February 22, 2013

Happy Friday!

Oh what a week!  
What do you all have planned this weekend?  I will be working... although both projects are for friends and family so no complaining there!  I have been out and about all week... but seriously too busy to take any pics of my awesome finds!  {wamp, wamp}.

Have a great weekend!
I will be back on Monday to share my organized closet!

Hi Living Savvy readers! I'm Amelia from House Pretty Blog and Tiffany has very kindly invited me to share my organization tips with you (thanks Tiffany!). My husband and I live in a small, old house with our infant daughter, a dog and a cat, so we're always trying to figure out better ways to organize our 'stuff' and make the most of our small space. Here's what worked for us in my daughter's teeny nursery (the room is barely 8' x 10').

Go vertical

By installing floating shelves (we found ours at Home Depot), we gained a ton of storage without taking up valuable floor space. Shelves also make it easy to switch up art, books and toys as your tastes or needs change. The fabric-covered box on the bottom shelf houses keepsakes like Hannah's hospital bassinet tag and special notes and cards people gave us when she was born.

Maximize your closet space

The closet in this room came with your standard shelf and single rod, which = lots of wasted space. The closet may be tiny, but after customizing an inexpensive shelving system we're now using every inch of it. Dollar store bins help organize her clothes by size, while two rods separate her sleepers from her tops and dresses. I think it's easier - and faster - to find and put away clothes by hanging them up and it frees up her dresser to store diapers, blankets, burp cloths and other baby necessities. We even have space to stash the diaper pail so it's out of sight, but still within reach of the changing table (you can just see the handle peeking out from under her clothes).

When in doubt, use a basket

Bins and baskets make any mess look organized. I bought this large basket to corral toys and stuffed animals. It looks great in the room and I like that I can practice my jump shot while tidying up (I need all the practice I can get).

Take advantage of wasted space

We installed hooks behind the door to turn previously wasted space into a spot to hang Hannah's bath towel and laundry bag. The laundry bag is a really simple project that I sewed myself and it's a great alternative to a hamper when you've got limited closet or floor space. And although we haven't tackled it yet, we have plans to DIY a simple window box that will turn the wasted space under the window into a mini-library. I'll be sharing a tutorial on my blog next week, so be sure to stop by!

I hope you found these organization tips helpful and a huge thanks to Tiffany for including me in her series!