Welcome! We're suppose to share some of the ways that we organize in our homes so let's get right to it. But first, let me just say, I'm not super organized so I'm looking forward to getting some new ideas and maybe you'll pick up a few things here as well.
Like a lot of people, I use baskets to help keep things tidy. This basket holds our everyday placemats. I roll them up so that it's easy to see what we have and to save space. They're kept in my dining room in a small narrow bookcase that I use as a buffet. It's my daughter's job to set the table for dinner and it's her pleasant task to choose which placemat we will be using. Keeping them in the dining room makes it easier for her to do her job.
This basket hold the magazines that I'm currently reading. I like that it has handles because it makes it easier to move around the house with me.
I go through my magazines and I remove the pictures or articles that I want to keep. I then file them according to category such as Spring Ideas, Homekeeping, Gardening etc. I keep very few magazines in tact. The only decorating ones that I keep are ME Home Companion (so sad it's out of production), a few select old Victoria's and random issues of various magazines that I think have so many good ideas it wouldn't pay to tear out pages.
I keep the files in that toile bin on my night stand
When you have a house that's old and on the smaller side ( a 1960's, 1900 sq ft split foyer) you look for furniture that can be used for more than one thing. My coffee table is a chest that I keep my extra vases in it.
A picture from Fall 2007
My kitchen doesn't have a pantry but I do have three bathrooms - one of which we rarely use. So I transformed that shower stall into my pantry.
I use see through bins and jars to help organize things.
This vintage bread bin in my kitchen holds dog toys and treats. I tried keeping bread in it but the bread would always get moldy so quickly. It still looks cute in my kitchen but hides something necessary. Toys to keep Maxie busy!
I'm working on my craft area and one of the photos I saved as inspiration is this one from Country Living.
It looks organized but not so pristine that you wouldn't want to do anything for fear of messing it up!
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