Archive for the ‘organization’ Category

Holler Dollar: Little Black Notebook

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Are you a list maker?
If so, we have the perfect holler dollar for you!
boxwood clippings | holler-dollar notebook
We found these ‘moleskin-like’ basic little notebooks at the dollar tree and are loving them to make our daily and weekly lists.

We keep on trying to convert to our phones for lists, but there’s nothing like crossing off a physical to-do list. Please tell us we’re not the only ones that still do this?!

Em’s New Office Nook

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

We have been busy rearranging and trying to make space for our new baby boy…it’s amazing how we’ve gone from living in a teeny tiny apartment to a house and have filled it so quickly!

We’ve combined our guest room and office to make a new nursery and my desk got booted. At first I was thinking I could just work from our dining table, no biggie. But then I decided I needed my own space for paperwork, gifts, and craft storage no matter how teeny that space may be, and then I realized there was a closet not being used!

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

boxwood clippings | office in a closet

This nook/closet is right off our master and for the past three years we’ve stored throw pillows, luggage in this nook and that’s about it. Those things got moved to the basement and in came the trusty KALLAX!

I know we’ve said it before, but honestly I cannot believe how much these storage cubes can hold! I have moved everything from my office and gift closet (HERE) to these cubes, and I can barely believe it!

I am actually loving this space more than I thought…perfect for work and computer time as I’m not being distracted!
And having all my mommy things in one little space is perfect!

Organize Your Home with Every Target Trip!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Do you have a goal to be more organized this year?
We do! This can be a very overwhelming, but working on it a little at a time and being consistent is the way to an organized home!

Here are our favorite tools we can pick up at Target with every trip to help us get and STAY organized.

Command Strips: If you like to change decor up a lot like we do, command strips are your best friend. They are perfect for hanging lighter items without making holes in your walls! We always have a few packs of medium-sized white strips on hand HERE.

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

Hangers: We promise your closets will feel like a breath of fresh air if you switch to using all the same hangers. For our kids’ closets we go with basic white plastic hangers…10 for $1 in store. Try out a few different kinds (velvet/plastic/wood) to see which you like best, then stick with it!!!

boxwood clippings_twin baby closet

Totes: Plastic Sterilite tubs are a must in any home! Our favorite sizes are 6 qt HERE and 56 qt HERE and we’ll pick up a few every Target trip. You will find the 6 qt tub in every room of our homes containing anything from craft supplies to makeup to baby socks. The 56 quart is the perfect size for storage….not too heavy to lift when full, and a good size to group similar items.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization

Shoe shelf: Is there ever enough space for shoes? THIS shelving unit is our favorite way to store shoes. It can hold 9 pairs of shoes for only $10, which is as cheap as it gets. These look great in a closet lined up next to each other and they are also stackable.

Decorative bins/baskets: Being organized isn’t all about function, we want our newly organized spaces to be pretty too! Target has the best hands down ‘pretty’ storage solutions. The catch? Items are often seasonal and come and go…

The best way to accommodate this is using ‘seasonal’ items for one designated room in the house. For example, I loved THESE totes and thought they would be perfect for Jane’s closet (HERE). I bought a few extra in case I need to replace down the road, or need more than I think I do right now.

The dollar spot is a great spot to look for small storage items too. I love these wire baskets I got for $3 each.

boxwood clippings_jane's nursery closet

Glass Cookie Jars: Pretty enough for the counter, and so great at keeping food items organized and fresh. Target will always have these so you can pick up one at a time until you your desired amount (HERE). Our favorite way to store flour, sugar, and big bulk items from Costco like rice and pasta.

boxwood clippings | pantry organization 1

Consistency and repetition of these items has helped us create order throughout our homes! We’ve maximized space and visually de-cluttered which makes for a nicer living environment for everyone.

If you want to be more organized at home, pick up one or two items with each visit, and tackle a little space every few weeks…baby steps, baby steps!

Believe us, you’ll have your whole house organized in no time!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Station

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Our Christmas shopping is far from finished. However, we’ve thought of everything we need for wrapping everything!

Wrapping is such a highlight of this festive season. It’s so much fun to sit down, put on a christmas movie and really enjoy the process.

Having everything ready and in one place is the recipe for a good ol’ wrapping sesh!

boxwood clippings | gift wrapping station

Here’s the supplies:

wrapping paper
tissue paper
gift bags
gift tags
boxes
ribbons and twine
pen
scissors
tape (lots of it)
trim (baubles, greenery etc)

boxwood clippings | gift wrapping station

We tend not to buy all our supplies in one place, but generally have our eyes peeled on our errands. Target, Micheals, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx and Ikea are some of our spots.boxwood clippings | gift wrapping stationBlack and gold is our favorite again this year. What do you guys have planned?

(For more inspiration, see our ideas from last here, click HERE, HERE or HERE!)

Em’s Toy Closet Organization

Monday, October 12th, 2015

It didn’t take us too long at all to realize toys, although fun, can be a nightmare!

Loose toys laying around in every room really make the house feel messy and dirty even when its not!

Last week we tackled all of Jane’s toys over at Em’s place.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization 2

Jane mostly plays in Em’s family room (HERE), which has this closet she was using to store all of of her entertaining supplies (see HERE).

Our number one tip when we organize kitchens is to remove all items that are not used on a weekly basis.
We did just that and packed up all the extra dishes in 56 quart bins labeled ‘platters’, ‘crystal’ etc and sent them down to the basement to be stored.

We left my most often used cake stands up on the top shelf, but now had most of a closet free for toys!

Next we divided toys into groups and sizes.

Art supplies and little toys up on the top in 6 quart tubs HERE, medium sized toys and puzzles in the middle. Lastly, bulky, heavy toys at the bottom.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization

We found the cutest wire baskets with chalkboard labels at the dollar spot in Target for only $3 each!

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization
It feels so nice to have all the toys behind one door at the end of the night and has made it easier to manage in the day as Jane only has a few toys out at a time instead of having everything down on her level!

This project was so fun and felt so good when we were done. The hardest part is always getting started!

How do you keep things from being a jungle of toys at your house?

We need your mommy tips!!!!