Archive for the ‘organization’ Category

Between turning my home office into a workspace and warehouse, and my natural inclination to purge and refresh with the turning of weather, I’m on a serious cleaning and organizing kick lately.  Last weekend I pulled everything apart and now, well, it’s time to put it back together.

I come up with lots of ideas for organizing and categorizing (a little crazy perhaps), but I also like to check out my favorite online sources for inspiration.  Here are a few ideas I’d like to try out.

I love this alternative to the typical cork board (I loooove cork, but I also like the unexpected).  You could find these at a builder surplus or even your local home depot.  They’re not too expensive

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This idea was originally for a garage or shed space but I think it would work great in a home office too.

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My favorite organizing ideas:

  • repurpose any container you can – I do this all the time.  I have an old planter with cork on the bottom (so it doesn’t scratch my desk) that I use for  rulers, scissors, etc.  I use glass jars, and old toothbrush holder and tealight holders for general office supplies.  In the supply closet I have converted sturdy carboard boxes into containers (you rarely see them so it’s perfect).  Mix that with a couple nice aluminum and wood containers and the office looks artsy but coordinated.

  • group things in like categories.  When I’m working for a design client I use certain things in the office – samples, graph paper, calculator, markers, pens, etc.  When I’m working on the store I use different items…you get the idea.  By keeping things categorized by their purpose it keeps me focused and I never have to wonder where I put something.  Which leads me to another point: put things away.  Of course this isn’t always possible.  I have a very small office for running two separate businesses and many (many) times I leave one project for another day.  So here’s my deal.  Each Saturday morning I take 15 minutes to tidy up.  It’s not too bad in a little space.  Plus it really helps me to see where I’m at in a project and I can pile things (yes, pile!) in an order that will spark my memory when I pick the project back up.
  • My favorite thing in the office is my colorful binders, greenroom from Target, which hold my library of design and life inspiration.  I have them organized by design type, art, sustainable profiles, health and well-being, and housekeeping.  These are my treasures so I treat them as such.  I love to see them as soon as I walk into the office each morning, and it reminds me sometimes to take a moment and flip through what inspires me.

Hope some of these ideas help you with your spring cleaning and organizing too.  I’d love to hear what tips you have!  Happy Weekend.


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Flipping through the new Pottery Barn catalog I came across these cool platter chalkboards

which are just ceramic with chalkboard paint – an idea that seems really easy and fun.  I’ve been scouring flea markets lately so I thought that it would be cool to find some old plates, trays and platters and give it a go myself.  Another great option (though I love the contrast of the chalkboard) would be to use Idea Paint and create a whiteboard center.  In terms of functionality I prefer the white board.  Anyway, I’m going to try this out on some funky plates and I’ll report back.

So dig through your cupboards a little this weekend and see if you come across anything fit to become functional decor.  It’s a great repurpose and totally unique.

Happy Weekend!

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Awhile ago I bought this wooden storage from IKEA  for my office, with the intention of covering it in a funky wallpaper.

As you can see, I haven’t quite gotten around to it.  But I’m starting to feel that organizing spirit again and I may have another trip to IKEA on my weekend to-do list. They have a few other options, along with magazine holders too (I keep my vendor catalogs organized in those)

FIRA Mini chest with 5 drawers FIRA Mini chest with 9 drawers

I’m a fan of these vintage-inspired papers from Graham & Brown

Happy Weekend!

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to your organization.  In the weeks post-holiday, we often get the urge to ‘pick up a little.’  Why not make the task more fun with cool storage containers like these.

pantone storage boxes from delight.com


melamine kitchen containers from french bull

Felted wool bowl-Spot of Red

felted wool bowl, found on Etsy

KangaRoom Recycle Bags

and spice up your recycling center with these cool bags from KangaRoom

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While scouring the Long Beach Antique Market last weekend, I cam across this cool metal basket that was the perfect size to hold my floor plans and rolls of trace and graph paper. To check out the market for yourself, visit http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com

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Here’s a great weekend project to get you organized, courtesy of Southern Living.
Happy Weekend!

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The boxes and furniture have all been moved, and now the work begins. Here’s a peek at what I’m dealing with (this unfortunately includes a few damaged items…)
what will be the living room (a slightly damaged coffee table and side chair will need to be refinished)

I had a little bit of trouble with the slipcover!

Our soon to be kitchen and dining room

the master bedroom will be getting some attention this time around…

…and the office. I love a challenge!

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