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Happy New Year everyone! Raise your hand if one of your resolutions was to “Get More Organized”. I know organization consistently makes it on my list of annual goals because it really does play such an important role in so many areas of our lives. However, it is also important to be specific about the areas you plan to place focus, and also to set small and obtainable goals. Today I am going to share a few simple and easy areas of focus for many of the main living spaces of any home, which may help you to narrow down your 2016 plans into achievable organizational action plans.

ENTRYWAY:

Organized Entryway

  • Think about the items that you carry in and out of your home each day, and then assign a designated place for each of those items. Items to consider are mail, keys, handbag/wallet, shoes, backpacks, umbrellas, etc…
  • Use a tray for shoes and boots to keep dirt and water contained and to protect your flooring.
  • Consider swapping out hangers for hooks as they are easier and quicker for family members to utilize.

LIVING ROOM:

Organized Living Room

  • Transfer your DVD’s to sleeves stored inside of media boxes or binders to save on shelving space.
  • Storage ottomans allow toys and video game components to be tucked away between uses, while also offering extra seating or a place to prop up your feet at the end of a long day.
  • Add an over-sized basket near your sofa to catch throw pillows and extra cozy blankets.

KITCHEN:

Organized Kitchen

  • Kitchen counters tend to be the place where all household clutter lands. Analyze the types of items that fall on the counters each day and set up a designated drop zone or command station for things such as mail/school paperwork, keys, change, small office supplies, important reminders, etc…
  • As simple as it sounds, add dividers to each of your drawers. The dividers not only keep things tidy and prevent drawer contents from shifting, they also require you to think before tossing cooking tools and gadgets inside any drawer.
  • Organize your cabinets and drawers based on how you utilize your kitchen. Place pots and pans near your stove, leftover food containers near the refrigerator and plates and bowls near the dishwasher.
  • Inside of the pantry, create zones based on food types and meals. Keep all breakfast items on a single shelf, create a zone or kit for quick lunch packing and a section for putting together larger dinner meals.

HOME OFFICE:

Organized Home Office

  • Setup a calendar/appointment management system that can be seen and utilized by the entire family. There are many apps available for digital loving families, while large whiteboard calendars in a central location also work quite well.
  • Utilize drawers or stacking trays to create a proper paper work flow that fits your daily lifestyle. Also utilize a shredder to be sure you are recycling paperwork frequently and only keeping what is necessary for accounting and tax purposes.
  • Switch to paperless statements whenever possible to reduce the amount of paper piles that hit your desk in the first place.
  • Keep your most frequently used office supplies organized inside of a desktop caddy or in an easy to access drawer to prevent any slowdowns throughout your work sessions.
  • Schedule 15 minute weekly refresh sessions to give your work space a clean slate and start your weeks off on the right foot.

BATHROOM:

Organized Bathroom

  • Add a small cleaning kit under the sink for quick daily wipe downs. Keeping cleaning supplies in each bathroom encourages frequent cleanings of one of the germiest rooms of the house.
  • If bathroom space is limited, utilize a slim bookcase to act as a stand-in linen closet for toiletries and towels.
  • Make use of the bathroom door with over-the-door organizers that contain baskets and hooks.
  • Acrylic organizers are ideal in bathrooms for cosmetic and toiletry organization because they allow products to shine and they are easy to keep clean.

LAUNDRY ROOM:

Organized Laundry Room

  • Create small stations/kits for daily washing essentials such as detergents, dryer sheets, clothes pins, stain remover and dryer balls.
  • Add a stain removal cheat sheet above the washer for quick solutions to those daily messses.
  • Simplify your sorting routine. With the newer washers and detergents on the market, many items can now be (carefully) washed together. Don’t over analyze the number of clothing categories necessary to complete a load of laundry, as it will only create more piles and cause a back-log of wash.
  • Dedicate one laundry basket to each family member. After each load is washed, the clean clothes go into the family member’s basket to be put away.
  • Wash socks in mesh laundry sacks to prevent losing them inside the cavities of the machines.

So who is ready to tackle a few quick organizing projects around your home? Each of the tips mentioned above shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to impliment yet should yield positive results and exciting changes to your daily routines. Cheers to an organized 2016 everyone!


Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?

Leading up to the holidays, I found myself viewing an abundance of holiday gift guides, many which promoted clothing accessories as “the perfect gift idea”. Did you receive jewelry, scarves, belts or handbags as gifts during the holidays?

With all of the accessories that were given and received this season, I thought I would share some really fun ways to organize and display those items, as well as my favorite accessory storage products. Let’s dive right in..

Hooks:

Accessory Storage - Hooks

Hooks are one of the easiest and most straight forward ways to manage accessories. Double robe hooks are perfect for belts and scarves, while single hooks can create a decorative display for hats.

Accessory Storage - Hats

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Trays/Boxes:

Accessory Storage - Socks/Scarves

Anything from a drawer divider to a shoe box can create an organizer perfect for folding and rolling small clothing accessories. Place the smaller organizers inside of drawers and boxes to maximize the space in your closet.

Drawers:

Accessory Storage - Socks/Scarves

Tubing created from PVC piping or shipping canisters create a smart and budget friendly drawer organizer, sized perfectly for rolled scarves, belts and ties.

Unconventional Options:

Accessory Storage - Necklaces

Some of the best jewelry organizers are products found by shopping in other departments and areas of the home. Items such as paper towel holders for necklaces and bracelets, egg crates for rings and earrings, desk organizers for makeup and nail polish, and towel rods for scarves, are all examples of versatile storage products typically found in the kitchen or home office.

DIY:

Accessory Storage - DIY

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Some of the best jewelry organizers I have seen, have been created right at home with a little creativity. Above, a bracelet holder was crafted from a recycled paper towel roll covered in fabric.

Accessory Storage - DIY

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These necklaces hang on display thanks to a simple wood block paired with a slim wooden dowel.

Accessory Storage - DIY

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An old painted shutter creates a charming way to organize and display earrings.

Narrow Shelving:

Accessory Storage - Nail Polish

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When space is limited, narrow shelving or picture ledges can really maximize a small area of wall in a bathroom or a closet. Utilize the shelves to hold nail polish, jewelry, small handbags and perfumes.

Acrylic:

Accessory Storage - Handbags

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Acrylic organizers are wonderful options for accessories because they allow you to see your options and really create great outfit pairings. They also create chic displays in your bedroom or closet, that double as decor. Lastly, they are designed to stand the test of time, and are the easiest of all options to maintain and clean. Above, the handbags are displayed in DIY’d acrylic wall organizers, while below, acrylic magazine files keep small clutches and wallets corralled and visible as well.

Accessory Storage - Handbags

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What is your favorite way to organize and display your clothing accessories?

Accessory Storage - Products

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This time of the year tends to sneak up on me so quickly, but I always welcome it with open arms. I love gathering with friends and family, hosting parties, giving gifts and snuggling in with cable knit throws and a warm cup of cocoa. And who can forget the decorating?

Not only do I love to be organized this time of year, I also love to give the gift of organization! Below you will find a room-by-room holiday gift guide based on my favorite storage solutions.

 

Organized Entryway

Entryway Storage Product Picks

Entryway Storage Product Picks

 

Storage Bench: This bench not only offers a place to hide shoe clutter, it also provides a place to sit and acts as a temporary catchall.

Hooks: Hooks keep it quick and easy for the entire family to hang their daily belongings.

Wall Organizer: Wall pockets and organizers are a great place to toss keys, sunglasses and mail when entering the home.

Small Dish: I always love to add a small dish to entryways to catch spare change and little pocket finds.

Charging Station: Hide the cords and give your technology a charge with a simple station that blends seamlessly with any decor.

 

 

Organized Living Room

Living Room Storage Product Picks

Living Room Storage Product Picks

 

Media Boxes: These gems are perfect for hiding and organizing everything from photos to media cases to small games and electronics.

Bookshelf: Bookshelves are my favorite organizing solution for just about any space, and the living room is where I most frequently add these towers of storage. They are endlessly versatile and make the most of the room’s vertical space.

Storage Ottoman: Great for hiding games, toys and electronics, they also double as a place to sit or rest your feet at the end of a long day.

Large Basket: Add an over-sized basket between chairs or at the end of the sofa to provide a place to stash extra pillows and throw blankets.

Remote Caddy: A remote caddy is a great reminder to the entire family that remotes have a place to call home between television viewing sessions.

 

 

Organized Kitchen

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Kitchen Storage Product Picks

Rolling Cart: Rolling carts not only add additional storage to a space that needs it most, they also add a second work surface. The rolling ability keeps the piece mobile and versatile, allowing it to stay out or tucked away between uses.

Multi-Purpose Bins: These rank as my favorite kitchen storage, I use them in my fridge and freezer for sorting foods by category, in the pantry for lunch making kits and under the kitchen sink to corral cleaning supplies.

Adjustable Drawer Dividers: Drawers are the quickest areas in the kitchen to become a jumbled mess, and that mess can really slow you down in the heat of the cooking moment. Dividers keep things in their place, while also making it harder to just toss items into a drawer and close it. Add in an adjustable option and you won’t lose an inch of valuable storage space.

Food Storage Containers: These containers are perfect for storing both dry goods in the pantry or leftovers in the fridge. I generally recommend finding something that is airtight and clear, allowing you to extend the life of your food and also giving you a quick visual of the contents without the need to label.

Pull Out Cabinet Organizer: Cabinets are a dark and deep place and a pull out organizer will keep everything within reach. Look for tiered options which also make the most of the cabinet’s vertical space.

 

 

Organized Home Office

Home Office Storage Product Picks

Office Storage Product Picks


Desktop Organizer: A desktop organizer is great for holding files and frequently used office supplies; plus, acrylic always looks fabulous!

Calendar: Desktop calendars allow you to stay on top of your dates and schedules while managing appointments, budgets and meetings.

File Box: With the world heading into a lovely paperless age, desktop file boxes are taking the place of larger filing cabinets. They are great for categorizing paperwork by type (i.e. business, bills, kid’s schoolwork, etc…) and are easily toted to any area of the home.

Trays: Trays are always a win because they provide the opportunity to corral a variety of items in a practical and beautiful way.

Pouches: Perfect for coupons, travel docs, personal care items, electronics and cords… these pouches offer endless opportunities to organize your office and laptop tote.

 

 

Organized Bedroom

Bedroom Storage Product Picks

Bedroom Storage Product Picks

 

Clothing Boxes: Protect your daily wears in decorative storage boxes. These boxes are ideal for storing sweaters, hats, accessories and even shoes.

Scarf Organizer: A scarf organizer makes the most of your closet space and can also be used for organizing belts and ties.

Under Bed Boxes: These are ideal for storing off-season clothing, extra bed linens and even small exercise equipment.

Jewelry Organizer: With the ability to hold necklaces, bracelets and earrings, these jewelry trees are a one stop shop each morning when dressing up your attire.

Folding Board: Make laundry a little more fun with the help of this folding board. The board aids you in folding tops and sweaters into beautiful, uniform stacks.

 

 

Organized Bathroom

Bathroom Storage Product Picks

Organized Bathroom Storage

 

Acrylic Caddy: Both classy and easy to keep clean, this caddy can take on most bathroom storage tasks (think manicure supplies, makeup and small toiletries).

Over-the-Door Hooks: I find that hanging up towels and robes is so much quicker and easier than folding and using a towel bar. The over-the-door hooks keep the visual clutter hidden behind a door and maximizes small bathroom storage.

Narrow Cabinet: Narrow bookcases and cabinets act as stand-in linen closets.

Tank Tray: Add a little glam to the loo with an acrylic tank tray. It provides the perfect place to corral a candle, paper products and a plant, keeping your bathroom both organized and beautiful.

Hair Tool Sleeve: This sleeve acts as a mat to protect your counter from the heat of your hair tools, and then slips over the tool while storing it in a drawer or suitcase.

 

 

Do you have any storage items on your wish list this year?


Armoires have been around for generations; yet continue to impress me in the world of storage. They offer an endless variety of functions, making them a prime candidate to be used in just about every room in the home.

An armoire is best described as a large wardrobe or cupboard with doors and/or drawers. Today I am going to share examples of how this amazing piece of furniture can work some organizing magic in most common home spaces.

Entryway:

Armoire - Entryway

Unfortunately, many homes are not designed with a large entryway or coat closet. Yet this space can ultimately become one of the highest traffic areas in the abode. Tame the coat, handbag, boot and shoe clutter with an armoire cabinet. A rail manages the hanging items while drawers and shelves manage footwear and outdoor accessories.

Living Room:

Armoire - Living Room

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Growing up, I always remember visiting homes where families utilized armoires to hold their televisions. They still work great for that purpose today, however, they can also be used in the space to store folded blankets, stacks of board games and glossy magazines waiting to be read.

Home Office:

Armoire - Home Office

Because so many armoires are designed to hold televisions, they also can jump in and act as a place to setup a computer workstation. Take advantage of the doors for a place to keep important notes, papers and reminders, while the drawers work overtime to store smaller office supplies that come in handy during a good homework session or late night conference call.

Kitchen:

Armoire - Kitchen

No pantry? No problem! An armoire acts as the perfect “stand-in” pantry, with an abundance of concealed shelving it is ready to hold dry goods and small appliances.

Dining Room:

Armoire - Dining Room

One of my personal favorite places to utilize an armoire, is in the dining room. Armoires are ideal for holding delicate china (and the doors can be removed to display your favorites!), as well as creating a small and personal bar area or serving station. The lower portion of the cabinet offers space for organizing party and entertaining supplies.

Bathroom:

Armoire - Bathroom

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In the bathroom or bedroom, utilize wardrobes to hold extra linen and toiletry products. They are perfect for over-sized quilts, pillows, towels and bath robes. Add a few decorative trays or boxes to hold bathroom products such as bath salts and personal care items and you have created a handy linen closet where there once was none.

Bedroom:

Armoire - Bedroom

Although many bedrooms are designed with a closet, often times there is a larger storage demand that the closet just can’t keep up with. If that is the case, the armoire saves the day again! Many are designed to act as a clothing closet, coming equipped with a rod and shelving, however, they can also hold off-season items, bedroom and bath linens and your growing shoe and accessory collection.

Laundry Room:

Armoire - Laundry Room

In the laundry room, an armoire can offer a place to hang clothing to dry (just be sure to leave the doors open or remove them all together). It also can hold laundry baskets and conceal everyday laundering and cleaning supply clutter.

Final Armoire Tips:

Armoire - Wallpaper

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Don’t be afraid to search for armoires at flea markets, thrift stores and on your local Craigslist site. Old armoires are often times the best built and have beautiful detailing, and are just in need of a little love. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware can do wonders for dated pieces. And to really make it special, consider lining the back with a beautiful paper.

Have you invested in one of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the market? How would you put one of these beauties to work in your own home?


With winter right around the corner, we are planning to spend the upcoming weekend organizing and cleaning out our garage. Once the weather becomes frigid, we won’t be as inclined to work on maintaining and cleaning our garage, so we like to get it organized and prepped this during this time of the year.

Our garage currently serves a few primary purposes; it is used for parking our vehicles, for working on home DIY projects, and for storing seasonal items. When determining proper garage storage solutions, it is important to consider the actual environment. Many interior organizers are not adequate for a garage spaces due to climate and dust, therefore, it is important to select pieces that are both durable and easy-to-clean. Today I am sharing my top ten tips for packing an abundance of storage punch in the garage.

1. Shelving

Garage Organization

Utilize open shelving for bins and items that you reach for frequently. Select shelving that is sturdy, rugged and capable of holding multiple heavy objects in a variety of sizes. Be sure that the bins stored on the shelving are partnered with lids to prevent the contents from becoming dusty. Shelving can span wall-to-wall, offering an abundance of narrow and vertical storage.

2. Labels

Garage Labels

Labeling is the key to success in any organizational project. Labels keep the entire family on the same page while searching for items and when putting things back after use. When it comes to labeling items in the garage, the labels should be protected inside of laminated pouches or created from wipeable surfaces. This will prevent the labels from peeling, curling and even allow them to be wiped clean without the need create new labels season after season.

3. Recycling

Garage Recycling

Most cities have specific recycling requirements, and it is important to keep different types of products seperated/sorted accordingly. Utilize stacking bins that are easy to access and promote the important act of recycling. The recycling bins should also be labeled with large graphics and lettering to ensure the contents of each bin are easily identified.

4. Just Roll With It!

Garage Cart

Most likely there are a few items that you utilize in your garage that will be better off on casters. The wheels allow for small carts, tools and workbenches to easily move to the center of the garage during use, and then to be quickly and neatly tucked away when a project is complete.

5. Garden Supply Storage

Garden Station

There is always yardwork to be done, therefore, there are always garden and yard tools to store. Create a small area in the corner of the garage for yard specific chores. Add a galvanized bucket for soil, hooks for hand tools and if space permits, a counter for planting.

6. Play Corner

Garage Toy Storage

While the adults work with tools and garden supplies, the kiddos will want to play, play, play! Flexible rubber bins are ideal for outdoor toy storage as they can be easily transported to the car or yard by little hands. They are also easy to spray clean with the hose after a day playing at the park, beach or in the backyard sandbox.

7. Rack It Up!

Bike Storage

Bikes can be some of the bulkiest, most awkwardly shaped items that require storage in the garage. Lucky for us, there are a lot of great bike racks on the market today that free up valuable garage floor space. Some utilize the vertical space on the wall, which is great for families with younger children, while other systems suspend the bikes from the ceiling in-between uses.

9. Tool Time

Tool Peg Storage

Whether you only dabble in smaller home maintenance tasks, or take on an abudance of large DIY projects, you are likely to have a handful of tools that you utilize on a frequent basis. Pegboard is a long time favorite for keeping everything at reach and visible, while also taking advantage of that valuable wall space. For larger yard tools, industrial strength rack and rail systems offer endless flexibility to accomodate an array of shapes and sizes.

Tool Rack

10. Work Happy

Garage Radio

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I think one important garage necessity that is often overlooked, is a source of music! With all of the hours spent in the garage working on the car, building that perfect piece of furniture and planting those fall mums, turn on some tunes or the baseball game to keep you whistling while you work.


Do you have any favorite garage storage products or organizational tips?


As the seasons change, our personal wardrobes also change. Now that the air is brisk and leaves are turning to a beautiful variety of warm hues, it is time to start dressing in warmer clothing; specifically sweaters.

Sweater Storage

I personally love sweater season. There is something so blissful about curling up in a cozy sweater with my favorite magazine and a warm cup of coffee. Another favorite is bundling up in a sweater and boots to take a scenic fall walk. Living in a colder climate, my sweater collection has grown over the years, and I have learned a lot about the storage and care process. Sweaters are primarily made up of delicate materials, and today I am going to share a few tips to for keeping our favorite article of clothing in tip top shape year after year.

How to Spot Clean:

Sweaters can be spot cleaned by gently scrubbing with a mild stain bar. Stains can also be removed by blotting with a white towel and water or club soda. To remove deodorant marks, it works best to carefully rub the area with a dry piece of foam.

Laundry Kit

How to Wash:

First, prior to washing any sweater it is recommended to turn them inside out. Sweaters should be laundered in cold water in either a washtub or on the gentlest cycle of the washing machine (machines with agitators should be avoided). There are a variety of specialty wool and delicate detergents on the market, baby shampoo has also been known to work well. Sweaters can act like sponges for holding odors, and to remove any unwanted smells they can be soaked for 10-15 in a combination of white vinegar and water prior to washing. Avoid using bleach.

How to Dry:

Unless otherwise stated in the sweater’s fabric care instructions, sweaters should be dried by air vs. in the dryer. Because hangers can stretch the fabric, it is best to lay the sweater out flat on a dry towel, and roll the sweater with the towel to allow for the towel to absorb any excess moisture. Unroll and lay flat on a drying rack or counter, smoothing out any wrinkles (do not twist or wring out). Avoid hanging sweaters to dry, as the sweater will stretch from the weight of the damp material.

How to Fold:

Because sweaters form to their surroundings, they should always be folded vs. hung on hangers. The hangers will stretch the fibers and cause the sweaters to lose their original shape. Fold sweaters into thirds to prevent a fold line from running down the front center of the garment.

Sweater Storage

How to Store:

Sweaters need to breath so it is best to keep sweaters stored in closet vs. a drawer. This also applies to storing sweaters during the off-season; air-tight bins should be avoided. Inside of the closet sweaters should be stacked in a hanging organizer, sweater box or in-between shelving dividers. While during summer months, canvas bins and garment sacks are ideal.

Bonus tip: While storing sweaters during the off-season, wrap them in tissue to absorb odor/moisture. Sachets and cedar scented liners also keep sweaters fresh in-between uses.

How to Remove Pilling:

As much as I love sweaters, I don’t love when they begin to pill and form unflattering clumping of the sweater material. The pilling can be remedied in a variety of ways; including a sweater comb, fabric shaver or even a woman’s razor edge. Carefully utilize these tools with small movements over the sweater, going with the grain of the threading.

sweater care

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How to Repair Snags/Holes:

Begin by turning the sweater inside out and stitching around the perimeter of the sweater hole/tear. Continue by stitching from edge to edge of the tear vertically, then repeat horizontally. Smaller snags can be remedied with the help of a Snag Nab-It tool.

Sweater Care Products

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