Friday, January 14, 2011

Organization – That’s What We Need

I am overwhelmed. My house is a mess, my deadlines are looming, and my taxes are due. I need to organize, but I don’t have time to organize. However, I can write about organizing – that’s one thing I can do! Do I follow my own advice? To a point. Some parts of my home are very organized. My office is organized…it has to be. So are some of my closets. 

Here is one great organizing tip for everyone:
Don't buy any organizing tools (except maybe a book) before you have a master plan. Organizing experts say that many people purchase organizing accessories and tools (you know the pretty bins, shelves, matching padded hangers, baskets) before they actually have a strategy and that’s a problem. 

Why? They end up adding more stuff to their stuff (even though it’s organizing stuff) and they’re back to square one. Instead, begin with a vision and using what you have -- recycled items from your home, garage sales or consignment stores.

Here’s a look at my organized office:
An old, wood toolbox serves as a great magazine holder.

 Baskets hide papers.

  Mailing center for etsy stores.

Little plant potting thing holds my pencils, etc.

Next, I’ll tackle the hall closet…stay tuned. Linking to:



Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks fabulous, renee! it's much easier to think straigh when your office is organized!

Sherry said...

Great repurposing of that old toolbox!!!

stacie said...

I'm impressed!

Jane said...

Great tips! I have a old wood toolbox in my basement doing nothing but taking up space. I'm going to bring it upstairs and use it for some storage. Thanks for the inspiration!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Love the old toolbox magazine holder. What a gorgeous piece! Visiting from The CSI Project.

Holly said...

In the past I've been guilty of buying the organizing stuff without the plan...I don't do that anymore!
Your office looks great! I really love the toolbox and the plant/pencil holder.
Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

LOVE that old tool box!! :)

{northern cottage} said...

oh I am in LOVE with your toolbox...what great great patina!