Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toss It Tuesday

When you gotta go, you gotta go. And these 20 things gotta go…

1. Broken, unusable electronics

2. Collectibles you no longer enjoy or collect

3. Bunches of packing materials for those packages you might send one day. I’m looking at you, bubble wrap roll.

4. Silver holiday tinsel

5. Books you’ll never read again. I know, sounds crazy, but do it.

6. Underwear and socks with holes

7. Shoes that make your feet hurt, like real bad

8. Home decor accessories that no longer work for your space

9. Love letters from exes

10. Anything from exes, actually

11. Itchy sweaters

12. Any kitchen utensil you don’t use regularly (i.e. weekly or monthly, depending on how much you cook)

13. Gifts you didn’t love when received

14. Excess or worn towels. (How many you actually need, according to Unclutterer: House residents + Guest bedrooms) x 2 = Sets of bath towels and washcloths.)

15. Tax documents from before 2007

16. Broken toys or toy sets with missing pieces

17. Mail you’re never going to open

18. Random ass keys

19. Expired beauty products. Hint: If you can’t remember when you bought it, then it’s gotta go.

20. Above hint also applies to bras, ladies.

This list could go on and on. Oh, how I love a good list! I think I’m going to do this again next month. Stay tuned. Now get to tossing the above.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Organizing Obsession: Cynthia Rowley for Staples

Fashionistas and style lovers of the world are getting ready for New York Fashion Week, and I have my eye on high fashion, too. The high fashion of office supplies, that is.

Fabulous designer Cynthia Rowley has designed a line of office supplies for Staples. With a mix of floral and gold abstract designs, she’s proving that your desk doesn’t have to be boring.  

My favorites to keep you organized include her magazine file boxes, document boxes, and desk organizers.

But that’s just the start. The line also includes everything from your basic supplies like this hot gold stapler, binder clips, notepads, scissors, and even my personal favorite, clipboards. Yep, cool clipboards! 

Image credit: Staples

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Label Love

The final touch to any organizing system is the label. It’s that last step where all the pieces come together, and I leave the client feeling confident that everything they own has a home.

An organizing project without labels feels unfinished to me. Like getting dressed in your favorite outfit but leaving off the accessories.

And much like accessories, labels should be fun. That brings us to five crushes in my love affair with labels. 

1. Good Ol’ Adhesive

The most traditional label does have some drawbacks. They are great on glass containers and plastic bins, but not so much on fabric. BUT, now that they make erasable and chalk options, I feel like these labels are so much more versatile. Love this option for labeling toy bins.

2. Tie On

These are so versatile and great on almost any type of container or bin. Inside tip: gift tags double as tie on labels.

3. Label Holders

When you’re feeling fancy, label holders are awesome. I am a big fan of Martha Stewart’s line, sadly no longer carried at Staples, but I found them on Amazon. Score!

4. Clip On

Some bins defy adhesive and tie on labels, and that’s where we get creative. I love to use a clothes pin, cool binder clip, or these basic silver clips for a simple, sophisticated label solution.

5. Pocket Labels

This option is also adhesive, so it works best on plastic storage bins, perhaps in a garage, where the front of the label provides a brief description and the back can be used for a detailed list of contents. Since the label is slipped into the pocket, you can easily pull it out to refer to it.

I'd love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite labeling solutions?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Covetable Closets: Nina Holst from Stylizimo

This is the first post in a regular monthly series featuring some of the most amazing closets out there. Thanks for reading along.

Today I’m spotlighting a beautiful, simple space that’s both closet and dressing room in one. It’s the design of Nina Holst, founder and blogger at Stylizimo, a site for the home d├ęcor community to share tips, get advice, and seek inspiration.

Nina’s sophisticated Scandinavian style translates into this space, which, get this, was designed on a budget incorporating many solutions from IKEA. She’s proving that it’s possible to create a stylish closet on a budget.

Now, let’s take a closer look at this shoe storage solution. What a brilliant use of wall space!

Plenty of drawer space to keep items tucked away.

I’ve digging the use of a basic towel bar for accessory storage as well. S hooks are a great insider organizing trick to keep things accessible.

And, last but not least, a vanity area fit for a star!

For more background on Nina’s budget friendly, covetable closet, please visit her blog. All photo credits go to Nina, of course.