Posts tagged organization

Getting Organized: the Office

As I find myself surfacing after a crazy couple of weeks of design project deadlines along with just trying to tread water here at home, I feel royally discouraged at the extreme disorganization of my office. It is pitiful. Awful. I need to lug a huge black trash bag up there and clean house. So I thought I’d do a post on some of my faves when it comes to office organization.

While I don’t use these boxes exactly, I have nearly-identical ones from the Martha Stewart line at Michael’s. I use them to store all my miscellaneous blank paper: copy paper, white paper, scrapbook paper, photo paper, and cream-colored paper. I keep it next to my printer and pop it open when needed. The scrapbook paper one is overflowing; I don’t scrapbook, but I love the variety of papers for various projects. These boxes by See Jane Work come in some fun colors.

These wall-mounted magnetic magazine holders are so fab. You could use several of them on a wall to make a fab graphic statement. They’d also be great for (blah) organizing bills. But who’d want to do that? (My husband is shaking his head at me right this second.)

Moleskines are my favorite sketchbooks and journals for note-taking at meetings and Bible study. I can’t resist them when I drop into Barnes & Noble. They come in a dizzying array of sizes and useful formats for every possible use.

The coolest large-scale calendar ever: Pentagram, the legendary design firm, puts out this awesome typography-centric calendar each year.

These letter trays are inspired by vintage locker baskets. I love the look of these. I can’t stop buying vintage metal baskets.

Of course you need adorable notepaper in equally fab lucite boxes. From Iomoi.

And, if you’re still not done organizing those bills or wayward invoices, a classic collator will do the trick. I really want one of these. I think they are the coolest.

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In which I air our dirty laundry. Literally.

I’ve realized lately that I am really hating doing laundry. And it’s no wonder when you look at the awful state of organization in our closet. I mean, who on earth would want to put laundry away in the tornado that is our closet? It’s such an embarrassment. I have this fantasy of gorgeous boudoir closets. You know the kind – a nice chandelier, some pretty paint, and coordinating baskets to hold unmentionables.

Ha. Yeah, ours is about as far away from that as you could get. I have met my match. This closet is my nemesis.

Which is sad, really, considering how much I adore clothes. I really do. I just don’t know how to stay on top of keeping them organized.

Awful closet

Awful closet

Awful closet

My hope, now that spring is here, is to get everything organized and cleaned out. I tend to do an annual purge of clothes that I don’t wear much anymore and I’m thinking now is that time. It’s awful to look at how disorganized these photos look, but inspiring too. Now I can see where the problem areas really lie.  I’d also like some kind of inexpensive window treatment on the tiny window (same size as in Jude’s playroom upstairs).

My other goal is to organize our big bakers’ rack out in the garage. I envision it as a place where we can store, in order and beauty, all kinds of things, from toilet paper and paper towels to some of my entertaining wares like my big drink dispenser that I got for a steal from BB&B. It’s just too big to keep in the house. So I’m thinking that this would be a great place for all those things I don’t know quite what to do with, and yet have them still look nicely displayed. There’s no reason the garage has to look like a dump.

Awful garage.

But in other areas, I feel like there is progress. We have had 4 “junk drawers” in our house. Now we have only 2. I feel really proud of the progress I’ve made in organizing things in the kitchen and laundry room. So much of that is because I physically feel better and now I actually have the physical and mental energy to deal with our clutter. And now our laundry room is looking neat & clean. Keeping the countertop visible in the laundry room is my goal. I also moved my new wireless printer in there, and we are getting 4x as much use out of it than we were up in the office. That’s progress.

Cleaned up laundry room

I got the tiny lamp at Goodwill for $5. It was shade-less, so I picked up a plain jane shade at Target for $7. I’d like to doll it up at some point, maybe do something to it to match my file folders. Not today, though.

Cheapo lamp

And finally, a reminder that I keep pinned up on the wall in the laundry room, from a helpful counselor that I know. A good reminder for everybody that we all have 7 basic desires of our heart that need to be met for us to feel good. Are the seven desires of your heart being met? Are you treating those you love in such a way to meet their seven desires?

Reminders.

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How to store jewelry


I got a question the other day from Elizabeth who wanted to know how I store my jewelry. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the best way to handle my jewelry. I want it to be visible so I can see what I have, but I also want it to be well organized and not let my necklaces get all tangled up. That’s the biggest problem with jewelry boxes: they really aren’t great for necklaces.

Enter the hinged shadowbow!

I confess – I totally stole my idea for storage from Chrysi, my sister-in-law. A few weeks ago, I had seen a pretty display box at West Elm (can’t seem to find a photo online) and when we went to pick up Jude from my brother’s, where he was staying, I saw C’s gorgeous shadow box that she was going to mount on the wall to store her jewelry in. So C, I apologize — I’m totally ripping you off. All credit goes to you, my dear!

Since I saw C’s idea, I’ve hung all my jewelry on pushpins that were in my closet above the changing table we keep in there. This was working fairly well, but it was kinda unsightly. Plus, Jude likes to play with the necklaces when I have him laying there, changing his diaper.

Luckily, this week, Hobby Lobby was running a 50% off sale on all its wall decor, including all frames. WOWZA! So I got a nice big $50 shadowbox for only $25, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. I hung it up in our bathroom, removing the really ridiculously defunct towel ring that always wanted to fall down whenever I even dared glance at the towel that I had hung there. It was driving me crazy, so down it came.

It kinda reminds me of a cabinet of curiosities, or possibly a really fancy bug collection. The original frame had the linen background, and that works for me for now. I used dressmaker’s pins to hang the jewelry from (surprisingly sturdy).

I also keep my bracelets in a bowl, or sometimes in this gorgeous decoupage John Derian plate that my birthmom Kim gave me for my birthday. I am in love with it! Terrible photo of it, though. Apologies.

So there you go. Feel free to steal Chrysi’s idea too!  🙂  I guess hypothetically you could also make a really fab corkboard into a great display, too. The possibilities are endless!

Editrix’s note: I’m also posting this over at Window Dressing, since it’s applicable there, too. Thanks for your question, Ebeth!

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