Organizing in 10 Minutes or Less

Organizing a space is a great goal to have for the weekend. If you dread any type of house project this weekend, think of a 10 minute organizing task. My quick fix this weekend is going to be directed towards our laundry room/family landing zone. I have the space and the solutions but it’s needing attention.

 

I’ve got a board dedicated to laundry rooms and those I’d love to have.  If you need a bit of inspiration take a look at this crisp space and then see more here.

 

laundry room by inspiredbyheart

 

 See what you accomplish in just ten minutes. Be sure to come back and share your results!

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Simply Savvy Quick Fix:: Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

I thought we should start the week off with one simple organizing task–create order under your kitchen sink. Take a few minutes and toss out the old or unused items. Then, you’re ready to categorize and contain what is left. In case you need some inspiration…

 

I use lazy susans in medicine cabinets, pantries, and under the kitchen or bathroom sinks. They work in just about every space and create easy access to hard to see items.

 

RealSimple.com

 

I also always use verticle space by adding sliding storage. This door storage is a great solution–and I love the liner. Take a look at more details on this post at Mini Manor and enjoy browsing while you’re there.

 

image via MiniManor

 

Even a simple task like organizing under the sink can make a big impact. So, there’s a good project for you to start your week!

 

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Spring Cleaning and Fresh Home Series:: Organizing Dresser Drawers

In our effort to create a fresh home, we’re kicking off this Spring Cleaning series with Closets and Dressers.  I chose to start with these areas because they are frequently accessed spaces that can be frustrating.  I love the reaction my clients have when they see the space gained just by doing a few things differently. Your issue may not be lack of space, so first work with what you have. We’re ready to Get Real, Create Boundaries, and Choose Essentials from this weeks Product Picks.

 

Get Real

To organize any space successfully you must evaluate your behavior with your belongings–do you pile, stuff, fold, or hang. This helps you determine what systems, containers, or dividers you need and how you will use them. This get real moment is important for any family member. I always ask clients to describe their impulse reaction and preferences.  The impulse tendency may need to change, other behaviors just need a solution.  Also, see what alternative space options are available in the house- think seasonal clothes, area for bags….

 

A designated home creates boundaries

If items are designated a home they’ll likely make it back in the correct space. Containers or dividers create boundaries. You’ll soon discover that if it won’t fit, you don’t need more OR if one item goes in, one must come out.  For parents, this helps manage their fashionistas desire to have another sparkly shirt.

 

Do you really need everything?

I always clear dressers and closets from all belongings, sort items, pair outfits, and then pull out donated goods. Think you’re done? You may find that seeing everything in good order often leads to more purging. It’s a good thing!

 

Ready Set – Get the Essentials {Dresser Drawers}

Once you determine what you are keeping, define what items need to be in the dresser and those that need to be moved to the closet.  Next, you’re ready to get organized.

 

I have used many of the Real Simple organizers for clients, purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. However, they come in various materials, prices, and even in pink, so do what works for you.

 

Honeycomb organizers are great for rolled socks, folded bras, underwear or accessories.

 

Real Simple Honeycomb Drawer Organizer

 

Use dividers to section off items and keep them neat.

 

Real Simple 6-Piece Adjustable Drawer Organizer

 

Adjustable dividers like these serve many purposes. My favorite use is to fold t-shirts in a double fold with the crease facing up so that you can easily see the graphic pattern, style, or color. Dividers keep the shirts folded tightly, allowing you to sort by shirt type (long sleeve, short sleeve, print, colors…) Label the inner lip of the drawer and you’ll never guess where items go.

 

Bed Bath and Beyond Adjustable Dividers

 

You’ll be surprised at how much space you gain by using drawer organizers. There is simple joy in seeing what you have and being able to quickly access  belongings. Check the Simply Savvy Closet board on Pinterest for organizing inspiration.

 

Be sure to share your space challenges, questions, and fabulous transformations! I’ll be sharing Simply Savvy Reader Spaces and questions during the series. Subscribe to the blog and follow the fun on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing.

 

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Anthropologie inspiration::creative wall decor

One of my favorite shops to browse during some down time is Anthropologie. The store transforms regularly with inspiring and unique displays. My latest visit did not disappoint!  This wall gallary was put together with such simple items, and looks effortless. They always showcase out-of-the-box displays, making my shopping experience that much better.

 

The painted canvas displayed in all directions is very clever and clearly unique.

 

 

I find different and unique inspiring.  I enjoy seeing creative wall displays, whether it is somewhat funky, artsy, or clean and simple. Imperfect and positioned can be perfectly styled.   Take a look at these creative ways…

 

I love the idea of using a mixture of objects for wall art, like this example shared by decor8.

 

 

Mixing frames and typography is fun, personal, and they are easy to find objects–cute Pinterest find.

 

 

This is a great idea if you need a new purpose for all your baskets- image courtesy of HGTV.

 

 

I’m drawn to the grouping of a collection of frames, interesting objects, or similar shapes hung as wall art. Grouping items together can make one cohesive statement. These lanterns are a perfect example from HGTV.

 

 

…and a collective grouping of mirrors like this lovely vintage inspiration shared by loving. living. small.

 

 

There is so much inspiration and so many creative people. Take a look at more ideas on the Simply Savvy creative wall art board on Pinterest.

 

 

What creative wall display captures your attention? Do you have a wall to share? Leave a comment and share a link. I love sharing back!

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Org Junkie’s 29 day challenge:: get organized

I’m delighted to be a sponsor of I’m an Organizing Junkie’s 29 Day Organizing Challenge.  If you need a kick-start to getting organized and you like to win prizes…then join Org Junkie’s challenge. Great GIVEAWAYS, and great guest post (wink wink). Check out the details below, add the button to your blog, and get ready!

 

 

Are you ready to make a change?  Are you sick of your clutter owning you?  Then join Org Junkie’s 29 Day Organizing Challenge taking place February 2012.

 

During the month you will concentrate your efforts on one chaotic and cluttered room and work to transform it into an organized and peaceful space instead.  You do need a blog for this challenge as you will be required at the end of the month to link up your post showing off your before and after pictures.  Don’t have a blog?  Consider starting one, it’s easy to do!

 

Read more challenge details here and get ready for your February 1st link up. Leave a comment and let me know if you are participating, I look forward to following (and sharing) your progress!

 

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We’ve added two new buttons to the Simply Savvy blog sidebar, Ask Simply Savvy and Weekly Product Picks. It’s now easier to submit your questions and follow the Weekly Product Picks.

 

If you know of an organizing product that you think is super savvy, send us a note here.

 

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