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Organize This: A Sleeping Sanctuary

Trend: Mismatched Nightstands

Nightstands are one of the key pieces of storage within a bedroom, and not only does it create an eclectic look when two variations of pieces are used, but it also offers versatile organizational opportunities.

For example, if you are looking to add a small workspace, a miniature desk can perform double duty as a writing surface and a bedside table.


It is not always necessary to use traditional nightstands when selecting the right piece for your sleeping quarters.  Nesting tables and even console tables are not only stylish, but also boasting in storage and surface space.


If you are short on space and you need to maximize the tops of your bedside tables, take advantage of the wall space by using sconces for lighting.


Not all bedrooms are created equal.  If there is no room or opportunity to place storage and surface space next to the bed, think about placing it behind the bed.


Built-ins around the room are a really smart way to store extra linens, clothing, seasonal wear and accessories.  Every last nook and cranny should be considered as a way to add extra drawers, work-spaces and bookcases.


As winter approaches, it is time to start thinking about bringing out the sweaters and quilts and storing away the shorts and sundresses.  Storage benches and underbed baskets keep those linens protected while they are out of season.


When it comes to hanging your clothing, if your space is lacking a built-in closet, a stand-in wardrobe can be just as effective.  By adding in shelving, baskets, shoe racks, drawer units and even pin-boards for outfit inspiration, you have a custom closet solution tailored to your personal needs.


Nightstands, dressers, bookcases, armoires and storage ottomans are really wonderful solutions for larger items, but what about those miniature sized necessities?  Often times the simplest solutions are the most effective.  For example, cutting down mailing tubes will give you instant sock, scarf and accessory storage.


Simple hooks take up very little room and can hold belts, ties and even your favorite jewelry pieces.


Decorative boxes are not only beautiful and add visual interest to any space, they are also perfect for those everyday itty bitties such as lip balm, hand lotion, bangles and hair ties.


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Organize This: Dorm Room!

Trend: Neon


Neon emotes a youthful and happy feeling.  So what better space to integrate some neon, than within your dorm room?

Organizing a dorm room takes some smart thinking.  Often times, you are given a box of a room, which must function as a kitchen, living room, bedroom and office in one.



When given the opportunity, maximize the dorm room space by lofting the bed.  By raising the bed, you can tuck a living room and workspace below.  In front of the couch, storage ottomans are the best solution as they can act as a surface for food and drinks, while also storing essentials inside.



If lofting the bed is not an option, check out bed risers.  Even raising the bed a foot or two will allow for  multiple storage bins to be stowed away below.


Closet space is often times limited within a dorm as well.  Don’t just settle for a standard shelf and clothing rod.  Add a mixture of stackable storage pieces to create custom organizing solutions.  Also consider adding a second rod for double hanging space {and hang items on super slim hangers} and finding organizers for the back of the door to ensure every amount of the closet is being utilized.



In a dorm, the wall will be your best storage friend.  Adding in adjustable shelving with provide ample surface space for books, binders, accessories and baskets.  The wall is also a great place to create a command center by adding a bulletin board and wall pockets, for keeping your daily schedule, assignments and social life on track.



The desk space is one of the most important spaces within the dorm room, as that is ultimately why you are there right?  Therefore, it is important to have adequate work surface space, task lighting and a very comfortable chair.



If possible, build in a mini kitchen.  Simple big box store cabinets can be pieced together to hold a miniature fridge, sink, cook-top or microwave.  The drawers are a great place to stash small dishes and cookware.


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DIY Calendar Pencil Cup with Sarah Hearts


Sarah Khandjian is the crafty maker behind the DIY lifestyle blog Sarah Hearts. She is a graphic designer with a passion for creating lovely things. When not blogging or making something cute, Sarah can be found at the barn with her horse (her other passion).







I’m always looking for stylish ways to keep my desk organized. Since most of us spend so much of our days at our desks, why not fill them with functional items that look lovely, too? My organizational solution was to create a fun pencil cup using an empty paint can that would corral pens, pencils, and paint brushes. This colorful container also doubles as a daily calendar. It’s stylish and multi-functional – two things that are a must when you’re limited on desk space.


To create your own calendar pencil cup you will need:



Start by downloading the calendar template and printing out the text on the magnetic paper. Use scissors or a cutting machine to cut out each word and number.

It is helpful to bend the magnets around a pencil before you use them. This creates a slight curve in them and helps them wrap around the paint can.


Cover the entire outside of the paint can with washi tape. This can be kinda haphazard for a more organic look or it can be applied neat and orderly. Be sure that the tape hangs off both the top and bottom edges.


Carefully use the X-acto knife or a utility knife to cut off the excess tape on the top and bottom of the can. Peel off the small pieces of cut washi tap and you’re ready to add the magnets and fill the cup with writing utensils!



Happy DIY organizing!

Note: You can store the extra week day and number magnets on the back side of the paint can so you can quickly change the date.





Organize This: An Entertaining Station!

Trend: Bold Bar Carts!


It seems like every time I hop on the computer as of late, I run right into an incredible bar cart makeover.  I am loving that so many people are having a good time turning dated component carts and even TV stands, into bold and glamorous serving carts.  Not to mention, these makeovers are budget friendly and functional!  I can’t wait to scour thrift stores to do something similar myself.  Even my pal and fellow Style Spotter, Michael, found the oh-so-perfect $10 cart from Goodwill which now acts as a beautiful bar cart in his own home!


As great as these transformed carts are for serving up cocktails,  they are also wonderful for storing dishes and supplies for entertaining, fine china, linens, small appliances and even act as a great surface to set out your food when hosting that nice big dinner.


If you are tight on space, select something a bit smaller, that can still be uber functional.  Shelves and drawers below make wonderful storage, and the top surface is the star of the show while entertaining.  Bonus points for adding casters to your serving station, so it can be tucked away when not in use.


If you have a little more space on your hands, armoires become an ideal place to store your beverage and entertaining supplies.  They offer an abundance of storage and flexibility and look amazing painted in bold hues.

The best part about these larger cabinets, is that a variety of organizers such as wine glass holders, plate racks, trays and even custom built wine cubbies, can be added to increase organization and storage even more.  Also, it is worth mentioning that beverages always look prettier when poured and stored within vintage glass decanters.


If you are struggling to find the perfect piece of furniture to use as your entertaining station, head to the big box stores and check out the shelves and bookcases.  A combination of a couple items will give you a custom look at a fraction of the cost, and pairing them with a vibrant backing or focal wall, really amps that wow factor.  Adding baskets for linens, utensils and smaller supplies, provides a nice mixture of open and concealed storage.


And when all else fails, you could always build a custom buffet, which allows you to work within your budget and personalize it for your needs and given space.  It also means you get to select a super fantastic color to paint it!

Again, the open shelving offers versatile storage and wine racks can be installed to add easy-to-access glass storage.  Mailing tubes covered with decorative papers instantly become darling wine bottle holders, and everyday modular cubbies turn into rolling storage and seating with the addition of simple casters and cushions.  The combination above makes for a compact, custom serving station which can be used year round for endless entertaining.


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Organize This: The Living Room!

TREND:  Boldly Painted Shelving

I really love that the shelves above, went from out-of-the-box typical to extraordinary, with a coat of bright yellow paint.  It makes for such a brilliant focal point in the living area, and the organizing obsessed gal I am, is also really smitten with the abundance of storage that these shelves add to the space as well.

There are many great ways to bring unique and budget friendly storage solutions into a family friendly space, and have it still blend seamlessly with your style and decor.   Even if the space is typically used for snuggles, good reads, movie watching, popcorn eating and board game playing, the room can still marry family fun and function all at once.   The room is meant to be lived in after all!

Built-ins are another trend, but I think we can all agree it is one of those timeless trends that have been around forever and will not be going anywhere, anytime soon.

Built-in storage in the living room is a great way to balance a desire for style, by displaying decorative objects on upper open shelves, and offering concealed storage for games, magazines and media below.

Let’s take a moment to chat about media storage.

All of those multi-colored CD and DVD cases can quickly make a room feel cluttered and busy, so tucking them within drawers and behind cabinet doors is often times and ideal option.


When concealed storage is not an option, sorting them down by category and placing them into decorative boxes, really streamlines the look and keeps them simple to find.

Sideboards, dressers and buffets all make for ideal media storage.  When an older piece is given new life with a fresh coat of paint, it becomes the perfect mixture of concealed storage below, and a place to set the TV above.

Do you have remote control monsters in your house?  The ones that sneak around in the night and hide remotes in the most random places and they go missing for days at a time?  A remote caddy is a great way to solve the monster problem.  If the remotes don’t have a place to live when not in use, it becomes a challenge to find them when it is time to kick your feet up and watch the news.   A caddy offers a great place to keep the remotes, along with all smaller living room necessities.

Storage ottomans will become your best friend in any family space.  They are perfect for holding toys, crafts, games and even all of those bulky video game controllers and accessories.

When not in use, the storage ottoman can do double duty as a coffee table, by adding a sturdy tray to the top.  Trays are a really great way to corral those smaller things, such as reading glasses, the newspaper and a notepad to jot down random thoughts.

If you are big game players, finding a way to stash away all of those bulky and super colorful boxes can be a challenge.  A coffee table with slide out drawers is the perfect solution for impromptu family game nights.

End tables come in many different shapes and sizes, but often times can boast oodles of storage for media, magazines, books and remotes, through drawers or even by nesting them to create multiple layers of shelving.

As they are in many spaces throughout the home, over-sized woven baskets are a storage life saver!  I love to place them at the end of the sofa to hold throw pillows and fuzzy throws, but they are also perfect for tucking away toys and activities for kids in-between uses.

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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!




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….



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




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.



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


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!



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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