Organizational Porn

I admit that I am addicted to house porn while being simultaneously nauseated by the term “house porn.” When some people are bored, they go searching the web for naked pictures; I go on hunts for new ways to make my life more organized and fancy without breaking the bank. Yes, I love pretty, pretty things, but I am also cheap as hell.

Last week, I offered some suggestions for closets and home offices; this week, I’d like to tackle the bedroom and kitchen. Let’s hit it.

Bedroom

I would like to be able to tell you that my bedroom is clean, taking advantage of the many organizational tips I have instituted over the years, but I can’t. Some days (read: most days) when I get home from work, the effort of hanging my clothes up is just too much, so they get thrown on the storage chest at the foot of the bed. This would be the same storage chest that I purchased when I didn’t have enough closet space to store linens, which is a great way to have extra space, but adding a surface to be the catch-all for my crap is less than desirable. That being said, there used to be a pile of sheets and towels in the corner of the room, so really, six in one, half a dozen in the other.

If your closet space is lacking, there are awesome ways to fix the situation. I love my shoes and feel they deserve to be displayed as the beautiful foot art that they are. Instead of stuffing them away in a closet, I found a leaning bookshelf on Craigslist and used it for shoe display. There are many different versions of this idea on the web, and one I think is adorable is using an Ikea Expedit (also often available on Craigslist).

DIY Shoe Shelf on Audrey Kitching’s Blog – Buzznet.

White Ikea Expedit shelf used to display multiple pairs of shoes in a bedroom

Adorable, no?

The Ikea Expedit shelf is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the planet. I have seen it used in lieu of a dresser, as craft storage, retail store display, room divider, kitchen pantry; the list goes on. We have a huge 6×6 one that takes up a whole wall in the spare bedroom and displays books, photos, and Buffy action figures. They pop up on Craigslist regularly, but they go very quickly, so you have to be fast to catch one already assembled, but I can almost guarantee you won’t regret getting one.

If you are able to put holes in the wall, the following is just plain awesome sauce-

Creative Shoe Displays « New déjà Vu.

Shoes hung by heels on 4 strips of crown molding hung on a bedroom wall

Simple inexpensive strips of crown molding. So easy!

Jewelry is another area for me that is in a constant state of disarray. Even with all the adorable little stands that can be picked up for under ten bucks, I still had a mess. I like obnoxiously sized necklaces, so the average jewelry stand wasn’t cutting it. Enter the screw in hook:

screw-in wall hooks on a worn dresser top

Image via http://www.shelterness.com/diy-vintage-keys-frame/, which is part of a super cute tutorial for a DIY key holder

Screw these little bad boys into the wall willy-nilly and get to hanging. Yet another way to turn a plain, boring wall into something useful and pretty. These also work for hanging hats, purses, scarves, pretty much anything that isn’t too heavy, so let the creativity flow.

One more quick DIY jewelry tutorial here: Visibly Moved: DIY: Necklace Holder. While knobs themselves can be outrageously pricey, Michael’s has had some beautiful ones lately in those long racks of metal bins that hold all manner of decorative nonsense for less than two dollars. An old board and $10? Sign me up.

Vintage drawer pulls screwed into old piece of wood with necklaces hanging from it

Kitchen

peg board project | Design*Sponge.

Peg board kitchen storage idea- Painted peg board with hooks used to store pots, pans and utensils in the kitchen

Kitchen storage can be lacking in many homes. Taking up precious counter space with various jars full of utensils and knife blocks is a luxury many of us don’t have. I love the idea of using painted pegboard as kitchen storage. You can match it to whatever your color scheme is and it is cheap, usually under $10 at Home Depot. The hooks are also inexpensive, so this is an easy way to add a substantial amount of space for very little money. Magnetic strips are also an easy way to use up wall space without spending a lot. Slap up a strip and buy a pack of magnets from your local craft or hardware store and you can hang up anything that isn’t too weighty.

My least favorite spot in the house is the cabinet underneath the sink. I have tried countless different ways to organize that shit, and it just won’t stay neat. I recently stumbled across an ingenious idea, however, that may be a game changer in my war with the cleaning supplies. Behold:

Cleaning supplies hanging from tension rod underneath sink with baskets to hold products below

Photo courtesy of http://www.hellobrit.com/living/20-insanely-clever-organization-storage-tricks/ - this link includes tons of good storage ideas.

A freaking $5 tension rod. Why did I never think about that? I have used tension rods in my closet to hang my handbags from, but it never dawned on me to try one for something like this. The number of people on the Internet who are flipping geniuses never ceases to amaze me. Another use for a tension rod I would have never thought of:

A tension rod in a cabinet with kitchen pots and skillets hanging from it with room below for storage

Image courtesy of http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/, an awesome blog that is going to eat up a substantial amount of my spare time.

I long for the day when all of these tips and tools will lead to a perfectly organized house, with a place for everything, and everything in its place. Unfortunately, I will have to stop being me, a messy crafter with at least 10 projects going at all times who is often unwilling to take the necessary minute to put something away properly, instead letting piles build to overflowing. I guess I could start working on that, but there are so many fun projects to look at on the Internet, and that sounds like more fun than self-reflection.

What is the one area of your home that you cannot keep organized for the life of you? Any particular rooms that drive you batty? Please share so I feel like less of a crappy housekeeper!

 

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7 Comments Organizational Porn

  1. Avatar of [M] QoB[M] QoB

    I keep my earrings in a divided tin box that was originally used to hold teabags… love the doorknobs idea though, am filing that away for future reference…

  2. Avatar of CherriSpryteCherriSpryte

    I can’t get my pots/pans/bowls kitchen cabinets organized for the life of me. Possibly because it’s not much space, and I use everything so frequently, but everything’s just jammed in there willy-nilly and whatever fits somewhere goes there. Which is inefficient and I’d probably have more room if I organized the space, but – I can organize the hell out of something. It’s keeping it organized that is the challenge for me.

    Also, under my bathroom sink is just NASTY. Some woolite or something spilled in there awhile ago and I have yet to deal with it. because i am awesome like that.

  3. Avatar of DormouseDormouse

    The pegboard in the kitchen reminds me of Julia Child. :) I love the idea of the tension rod to help with under-sink storage! Maybe I can put that idea to good use. :)

  4. Avatar of [E]queSarahSarah[E]queSarahSarah

    I *love* the painted pegboard in the kitchen… And I do have a crapload of Lowe’s gift cards. Hmmmm. So many ideas, so little consecutive time off to complete it!

  5. Avatar of [E] Sally J. Freedman[E] Sally J. Freedman

    I desperately need to get my jewelry, especially necklaces under control. Don’t want to put holes directly in the walls but maybe some cork board or something will help! Thanks for the great ideas!

  6. Avatar of GenevieveGenevieve

    I love going to Ikea just to look at all the neat, beautifully arranged little rooms they have set up. And I smile, and remember that will never be my life. At least I’m honest.

    I don’t really have too many organizational tricks, but that partly comes from not having enough stuff that I have to be worried about being organized yet. I do have an Expedit shelf (the 4×2 one) and it’s fantastic. I got the desk attachment and love it even more now. Definitely a great piece of furniture.

  7. Avatar of Sara HabeinSara Habein

    I always *think* I’m going to be super crafty and finally organize my shit, but I think somewhere my brain is still holding out hope that I’ll just walk in one day and someone else will have done it for me and all I have to do is maintain it.

    Could totally happen, right? …… *sigh*

    ONE DAY I’ll be a grown-up, house-wise.

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