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It is always my goal to bust the myth that “organizing is expensive”. Technically speaking, the act of organizing is free. You may even find yourself earning money during the process. It is the storage needed to complete the organizing projects that is typically costly. However, beautiful storage does not have to cause monetary pain. All you need is Craigslist or a thrift store paired with a little creativity and you can create some fairly inexpensive solutions to everyday storage problems. Let’s take a look at a few examples of fantastic furniture makeovers that didn’t break the bank, yet are excitingly unique.

Filing Cabinet Makeover

Let’s begin with one of my favorite transformations right away. Old metal filing cabinets are a dime a dozen at general thrift stores, but do you see what some spray paint and a remnant piece of stone can do? Not only is the filing system unique; it also boasts four total drawers while doubling as the perfect drop zone location.

Beautiful Jar Storage DIY

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Another hot item that can be found in just about every kitchen is a canning jar. Now we all know that canning jars are darling and can be used for endless storage purposes, but take a look at what the addition of some paint and hardware can do. These sweet jars look like they came straight from the shelves of the beautiful neighborhood boutique.

Bookcase Bathroom DIY

Bookcases and hutches typically land at the top of my favorite storage furniture list. They can easily be utilized in any room of the house; their versatility truly knows no bounds. Above, a dated hutch is now acting as a makeshift linen closet thanks to the help of some paint and blingy hardware.

Bookcase Craft Storage DIY

While this bookcase shows that a few minor modifications will create an entirely different storage purpose. Dowels really took this bookcase to new organizational heights for a variety of craft and gift wrapping supplies.

Frame Dowel DIY

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If space is a concern, dowels continue to work as inexpensive craft organization when paired with everyday photo frames. Let’s all vow to never pay full price for a decorative frame again; typically the older they are, the better their style!

Bookcase Island DIY

How about combining two console tables with four casters to create a mobile kitchen island? Extra work surface, added storage and mobility? It’s a kitchen trifecta!

Dresser to Desk DIY

Sure, paint is an instant game changer for most furniture makeovers. However, hardware can also do wonders for everyday pieces. Above, the addition of some simple hinges turned a common dresser into a one-of-a- kind desk!

Cabinet to Child

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Let’s not forget our younger pals, the craft desk above was created by modifying a standard kitchen cabinet!

Entryway Media Center Coat Storage DIY

Another make-you-smile spot for the kids can be created in your home’s entryway with the help of a repurposed media cabinet.

Garden Center DIY

Finally, think outside of your home’s walls. There are many wonderful exterior paints and polyurathanes on the market that allow furniture to function big out on your patio or front porch. Pair a variety of hooks and organizers with an old cabinet and your gardening routine just became even more lively.

So what do you think? Have I convinced you to search Craigslist and thrift stores for all of your storage needs?


With summer right around the corner, we will be entertaining house guests twice as frequently as any other season. In fact, we have a guest joining us this coming weekend, and I felt that it was time to give our guest room some much needed attention. I always appreciate when I visit a friend or family member’s home, and there are small touches throughout that ensure I feel comfortable and welcome, and of course, I strive to do the same for our guests. Today I thought I would share a few fantastic ways I have organized and enhanced our guest area, to ensure our guests feel right at home even when they are miles away from their own home.

Organized Guest Room

1. Create a place to store clothing. It could be as simple as placing a luggage rack in the room for a suitcase, or clearing a drawer or portion of a closet for hanging space. Another great option would be a clothing valet or collapsible garment rack if closet space is limited.

2. Offer your guests a mixture of bedding options for the variety of sleepers you may end up hosting. I like to have a couple of pillow types (fill and firmness) on hand, as well as extra throw blankets to accommodate differing body temp preferences. Store the extra linens in a basket near the bed so they feel comfortable selecting the bedding they prefer to snuggle in with.

Organized Guest Room

3. Create a toiletry kit. There are times when you may find yourself hosting a last minute or unexpected guest, and there are also times when your guests simply forget a few of their basic daily essentials. Add a basket or bin to your linen closet , which is pre-stocked with general daily care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, soap and lotion. Consider the types and sizes of items a hotel will leave out, and create a similar set of options for your visitors. It is also important to label the bin or basket to ensure they know that the items are free for them to use, and to leave out a fresh set of towels and wash cloths. You may receive a few bonus points if you offer up a robe and a warm pair of slippers.

Organized Guest Room

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4. Bedside manners matter. If you want your guest to feel extra special and cared for, add some thoughtful touches to the nightstand or table near the bed. A few things to consider for this area of the room are a lamp for reading, bottled water, a vase of flowers, a small tray for daily trinkets, a candle, tissues, a notepad and a pen. It is also a great idea to include your home’s wireless internet log-in details, instructions for the television remote and easy access to a power outlet for tech charging.

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5. Good Morning! Many folks prefer to start their day with a hot cup of coffee or tea. Consider setting up a beverage station within your home that is welcoming and provides a variety of options for your visitor. Offer a few coffee roast and tea options, as well as sugar, creamer, spoons, mugs and saucers. It is nice to keep this type of setup for yourself year round, but be sure your guests feel welcome to utilize the setup as well by adding a sweet little “Help Yourself” sign nearby.


The best part of these simple steps is that once you take the time to put together the space and kits, it is extremely easy to maintain and stay prepared all year long!


What additional actions do you take while you are hosting your friends and family for a few days? Are there any steps others have taken to ensure you feel comfortable and welcome while traveling?


I have fond memories of summer break as a child; trips to the pool, park and the beach, vacations, activities with our babysitter, sipping on ice cold lemonaid and eating popsicles at super sonic speeds before they melted down our hands and swimsuits. Summer is all about creating memories and soaking up some fun in the sun.

However, having the kids home full-time can be quite the adjustment to many of us. Before the kids are out of school, I like to take a look at a few areas of our home and begin summer break preparations. By creating a few organized zones, the kids are set up for success and have a lot of activity options to select from each day. Here are a few tips for easing into summer break with the kids.

Organized Calendar

Of course we all love our lazy summer days, but summer is also filled with endless commitments and activities. Keep everything and everyone on the same page by hanging a schedule or monthly calendar in a central location. It is a great way to remind the kids about their weekly swimming lessons and keep track of babysitters and play dates.

Organized Outdoor Toys

I know my boys would prefer to spend their days outside, and honestly, I am right there with them. Create an area in your garage our backyard to store organized bins prepped and ready for hours of outdoor enjoyment.

Organized Beach Bag

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I also recommend pre-packing a mesh bag with swim gear and toys for any last minute trips to the pool or beach.

Organized Auto Kits

Not only does a pre-packed beach bag come in handy on pool and beach days, pre-packing small kits of snacks, travel games, sprays and first aid supplies will also be a sanity saver for frequent car rides and day trips.

Organized Snack and Lunch Drawer

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Whether we have plans to head to the park, or decide to stay home for sandwiches and fruit, keeping a drawer or cabinet stocked with pre-made snacks and lunch making supplies ensures the kids are eating healthy and can easily help out during food prep sessions.

Organized Toys

For those rainy days, create play baskets for each child filled with a variety of special toys and activities. Swap out the contents of the baskets every couple of days or weeks to keep excitement and surprises for the youngsters.

Organized Art Supplies

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Summer days are also a great opportunity to let imaginations run wild through outdoor explorations and indoor crafting sessions. Set up a small art supply station that encourages your child to grab some clay or paints whenever the mood strikes.

Organized Reading Nook

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With creativity and constant play, it is always nice to have a quiet place to curl up with a book. Look for a small nook in your home that could be cozied up with some cushions and a basket or shelves of your child’s favorite reading materials.

I would love to hear if you are doing any additional prior planning and organizing to survive and enjoy the beautiful summer months ahead. Are there certain areas of the home you prep for the kids to prevent boredom and encourage creative play?


Now that spring is here, what better way to take advantage of the nice weather than to enjoy a cup of coffee (or wine) out on the balcony. Balconies are an extension of the home, and can provide a peaceful place to grab a bite to eat or a quiet location for curling up with your favorite magazine.

I am excited to partner with IKEA to share a variety of exciting ways to stylishly maximize a small balcony area, to ensure you are able to truly enjoy your outdoor living space while the weather, and the wine, is good!

IKEA Balcony

1. Select small scale furniture that is big on comfort. Oversized lounge chairs can quickly eat up limited balcony living area, so select pieces that are compact and can be sweetened by adding a throw cushion or two. Folding chairs that can hang in-between uses are extremely beneficial when space is tight, while outdoor cushions can triple as seating, a footrest or a table when paired with a tray. Another space saving solution is to utilize storage benches, which not only offer seating, but double as a place to stash away seasonal outdoor supplies.

Outdoor IKEA Balcony

2. Pull inspiration from your favorite street-side cafe and look for small bistro tables that are sized perfectly to hold dinner for two.

IKEA Balcony

3. Rolling carts are always a good idea, especially when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Although your table may be on the smaller side, roll out a small cart stocked with beverages and snacks or throw blankets and games for a perfect afternoon outside.

IKEA Balcony Tips

4. Take advantage of the area’s vertical space with the help of slender cabinets and shelving. Adding a cabinet to your balcony can provide you quick access to gardening supplies, grilling tools, outdoor serving pieces and seasonal textiles. The shelves can display greenery and lanterns day-to-day, and then set up as a serving station while hosting a few friends for dinner.

IKEA Balcony

5. Add life in the form of plants and herbs. By adding a few planters or a trellis, you are able to create some natural privacy for your balcony. Even if you live in the middle of a big city, planters and table top green houses make it easy to add some vegetable and herb plants to your balcony, and your home cooked meals.

IKEA Balcony

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For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.


As you work on your spring cleaning sessions, one area you might find you become frequently frustrated with is your bathroom. Not only does it require frequent cleaning due to the germs that it harbors, but it is also a room that is typically low on space and storage. Yet we perform a variety of tasks in the bathroom, and with that, comes the need to have effective and creative solutions to organize the items for those tasks. Things like cleaning supplies, linens, toiletries, paper products and cosmetics, all need to be accounted for and stored in smart ways.

Small Bathroom Storage

My biggest bathroom storage tip, is to find a way to store your bathroom cleaning supplies right inside of the bathroom. A bathroom can quickly become germ nation, and daily disinfecting wipe downs are necessary. Leaving the room each day to grab supplies won’t encourage the habit, therefore, making a bit of room below the bathroom sink should always be considered. Add a small bin to hold a scrub brush, toilet bowl cleaner, disinfecting spray and rags.

Small Bathroom Storage

Since we are already talking about organizing under the sink, there are also a few ways this area of the bathroom can be maximized. Be sure to look at the backs of cabinet doors as prime real estate for storage. Over-the-door organizers make it easy to corral hair tools or baskets of toiletries, while adhesive or magnetic organizers can also add organizational value.

Small Bathroom Storage

Another key under-the-bathroom-sink element is to install pull-out storage solutions. Items can easily become lost in the back of a deeper bathroom cabinet, and pull-out drawers and organizers allow you to quickly access your daily necessities. Tiered options also make the most of the cabinet space.

Small Bathroom Storage

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Now that you have made the most of the cabinet area under the sink, how about making the most of the vertical space throughout the bathroom? There are a few ways to do this, and one of the easiest is by adding shelving to open wall space, typically above the loo.

Small Bathroom Storage

Etageres and slim shelving pieces have a similar use of vertical space impact. Although compact, these tall pieces of furniture can pack a lot of storage punch.

Small Bathroom Storage

Bookcases are my personal “go to” solution for bathrooms. They are narrow enough to be tucked into awkward spaces (and they are also very renter friendly). Often times they can even squeeze behind a bathroom door to floor to ceiling linen and toiletry storage.

Small Bathroom Storage

As I mentioned in my previous post, ladders also make a major statement in small bathroom spaces. They are ultra space-saving, maximize vertical space and are versatile enough to customize with hooks, baskets and rails so that you can utilize them in a way that best fits your personal needs.

Small Bathroom Storage

I am a big believer in ditching towel bars for hooks, or adding hooks to the towel bars to maximize their abilities. Hooks are easier for family members to use for hanging towels and daily supplies, and they also allow you to expand the storage options with the ability to hang caddies, baskets and personal care items in a simple way.

Small Bathroom Storage

Benches can be surprisingly helpful in a bathroom, and even more so if they boast secret storage for extra towels and personal care products.

Small Bathroom Storage

Medicine cabinets have been around since the beginning of bathroom time, but seem to have become a lost storage art. Although they technically should not be used for storing medications (heat in the bathroom can impact medication effectiveness), these slim wall cabinets take up very little space. They allow you to keep your daily cosmetics right within reach, yet it also doubles as a functional mirror that conceals the clutter. Anything that performs multiple tasks is always a win while playing the storage game. Bonus tip: Line the inside of your medicine cabinet with decorative paper to bring a smile to your face first thing each morning.

Small Bathroom Storage

Whenever possible, tap into unused nooks and crannies. Behind the shower is typically a gem of a spot to find a little extra space to add narrow cabinets and shelving.

Small Bathroom Storage

Don’t be afraid to get creative with where you look and shop for your bathroom storage supplies. Small dishes and platters from the kitchen department may come in handy as drawer organizers. (Office supplies also generally make really great bathroom organizers.)

Small Bathroom Storage

Another great place to shop is at local antique shops, Craigslist and thrift stores. You will be sure to find some unique furniture pieces that will take your bathroom to the next level in both storage and style.

How do you add style and function to your small bathroom space?


Versatility is the name of the game in the storage and organizing world. Our lives change so frequently, and with that, so does the way we utilize our spaces. As I source products for organizational challenges, one of my top criteria is “versatility”. If we are going to invest in something, or even take the time to DIY it, then I want to be sure it will last and remain functional down the road.

I recently DIY’d myself a decorative ladder for the holidays, and I was surprised at how many ways I have found it to be useful around our home. What makes these unconventional items storage smart, is the fact that they are narrow enough to be used just about anywhere without taking up much of a footprint. Not to mention they also maximize vertical space, and we all know how important that is. Let’s take a look at a few ways these ladders can lend an organizational hand.

Entryway Organization with a Ladder

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Let’s begin in the entryway. This is not typically a large area of the home, although it should be! So why not use an old ladder paired with some hooks and baskets to organize your family’s outdoor accessories? It is perfect for storing outerwear and scarves, and even a jacket or two.

Entryway Organization with a Ladder

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Another idea for making the most of a small entry is to use a deeper ladder, which can act as a landing zone for shoes, handbags and daily gear.

Living Room Organization with a Ladder

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Making our way to the living room, ladders have been trending as darling blanket storage.

Kitchen Organization with a Ladder

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A ladders functionality increases the moment you add a few hooks. For example, in the kitchen you can hang cookware. But why stop there? You could also add small gadgets, mugs and utensils as well. Bonus points for suspending the ladder from the ceiling and using it as a statement making pot rack.

Office Organization with a Ladder

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This sweet ladder display is speaking my love language. Use it to keep your current reading materials at arm’s reach and even marked right where you left off.

Bedroom Organization with a Ladder

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In the bedroom, you could again use the ladder to drape your bedding, linens and throw blankets. Or you could add it to your closet and use it as a way to manage your daily outfits.

Bedroom Organization with a Ladder

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Or to organize all of your favorite heeled shoes.

Bathroom Organization with a Ladder

Another example of how the functionality is increased when you hook on a few bins and baskets. This time the ladder is corralling daily toiletries and towels in the bathroom.

Garden Organization with a Ladder

Now that we have seen a variety of indoor solutions, let’s step outside and check out one more idea. Many planter boxes come with hooks to hang over the edge of a railing, and the same could be done with the rungs of a ladder. Or you could just build the boxes right onto each step as shown above. Now you have a vertical plant and herb garden to add some greenery and life to your patio space.

So what do you think? I have convinced you to check out local thrift stores, or to DIY your own storage ladder? How will you use these handy and decorative organizers in your home?


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