organizing

How to Create a Gallery Wall

Gallery wall with brass picture frames.  styled bar cart in dining room

For some reason I’ve always been intimidated by gallery walls, and nervous about not being able to get it “just right.” But I adore the way that they look, and wanted to showcase these brushed brass frames with my favorite black and white photos of the kids. In the spirit of one of my favorite mantras: “just start” I grabbed my painters tape, and laid out a plan.

Gallery wall with brass picture frames.  Styled bar cart in dining room

The entire project took maybe 10 minutes, and I was shocked with how easy it was, and I’m absolutely LOVING the results! The thing I’ve realized about organizing a gallery wall, is it doesn’t need to be perfect. As long as you cover enough wall space, and coordinate your pictures - you’re good to go!

A couple of things that I found helpful:

  1. Lay out your design either on the floor, or use painters tape to outline your concept on the wall

  2. While your pictures and wall hangings don’t need to match (often it looks amazing to have different pieces and textures!) do pick a general color scheme and stick to it.

  3. Go with your gut. Choose photos and personal items that you love, and the outcome will be a garunteed win!

Gallery wall in girls nursery.  changing table with round mirror on dresser

After building some confidence in my dining room it was on to my daughter’s nursery. For these gallery walls I took a bit more risk, and mixed in some sentimental items. Things like family heirloom prints, a macrame shawl of my grandmothers, and my daughter’s sweet hat - all of which make me smile every time I see them. Don’t be afraid to mix in some greenery as well (faux or real), these hanging planters are one of my favorites, and how cute is this little white and brass geometric succulent container?!

Corner of nursery with basket, gallery wall, table and couch

If you’re planning a gallery wall of your own, or have already completed one, we’d love to hear what you did! The best part about these is that no two are the same, and it’s so fun to see all the different ways to style them.

Happy Organizing!

Love,

Lindsay and Ashley

Our Top Instagram Posts of 2018

It’s always nice to reminisce a little as the year wraps up, and a New Year is just around the corner.  In that spirit, we thought it would be fun to look back our most popular Instagram posts, as it gives us a glimpse into what is (and isn’t ;) resonating with our readers.  As always, drop us a line, as there is absolutely nothing we love more than hearing from YOU!

White dishes organized in a drawer with dividers

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To kick things off, let’s start with a little drawer organizing. If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile you know this is one of our favorite areas to organize, and from baking drawers to kids dish drawers - we love having everything so accessible. You all loved the idea of putting plates and bowls in a drawer, but there’s always the dilemma of dishes shifting and bumping into each other.  These bamboo drawer separators are one of our favorites to use in both our own homes, and on our client projects as well.

Home office in the kitchen

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Ah a little home office organizing.  You all were clear about how much you enjoyed this one- and we have to say it’s one of our favorites too!  This office / cozy kitchen set up proves you don’t need a large space, as long as you keep a minimal mindset and organize accordingly.

Organized kitchen pantry with baskets and wallpaper

#8

Everyone seems to love (and have questions galore!) about how to most effectively organize and style a pantry.  We’ve written many a posts to address such questions, and from how to create a gorgeous pantry on a budget to how to DIY your own wallpapered pantry - we clearly can’t get enough of these spaces!

Organized and decanted baking cabinet

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Speaking of pantries, we absolutely understand that many kitchen don’t have one. This is probably why our little baking cabinet struck a major chord with many of you.  So much in fact, that after many requests, we came out with our own line of vinyl baking labels.

Decanted spices in mini ball jars on open shelving

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Coming in at the middle of the pack - we were so glad to see that we’re not alone in our obsession for decanting ALL things!  Like us, you all loved these affordable mini ball jars, which are about as cute as can be and perfect for all of your spices.

Silverware and knives organized in dual pull out drawers

#5

Back to drawer organizing, and this time it’s for your flatware and knives.  Many of you are either in the process of a kitchen renovation, or you’re thinking about one in the future.  This guy was saved to a whole lot of idea boards, as many of you thought it was a clever solution for keeping knives off the counter and out of reach of the kiddos. 

Blanket ladder by a fireplace

#4

Blanket ladders make our hearts go pitter patter, and we were SO happy to see you guys feel the same way! We built our own ladders with the help of Projects in Person, and it was a blast! For more blanket ladder inspiration check out 5 ways to style them.

Girls nursery with organized toys and open shelving

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Raise your hand if you have kiddos, and find their spaces to be one heck of challenge to keep neat and tidy. Ok good, glad we’re not alone and we totally hear you on this one! As mom’s with young children, we love discussing how to wrangle all that toy clutter while keeping a rooms aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

Organized and labeled refrigerator

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We can’t help but smile every time we see an organized fridge. This one created a LOT of discussion from you all! Everything from questions about where we keep our leftovers (we promise there’s room) to how we created these fun labels.

Organized command center in kitchen with menu board, calendar, and kids homework baskets

And the undisputed winner coming in hot at #1 is: the command center. If you have this in place and still can’t get your family organized… then there’s just no hope. All kidding aside, this one means a lot to us. It features our custom acrylic menu and calendar boards, which we initially developed for our own personal needs.

As always, we want to say giant THANK YOU for all the support and feedback! It’s what keeps us motivated and we are SO excited about what’s coming up in the New Year!

Happy 2019 and of course happy organizing!

Love,

Ashley and Lindsay

How to Organize LEGO Sets

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LEGOs are one of the most popular toys in the world…no wonder most children have more than a few sets. However, as parents we can all agree that they are a nightmare to keep organized…especially when your kids have graduated from DUPLO to the traditional LEGO. While we can’t guarantee that you won’t step on a few in your lifetime, we can certainly help keep them contained and organized.

Use small plastic boxes to keep sets separate. We love using the ArtBin Essentials 6x6 plastic storage boxes to keep LEGOs organized. These boxes come in a variety of sizes to store various sizes of sets, but the 6x6 is perfect for most of the smaller sets. Not only does it hold all the pieces, but I can keep the instruction booklet in there as well. Cut out the cover of the booklet and tape it to the inside of the lid to you can easily see which set is which!

The other advantage to storing your LEGOs this way is that it makes it easy for kids to trade their sets back and forth…because we all know they build them once or twice, and then they are ready for a new challenge!

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Baking Supplies Organized

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If you’re like most people you may have your baking supplies scattered throughout your kitchen.  Often when we work with clients it’s not unusual to discover petrified brown sugar bags, numerous jars of unopened baking powder, and gummy marshmallows lurking in various drawers and cabinets. 

It’s totally normal for this to happen, as the majority of us keep these items in dark cabinets, and don’t use them daily.  To get a handle on your baking supplies (and avoid buying unnecessary items) we put together a couple easy steps to help you get things in order before your next cookie making extravaganza.

Do a deep clean:  Baking items are notorious for leaving sticky and messy debris.  Clear everything out, and give your space a good scrub.  Now, really look at what you have left.  You can probably combine a few items, or toss others that are past their expiration dates.

The right gear.  Not all of our organizing jobs require new product, but baking supplies are often an exception.  If you have a baking drawer, we love these Bambusi bamboo expandable dividers.  They keep everything from sliding around, and they create a “home” for your spices, cupcake liners, measuring cups, and even your rolling pin!  Extra bonus, that they’re a perfect fit for decanted sprinkles- seriously could these mini ball jars be any cuter?! 

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organized baking drawer, with dividers, sprinkles, and cupcake liners.

Corral your powdered and granular items.  Let’s face it, usually when you buy a bag of flour or sugar it doesn’t always come in a nice resealable bag.  To keep these items free of contaminants, we adore these baking canister sets.  They make them for everything imaginable, but our all time favorite is the brown sugar container.  No one likes it when their brown sugar turns to stone, and the terracotta disk keeps it the same consistency as the day you bought it.  If you want to up the style game on your containers - we’re now selling our vinyl label baking set!

flour, sugar, and powdered sugar baking containers with labels.
brown sugar container with vinyl label

Now that you’ve organized all of your baking supplies, have fun whipping up your favorite confections!

Happy Organizing!

Love,

Ashley and Lindsay 

How to Organize Those Letterboard Letters

letter board letter organizing

The word “frustration” immediately comes to mind, when I remember my previous method for creating a new letterboard.  Finding the exact letter would often turn into a mean game of alphabet soup, as I’d search tirelessly through the endless jumbled options.  You really don’t want to know how long it took to create some of our favorite setups...

 

stray socks organized, letter board
coffee bar cart with letter board, coffee, and orange juice

Thank goodness for Ashley’s problem solving abilities, as she came up with a genius organizing solution that’s seriously a letterboard game changer.   

organized letters for letter board in plastic container

This little plastic organizer is an inexpensive way to get those letter sorted, and it only takes about 15 minutes.  Get those little guys alphabetized, organize your numbers, and finally separate your emojis.  Add in some labels so you know where everything goes, and you’re done!  Such a simple solution, but it’s guaranteed to save you oh so much time when your creating your next masterpiece. 

organized letter board

Happy organizing! 

Love,

Ashley and Lindsay