It is the day after Christmas and after all the busy…
and besides relaxing –
extra cup or 2 of coffee is definitely on the agenda
After all the busy starts to wind down a bit,
I start to think about New Years Eve and the upcoming new year and
jotting down goals & dreams…
and I also think about organization and storage.
Kind of a random thing to think about when thinking
about the New Year, right?
But, after Christmas it seems like the perfect time to tidy up some
of those closets, open shelves and storage areas and make them shine.
And having things tidy makes it easier to be creative and to focus on those goals
and work you have on the agenda.
So today, I am talking organization and storage
and am so excited to be joining my sweet friend Julie Blanner
along with several other bloggers and sharing a few ideas for quick. easy
ideas for keeping things neat and tidy- and pretty at the same time.
When it comes to storage- I have two things to say.
We have very limited storage space in our house- and just 2 closets.
As in the linen, coat, catch-all, laundry room, hallway, bathroom, garage,
game closet… well, they are all the same thing.
(we have bedroom closets but I’m talking community closets)
One of those closets has a huge old pipe running from the basement to the roof inside of it.
So basically, it not a closet.
It is about 1/3 of a closet which holds not much more than a broom and mop.
So that means closet and storage space is at a premium in our cottage.
And when you are short on closet space for tucking all those extra bits
and you don’t have a garage to store things-
you get creative and use open shelves and vintage armoires and cupboards
and make storage look as pretty as it can.
In our kitchen, it is all about those open cupboards for plates and bowls
that we use all the time- and those baskets in place of drawers for things like onions
and potatoes, etc.
You can read all about why I took the cupboard doors OFF here
And out in the little cottage where storage and kitchen space is basically almost non-existent-
it means glass jars filled with spices & sugars on the open shelves.
And it means baskets on shelves
and pretty bins to tuck things into to keep things tidy.
A favorite thing to do is to use a vintage piece for some of that vintage charm
while storing- which does double duty- like this cupboard in the kitchen that holds everyday items
and can be decorated seasonally as well.
And you don’t need a ton of space to store things in a pretty way.
we used a vintage table next to the sink to store towels.
And in another bathroom that a larger amount of space to work with-
I brought in a small vintage chest for in between the sinks
and an antique armoire to store all the rest of the stuff.
I used baskets on the shelves for storage
as well as glass jars filled with things like chunky soap, cotton balls etc.
that look pretty while keeping them neat and tidy.
And one more that is coming your way…
a room that I haven’t shared before.
One that was holding every day and random I might need it next Tuesday needs.
The epitome of a ‘toss it in there and close the doors’
project bits, paint, overflow and everything else space.
It got a pretty new look- on a tiny budget and is coming your way soon.
And I am so excited to be joining several friends today
for sharing storage/organization ideas:
What about you? I would love to know about your favorite way of storing things
when you don’t have a ton of storage space.
This week is all about catching up on the stuff that has been on the back burner.
And coming your way shortly
that ‘room’ reveal,
a brand new look on a piece of furniture
NYE party ideas & table setting
sharing a few reflections on 2016 and goals and dreams for the new year
Happy Monday everyone