10.23.2014

Thoughts for Thursday | Organization

Hello friends and welcome to another week of Thoughts for Thursday.  Things are fairly random today, but you will see consistency regarding "organizing."  For some reason I have gotten a major itch to get organized around here (and no, I'm not "nesting").  I don't know if it has anything to do with the holiday's coming or that we are coming up on our one year anniversary in the house and I still feel unsettled at times.  Anyway, I'm ready to do something about it.  Here's a list of a few things I hope to conquer:

+ Photo Storage-  This is so hard.  I want to come up with a system.  I'm a huge fan of photo books and I'm always rushing to make some for Christmas gifts, but I'm also interested in printing photos to put in an old fashion family album.  I want to organize some of my old printed photos as week.  I came across these two options for storage:  Photo Storage Carrier and Stockholm Photo Boxes.  Does anyone use either of these?


+ Wrapping Paper Storage - I actually have this awesome Gift Wrap Work Station which I really love, but I had an overflow of recycled gift bags that I needed to sort through.  Between baby showers, birthdays, and Christmas last year; I had about 30 gift bags that I didn't even really know I had.  They were folded up in an old plastic bag high up in our office closet.  I took them down, sorted them by occasion, and hung them on hangers so I can now have a clear view of my inventory.  I sorted through my tissue paper as well and put it in my gift wrap work station.

{Gift Wrap Work Station}

+ Ikea Expedit Office Organization - This is still a work in progress. I have some really cute boxes to store things in, but I haven't sat down and sorted and labeled.  I need to label each box so that I know what's in them.  The "styling" portion of this is still not quite there either.  I keep promising that I will finally be doing an office tour, but the truth is that I keep junking up the office with crap and still am not pleased with the space.  Maybe I will finish it up this weekend...



+ Garage Organization - My husband has made huge strides in getting our garage looking pretty and organized.  Of course a lot of the stuff in their is his tools and stuff, but there is also some of our holiday decor, beach toys and chairs and any other sports equipment, etc. I had been begging my hubby to utilize this old Elfa Standalone Closet that I had from several houses ago when I had no closet.  It wasn't cheap at all and it's just been boxed up for a few years, but I thought it could make the perfect organizer in our garage and I was right!!! What does your garage look like?? Do you like to keep it organized?

Sorry this is what it looks like as a closet, but I promise to take a picture of it in our garage now!

+ Holiday Decor Organization - In years past, I have basically just stored all of our holiday decor in these color coordinated containers from Target.  It's great because they allow you to mix and match the lids, so for Halloween I have black and orange containers and Mardi Gras I have purple and green, etc.  It makes it really easy for me to spot the boxes for each season.  This year, I was really hoping to take it a step further.  I remembered this great article from Jen a few years back and I'm hoping to replicate it.  Honestly, I try to pick up my decorations during the after holiday sales and many times I forget that I have the decor because I didn't have it the previous year.  Hopefully this will save me some time and sanity!

How do you store your holiday decor??

{Holiday Storage Organization via iHeart Organizing}

I truly love an organized home and space but there is no doubt it can be extremely time consuming.  I always have great intentions and ideas for organizing, but my follow through is not always great.  Are you a good organizer?  What is your favorite space to keep organized?

I hope you enjoyed my thoughts today on an organized home.  What's on your mind today?  We'd love to hear.

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19 comments:

  1. I'm in the midst of trying to organize and de-clutter our home as well. It is no small task lol.

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  2. It's a little scary how much I love organizing and things that can organize the home!! I love that I heart organizing blog- one of my favorites!! Really great idea with the Wrapping storage hanging...makes it so easy!

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  4. I love organization. Like love in a way too obsessive drive my husband nuts kind of way. The Expedits (Kallax now?) are my favorite things because they look great and hold a ton. I store all of our photos in the Stockholm boxes and organize by person and year. They come with inserts which I label and then organize within the box. I love that gift wrap station and need to get it because organizing my wrapping supplies and holiday goodies is one of my biggest challenges. I feel like your house is super organized and would make me so happy!

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  5. I love your gift wrapping station and how you hang your gift bags! Makes it so much easier to see them. I have all our gift bags in a plastic bin and I just throw them in there. Would love to organize them and make a station this year before the holidays... if I have the time and energy :)

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  6. Oh my gosh I love your idea of hanging gift bags! That is a great idea. I have so many gift bags of all different sizes and they are in a huge, long rubbermaid box that takes up way too much space. I'm on a mission to organize our closets this fall! Such a daunting task sometimes though.

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  7. Love some of your organization tips! Thank you for sharing. We are in the process of finding storage for my son's toys. I want things that are still stylish and fit in with our decor. I never wanted to be one of those houses that turns into kidville and doesn't feel like our space anymore. We are also working on the proper storage for things in our closets. The house just feels so much better when things are in place.

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  8. We need to organize our garage so bad!! It's amazing how quickly it get junky! I'm so scared to go in there half the time bc I had a co worker have a snake fall on her head in her garage once!! If it was clean and organized I'd know where everything was and not have to spend time rummaging!

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  9. There really is something about organizing that can make you just feel so much better! Once you have everything where it should be, you feel amazing! :) I totally need one of those gift wrapping organizers! Crafts and wrapping paper is one of the biggest challenges to organize! Happy Thursday! :)

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  10. This makes OCD me very happy! I have to figure out how to organize everything in my new apartment soon so I will be coming back here for ideas!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  11. That closet is Amazing!!!!!!!!!

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  12. I need to step up my organizing game in a big way but we are running out of storage very quickly around these parts. I'm really hoping our next place (hopefully soon) will have a garage, or a third bedroom, or something because my poor closets are bursting at the seams!

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  13. Such a great topic!! You should see my gift wrapping area ... bags, tissue and wrapping paper in a huge heaping pile at the bottom of my daughter's closet ... haha!!

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  14. This makes my organized loving heart so happy! xx

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  15. LOVE your hanging wrapping station. I MUST order that. I need a good one for sorting Cards and stationery! I have so many cards that I pick up here and there and need one of those sorters for things like holiday/sympathy/dirty...etc. have you seen one of those??

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  16. I need to get that wrapping station!! Mine is so unorganized right now. I love the idea of the colored bins for holidays- genius! I have so much organization to do in our house and love all your ideas!

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  17. Ah, this is so on my todo list, but I, unlike you have no itch to get started! Thanks for the inspiration!! I'd really love a wrapping paper room!!
    xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  18. I love this! I think organizing is so much easier with a friend or someone to help you through the process! I think you should come visit Jax, and we can have an organizing party :) xo

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