Showing posts with label tidy tuesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tidy tuesday. Show all posts

Tidy Tuesday: For the Love of Pyrex

22 January 2013

I adore vintage pyrex.  It's beautifully colorful & vibrant and it reminds me of a darling 1950s style.  I have been collecting for a few years and I am always adding more pieces from my thrifting ventures and  every now & then my collection seems a little out of hand.   A little reorganizing really helps make the collection more of a pretty little display piece for the kitchen.

This is not my entire collection, but it is the best of what I could fit on the shelf space that I have at the moment!  I am on the hunt for a new way to redo the kitchen to fit a bigger shelf and I am also trying to pare the collecting down just a but and focus more on the sizes and styles I like most.

Tidy Tuesday : Wrapping Paper Organization!

15 January 2013

A few years ago, I bought one of these stand up wrapping paper containers at a yard sale thinking it would make me organized.   In reality, it was just a big awkward catchall for me to throw any and all gift related junk into and it took up valuable closet floor space.   I genuinely love the holidays and making pretty birthday packages and I dream of one day being able to have a gift wrapping station just like Martha Stewart, but that just isn't very practical for now.   For now, I will settle for this handy giftwrap redo.

I wanted something that could hand in my craft room closet and stay out of the way, so I bought this beauty from amazon for less than $10 (beware, you probably should also plan to buy a heavy duty hanger with it as well because if you have an arsenal like I do, your plastic hanger will break in a minute) and I love it.  

Now, I can easily see everything that I own at a glance and just be able to grab and wrap.  It has multiple pockets so that I can fit all kinds of sizes of wrap as well as tissue paper and gift tags.  The only real issue is that it didn't have space for my gift bags or ribbon.

My solution was picking up a swing arm pant hanger (like this) from Target.  It gave me plenty of room to store all of my ribbon & also have a few layers for all my gift bags.

I am pretty excited that I now have extra floor space in my closet and my wrap, ribbon, and gift bags are all perfectly organized.  Never again will I scramble to make the perfectly wrapped gift!

Tidy Tuesday : Nail Polish Organization!

08 January 2013

A friend recently reminded me that even though the prospect of establishing more organization in my life is a daunting task, it's really just all about the tiny pieces that make up the whole.  And so, rather than some insane life renovation in one day, I will be challenging myself to organize at least one area of my home or life in the next few weeks.   I will win the war on clutter through these tiny battles.

I am starting with my nail polish.  I have a lot of nail more than any person could need in their entire lifetime, but I have come to peace with this obsession.  What I have not come to peace with is the way the nail polish is all over my home and how I probably have 3 of the same color because I can never find it when I need it.

I am embarrassed to say how much thought and research went into this decision, but the system I have decided on is a simple under the bed storage bin that I already had (which just so happens to fit perfectly under my couch in the living room - where I do my nails).  I picked up about 12 clear drawer organizers in a few sizes (I got mine at Fred Meyer, but you can find different styles almost anywhere).  These fit perfectly and allow the nail polish to stay in place when I move the tub and it also allowed me to easily organize by color and have a special place for the konad, stripers, files, and other miscellaneous supplies.

I am pretty thrilled.  I can now see exactly what I have so that the next time I go to the store and see a color I just need to have, I can really honestly tell myself that I have way too much purple and maybe even resist the temptation.  I also love that it puts my hoard out of the way, but I can still access it super easily whenever the mani mood strikes.  

Ellie approves of organization!
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