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Jen Jones

Organize With This: Acrylic!

Trend:  Acrylic Organizers!

Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons.  They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty!  I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.

 

Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage.  They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.

 

Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!

 

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Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe.  You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.

 

 

Another show stopper is the acrylic tray.  It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….

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Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.

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Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.

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Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!

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The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper.  I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.

 

Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode?  An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!

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Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places.  Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.

 

Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.

 

Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.

 

Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons.  It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space.  It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down.  It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs.  One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Small Office Nooks!

Trend: Tucked Away Workspaces!

 

 

Let’s face it, workspaces are a huge home necessity.  We need them for keeping track of home budgets and finances, for filing, paying our bills, for working from home, for crafting and projecting and of course, for doing our studies.  That is a lot of function for one space to handle, especially when space is limited and an entire room can’t be dedicated to the function.

That is why tiny, tucked away home offices are so huge.  We need them, but the option to devote an entire room from our home to a home office is simply a luxury.

 

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While we were personally in the process of creating our dreamy home office in our lower level, we took advantage of a guest bedroom closet to create a temporary workspace.  The closet was the perfect solution as it was previously being utilized for craft storage, and wouldn’t require us to disrupt them main living areas with a cluttered work area.  Now that we are using our new home office, the closet office still lives on as a study area for the kids, or a nice place for our guests to spend a few quiet minutes of their visit. It is also still one of my most favorite spots in our home.

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Closet offices are really becoming quite the rage.  Simply put, they work!  They are space saving, keep workspace clutter tucked away nice and neat and utilize oodles of vertical wall storage.

 

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There are all sorts of ways to make these closet areas not only functional, but pretty enough to want to spend a few hours tackling administrative tasks.  The biggest way to help them feel like another room in your home; is to treat it like one!  A bold paint color, a pretty stencil or wallpaper {or even wrapping paper}, really make a cheerful statement.

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But back to storage!  It’s amazing how much storage a closet office can really pack!  Whether you add in hooks and rails, floating shelves or peg board wall systems, utilizing the wall space is crucial for making the most of tucked away workspace storage options.

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And when you are all done with work for the day, closet offices can be closed up and out of site.  Curtains are one of the best way to do this as they take up much less space than standard doors, and they also add extra softness to a room!

 

But wait, what if you don’t have a closet to spare?  No worries!  There are so many other ways to gain a workspace when overall space is limited.

 

Look around your home for happy little nooks.  A small corner, a spot between two cabinets or walls or even that forgotten space under the stairs.

These mini-offices can still be uber functional by building in a desk or purchasing a smaller sized version measured to fit your space.   Add some wall storage, a memo board, task lighting, some dishes for small office supplies and a filing cabinet tucked below, and you have yourself one heck of a workspace!

 

Still nookless and closetless?  Scour local thrift stores or your favorite furniture shop for an armoire.  Many are outfitted as workstations for your computer, while the doors and backing act as a place to pin up notes, photographs and memos {add magnetic tin, cork or chalkboard paint to give yourself an instant memo board}.  The lower portion is a wonderful spot for larger electronics such as printers and scanners, along with drawers for filing away all of the paperwork.   And again, just close it up to hide that daily clutter when all is said and done each day.

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Open Kitchen Shelving

Trend: Open Kitchen Shelving!

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I am swooning big time over the loveliness that comes with gorgeously styled open kitchen shelving.  And not only are they uber lovely, but they are also an absolutely fantastic solution for dishes, appliances, baking goods and other kitchen necessities.  Especially in apartments and smaller spaces in which storage is limited.

The days of kitchens designed with wall to wall concealed storage are gone, folks are having a blast putting their dishes and kitchen gadgets on display!

While store bought shelving units are an inexpensive upgrade to kitchens that don’t have enough built-in storage…

 

Open shelves are an inexpensive way to give kitchens a nice and airy feeling!

 

Open shelving can also provide added flexibility.  Easily cut down to size, shelves can be fit into awkward spaces to create extra storage and display space.

 

The shelves themselves are not the only functioning piece of the equation; many different accessories such as wine glass racks and mug hooks can be added to the bottom side of the shelving to double the storage capacity.

 

 

Shelving also has a way of really highlighting those items that are frequently used and/or have special meaning.  A bold backdrop, such as a vibrant paint color or tile, really make the kitchen accessories pop.

 

They can also frame out a window while boasting storage where you would least expect it.

 

If you already have your walls filled with functioning cabinetry, but adore the look of open shelving, a simple solution is just removing the cabinet doors.  This also gives you quick access to the items you use most often.

 

Plate slats can also be added to open cabinets, which is an added bonus!

 

A large hutch is another great solution to open kitchen storage.  In fact, many sport a concealed area for tucking away bulky appliances and an open section for all those pretty dishes and accessories.

 

Open shelving isn’t for everyone.  If you don’t love the idea of extra dusting from time to time, but adore the look that comes with the open shelving trend, swap out your cabinet doors with ones that are glass faced.  Bonus points for painting or lining the cabinet backs with a bright and bold color or pattern.

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Toys!

Trend:  Dipped Baskets!

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Of course, these super chic baskets can be used to store just about anything, but I think they would be most darling in a child’s play space.  Whether that is your living room, playroom or bedroom, they are versatile enough to house a variety of toys while your kiddos are young, and transform into beautiful adult storage when they are grown.

What are other functional, fun and smart ways to store all those toys?  Here are a few more ideas.

 

Storage ottomans have to be one of my most favorite simple solutions for toys.  They come in so many colors, shapes and sizes; and they double as seating or a place to prop up your feet.  They can be tucked into corners and under console tables or be placed in front of the sofa.  The best part is that most are soft sided, making them even more kid friendly.  I love that they keep the toy clutter discreetly tucked away, yet toys are simple to access at playtime.

 

A sideboard or a set of cabinets can also be relied upon for tucked away toy storage.   Chic on the outside yet they boast all sorts of storage for games and bulky toys on the inside!  The best part is that they can also be used in just about any room in the home.

 

Bookcases or cubbies keep toys right within reach and keep it simple for youngsters to access the items they adore, and they also provide the versatility of mixing and matching baskets and bins for both concealed and open storage.

 

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Within our own personal playroom, space was awkward and limited so I used some Expedit bookcases to create benches that not only provide oodles of low toy storage, but also double as seating.  Multi-functional solution for the win!

 

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Open bin storage units not only look great, but separate toys by type, are ultra durable and also assist in quick clean-ups.

 

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Sliding bins and crate like bins with wheels tuck nicely under shelving and furniture when not being used, yet are easy peasy to pull out when it’s time to play.

 

Mini suitcases are not only darling room accessories, they also make great storage for all those itty bitty toys and miscellaneous items that kids tend to find and “collect”.

 

Pocket organizers utilize a room’s vertical space and are especially great for housing dolls and their accessories.

 

As much as I adore a good woven basket, canvas bins are a bit more durable and the soft sided edges make them especially ideal for little ones.  They are also lighter weight and come in a large variety of colors, patterns and sizes.

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Jewelry!

Trend: Jewelry Displays!

The days of tucking our jewels away in pretty boxes and drawers are gone, today, we are putting those bangles on display!

It really makes sense as an extremely practical way of organizing jewelry since it allows us to see what we have, and ensure nothing gets forgotten or lost.  It makes it simple when planning an outfit, to glance over and pick the icing.  Hanging jewelry also prevents tangles and allows the items to remain separated.

As functional as jewelry displays are, they also look pretty enough to become part of the room’s decor!

Jewelry displays can be created in numerous ways, but most often times involve a darling frame with inserts of varying materials.  Knobs and hooks are also often times used.

 

For my own personal jewelry organization, I mixed and matched a few different display options.  Cork board for necklaces, radiator grate for earrings, an egg crate for earring studs and pins, a ceramic  hand for rings and a pretty dish for bracelets.  I like the setup on my dresser and keeps all the different pieces categorized.

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Speaking of dishes; tea cups, saucers and bowls all make great jewelry storage.  Earrings can dangle from the lip of the cup or bowl, and smaller items can rest inside.

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Another option is a jewelry stand, which is often times tiered plates or dishes which allow you to categorize each level of contents.

 

How about a tree!?  Not only are they sculptural and pretty, jewelry trees are really great for holding all types of jewelry while also reducing the risk of tangles.

 

Of course, the traditional methods of organizing jewelry have been around for years and years, because they work so well!  You can never go wrong with drawer organizers which allow you to divide out the contents and quickly find just what you need.  They come in many different sizes and finishes; even cutlery trays work great!

 

Jewelry boxes keep everything tucked safely and neatly inside, and reduce any visual jewelry clutter.  The box below functions as storage on the inside and out, allowing you to place your frequently used pieces on top, and less often used items inside!

I am a huge fan of keeping a jewelry landing spot such as the one above or a small dish bedside as well, for my wedding ring and favorite pair of earrings.

There are so many great ways to organize your jewelry, such a memo boards, trays, dishes, trees, stands  and organizers, you may find that just one system is the perfect solution for everything, or go the mix and match route to customize your ideal blingy jewelry storage.

 

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Jen Jones

Organize This: Changing Table!

Trend:  Dresser acting as a changing table!

 

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Using a dresser as a changing table is a trend that has been around for awhile now, and I also think it is one we will see for years to come.  There are endless benefits; the most obvious being that it can quickly convert to long term storage once baby has outgrown the diaper changing days.  But dressers doubling as changing tables also make sense since they often times offer more surface space and more storage than standard changing tables do.  Have you fallen in love with the dresser to changing table back to dresser craze too?

Although it has been awhile since my little guys have been in diapers, it seems just like yesterday.  And even though many new products have since hit the market, many of the same ideas that helped me out then, are still relevant now.   Here are a few of my all time favorite tips for creating a super functional place to change your sweet little babe’s diapers.

Of course, a solid dresser or changing table is the first and most important item on the list.  Looking for one that contains multiple drawers wins big, since babies tend to come with a lot of gear.  Lotions and potions, onesies, stacks of diapers and wipes, it is so amazing how someone so little can need so much!

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The surface of the dresser is a great place to keep the everyday baby care items, such as powder, lotion and cotton swabs, since they are accessed so frequently.  Bonus points can be earned for storing those items in pretty jars and lotion pumps or within decorative baskets, all which disguise the everyday baby clutter.

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Inside the drawers, soft sided drawer organizers create multiple zones to neatly separate the different types of baby essentials.  These work especially well for outfits, bibs, socks and even more cute outfits (because they are so hard to resist)!

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Drawers are really great for keeping all of those diapers out of site, yet nice and easy to access in a jiff.  And we all know we need nice and easy when babies are involved!

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Another important thing to consider is the laundry.  Without getting into too many details, babies can be messy!

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If you are limited on space, adding a few hooks to the side of the dresser or near it on the wall, is a great place to hang a laundry sack.  Those same hooks also are a great place to hang the diaper bag, since many times it needs to be reloaded at the changing table right before an outing.

If you are working with limited surface space, consider adding some decorative shelves above the changing table.

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The shelves act as the perfect place to tuck extra diaper cream, powders and lotions, but can also serve as a happy display of art, toys and children’s books.

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Last but not least, consider adding a small lamp or wall sconce on or near the changing table, with a low watt bulb.  They are perfect for giving off small amounts of light to get you through the late night changes and feedings, without the intensity that a typical overhead light provides.

 

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