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Home Offices

I have a home office, all it’s good for currently is storing all of my crafting/sewing supplies, but I do have an office. Eventually, I’d like someone who has a mild case of OCD to help me get everything organized and make the space usable, but for now I fantasize about how things could be. Who needs to do actual work when you can think about it instead, right? Design Sponge did a post on creative office spaces (full post an other featured offices here) and it gave me some really great ideas for what I want in my own space.

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Lots of light, open space, color and I wouldn’t say no to some built in bookshelves.



My house is a mess. For a few weeks it seemed like Andy and I had gotten the cleaning routine down pat, but one lazy weekend and two days into a crazy work week and we’re back to rifling through the “clean” laundry basket for something to wear to work. I know houses don’t magically clean themselves, but my roommate in college was a stress cleaner and I got really spoiled. Obviously, I still had to keep my room cleaned and help out with the dishes, but the floor was always vacuumed and cabinets were always orderly. In all honesty I used to tease her something fierce about all the compulsive cleaning, but I have my own deep dark cleaning compulsion, the bathroom. I hate messy  bathrooms. I even remember scrubbing the the bathroom floor at 3am in my party clothes because we’d had people over and I couldn’t sleep until the bathroom was clean again. Don’t even get me started on public restrooms! Now that that is out of my system, back to the messy house. I’ve been trying to find some organizational tips to help me get our house under control (you know procrastinating instead of actually cleaning). These are a couple of my favorites.

1. Store Sheets in Matching Pillowcase

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To keep  matching bed linens together, fold the top sheet, bottom sheet and tuck them into the matching pillowcase. This also makes for easier storing and stacking in your linen closet.

2. Spices at your Fingertips

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This is a trick I picked up a few years back, put your most commonly used spices in magnetic spice tins and keep them on the side of your refrigerator. It frees up cabinet space and you’ll never have to frantically dig through your pantry while cooking dinner again. I use these.

3. Aesthetic Jewelry Storage

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Glue glass bottles to the bottom of a decorative crate and then mount it on the wall. It’ll be a lovely showcase for bracelets and a convenient way to keep track of them.

4. Taking Storage to New Heights

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Mount a shelf above your bathroom or closet doors to provide extra storage for rarely used items. Don’t forget to keep a step stool or taller friend handy.

To see more great organizing and storage options click here.

Images from here.

Control Your Clutter

Combining a house hold is hard, each person has boxes and boxes of chalk full of items either to practical or sentimental to give away. One of the worst things about moving and unpacking is trying to figure out how you managed to live with all this stuff in the first place.  Obviously it had enough purpose for you to pack it up, but what do you do with it now. Below are some simple inexpensive tips to help manage all that clutter that you cant seem to find a place for.

Make Stacks Purposeful

Topped with an object, orderly piles of orphaned books and magazines look deliberate even when resting against the wall—and not like you desperately need shelves.

*Magazine stacks can be a bit slippery so be careful not to top the stacks with anything breakable.




Contain Your Smalls

Scoop odds and ends into a nice ashtray (it doesn’t know it’s for cigarettes) or a bowl when you have to clear the decks fast. Place one on your nightstand and another in the entryway for dropping in keys, coins or lip balm.

*Yard sales, thrift stores and antique shops are great places to find interesting containers.




Realize the Power of Trays

Instead of crowding your sink with creams, put your products on display. Create a back-of-toilet tableau by grouping on Venetian glass, arranging jars up front and tall bottles in the rear for easy access—and decorate them with a framed photo and fresh flowers.

*I’ve often re-purposed kitchen service trays or old mirrors for this. I would also recommend something with a raised edge so jars don’t slide off.



Disguise With Fluff

Raise your hand if you’re a grown-up and never make your bed. A plush, oversize throw instantly hides rumpled blankets or missing top sheets.

*If fur isn’t your thing, a big fluffy quilt will work just as well.




Boxes! Boxes! Boxes!

Think of them as makeshift cabinets that fit perfectly into closets and shelves. Boot boxes are genius for stashing two rows of CDs; smaller sizes can hold bills, photos, receipts and anything else that needs a home.

*Cover old shoe boxes in pretty contact or wrapping paper for a stylish inexpensive boxing option.




Smells like you cleaned!

When there’s no time for lemon Pine-Sol, mist upholstery and curtains with room or sheet spray for a crisp, fresh scent.

* Fabreeze…need I say more?






Pictures and full article here.