There are spaces in every home where the idea of adding décor just seems odd. For me, one of those places is the empty space above the loo...i.e., the toilet.
This area of my bath, as you saw in my bathroom renovation post, is completely bare. For several years now, I've wanted to place something there. But I wanted that something to serve a function and be beautiful as well.
Welcome Back! Today I'm continuing with the same theme I started with earlier in the week: finding space to house your craft. If you missed that post and would like to catch up, simply click here.
To reiterate though, the crafts I'm addressing in this post are not limited to cutesy crafts and doilies. A craft can be any medium that is used to express a talent or a passion. As promised, I plan to show you how I organize areas of my home to make room for my creative interests. So here goes...
According to the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI), $44 billion dollars was spent in 2016 on the U.S. craft market. It's no wonder that I'm often questioned about ways to set up and organize a space for crafts or hobbies. To be clear, painters, photographers, woodworkers, professional makeup artists, and of course paper and textile crafting - just to name a few- ALL fall into the creative category.
Finding an area to store and hone any one of these crafts becomes more complicated if - like me - you don't have the luxury of a dedicated room. Today we'll explore five rather clever ways to carve out a space for your craft.
Welcome to the 14th and final week of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge! We have made it to the end. Can you believe it? Woot, woot!!!
My aim was to organize every room in my home in 14 weeks or less. In a separate post I'll recap for you how I did overall.
But for now, let's head outdoors where I've started to #spring clean my tiny, and rather hideous front porch.
Today starts Week 10 of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is to organize my entire home in 14 weeks or less. But today we're taking a bit of a detour. Let me explain.
Having a space that is uniquely dedicated for guest stays is rare for small space dwellers. Most of our "guest" rooms are usually a combination of an office, sitting, workout, craft, dressing, or even a baby's room. I'll be sure to cover combination spaces in a later post.
However, recently I had the privilege of organizing a tiny "proper" guest room for a family home. Keep reading as I tell you all about it...
Now that we've had a quick break it's time to jump back into the saddle with Week 9 of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is to organize my entire home in 14 weeks or less.
If you have a small foyer- or worse- no foyer at all, this project could either be really simple, or completely paralyzing. Today, I'll show you how to create an organized, functional entryway from virtually nothing. Here goes...
Instead of starting off Week 9 of the WHO Challenge with another project, I thought I'd check in to see how things are going. Are you having a difficult time trying to decide how to organize spaces in your home?
The first trick to overcoming this hurdle is to analyze how you operate. Knowing your organization style means understanding your preferences for Finding, Assessing, Retrieving and Returning items - quickly (good organization will take you F.A.R.R.)
For the sake of simplicity, I've broken down organizational styles into two basic categories: those who pile, and those who file. So... Are you a "piler" or a "filer"? Keep reading to find out.
We're still in Week 8 of the Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is to organize my entire home in 14 weeks or less.
Subscribers to the "boutique" (aka: this blog) already received a sneak peak of today's project. Next week, they'll receive a condensed email with links to ALL the items mentioned in this post. If you have not yet subscribed please click here to do so.
This weekend we're focusing on what is probably tiniest, darkest "room" in the home. It's where we toss things we don't know what to with; or where we hide random things in a hurry company comes. For many, organizing their closet is the most dreaded of all household tasks. Let me show you step by step how to conquer this fear.
Welcome to Week 8 of the Whole House Organization Challenge, where my aim is to organize my whole house in 14 weeks or less. Today, we’re focusing on our baubles, our adornments, our body bling – in other words, our accessories.
Doesn't it seem that the smaller the item, the more difficult it is to manage? Accessories are no exception. Store them incorrectly and they can quickly become entangled, damaged or lost. So how can you get - and keep- your accessories in order? Keep reading as I share my tips.
We're still in Week 7 of the Whole House Organization Challenge, where my aim is to organize every room of my home in 14 weeks or less.
The one thing that is ALWAYS an issue in a small space is finding a place to put everything. Recently we decluttered, deep cleaned and organized our linen closets, and bedroom surfaces and drawers. But there was one thing we never discussed: Where and how to store the bed linens? If you're struggling with this problem, keep reading
Welcome to Week 7 of the Whole House Organization Challenge, a personal mission to organize my home in 14 weeks or less! Hopefully you've been following this organizational adventure, and implementing new - easier ways of organizing things in your home. If so, give yourself a pat on the back, 'cause we're now at the halfway point! And guess where we're heading next? Here's a hint (in case you missed the title.)
You spend hours in it every day
But it isn’t a school classroom
It's the place where you lay your head to sleep
Which means that it is your... bedroom!
So grab the nearest trash can, and let's get started.
Welcome back to the WHO Challenge, where my aim is to organize my whole house in 14 weeks or less.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, the organization that happens (or doesn't happen) in the spaces behind closed doors, directly affects the function of the rest of the home.
Since I started this challenge people have been hounding me about covering today's space. Many tell me this area of their bathroom is a total disaster. Today we're decluttering and reorganizing the linen closet.
Welcome to week 6 of the 2017 Whole House Organization (WHO) Challenge, where my aim is organize every room of my home in 14 weeks or less.
We put so much effort into choosing just the right artwork, furniture, and accent pieces for our homes. This makes it easy to forget the importance of organizing the unseen areas. In fact, the organization that happens (or that doesn't happen) in the spaces behind closed doors directly affects the function of rest of the home. So we're taking today's organization challenge to the bathroom- to organize it of course.
If you completed the 4-day check list, from last week, your dining room should be spic and span! Congrats to all those who successfully completed this challenge.
Today we’re organizing our living rooms.
Although I live in a small home, I am fortunate enough to have dual living spaces. The first is a more traditional “sitting room”, which requires virtually no work to maintain. But the other is where we “live”. Living spaces that are used in THIS way is what we're exploring today.
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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