Organization. Yep, that’s the theme for my blog this month. Before I start the big projects (such as our third floor and my art studio) I wanted to highlight some of the everyday items in our home that provide me with some organizational relief.
I am one of those people that, as my brother once said, “is a fixer”. It doesn’t matter what it is. If it’s broke I want to fix it. Especially when it comes to everyday things. If something is bothering me, like a lamp that is hard to reach to turn on, I fix the problem. I will move the table or worst case, buy a new lamp! My point is that often there are small things, that when fixed, can bring a lot of organization to your life.
When we remodeled our kitchen eighteen years ago, I knew I needed two silverware drawers. For thirty years I have used two different sets of silverware. I use them every day and put them in the dishwasher. The first is our everyday silverplate which is on the right. The second is our sterling silver, which is on the left. (I know, you probably think I am crazy. Sterling silver in the dishwasher? You can read more about that here.) I got so tired of reaching inside the silver chest every day that I knew that if I was going to use my silver daily it needed its own drawer! So all of my silverware is located side by side in these two drawers and I love it.
I also was bothered by the huge pile by our front door of backpacks and sporting equipment that our boys conveniently piled up in our entryway 24/7. So I had these wooden lockers built with cutouts of their names (for ventilation … stinky athletes have stinky sporting equipment and clothes).
I also love to use vintage items for storage and organization. I love locker baskets and I use them all over our house for storage. I love the vintage look.
This vintage crib mattress frame is what I use to organize my blog posts.
This vintage storage cabinet in our dining room is where I keep my Rae Dunn collection. (To be truthful, there are a few additional Rae Dunn items hiding in various places in our home. Just don’t mention it to my husband, ok?) I love this cabinet so much.
And check out this fabulous cabinet in our dining room. How wonderful is it to have built-ins like this?
I love to recycle some of the items in our home for storage. I have lots of organization in my flower arranging room, thanks to the coffee rack and hook rack I added when this was a coffee room!
Finally, these two gadgets are my absolute favorite. I found these thanks to my sister-in-law. The one thing that has bothered me forever is my bedside table. I cannot stand the constant tangling of phone/ipad/computer charging cords. And the fact that I had to practically get out of bed to turn off our light was really a hassle.
The light switch/dimmer and the weighted cord holder are simply brilliant inventions. Just plug your lamp into the switch and you can turn it on/off or use the dimmer. And the weighted cord holder allows you to keep all of your charging cords in order. For more info on the weighted cord holder click here and the lamp dimmer click here.
I love that we can all add organization to our homes with vintage items and some very clever gadgets.
I told you I was a fixer.