Simply Organized: a DIY list and intro

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Since I have been going organizational crazy thing summer (as you could see from my closet tour a few months ago!), I decided that while I am on this adventure of finding the storage objects perfect for my room, I would share this adventure with you. As far as organizing goes, I AM NOT AN EXPERT. I do not claim to be, I am simply sharing my fun ways of organizing and what works for me. By all means, I am open to suggestions and love new ideas. 🙂

To start off, I made a list of what helps me organize things. To keep my life on track, I came up with a few simple solutions to keeping things in their place and life clutter free!

If you want to start off small, begin by looking at your email and working through the items in your inbox. My first organizational solution is to look through all your emails first, then respond. That way, you won’t respond to a message and notice later that another one had arrived from the same person! The second tip, going along the lines of the first is to go through and unsubscribe from newsletters you no longer read or enjoy. Make your inbox virtually organized by using the folders and tools available! I love using yahoo mail because it allows me to easily utilize folders!

For those of us who love everything written down, I suggest using a planner. I personally love the ones from Lilly Pulitzer, who released the new line about a month ago. ( an updated agenda post will be coming next month, along with a few surprises for loyal readers 🙂 Stay tuned!) This includes utilizing the planner in a functional way that works for you. I love using bright colors for each category in my life, including: school, work, Gamma Phi Beta, blog and personal stuff. Then each day of the week I can look at the things in my agenda and know what needs to  be done and by what date they should be done. To keep my room and such clean and clutter free, each day of the week is assigned a certain task. For example on Mondays, I would do laundry and Tuesdays I vacuum my room. Then you can form a pattern and keep the house clean. An easy way to keep the same weekly list is to laminate it and use dry-erase markers for an easy reusable tool!

Another thing I love to utilize is my set of hanging files. That way I keep all of my items neatly organized and set apart. If I need to quickly find that receipt for my phone bill, it is filed under “phone bill” and accessible. I find I spend less time digging and more time accomplishing goals and to-do list tasks!

In order to have motivation for all of these things, my fifth tip is to think of your work day as over when your to-do list is completely finished. That way you don’t say “I can do this tomorrow” and instead it is checked off that list! Which goes into tip number six. Make lists! I love making lists, whether it is on a night stand before bed or a small one on a sticky note in my planner, I make lists for everything and anything. For those of us who worry at night, a brainstorming journal on the night stand is a great way to make a list and get some sleep! Another quick idea to help with sleep and organizing is to avoid any visual clutter in the area around you. Keep the items on your nightstand and desk simple and easy to reach. That way you won’t feel closed in or stressed when searching for something.

My final quick tip is to take a break from organizing. This can be a daunting task and may take time. Your finished system won’t happen overnight, but when it does finally happen, you’ll be so happy you did it! Stay tuned for more “Simply Organized!”

 

Cleaning the Closet

This past week and a half, I have been OBSESSED with cleaning my room, purging items that I don’t need and organizing in a pretty, sophisticated way that seems to go along with my style. I took advice from multiple sites for the best way to make my closet look nice and organized, just taking tips from photos on pinterest! I took all of my books that looked “picturesque” and put them into groups, adding details such as knickknacks, and boxes, etc. So without further ado: 

(sorry if these aren’t perfect photos, my camera died!)

I have seven shelves in my closet, and a clothing rod to hang some of my (many) clothing items. I also had to improvise for places to put my shoes. An overview of my closet shows all of these shelves and the beading that is in front of the closet. These beads are old (my room was redone in high school) and purchased from Target. 

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Along the sides there were nails left over from when my sister occupied this room and on those I hung up my bathrobe and raincoats. You can also see my purses hanging on my bed. 

To begin with, I put most of my shoes on this shoe organizer from walmart on the very top shelf and included boxes of special shoes and my backpack for school (since it is summer, the backpack is empty!)

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You can also see an Anchorman 2 poster that I am holding for my friend Matt. Directly below the shoe shelf, I have a longer shelve then a set of four or five smaller shelves. The longer shelf is above the clothing rod. Image

On this shelf going from left to right you see my books that have a blue ish tone in color and my Calypso Lemonade jar that holds my coins, as well as Myrtle Beach sand from my cousin and her family. The books standing up are: Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks, my grandmother gave me this book before she died, so it holds some meaning to me. Then I have Down London Road by Samantha Young, A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis, Unaccustomed Earth by Lahiri, a book of writings by Sor Juana De La Cruz, The Rover by  Behn, Me and Mr.Darcy by Alexandra Potter, Astophil and Stella by Sir Phillip Sidney, The Tragedy of Mariam by Cary, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen.

Next, to separate the colors and the books I put a metal Eiffel Tower that I believe my mother got me from either Target or Claire’s. Behind this is a poster that I bought from a museum (musee D’orsay) in France when I went to Paris. Then I took some of my books from previous english classes and laid them flat to create different looks and draw the eye. Gender Relations, Vendler’s Poems, Poets and Poetry, Women Writers in Renaissance England and finally Timon of Athens by Shakespeare completes this stack and I placed a simple, yet vintage looking wicker bin on top to add another piece. 

Finally, to complete this shelf, I took some books to stand up again, as I was running out of room for the shelves. I find that I may have too much stuff to put into this tiny room. Stacked here you see books that were mismatched from the other shelves (you’ll understand why in a moment…) To begin with Silver Linings Playbook starts this group off and moves onto The Assistant, Home, The Woman Warrior and finally a Schuler’s Book Store Bag, which is a local bookstore in Michigan!

The shelf right next door to it is the one that started my whole closet: Image This shelf contains a container my mother bought for me before I went to Paris and she had filled it with Euros for my trip. Underneath I have all of my hardcover Johanna Lindsey books. The next bin that is labelled Paris was bought for me from Pier 1 and contains all of my stationary for letter writing. The eiffel tower pencil sharpener was from my step father and behind that is my Paris travel journal, An intro to Literary Theory, The Road to Innocence and then some journals and my Lilly Pulitzer Planner from the previous year. The flowers in the front are dried carnations from Gamma Phi Beta stuff. 🙂

Moving on to the next shelf down, i tried to make a difference in the shelving. ImageThis shelf is by far my favorite. It contains more hardcovered books including Rhett Butler’s People, The Heir, Midnight Secrets, Sweet Savage Eden, The Time of The Dragon, and Across the Starlit Sea. My bodice necklace holder from pier 1 also separates the sections of books with a bottle of my Vera Wang Princess perfume and a perfume that my great grandmother had and never used. Then there is a Gamma Phi Beta shot glass that my big gave me and I collected coins in it this last school year. The little square in the front is a matchbox from my stepdad that is of London and Paris scenes. The wooden flower was a valentine’s day gift from him as well, the pearls are from my grandmother and the backscratcher is from Pier 1. 

On the stack of books, I have a little cactus from a student I worked with and some classics such as P.S. I Love You, Anna Krenina, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Austenland, Home, For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Great Gatsby.  

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This next shelf has some of my more educational books on singing and such. The floral box I received from a cousin at my high school graduation, and it contains many of my art supplies. On top is a graduation gift from a friend and my next Nicholas Sparks read. 🙂 The book pile next to it contains singing books, auditioning books and a forensics book. The top mug is an Alice in Wonderland mug from a friend’s going away party and my favorite photo of Elvis that I bought from a fair at school. The standing books contain a bible that my friend had personalized for me, my current philosophy class’s textbook, Phantom of the Opera, and Water for Elephants. The figurine of a sea turtle in the front is from my mother.

The final shelf that I organized contains my tv series and magazines. There is my BCBG belt, a candle from graduation and some other knick knacks, such as a vera bradley pencil box, a stuffed scotty dog from my mother and a head band I made for a sorority function. The pink container is from my roommates mother, when she made me an Easter Basket. Image The shelf below is just boxes of random things that I couldn’t part with yet 🙂 So if you’re looking to redo your closet here are some simple tips!

  • Try to create multiple levels with your books. Lay some down, stack them, don’t necessarily make them go in height order. This visually is appealing to the eye. 
  • Separate with boxes and containers as well as knick knacks to make the space not as cluttered and easier for the eyes. 
  • Don’t stick to one color, but do try to stick to a color palate, or it may look “Off” 

I hope these help! Like for more room inspiration ideas 🙂