Wrangling the Ribbon Collection

Hi there! It seems like I’ve been trying to organize my ribbon collection for.ev.er. As I mentioned back in this post, I was storing my ribbon in little photo boxes. My average size ribbon collection had already filled two boxes and it was a pain to figure out what was where. So I toyed with some other storage ideas, but I was coming up short. Then, for my bridal shower, we got these decorative luggage boxes from Michaels.

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An Organized Entryway Drop Zone

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing our entry drop zone. A couple months ago, after searching for his wallet and keys for several minutes (an almost daily occurrence), My Man asked me if we could have a designated place for such items. And my heart grew three times it’s size! He was asking me to organize something for him. It was a miracle.

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Easy DIY Jewelry Board

Hello blog friends! Today I’m sharing a little project my friend and I whipped up to organize our jewelry. My current necklace holder is a giant key from Anthropologie. I LOVE it, but my necklace collection has more than outgrown it. So I made a fabric-covered cork board that would hold several necklaces and look great displayed in our bathroom.

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How Pinteresting: 5 Cleaning Pins that Worked

Hello blog friends! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite cleaning tips and tricks that I’ve found on Pinterest. When I moved in with My Man a year + ago, there were tons and tons of cleaning supplies built up. Since then, I’ve been trying to use them all up and reduce the amount of supplies we have, because who needs an entire closet full of cleaning supplies?! I’ve also been looking to save money in this department and use less harmful products while still getting my house deep cleaned.  Of course, Pinterest came to the rescue and here are some of the tips and tricks I’ve used with success so far!

1. Cleaning faucets with baby oil

Our faucets are always plagued with water stains, even after I’ve cleaned them. After putting a little bit of baby oil on a paper towel and rubbing it on the faucets, they really did shine! It didn’t take any elbow grease, just rub it on and they were immediately looking great.

2. Keeping a scrub brush in the shower

I followed this pin and made a mix of dawn and vinegar to fill up a scrub brush and stuck it in the shower. I touch up spots while I’m in the shower and my shower looks so much better! The vinegar and Dawn mixture works wonders! No more staring at a little dirt spot thinking “I need to clean the showers this weekend.”

3. Using a dryer sheet to help scrub surfaces.

I always have a spare dryer sheet floating around somewhere (in the dryer, in a clothes basket, on the floor somewhere along the path from the dryer to the bedroom…sigh). I never thought to reuse them for some extra scrubbing power. These definitely come in handy with those stubborn, stuck-on spots on the kitchen counters or for helping clean around the toilet seat (ew).

4. Cleaning around faucets with vinegar

I followed these tips and soaked a paper towel in vinegar and wrapped it around the bottom of the faucet and let it sit for a while. What I usually can’t get clean with my usual sink or kitchen counter cleaners, came off clean after soaking in the vinegar. I’ll definitely do this again!

5. Cleaning the mattress with baking soda and fabric softener.

I did this a couple months ago and our bedroom smelled heavenly! FYI – This post says to use lavender essential oils, which I didn’t have on hand, so I used fabric softener instead. I can’t tell if all the dust mites are actually gone (’cause ya know, you can’t see them), but it smelled so good and makes me feel like it’s much cleaner.

So, what are some of your favorite cleaning tricks?

Storage + Organization Part 2: The Office/Craft Room

As I mentioned in Storage + Organization: Part 1, we are in need of some storage solutions in our house. This week I’ve been working on the Office/Craftin’ Room.

For reference, I share this space with My Man and we each have this desk in our office.

The left side is My Man's Desk (complete with his bobble head collection) and the right side is mine.

The left side is My Man’s Desk (complete with his bobble head collection) and the right side is mine.

I also have a 2×4 Expedit unit from Ikea and little lack tables that hold our printers. And those fill up the entire room. It’s not that big, but it works. Here are some more views of my space.

Another view of my side. I get the windows.

Another view of my side. I get the windows.

Sorry for the crappy picture. It’s hard to get a shot of the windows.

A close up of the Expedit

A close up of the Expedit

So, where to begin with the madhouse that is the office? For the past several months it’s been our dumping ground and the doors have been shut. Oh, you don’t believe me since the pictures above look kind of clean? Well here are my overflowing piles of stuff. Don’t judge.

How embarrassing.

How embarrassing.

It’s a disaster! (You have a room like that in your house too, right?? Please say I’m not the only one.) A couple weekends ago My Man decided to clean out his desk/side of the office and he asked me to do the same. I had no clue where to start – it was so overwhelmingly messy.

So the first thing I did was buy more storage, which was dumb since I didn’t even know what needed organized. So I took a step back and assessed the storage issues I was dealing with and researched better ways to store and organize my supplies. After cleaning up the room and assessing the storage issues here are my problem areas and solutions:

1. Ribbon Storage: I currently store my ribbon by the spools in 2 photo storage boxes. Not only do they take up a lot of room, but I have to check in two different boxes to find what I’m looking for. Plus, I’m out of space in them, so I’d need to add more boxes soon. So I scoured Pinterest (of course) and found this post which shows several different ideas and was very helpful. Then I saw the idea pictured below.

The organizing gods had spoken. It was definitely an “ah-ha” moment for me. By taking the ribbon off the spools, you save tons of space! Sounds so simple, but I’d never thought of it. I’m not sure that I’ll use this exact container as I don’t think I have that much ribbon, but it’s a good starting off point.

2. Craft Punches: Currently my punches are haphazardly thrown in a small basket. I went looking for a particular punch yesterday and dug them all out of the basket only to realize I didn’t actually own the punch I was looking for. Ugh. I definitely need a solution where they can all lay flat so I can easily get them in and out and see what I have. I’m thinking some type of large, but slim boxes (like the ones stacked in the top cubes of the expedit below) or a slim dresser drawer. I found a small dresser that will fit beside my desk and provide more storage than the lack table that is there now. Hopefully one of these options will work.

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3. Magazines: I have magazines all over the place. Some in magazine file boxes, some in large baskets, some in my gym bag. Everywhere. My plan is to buy some more magazine file boxes, because they fit nicely in the Expedit. Then I also need to organize the magazines a little better. On top of that, I’m not sure these even belong in the office. I might move them to the living room or bedroom if possible.

4 & 5. Paints and Decorative Items: I don’t have a spot to put my bin of acrylic paints or a space to store fragile decorative items that aren’t being used (candle holders, vases, etc). These items will find a new home in a bookshelf from Ikea. I was excited to find an affordable option with doors there!

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The one thing I hate about most of the craft room storage ideas, is that it’s all on display and looks very cluttered. But with doors, you can conceal the clutter. Not that I’m just going to pile everything in and it’s going to be a mess, but everything won’t be on display. Ikea has both solid wood doors and glass doors that you can add on to the bookcase as well as drawers, so you can customize it to suit your needs.

So with my plan in order, this weekend I tackled Ikea to get some new storage solutions.

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Now I’m in the process of putting together furniture and getting everything reorganized. I hope to share my organized office with you once I get it all up and running! What are some of your office/craft room organizing solutions?

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IW: 15 Ideas for Organizing Accessories

Hello and happy Inspiration Wednesday! As promised, I’ve got some organization inspiration for you this week. I  have been an organizing machine for the past couple weeks. It’s definitely that time of year to get organized for me! I’ll be sharing a few little organizing ideas/projects that I’ve got going on in the next couple of weeks. For now – here’s some ideas for organizing your accessories – jewelry, scarves and handbags.

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Scarves:

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Finally an easy idea for organizing scarves – with a drapery tie back. It’s deep enough to hold several scarves and doesn’t require looping them through anything. This would be a good solution during the winter.

This method looks much nicer, but you do need to loop them through the rings.

A similar solution is to use an accessory hook – much cheaper and also a moveable option versus installing drapery tie backs.

I love that you can see all the scarves with this method – curtain rod and shower hooks.

A sturdy wooden hanger is a simpler option as well.

Jewelry:

I’m loving this idea – curtain rod and shower hooks (again!) to hold multiple necklaces.

All kinds of pretty jewelry organization from Jen at I heart Organizing. Jen used a decorative radiator grate to hold earrings, a fabric-covered cork board holds necklaces and a little ceramic egg tray holds odds and ends on her counter.

What a clever idea – drill holes into a wooden hanger.

Covering cork in fabric is not a new idea, but I love the way they’ve finished it with a nail head type of trim.

A shadow box gives you an extra ledge to sit things on and if your necklaces fall of their hooks they don’t have far to fall.

A great use of wine corks if you’re a collector. Put hooks in the corks to hold jewelry.

Handbags:

This is a clever way to organize and display clutches – using a file folder organizer.

Use pretty knobs (Anthropologie anyone?) to hang your handbags.

This is a clever way to hold larger bags without taking up a lot of room. Plus, you can easily see them and remember what you’ve got.

More clutch organization using inbox file bins using more vertical space.

What are your favorite accessory-organizing solutions?