I’m like a kid in a candy store with all of these fabulous organizational posts from some of my favorite people. I’ve been busy working on organizing my pantry in preparation for a post next week . . . I’m also REALLY so excited to share that I have 2 clients (yay!) that I get to do some organizing for in the near future. Both women have agreed to let me share the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots with you, so I can’t wait to show you! I’ll be starting with a bathroom for one gal and a clothes closet for the other. I’m seriously salivating at the thought of getting to dig into this new venture! Now all I need are some clients in the Houston area who want me to help them create an organized and pretty home for them! I must admit that it feels a little vulnerable putting myself out there like this, but I’m trusting myself and praying that God uses me to my fullest potential. Amen! ********** Today, Michelle at Ten June is bringing us some sage advice for some inventive storage solutions. Since finding her blog a few months ago, it has quickly become a favorite read of mine. She hooked me when she repainted her kitchen cabinets and walls and the results were fantastic. I’m sure she’d love it if you stopped in to say hi! ********** Hi there, Honey We’re Homers!! I’m Michelle, from Ten June. And I’m thrilled to be guest posting for Megan today. Her home and blog are simply amazing and it doesn’t hurt that she is sweet as can be. Needless to say, it was love at first sight when I found her blog! This series is a fabulous idea and I cannot wait to hear everyone’s tips and hints on organization. One thing I’ve learned when trying to organize around my house is that sometimes it helps to think outside the box and utilize something that isn’t traditionally used to organize that object. For example, my hubby loves to use old shoe racks to store some of his power tools in his workshop. Or, I’ll use empty mason jars to collect safety pins in my laundry room. Here are a few of my favorite “outside the box” organizational tools that I use around my house. I organize my costume jewelry in a bamboo silverware holder that I actually picked up in the kitchen aisle at Target. The expandable, divided tray helps me keep all of my fun necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets nice and neat. I keep the tray onto a shelf in my dresser, which makes my jewelry easy to access whenever I need it. I know there are lots of great jewelry organizers out there, but the silverware tray works great for me! I keep pens and pencils in our office in an adorable drinking cup that, once again, hails from Target. Have you guys seen John Derian’s adorable collection there? Too cute. Lots of melamine plates, cups, trays and more with cute insect prints on them. The combo of beauty and function won me over here and I thought this little cup was perfect to store our pens and pencils in. I even have one on my desk at work! I know this storage idea is not incredibly novel, but it’s a fun one, nonetheless. When it comes to finances, I am old school. In fact, I still balance my checkbook based upon each and every purchase that the hubby and I make (I know, right?! Like I said, old school!). In order to do so, we keep all of our receipts and review them before throwing them in the recycling bin. For awhile, the receipts just kind of piled up wherever they landed (the desk in our office, my purse, the kitchen counter, etc.). I finally decided that enough was enough and decided to make a home for the receipts. And it came in the form of an empty sugar box. This project was pretty simple. I simply Mod Podged (is that a verb?!) some fun scrapbook paper on the sugar box, labled the top with some chipboard stickers and, voila! I’ve got a place for my receipts. Keeping the receipts organized and in one places makes things a lot easier when it comes time to balance the ol’ checkbook. So there you have it, folks! These are just a few ideas of different ways I help to keep things tidy around my house. Am I the only one using sugar boxes as office supplies, or do any of you use random items to organize? Hopefully I’m not the only crazy one out there 🙂 But my motto is: whatever works, works! Thanks again for having me, Megan! And I’m so happy to “meet” all of her wonderful, dedicated followers. Happy new year, everyone!
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Michelle, I love all of those ideas. I like that you found other uses for everyday items! Congrats on the new clients Megan!!
That is awesome Megan! You should check out http://blog.kuzakscloset.com/, she does this for a living up in the San Fransisco Bay area. Even sells stuff for her clients on ebay and craig's list! Good luck with your new venture, I just know you will be successful at it.
Michelle, those are great tips! I love the jewelry organizer. Super clever. Pretty impressed with the old school checkbook balancing as well. Megan . . .that is awesome! I can't wait to see all of your work. You will be wonderful at this!
Love the receipt holder idea!
Megan, congrats on starting your business! If I was in Houston or close, I'd hire you!!
I love the silverware holder idea! That is one thing that reading blogs has helped me with — thinking outside of the box. Thanks for sharing, Michelle. Love your ideas, girl!
megan – I love the flier – who wouldn't want to have that gorgeous closet – I would so sign up if I was in Houston! 🙂
Michelle – love her blog – GREAT ideas for out of the box solutions! 🙂 I also use a vase/cup for my pens/pencils – the receipt box is great!
I, too, would hire you if I lived in your area! Maybe a trip to the SF bay area? I dream one day of having a closet like yours with that fabulous light fixture and a place for all of my shoes! Michelle shared some great tips. The bamboo silverware tray is clever as well as thinking outside of the box. Congratulations, Megan on your clients and I wish you the best. You will do great!
So happy for you and your new business. I know when I'm organized it's so much easier for me to focus on the important things in life. Having someone to help would be just that much more amazing.
Congrats on your first clients, Megan! I just wish I lived in Houston (my aunt and uncle live in Katy!). 🙂
Love the expandable jewelry holder of June's. Very clever. Her receipt box is too cute!!! I like the little sticker letters. 🙂
I am loving your Getting Organized 2011 series! All of your guest posters are some of my fav blogs, so when I can see them all in one I get a little giddy 🙂
Good luck with your new business and if ever wanted to travel to Naples, Fl I would give you a whole house to organize!
Good luck on the new business venture. If you run it like you run your blog I know you'll do absolutely fabulous!!
Love Michelle's blog.
Megan – congrats on the new clients!! Such a fun new adventure for you.
Megan, congrats on the new job venture! I think that is a wonderful idea and you will do great at it! I have always wanted to organize peoples closets. Maybe I need to get a little business going here in SC. Proud of you! Great tips from Mchelle too, now if I could just find the time to actually use all these fabulous tips!
Megan – great choice to put a pic of your closet on the card, if that doesn't make ppl call I don't know what would 🙂
I loved Michelle's tips – my husband would love your receipt box idea, he keeps all receipts and I go crazy trying to find a way to organize them!
SO excited for you and your new venture, Megan! If only I lived in Houston…. 🙂
Thanks again for having me as part of the series!! xo
Those are all great ideas. I have a little glass from Pier One on my desk at work to hold my pens and I always get compliments on it. I think it was $1 — ha. I love your receipt box — so cute!
Congrats on the new business! What a fun adventure.
Also love the jewelry organizer!
That's great Megan! Congratulations on your new venture! I know what you mean about putting yourself out there…it can be scary! I totally felt that way when starting Pretty Smitten. But it's totally worth it for something you love. And you obviously have a gift for organizing so I'm sure you will be very successful. Just wish I lived in Houston so I could utilize some of your services! 🙂
Thanks for another great post! Off to check out Ten June some more!
Love the receipt box! Great way to keep them organized! I currently suffer from finding receipts every where in my house/purse/car! So this would be a great way to keep them in one place! Thanks for sharing.
Love it! I wish I was nearer to Houston and could buy some organization services from you!
I've had 4 consecutive snow days here in my neck of the woods, and I've been organizing something new every day. Today… the linen closet!
Thanks for the great tips!
Congratulations! I have a very similar business model in the SF Bay Area. Would love to chat with you sometime about challenges, successes, etc.
Your organizing blog series is fabulous!
I love how you recycled the Truvia container. Nice work!
Megan Yay for putting yourself out there, you will rock at this girl!!!
Thanks for the sweet comment on my bedroom, here is the link to my rug its a Dash and Albert! http://www.csnstores.com/Dash-and-Albert-Rugs-RDB136-DAX2340.html
Michelle I love that receipt holder! I never even thought about using a utensil divider for my jewelry, very creative.
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good luck with your endeavors! can't wait to see before/after pics 🙂
loving all of the organizational posts.. what fun and cute ideas!
So glad I found your blog! This is such great stuff! How clever to repurpose an empty box!
HI! I came across your blog yesterday and absolutely love it. 🙂 Now I feel like I need to go through your older posts, so you can teach me a thing or two.
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Amen Sister!! Congratulations! The Lord loves an organized Gal and it helps others to feel better about themselves when they have their homes nice and tidy! and I love Michelle from Ten June! Daily read for me!
Fantastic ideas Michelle!! And yipee for your new venture Megan! Have a fabulous weekend!
wonderful tips! that jewelry is so impressive! i need to find a good solution for mine!
This is so adorable. I love little boxes and things to keep little trinkets in. Also, YAY for starting an organization business!! You're going to rock at it (: So excited for you!
LOVE the recipe box! What a cute idea! 🙂
Great tips! I still balance my checkbook too!
Michelle….ca-razay about the bamboo tray!!!
Megan….yay you!!! SO excited…you are going to be amazing!!! Xoxo
Keeping pen and pencil in nice cup is what I do also, I think that it is easier to find nice cup than to find nice pen cup.