When TJ Maxx got in touch and asked if I’d like to be part of their Spring Organization Challenge, I jumped at the chance. The mission: pick out a few items from the TJ Maxx/Marshalls home goods section to help organize a messy spot in my own home. There was no question in my mind which spot I was going to organize, because I was already sitting in it when I got the email: my office. Thanks to that whole “selling all my possessions before I moved” thing, my house doesn’t have too many clutter or disorganization issues right now, but all the issues I do have are confined to my office. I’m really bad with paperwork, files, and mail especially, and since I just close my office door at the end of every day, it’s been easy to put off figuring out how to organize everything. Read on to check out my embarrassing “before” photos and the super cute storage solutions I found, not to mention a life-changing time management trick! Keep reading »
I would be lost without my daily to-do list, but I’m not a very linear person, so sometimes just jotting down my tasks one after the other doesn’t really resonate with me. That’s why I’m pretty psyched about these pie chart sticky notes, divided into different size sections for different size tasks. I would say they’re 60 percent clever, 30 percent cute, and 10 percent ridiculous (in a good way, of course). [$7.50 for 50 notes, Poketo]
You have too much stuff, girl. And worse than that, you don’t even know what you have. Figure that out, and declutter your life, by cleaning out and organizing your closet. Don’t worry! We’ll show you how!
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“Do you have a pen?” my friend asked.
“Yeah sure, just go into my purse,” I said.
But what my friend found wasn’t a pen, but approximately 5 handfuls of receipts, a small notebook and 4 lipsticks/lip glosses. There was at pen, at some point, in this fashionable garbage pail that I call a purse. And even worse, I had actually downsized from a larger satchel to the smallest purse I could get without it being a clutch, because I had noticed that the former just attracted stuff like a junkyard magnet. Read more…
There’s nothing worse than a tangled mass of necklaces and earrings crammed in a box. Do your lovely accessories justice with these unique jewelry display ideas that range from understated (a pretty vintage frame) to eye-catching (antlers, anyone?). The best part: you can make them all yourself for just a few bucks (no pun intended). Keep reading »
As I confessed last week, I am a slob, which means my closet usually looks slightly more messy than planet Earth in “Wall-E.” Thanks to a hectic schedule these past couple of weeks, my closet is particularly nightmare-ish right now, but you know what? I’m organizing it this weekend. And I’d love for you to join me. In your own closets, that is. (I mean, you’re welcome to help me in mine but it’s rather small and I’m not sure you’re ready for what we might find in there.) Just in case you need a bit more motivation, here are five benefits to tackling the project… Keep reading »
Not having enough room for my shoes (or my clothes or my cosmetics or my anything) in my small studio is a major source of stress in my life, because in addition to being a shopaholic, I am also moderately OCD. Thankfully, Rakku Designs has come to my rescue. They invented the handy-dandy Shoe Wheel, which can store up to 30 pairs of shoes (including high heels!) in small, attractive, and user-friendly packaging. It’s a little pricey at almost 60 bones, especially when you consider that I will now have the closet space to buy even more kicks.
I live in constant fear that one day I will open a kitchen drawer or a hall closet and every pencil, pen, and bobby pin I’ve ever lost will come tumbling out and I will die, because you guys, I lose a staggering number of writing utensils and bobby pins every day. For example, yesterday I very mindfully placed three new pens and five bobby pins in my purse. Today there are none. While I can’t say for sure that keeping a zippered pencil pouch in my purse would help remedy this problem, at the very least it would be cute.
I live in constant fear that one day I will open a kitchen drawer or a hall closet and every pencil, pen, and bobby pin I’ve ever lost will come tumbling out and I will die, because you guys, I lose a staggering number of writing utensils and bobby pins every day. For example, yesterday I very mindfully placed 3 new pens and 5 bobby pins in my purse. Today there are none. While I can’t say for sure that keeping a zippered pencil pouch in my purse would help remedy this problem, at the very least it would be cute. [$10.50, Madame Cupcake] Keep reading »
Winter is about gray and drab colors. But it doesn’t have to be thanks to these Pantone-themed tin boxes. Add some color to your life with these handy and decorative items. Stack ‘em up to make a rainbow! Or stock up on them and use them as your holiday packaging (far more eco-friendly than wrapping paper).