Tag: Decluttering

Organizing Your Filing: A 5-Step Purge

Organizing Your Filing: A 5-Step Purge

I know I’ve been MIA these days, but being gone doesn’t mean Elvis has left this building! Nu-uh. I wish I had some exotic adventures to share, but I don’t. No, instead the fed-up bug has gotten me, and I’ve been tackling a backlog of…

Organizing: Adding Shelving to Poorly Used Spaces

Organizing: Adding Shelving to Poorly Used Spaces

Just a few small tweaks can make a huge difference to utilizing storage, and being way more organized within! And then when it’s all said and done, you wonder why it took you so long, right? Over the weekend I tackled two small spaces. Here’s…

Time To Get The Cleanse On!

Time To Get The Cleanse On!

And so…

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My cupboards are overflowing, my counters no longer bare,

My closet has no spare hangers, but I can’t find anything to wear!

My pantry shelves are full, yet I don’t know what to cook,

And too much stuff is collecting everywhere I look!!!

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Sound familiar? Guess what I’ve been doing?

That’s right. It’s a new year, and I’m tackling the slow creep of too much stuff!

Because this is my goal…

Not the time, not the clearing of my head, but rather a beautiful place, instead! And the slow creep of too much stuff is not beautiful!

So I’m purging, sorting, and organizing my way through the three Rs…

Reduce,

Reuse,

Recycle!

How about you? Has the new year motivated you to get your cleanse on? What are you keeping, and do you know why?

Thanks for stopping by!

Photograph by Sheila Zeller; Quote from Pinterest

 

No Cost Organizing for a Chest Freezer

No Cost Organizing for a Chest Freezer

Where I grew up, chest freezers were a staple in just about every home. As the years changed, so did the freezer styles, but what didn’t was their necessity. Though I’ve moved, I haven’t made the lifestyle change – having a freezer is just part…

Organizing: Planning A Gift Prep Station

Organizing: Planning A Gift Prep Station

I was working yesterday on an organizing overhaul with owners in their commercial space, and one of the things I was able to see right away was the need to establish a gift prep station. This company offers gift bags and baskets filled with their…

Bookcase Reveal: Painted, Papered & Styled

Bookcase Reveal: Painted, Papered & Styled

Well, the bookcase is finally complete. In place and styled with pieces I have on hand. And it became pretty clear to me that I need a few different tchotchkes! But I’m not sure how I feel about that. As I slid my books into place the titles were a contradiction to adding more ‘stuff’…

Books like: Let Go of Clutter, Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui, Organizing Plain & Simple… Hmmm. And so I have decided to live with the bookcase just the way it is for a while. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Unless of course I see something I can’t live without 😉

Here is where we started. You’ll remember this from yesterday!

To the paint

 

To the wallpaper…

To the styled reveal!

Bookcase Makeover

We definitely had to thin out our books in order to do a little styling, and I toyed with doing a whole colour blocking look, but in the end I know myself too well. I look for my books by subject matter, and it would drive me crazy to be searching through a random collection of like colours!

Here’s a close-up of the top 3 shelves…

So even though I think I need more tchotchkes (do you have to look up the spelling every time, too?), I do have meaningful pieces in the styling mix. Here’s a little rundown…

 

It already feels lighter to walk into the office, and just looking at this cheery bookcase puts a smile on my face!

I’m glad you stopped by to see the final outcome! If you’re considering a little makeover like this, I really hope you go for it. The change is so worth it… pine, what pine?

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photos: Sheila Zeller

Inspiration… It’s In The Mail

Inspiration… It’s In The Mail

Do you ever start something full of enthusiasm, only to find yourself dragging before it’s done? Well, that’s me and our office right now. I’ve been decluttering random piles of paper ‘stuff’, because I want to rework the space and prettify it a bit. But I…

Guest Posting at Décor Adventures

Guest Posting at Décor Adventures

Today you’ll find me over at Décor Adventures… …where I’m sharing 3 of my top tips for keeping an organized home… ’cause you know, it’s just that time of year. If you haven’t stopped by Décor Adventures, trust me, you’re in for a treat! You can be…

Vintage Trash Cans: I Forgot About Oscar!

Vintage Trash Cans: I Forgot About Oscar!

When I wrote about vintage waste bins the other day I focused on the pretty little ones you would typically find in a bathroom, bedroom or office.

And then I got this comment from my DLBwest friend, Tracey Ayton of Tracy Ayton Photography. Have you read her blog?

 

So Tracey, this one’s for you!

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Oscar the Grouch in his galvanized garbage can home.

Similar to this one here.

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According to Urban Remains Chicago, this antique industrial trash can, c. 1910-20s, was made of heavy galvanized steel and reinforced at the joints with rivets. It was made by the Witt Cornice Company, now Witt Industries in Cinncinati. Founder, George Witt invented the first corrugated, galvanized ash can and lid in 1899 and patented it at that time.

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These trash cans were historically placed in city parks… oh, and did you know that Witt Industries is now a woman-owned business?

But if I let Oscar in on that little detail, I’m pretty sure this is what he would tell me to do…

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What do you think of Oscar’s vintage trash can?

I think it’s très cool, too!

With a little Oscar style in your space…

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 There’s a whole lot of personality in your place!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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Vintage Waste Bins… That’s Right, Garbage Cans!

Vintage Waste Bins… That’s Right, Garbage Cans!

I thought with the new year underway, and resolutions for decluttering being the current pitch, it would be fun to bring some vintage into the mix. As in vintage waste bins! They can be a fabulous decor accent, just wait and see! Like this Hollywood…