek inside her home and shares with us her beautifully organized entry:
My design dilemma was that I had an entryway closet that blocked my front door from my living room space. It was small, cramped, dark and not functional. Living a busy life style, I needed organization that allowed me to keep the daily essentials within reach, without having a space that looked cluttered and unorganized.
My solution was to remove the old entryway closet, opening the front door to the living room and allowing more light to fill the space. I designed a built-in closet in another area of the home that not only had space for in season coats and shoes, but incorporated cubbies to hold the day to day essentials that were ready to “grab and go”. Items include my handbag, keys, and accessories like sunglasses or lipgloss. It also needed to provide storage for transient things like my son’s school papers that need to be referred to in the short term, incoming mail, a place to store my laptop when not in use, and some basic office supplies (i.e. a pen for a quick note, tape, notepad, etc…). I painted a mural on the interior of the closet. By treating the closet design like another area of my home (not just a storage space) it keeps me motivated to keeps things looking pretty.
There is a hanging rod for in season coats. Beneath the hanging rod there are two shelves which is ample storage for our in season shoes. An upper shelf holds baskets for hats, gloves, and scarves. The cubbies hold my handbag, accessories, laptop, and basic files to hold paperwork that needs to be referred to but is not quite necessary to be filed away in the office filing cabinet. An urn holds pens for quick notes (either notes to the teacher or a grocery shopping list). Simple DIY storage boxes made from shirt boxes hold some basic office supplies like tape and a stapler.
Everything has it’s place. The cubbies make everyday essentials easy to find. It makes a busy lifestyle and constantly being on the go so much easier. Having a designated space for everyday essentials keep my countertops clutter free.
Yellow helps create the effect of a cheerful bright space, even if it’s grey and gloomy outside. These sunny yellow headboards do just that in these beautiful bedrooms:
Today we’re taking a look at the lingerie drawer. A few tips for getting it beautifully organized:
- Get rid of undergarments that don’t fit you properly, are uncomfortable, and/or are worn out. In other words, out go the pieces that you never wear or feel good wearing. They’re just cluttering up your drawer and getting in the way of being able to easily find the pieces you do wear. Bras in good condition can be recycled here.
- Sort the keepers by type: bras, undies, camisoles, etc.
- …as well as by function: everyday, fancy, etc.
- You can also sort by color, if that’s something you consider when selecting what to wear: nude, black, brights, etc.
- Arrange based on frequency of use. Everyday undergarments need to be the most easily accessible, so they should be up front or in the most easy to reach drawer. Pieces you only use once in awhile, such as for a certain occasion or with a particular type of clothing, can go in the back or in a less accessible drawer.
- Use dividers to keep everything sorted and in place within the drawer. Be sure to first look at what you have, and measure the height, width and depth of your drawer(s) before buying anything! A few options:
interlocking drawer organizers
linen drawer organizer, linus closet drawer organizer, skubb storage set (<I use these in my own drawers)
Hope you found the tips useful!
Annie of Live Simply interviewed me for her blog – click on over to read the interview!
Use small hooks on a rod or under a shelf to hang, make easily accessible, and display beautiful cups:
Gives the kitchen a lovely homey feel don’t you think?
I participated in two fun design challenges this week. Click on over to Shauna’s blog to see what I did with this table:
and Cristin’s blog to see what I did with this bench:
See you there!
Love the idea of using sofa seating in a dining area. It’s pleasantly unexpected and helps create a comfortable casual feel:
Whether you’ll be indulging in the simple pleasures of relaxing at home, or you’ll be out and about, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
image credit: katy
Love this idea from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere. She used a frame, hooks, and wire to create a sunglass holder:
See how she did it here.
p.s. Along similar lines, another idea.