Jayne's studio was so fun to work on. Who wouldn't love to be amongst beautiful fabrics, beads, trims and creative company!
Jayne is the creative handbag designer behind www.designsbyjayne.com . She is also a wonderful mother + wife. Her story brings tears to my eyes and I'm proud to be a part of her life. (Look for her story in a future post)
Jayne gave me a ring when she was ready to take her biz to the next level... take a look, I think she's got it going on! Take a look at the BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS yourself...
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When I was having my home built we were given a small allowance for custom closets. I totally went over budget. It was worth it. Well worth it. So when I saw this in my in box I thought you'd want to know~
I'm a HUGE believer that we can do almost ANYTHING for 5 minutes...
On AMNW today I shared 5 different spaces in your life that you can tackle in 5 minutes. I promise you'll feel more in control and it will take the 'edge' off [almost like a good glass of wine]!
Check out my new timer.. it's quite coolio. Ironically as I was prepping for my segment I couldn't find my timer. I'm not saying I lost it... I'm merely going to go with the story that my kids jacked it so that I couldn't make them do any more '5 minute pick up/clean up' sessions! #maybemaybenot
1) Your Handbag... take 5 to clear out the receipts, trash, and randomness that settles at the bottom of your handbag. You can easily find 5 minutes while you're waiting at the gas pump or stuck in traffic. *note my cute Bagmate available in Camas at The Uncommon Gift.
2) Your Clothes Closet... I dare you to set the timer for 5 minutes and see how many items you can say adios to. *extra points if you have your spouse + kidlets do the same
3) The Mudroom... oh just do it. It's only 5 minutes and you'll feel SO much better. I'm sure the summer items are ready for storage and you can bust out the scarves + mittens for the cold months ahead. *consider adding a "Donation" and "Return Items" bin to this area. It's nice to give those kind of bins their own home.
4) The Drop Spot.... aka My Laundry Room. Grab a couple of bins- 1 for each family member. Place their 'stuff' in their bin and 'force, bribe, dangle a carrot' in front of them to put their belongings away.
5) The Junk Drawer... c'mon do it. It's only junk. Wipe down the drawer while you have it empty.
A Sneak Peek into the home of Professional Organizer Beth Brodsky of New York City, NY and owner of B ORGANIZED, LLC.
I've often wondered how those NYC chicas can fit all their fashionable togs in such small apartments... Now I know. Thanks to Beth for sharing her tips + tricks with my small-closeted readers. We appreciate you allowing us to lurk in your closet!
HER ORGANIZED SPACE: Main Clothing Closet
HER ORGANIZING TIPS:
1)Make sure that every item has its own home. You need a designated area to put jewelry, scarves, belts, bags, etc otherwise they will end up on the floor or hanging over the chaise lounge in your bedroom.
2)Do an analysis of items you use and wear most frequently and put them in easy to reach places. For example I am always accessorizing with necklaces, earrings, and bracelets so I like to see what I have instead of keeping it tucked away in boxes.
3)Use the vertical space in your closet – it is prime real estate!! Most rental apartments don’t have built in closet shelving so it becomes wasted space. Invest in shelving units to double the storage room in your closet.
4)Spend the money and buy nice hangers. Uniform hangers are the key to a neat looking closet.
HER ORGANIZING STYLE:
I wanted to have a whole dressing area with all the pieces I need to get ready in one place. Living in NYC this is no easy fete. I chose the items that I love and wear the most to stay in the closet (shoes and purses that I wear less often reside in another closet or in storage units under the bed). I was diligent about finding space in the closet for all the pieces I need to make a complete look (tops, skirts, pants, accessories, purses, and shoes) and made sure that all items have a specific place to go so that it is simple and fun to put items away at the end of the day. I love the way my closet looks, its like my own little private dressing room – since I am so happy with the aesthetics I am constantly wanting to upkeep and maintain it.
*If you're a professional organizer + you'd like to be featured on "The Organizer's House"... drop me an email and let me know! I've got room for you~
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What does a Professional Organizer do with all her 'STUFF'... We keep it simple but insist on labeling everything so that it's functional for our families. This week Melanie Dennis shares how she personally organizes her stuff- the stuff we all have that clogs up our precious bathroom cupboards + drawers.
A Sneak Peek into the home of Professional Organizer Melanie Dennis, CPO of Columbus, Ohio and owner of Neat Streak.
HER ORGANIZED SPACE: Upstairs hall closet
HER ORGANIZING TIPS:
1. Think like a pharmacy and group like items- first aid, dental, hair care etc, to make it easy to see how much you have have on hand before you shop saving time and money. I use these plastic bins that also keep things from falling out or from being lost in the back. The plastic can easily cleaned if something leaks. Baskets often have uneven bottoms and don’t always allow products to stand.
2.Labeling each bin makes it easy for my family to find what they need. My college aged daughters “shop” here.
3. Keeping the retail metaphor- the prime retail space is from your knees to your forehead so store less frequently used items can be stored above or below this. I have cold medicines and travel sizes in the drawers below. Feel ill in the middle of the night? I just pull the medicine drawer out and take it into the bathroom to find what I need without disturbing anyone.
*If you're a professional organizer + you'd like to be featured on "The Organizer's House"... drop me an email and let me know!
I thought I'd try my hand again at creating a video... I'm no pro, but that doesn't stop me!
It's been a loooooong Spring in the Pacific Northwest... I'm ready for the sun to come out- SO ready. In hopes of Summer actually arriving I took 5 minutes to change out my accessories. Because I always say the key to being organized is staying organized.
TIP: Place unwanted items in your Donate bin! Why store something that you don't really like...
I promise this project won't take long at all...
Let me know when you've conquered changing out your accessories!