Small Space Living

Organize Your Swimsuits

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Easy Organizing, Problem-Solved!, Small Space Living, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

Tie racks aren’t just for ties. Here’s a great way to keep your bikinis handy during the summer months.

These racks are mounted on the wall facing the bathroom and next to the back door, so when it comes time to dash off to the beach, grab a suit, hop into the bathroom, slip on your suit, and you’re ready to go!

IMG_0783

Purchase the tie rack, mount in a convenient place, grab a suit, change and go!

Read More

Clever Solution for Stuff

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in 5-minutes-a-day, Dual-purpose pieces, Easy Organizing, Featured, Organizing Products, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, Small Space Living, What You Need & Where to Put It | 0 comments

Clever Solution for Stuff

I hung a life-saver of a product on the back of the bathroom door recently. The Clever Pockets helped us clear the bathroom vanity, which makes “cleaning” much easier. We are using the Floral Black mini stash in my daughter’s bathroom. Surprisingly, there are still two empty pockets!

 

What I love about this product is that is’t not exclusive to the bathroom. Nope! There are a ton of uses around the home, which I’ve outlined below:

In the Kitchen, store candles, mixes, cake decorating supplies, teas, coffees, spices, or pastas.

In the Hall closet store gloves, hats, scarves, shoes, small umbrellas, tennis balls, electronics, and kid’s toys.

In the Utility Room store electronic cords, cleaning supplies, stain sticks, medicines, batteries, and first aid supplies.

In the Baby’s Room store diapers, diaper creme, tights, socks, lotions, wipes, clothes, and burp cloths.

In the Bathroom store medicines, first aid, toiletries, make up, and shaving needs.

In the Office store scissors, paper clips, business cards, stapler/staples, and stamps.

In the Guest Room store note cards, crafts, sewing supplies, and soaps.

In the Den store small toys, card games, WII game accessories, movies.

What’s nice about the Clever Pockets is that unlike the standard white backing, these provide a decorative feel and don’t look so sterile; they blend in and add to the surroundings with the colorful design.

Use this in a nursery, guest closet or bathroom.

Perfect for a girl's room. Put socks & underwear, barbies and other small toys, or jewelry items.

 

The Clever Pockets come in different sizes, including Mini and Original. The Original 20 Pockets, overall size is 19″ x 52″, and the Mini has 15 pockets (5 larger middle pockets and 5 smaller pockets on either size) with an overall size of 19″ X 36″.

Click here for more information.

Read More

Don’t Lose Your S*&$% in the Back of the Cabinets

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Easy Organizing, Featured, Organizing Products, Problem-Solved!, Sanity Savers, Small Space Living | 0 comments

Don’t Lose Your S*&$% in the Back of the Cabinets

One way to lose your stuff at the back of a cabinet, especially the lower kitchen cabinets, is to not utilize every square inch to its fullest. To avoid disorganization and maximizing space, pull-out drawers work wonders. Years ago, pull-out drawers were only available as a custom option in cabinets, but today you can find them at Lowe’s, Home Depot and many online retailers.

Here are some examples of how you can make your kitchen (or bath) feel like a custom experience.

 

Storing and accessing cleaning supplies should be simple too.

Great for pots & pans!

This is my favorite because it reduces the number of appliances on the counter top.

Great for under a kitchen or bathroom sink to store cleaning supplies.

 Note: All images are of the Rev-a-Shelf products that are available at Lowes.com.
For more inspiring images and ideas, visit my Cabinet Organization board on Pinterest.
Read More

Maximize Your Closet Space: Big or Small

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Easy Organizing, Embrace the Urge to Purge, Featured, Organizing Products, Problem-Solved!, Room-by-Room, Sanity Savers, What You Need & Where to Put It | 1 comment

Maximize Your Closet Space: Big or Small

I want to feel like Carrie when I enter my closet. Don’t you? Hey, we start and end our days in the closet. It’s where we choose what we’ll wear to head out into the world. How do we make it a great space? Simple…

Unless you have a ginormous closet, you want to remove all out-of-season clothing AND clothing that no longer fits. We all have some clothing we hope to get back into one day or know we won’t, but simply don’t want to part with, but unless you have a clear fitness or weight loss goal that you’re working on, remove anything that doesn’t currently fit. Why? When you have a closet full of items that don’t fit, every time you walk into that closet, your subconscious is recognizing those pieces. That little voice is saying, “Oh, you’re never going to fit into those clothes again.” “I remember when those clothes fit.” It’s all negative and puts you in the past versus the present. TAKE THOSE PIECES OUT and fill your closet with items that make you feel good NOW! I promise you that removing those items will change your entire outlook on getting dressed!

Store the out-of-season clothing in labeled containers. If you’re seriously considering getting back into the smaller size, then keep them and put them in a labeled container (stored elsewhere). Maybe keep one pair of your favorite jeans for inspiration hung in a special place and attach your written goal to them. State the goal in the present. For example, “Now that I’ve lost 10 pounds, I’m wearing my jeans and feeling hot and sexy.”

Doing the above will solve or reduce many tight-space issues and the issue of not seeing clearly what you have available to wear NOW. During this process of removal, also take the time to purge clothing pieces that are out-dated, worn out, and items you never wear.

Next, identify the problems and implement the solutions. Here are the most common:
Problem: Underutilized vertical space
Solution: Use labeled containers to store items on upper shelving to maximize vertical space. You may want to consider moving the rod up higher to give you space below to store shoes.
Problem: Uncategorized items. For example, shoes strewn all over the floor (use clear shoe containers or a shoe bag), sweaters and tops tossed on a shelf (use clear sweater boxes), or hanging items shoved anywhere on the rod (sort by categories and color: short-sleeved tops, long-sleeved tops, dresses, pants, skirts, etc.)
Solution: Space plan the closet. Choose where items will live; contain items that sit on shelves to prevent co-mingling.
Problem: Unrelated items in closet
Solution: In addition to out-of-season clothing that doesn’t fit, remove items such as exercise equipment, gift wrap and anything else that accumulated due to not knowing where to put it (next week I’ll post on an organized hall closet, so perhaps you could put these items there).

 

Here are the main categories of closet items and tips for containing them:

  • Short hanging–tops, jackets, pants folded over the hanger. Double up your closet space by hanging two rods for short hanging.
  • Long hanging–dresses, long jackets, etc. Put all long hanging together to maximize vertical and horizontal space.
  • Shoes, boots & sneakers–remember to “remove” any out-of-season footwear. This will make room what you’re currently wearing. As mentioned, use hanging shoe bags or shoe containers that stack.
  • Handbags–Perhaps you put the more commonly used bags in an easy-to-reach place and the others in a basket on the top shelf. Another solution is a handbag file that holds up to 8 bags in clear pockets to keep them organized and dust free.
  • Luggage–if there’s room, store in the closet. Otherwise, store in the attic, basement, under the bed or spare room closet. Nest the bags to save space.
  • Jewelry–Hanging jewelry bags work well because they take up little space and you can see what you have.
  • Belts–Roll them up and place them in a basket or use a belt hanger to minimize space.
  • Scarves–Fold and place in a basket, a clear drawer so you can protect but still see them, or a scarf hanger.

To further maximize space, contain what you can. Mostly this will be accessories, belts, shoes, jewelry and scarves.

To really make the closet your own, add some personal touches such as a interesting light fixture, a shelf for your most-often-worn jewelry and a box that contains special mementos. For a full-blown closet makeover, hire a closet specialist to install shelving, rods and even drawers. Do yourself a favor though, purge and organize what you have first. Hire an organizer, if you want fast results!

To view a gallery of closets where you may find inspiration on taking your closet to the next level, visit my Dream Closet board on Pinterest.

Also take a peek at the fun videos Bluefly.com Closet Confessions with a handful of celebrities by clicking here.

 

 

Read More

Does Your Home Reflect Your Current Lifestyle?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in Easy Organizing, Embrace the Urge to Purge, Featured, Problem-Solved!, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, Sanity Savers | 2 comments

Does Your Home Reflect Your Current Lifestyle?

One way to determine what to keep and what needs to go is to look at your current lifestyle and ask yourself, when it comes to your stuff: “What’s relevant?”

We all know that once we get married and/or have children, there’s a  major shift that happens in terms of how our home is set up. As newlyweds, we work our stuff together to create a cohesive living space; as parents, we need to be aware of hazards to crawling babies and small children. The baby and kid “stuff” turns over quite quickly–what a child was playing with one day is  no longer relevant the next.

To stay focused on the present, enjoy each day with family and friends, and have the space to live and entertain in one’s home, take a walk around your home and ask yourself: “What is relevant in this room?” Then make an attempt to either purge or pack up and store what’s not relevant to your lifestyle today. The distractions of the past or another time can keep us from fully living in the moment and moving forward. Reduce and eliminate those distractions.

Of course, it’s nice to a place to put “memories” of the past. In that case, make a photo wall or designate one shelf, as opposed to an entire bookcase for mementos. In a baby nursery, place special items in a shadow box for display. To stay on track with eliminating clutter, choose only the most special things to display.

If you found this post useful, please share on Facebook or Tweet to your friends. Thank you!

 

Read More
Page 1 of 612345...Last »