February 27, 2013

How To... Hang A Straight Picture

You probably think I am crazy for posting a tutorial on this... but just you wait, this is life changing!

When I hang pictures I have a pretty good eye for level.  I don't really need to use any special tools... I just can tell.  But this was not the case while I was hanging this gallery wall.

All of the black and white pictures had these two very small "d" rings for hanging up the picture.  They are so small {moveable and not evenly spaced on all frames} I was having a hard time even measuring them! Then I had a brilliant idea... {or remembered a brilliant idea from pinterest... either way}

Mark the hangers with toothpaste and the hold it up to the wall!

Since I put the toothpaste marker just slightly below the top of the "d" ring I placed the nail a hair above the toothpaste mark.  I also did some with the toothpaste on the top of the "d" ring hanger and they worked also.

Totally perfectly lined up!  Just remember to wipe the toothpaste off before you hang the pic! 
I swear a tube of travel toothpaste has made it into my travel tool bag!

Hi there. I'm Anna from Directions Not Included! I love reading all the Savvy organization tips everyone is sharing. I'm a bit of a neat freak so it is nice to be in good company ;) My favorite organization tip is to look for uncommon items to keep things in order. I find that if I have something that looks extra pretty or a bit unusual makes it easier for me to make the effort to keep it looking that way. Yes, you can easily get boxes or standard storage items to keep things in order but we all know that something a little nicer makes all the difference. That that pretty handmade ceramic serving dish and use it to corral the remotes.


Take the ceramic egg carton out of the kitchen and onto your vanity to keep your jewelry organized and on display.


 Or repurpose picture ledges to keep your glitter under control.


 So take a look around your house and think of ways to repurpose an item to keep your belongings in order. Thanks for always being so welcoming, Tiffany! It is always nice to stop by here. 

February 26, 2013

Organized... Peg Board for Jewelry

Yesterday I posted about my organized master closet.. and I am still loving it!  Part of that closet is my every growing jewelry collection.  When I was in the rental I had all of my necklaces hanging behind the dresser, but there was way more wall space.  This closet had me stumped for a bit on where to hang my jewelry. 

 If you read a few weeks back I have a new obsession with peg boards.  There are endless ways one could use a peg board!  The hubs had some left over from his $50 work bench project so I snatch it right up!  It fit perfectly in this little space next to my dresser.

To install peg board in a wall you need to use Peg Board anchors.  This will anchor it properly to the wall, and give your a few inches to slide the hooks and attachments into the board without ruining your wall.  

There are so many attachments, hooks, and pegs out there to be used!  I just used what was left of a kit the hubs bought for the workbench, but I might cruise Amazon to see if there is anything better for my earrings.  As you can tell from the necklace to earring ratio, I am not a huge earring fan so this will work for now!

For the rest of my jewelry I used a bracelet holder I picked up from Ross and a small tray to hold my everyday wear like my wedding ring and watch.  I also picked up the necklace display at Ross... it is fun to just show a fun piece off like this! Now everything is out and visible and organized!

Now off to find other spots for the peg board!

Hey all, I'm Carmel from Our Fifth House, and I'm thrilled to be over here sharing a few of my best organization tips!

1. Think Outside the Box
Sometimes storage space can be an issue.  It can be hard to get organized when you don't have the space you need to neatly store your stuff.  I've found that with a little creativity you can create unconventional storage solutions.

Since I don't have a linen closet anywhere near my little basement bathroom I hung window baskets on the wall to hold hand towels and extra toilet paper.

window box bathroom storage

2. Maximize and Style-ize
Taking advantage of every inch of vertical storage space is the best way to get the most out of a small closet. 

master closet storage

shoe storage

In addition, taking the time to make a storage area stylish can really help you to want to keep that space clutter free.  I used a bunch of fabric scraps to create a wall "paper" in my master closet.  And I also used a gold sharpie to give my basic shoe shelves a little campaign style.


Those two easy and inexpensive diy projects gave my closet a little dose of style and have really helped me to want to keep it clean, neat and organized!

3. Re-evaluate
Last but not least I think it's important to re-evaluate from time to time.  Sometimes even after you've organized a space you'll find that it's still just not quite working out for you.  I can't even tell you how many times I've reorganized a cabinet or drawer.  The most recent reorganization happened in my coffee cabinet.  I found a better solution for storing all of our k-cups and it is working out so much better than the system I had in place before.

coffee cabinet

For more of my organization projects and ideas feel free to check out my organization gallery.  Thanks so much Tiffany for including me in this series!  Now, I've got to go organize my junk drawers - they need some serious help!

February 25, 2013

Organized... Master Bedroom Closet

Oh Happy Monday!  
Did you all have a great weekend?  As I mentioned before I pretty much worked all weekend, but I defiantly found some time to be a little social and hang out with some friends!

Last weekend I went on my organize spree in the house and it ended with my master closet.

I don't have a huge closet, but I do have a fairly nice size walk in that I share with the hubs.  When I moved in I knew I would be doing this series so I really didn't put much thought into unpacking. 

As you can see I sort of let it get out of control!  My shoe boxes were to high to actually put anything away, the closet on the ground was just pure laziness, and my jewelry was just piling up on the dresser because I did feel like hanging anything to hang the necklaces on.

I knew I could use this space better so I started by clearing everything out.  Typically when I reorganize my closet I go through my closet and throw out when I have not worn that season, but since it is still winter that will be done later.  I store my out of season clothes in my nightstands and the bottom 2 drawers of my dresser in the closet. 

I like all of my clothes organized in sections like length of sleeves then in that section from light to dark.  I also thought that if I move my jeans to the top I would be able to use the shelf in the middle for shoes. I keep the ones I wear often on top with no lid so they can be grabbed quickly.  I know it seems crazy to store all of my shoes in their own box, but in every closet I have had this is the easiest system.  I find my shoe boxes at big lots for $.99!!!  Just like my out of season clothes, I store my out of season shoes up high.

As you have seen in my kitchen, I am a out of sight out of mind girl, so I have to see everything!  I purchased this cubby system for my tanks, tees and sweaters.  In the spring I will change out the sweaters for shorts, and the long sleeve tees for tube tops.

I love my scarves, but they take up so much room!  I added two cafe rods {$3 from walmart} to a blank wall and hung all of my scarves from it.  Before they were hanging from hangers tucked in the back of the closet, so they were hard to get to and I never wanted to put them away.  Now it is a simple glance to see which one I want to wear, and easy to hang it back up.

The things I wear most often are at an arms reach, so these boots are low.  I lined my other boots on the top shelf where they are still easy to get to, and still visible for me to reference.  I stuff my purses with tissue paper so they keep their shape, and stand up nicely up high.

The baskets are nice because I can see in there and things don't get lost on the bottom.  My clutches, big sweater wraps and leggings, and belts are all stored in the baskets.  And the dirty clothes basket is on the bottom.

As you can see I don't give the hubs much room, but fortunately for me he doesn't need that much!  I added these shelves to maximize the height here, but I am thinking of installing more shelving later.  

All of his shoes and our hats are in reach.  I love the line up of them!  I better organized my jewelry {more on that tomorrow} so now it is all easy to get to!

Any other hats that are not worn that often are stored here.  I didn't waste a single wall in this closet!

I picked up this ottoman at Walmart for $15!  I have plans to add some funky design to it...  one day.  I use it to sit on when I put my shoes on, and to step on when I need to grab something on the high shelves.

So there you have it!  Maybe one day I will have all of the fancy closet organizer people come out and add drawers and shoe racks, but until then this works!

Please welcome Barbara from Hodge Podge!
Hello Living Savvy readers, so glad to be popping by Tiffany's blog to share my organizational tip! I like to think of myself as a pseudo-organized person. While on the surface, my home looks organized, there are still the dark and scary zones in the house that could use some de-cluttering. I am one of those "pilers", where I love to make piles of things. The best way to corral those piles are with baskets, I have a hard time walking by baskets without buying one! Using a basket is a great way to collect "stuff" and have it visually hidden. If you came over, you would find at least one basket in every room of the house!

So I hope you don't overlook a basket as a great way to contain that clutter!

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!