Get Organized: A Collection of Home Organization Tips & Ideas

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If your new year’s resolution was to finally get organized, don’t give up on that resolution just yet. (Statistics show that 80 percent of people who make a new year’s resolution Jan. 1 won’t stick with it by Valentine’s Day.)

Get your whole house in order with my favorite strategies, tips and ideas for home organization. I’ll give room-by-room organization tips, plus cute storage ideas.

From the bathroom to the office, here’s how to finally clear the clutter and get organized.


5 Ways to Use Wooden Boxes for Storage

We all need to store stuff. Why not make it look good at the same time? Wooden boxes are one of my favorite creative storage solutions that serve a purpose and look attractive. You can pile just about anything in them and they make a jumbled mess of stuff much more easy on the eyes.

Try these creative ways to use wooden boxes for storage.


Stylishly Organize Your Home With Vintage Tins

We often associate “storage” with dumpy, bulky plastic tubs and containers. When you work so hard to fill your home with items that fit your style, you might wonder why can’t storage do its job and look good too? It can! Keep your home looking stylish by corralling all of those stray items—mail, batteries, office supplies—in easy-to-come-by vintage tins.

See why vintage tins make the best storage.


5 Fun Storage Solutions for Your Desk

If you don’t have a lot of drawer space in your desk or home office, it’s hard to stay organized. See how I solved this problem with these five desk storage solutions that work well and look good too!

See the desk storage solutions.


Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful. See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Make your own cute craft caddy.


7 Handy Bathroom Organization Tips

Bathrooms tend to be difficult rooms to keep organized. Shampoos, soaps, lotions and the tons of other products we use daily easily get scattered about. Tweezers, nail files and hair ties end up anywhere but where you can find them. If you’re anything like me, keeping your bathroom clutter-free will seriously reduce your stress level when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.

Keep your bathroom tidy.


I hope these ideas help you get organized. Decluttering always clears my mind and helps me feel inspired.

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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Like many of us, a lot of my New Year’s resolutions tend to carry over year to year.

The ones that never seem to leave my list are: Write more. Read more. Enjoy more. Slow down.

While all of these goals still hold true this year, I have just one resolution for 2017. One oh-so-simple resolution that will hopefully reduce my stress, help me get organized and keep me sane.

Before I tell you what my resolution is for the coming year, I want to reflect on all of the happy things 2016 brought. Because despite everything, it was a good year!

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This year I traveled to Iceland. Iceland! Slept on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, soaked in the ice blue sulfur waters of the Blue Lagoon, ate the best fish soup of my life.

And that wasn’t my only adventure. I kayaked; hiked; camped. Trout fished at a spot I hadn’t been to since I was a kid.

I may not have purchased my own house like I wanted this year, but I helped my sister transform her home. Painted two bathrooms. Completely remodeled the laundry room. And finished countless other little projects.

In 2016, I stepped out more. Went to the Kansas City Symphony. Headed out to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Third Thursdays. Checked out books from the library.

I may not have hit every goal I had, but I made it one good year. Here’s to 2016!

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When we don’t meet our New Year’s resolutions, those niggling feelings of inadequacy and frustration creep in. But don’t let them. Maybe you didn’t meet last year’s resolutions. Don’t beat yourself up. The whole idea of making resolutions is that you’re trying to better yourself as a person. And that starts with caring enough to make resolutions. Go you!

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So to stay on that path of bettering myself, my New Year’s resolution for this year is to finally organize all of my papers. I’m a paper hoarder. I have stacks of airline tickets from travels, stickers, postcards and so much more. This year I’m finally going to get all of those paper memories sorted, organized and put into scrapbooks or notebooks.

Cheers to 2017!

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(Here are my past New Year’s resolutions: 2015, 2014 and 2013. Apparently, I wasn’t feeling up to resolutions in 2016.)

Share your New Year’s resolutions with me by commenting!

Holiday House Tour 2016

Welcome to my home for the holidays this year.

It’s actually my sister’s townhouse. What an amazing sister to let me live there while I’m house hunting. Despite her sometimes ‘bah humbug’ attitude when it comes to holiday decor, she also let me decorate her home for Christmas. (And, I might have gone a little overboard.)

From a coffee filter wreath to DIY garlands to a few tchotchkes here and there (…and there…and there,) see how I decorated my sister’s urban townhouse for Christmas.

All it takes is a few pops of red to make your home feel Christmas-y. Throw pillow covers, like these ones from IKEA, are easy to slip on when the holidays roll around—and easy to take off and store away once the season is over.

A cozy, red blanket draped on the end of the couch (or over the back of it) is another simple trick to add holiday cheer. It’s also practical and not just for looks.

My coffee filter wreath adorns the back of the balcony door. Along with a ‘Merry Christmas’ banner from the Dollar Spot at Target, it creates a festive focal point in the room since there isn’t a fireplace mantle.

A Christmas tree is required, right? I dug this one out of my storage unit. Can you believe my sister didn’t have a Christmas tree? After a trip to Target, we decked it out with bright green and red bulbs and a few felt camping-themed ornaments that she loves.

And, what are the holidays without a few extra decorations? This snow globe has been around for years. The mini tree is a Target Dollar Spot find. (I can’t resist the Dollar Spot! Especially during the holidays.)

And, a pine-scented candle rounds it all out. Because it’s not just about looks when it comes to creating a cozy home for Christmas. Don’t underestimate your sense of smell. A pine-scented candle adds to the festive atmosphere.

Vintage stockings, a thrifted stocking holder and a red bin brimming with ornaments adorn a shelf in the living room.

The kitchen gets its own white mini Christmas tree. Draped with just a few copper, blue and white pinecone-shaped ornaments and fairy lights, it adds a touch of cheer to the kitchen window.

Placing the Christmas tree in a vintage tin gives it character. And it’s a bit unexpected.

And, finally, we showcased our homemade gingerbread house by setting it on a silver cake platter.

The house is so cheerful. Turning on the Christmas tree lights when I get home from work is always my favorite. Only two days til Christmas!