January 10, 2013

Improvements a' la Home: Getting Organized

A new year has begun and doesn't it feel like a clean slate? I don't know about y'all, but I've been spending quite a bit of time cleaning and de-cluttering my home and it feels great. I'm joining those fab folks on Knoxville's WTNZ Fox43 this morning and I'm excited to be sharing some easy ideas that have helped me get organized without spending much (if any) money.

This segment could also be called "new uses for old things," because I love to take things I already have and find new and unique ways to put them to use!

1. That Can-Do Attitude (Mason jar trinket organizers) - It's no secret that I love canning jars....even though I'm ashamed to say I've never actually canned. I always have extras around the house and I use them for all sorts of things. I wanted to organize some of my office supplies so I spray painted the lids of three jars in three fun colors (the left is a pale mint green, but it reads in the picture as white).

Now my assorted clips have a new home and my twine (center) will be tangle free when I'm ready to snip a piece (it's threaded through a hole I punched in the top of the jar).

2. Raid the Kitchen - There are all sorts of fancy schmancy organization/home stores that sell containers galore, but instead of spending a lot of money, I'd rather just use what I have on hand. I always raid my kitchen when I'm looking for containers to use for organizing. I have several bowls that I use to organize bracelets and rings. And while shopping at one of my favorite thrift stores recently, I picked up a couple of retro ashtrays that will make a  great catch-all for change, keys and lipstick.

It may sound cliche but the old adage "a place for every thing and everything in its place" does help when trying to stay organized!

3. Frame it up! - My final organizing ideas are oldies but goodies. By getting a little bit creative, you can do so much with just a little. Picture frames can become a lovely vanity tray with the simple addition of a sheet of paper behind the glass. And you may have seen this picture frame earring holder around the blogosphere, but mine makes getting dressed in the morning such a breeze, I wanted to share it again. If you're still digging through jewelry boxes of earrings when trying to pick out your accessories, do yourself a favor and give this easy project a try! You'll be able to see what  jewelry options you have and nothing gets tangled or jumbled. Easy peasy!

As a recovering pack rat, I know firsthand that the biggest enemy of creativity is clutter. I've been hauling stuff to my local thrift store like crazy and just freeing up some space in my home has helped me get much more organized already. I hope you'll try some of these ideas or others that strike your fancy. I wish for you (and me!) a clutter-free, creative and productive 2013!