Category: Storage + Organization

Cheery, color coordinated desk accessories in colors to make you happy.

As soon as both of my kids got on the school bus for the first time, I couldn’t wait to get back to work in the delicious silence of an empty house. Reclaiming my home office is my first step in getting back in the zone, which means I have a little shopping to do. Forget gray staplers and black trays; it’s 2014, when Pantone rules and boring drools which is why we’ve loved Poppin since they launched last year. Poppin offers color coordinated office supplies and desk accessories in now 16 (!) vibrant colors from lime (which we love so...

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Cool umbrella stands: From modern to traditional, glam to just doing my job, ma’am.

I remember getting that last big piece of furniture for my house–years after moving in, of course–and thinking, “Finally, this is it!” It took no time to realize that a house truly comes together in the small, pretty details–at least the ones that the kids don’t destroy. My umbrella stand is one of the lovely accents that brings me a lot of joy and does an important job. Bonus: it doesn’t break easily. Check out these fab umbrella stands to add a touch of color, whimsy, or design to any size or style of entry way.   Traditional Umbrella...

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Pretty herb labels that help you tell your sorrel from your sage

It’s the time of year that I can go for a nice, beautiful little indoor herb garden on my urban windowsill. I love the idea of always having fresh basil for pesto, and fresh mint for lemonade or iced tea.  A Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden is a great way to start, but when you’re ready to replant into larger individual containers, it’s nice to make them pretty. These herb labels for flower pots can help. And aren’t they sweet on a simple, handpainted, two-tone flower pot? Even I can do that. It’s a neat idea if you have...

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Felted wool bowls full of love. Or better, jewelry for Mother’s Day.

I bought a few felted wool bowls a long time ago and while they seemed a bit of a frivolous purchase at the time, they turned out to be really useful. They sat on my dresser to catch all my rings, dainty bracelets, and tiny necklaces just perfectly–that is, until my mom liked them enough to take them home with her. So upon discovering these custom felted bowls at The Felterie on Etsy, I decided was a sign for me to add some new ones back into my home decor mix, especially considering how much I use them.  ...

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Pretty desk organization: Make it your tax day resolution for next year.

This is the day, my friends. Tax Day. Which is more than simply the day that you cringe as you drop that massive check into the mailbox or break open the bubbly to celebrate a refund. At least for me, it’s always the day I vow to get my receipts and accounting more organized for the year ahead. And…it rarely happens. Just being honest here. But hey, this year could be different. See Jane Work, a longtime favorite spot of ars for all things organization, has some great storage products and solutions for catching those wayward receipts, insurance forms,...

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New toy storage solutions from P’kolino Mess Eaters

If your little monsters can tear up a room in under 15 minutes, check out how the new P’kolino line of monstrous Mess Eaters storage units are ready to put it all back together again in a snap.  And now that we can find this playful line in our local Target store, it’s even easier to stock up on the toy storage solutions that help keep parents sane. We saw the collection introduced Toy Fair just a few weeks back, and we’re so happy it’s now available so quickly. The line consists of brightly-colored, friendly monsters that can live in...

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The prettiest, most helpful products to spring clean your desk for tax time.

With tax time around the corner (eep!) it’s spring clean your desk time around here, just in time to get it neater and more functional. With so many of us working from home, it’s not just a nice-to-do, it’s kind of a spring cleaning must-do, at the top of our lists. If you’re ready to get organized yourself, we’re here to help!  On behalf of our wonderful client Citi, and their #SmartisSimple campaign, we’re sharing some of our favorite products–both smart and simple–to help you spring clean your desk and make it a place you actually want to spend time....

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Beautiful custom labels for gifts, home storage, and generally looking more organized than you feel.

Let’s face it: clutter happens. And I’m always looking for new ways to get our stuff (er, my kids’ stuff) organized at home. Since I don’t have a line item in our family budget for custom crates labeled toys and blocks, I’ve been using the (even better, cooler) custom labels recently introduced by one of our favorite eco-friendly stationers on the web, Paper Culture. – Don’t miss a great discount below for today only –   Like most everything in Paper Culture’s store, these tags are customizable, using their modern designs or your very own. There are all-text options or you can...

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We would never lie about how adorable these pushpins are

These might be the coolest pushpins we’ve ever seen–no lie. And they’re handcrafted with the same care Gepetto used bringing Pinocchio to life. The good news is that instead of running around, causing mischief with a cricket and smoking cigars, these Real Boy Pins just look cute on your cork board, holding up your notes. Each pack of two Real Boy Pins from the Duncan Shotton Design Studio are cast in Cornwall, UK then sent to Tokyo, where they’re cleaned up with X-acto knives and painted by hand with exquisite details. Then they’re packaged with hand-cut cork and individually...

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Beat the January blues and get the kids organized with 9 bright, colorful toy storage options

We are always on the lookout for great toy storage options that will help tidy the mess in the most stylish way possible. And these frigid, colorless days — combined with the dozens of new toys strewn everywhere — have me eyeing some colorful, modern storage options that give me renewed hope that this is the year I finally win the battle of the clutter. LEGO Storage Bricks Within about four seconds of entering my abode, you’d know you’ve stepped into a serious LEGO house. I’d prefer you discover this by seeing these clever LEGO Storage Bricks and not...

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Got bling? Here are some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas.

We love fabulous jewelry around here, so, naturally, we love to find new, innovative ways to store all of it. Recently we shared a great jewelry storage tip in our post about solving 10 tricky organization problems, making us thinking about some of our other favorite ideas for jewelry storage. So here they are, including DIY projects, repurposed vintage items, and some amazing purpose-made storage pieces should you want to splurge. One of my favorite ideas comes from the Love and Lace blog. In fact, I’m swooning over the way she’s organizing her amazing jewelry collection. This wooden serving bowl (at...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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How do I organize Rainbow Loom bands?

If your kids are like mine, they are completely obsessed with making Rainbow Loom bracelets, which means your house is covered in those teeny, tiny rubber bands. Well search no longer! Here, lot of ways to organize Rainbow Loom bands and hopefully keep them on their wrists and off your floor. You could use plastic jars or mason jars to store rainbow loom bands, if you’re anal and want to separate everything by color. Though you’ll want to make sure they’re fairly easy for your kids to open, unless you want to always be on call during bracelet making time....

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The low-commitment, high-style, affordable toy chest

Relax, mamas: A toy chest doesn’t have to be built like a tank with solid wood and hand-hammered hinges and passed down for generations. Good news when you’re already experiencing sticker shock about that entire new nursery of yours. If you’re looking for an affordable toy chest that’s a big step up from a laundry basket and looks adorable, we’ve got you covered. Our pals at 3 Sprouts have done it again with a new toy chest marrying their trademark quirky style and smart organization. They’re a little more like bins with lids, since they’re made of fabric reinforced with cardboard, but that...

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Best disappearing act ever? Wash-away labels

We have a saying in our family: sticky is icky. It applies to gooey hands and chunks of granola bar in the car, but it also applies to labels. I hate scraping sticky sticker residue off anything. Ever. Which is why these labels are so cool. When you’re done with them, they literally disappear. Magic…or pretty darn close. When I heard about the new Wash Aways from Mabel’s Labels, I was highly skeptical. Write on the label, peel it off, stick it on…then wash it away with water? No way. So I tried it. Several times. And the dang things...

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Super cool wall hooks that bring the outdoors in

See ya, summer chaos. It’s time to get organized–with some fun style too. The modern Twiggy Hooks from StudioLiscious on Etsy are a pretty twist on your basic wall hook. Each one is made by hand in Ontario using only birch plywood and tung oil. (Not to be confused with tongue oil. That would be gross.) Whether you’re hanging a forest of necklaces or a tree full of keys, we love the clean, modern lines. One teensy drawback? There are two holes on back for mounting, but the hooks don’t come with mounting hardware. I’d recommend stopping by your local...

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Store your stuff in a bean bag. Or is it a macaron bag?

It’s a clever storage container, a cozy chair, a toy, an ottoman…and it looks just like a giant French cookie. What’s not to love? The Storage Bean Bag from Mimish Designs combines almost everything we look for in furniture: hip design, a useful home organization tool, a cozy place to sit, an object that intrigues children to spark imaginative play…and, okay, the looks of a delicious macaron cookie. (Not to be confused with macaroon.) Available in 14 vibrant colors, each chair is made in the USA of microfiber and cotton, so it’s comfy, it’s filled with post-consumer recycled “beans”,...

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Swoop bags for LEGOS get more portable. Whoo!

Whether you need to organize LEGOs, corral Polly Pockets, or secure squirrely Squinkies, the Swoop bag has been our go-to recommendation for smart, easy toy orgnization. And now they’ve got a new to-go version made just for travel,that’s  just as sturdy and brilliant as the larger version. Plus? Ooh, the colors! We love the original Swoop bag for its ability to reduce a huge pile of LEGOs and tiny bits into a tidily contained bundle, so it’s no surprise that we adore the new Swoop Mini.  At only 16 inches in diameter, the Swoop Mini is perfect for carrying...

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Poppin: Desk organization that actually gets you psyched to organize

If you’ve got spring cleaning your desk or home office on the brain, I’m so happy to have this fabulous new website that’s all about desk organization with colors and styles that will just make you happy. Poppin feels like the IKEA of office supplies with a little DWR and Muji thrown in. You can shop by item or by color–should you need an entire aqua desk set. Or hey, just shop by item. You’ll have fun discovering modern tape dispensers, rulers in 18 different colors, colorful pushpins (just $5 for 100!) scissors, notebooks, file folders, and pretty much...

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Our simple spring cleaning checklist for busy parents

When spring hits around my house, that means time to clean and kick the clutter, which isn’t such an easy task when you’ve got four kids running around. As much as I’d love to scrub the baseboards and wash all the windows, that’s probably not going to happen. But I can tackle my basic spring cleaning checklist I’m sharing here, that will still give us a fresh organizational start to the new season. 1. Organize those toys: Go through toys and books, or better yet, have older children go through themselves and sort them out into keep, donate/sell, and...

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3 cute label ideas make kitchen organization fun — really!

Why, yes, I’ve accidentally used salt when I meant to use sugar. Why do you ask? I’ll wait for you to politely spit out that cookie. In case your kitchen is as cluttered as mine–totally my kids’ fault, you know–here are three different labeling systems that can help you make sense of all those powders and spices. We love the chalkboard concept, with its clean black-and-white lines and the fact that you can erase and rewrite should a canister change uses (or a little artist get her hand on a chalk marker). Charlie Chalk on Etsy has hundreds of different...

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Forget permanent markers — laminated labels organize in style

Surely you’ve gotten the memo: Dear Parent, All of your children’s items MUST be clearly marked with their names. Every time, I know the teachers mean me. I swear, I am always looking for the darn Sharpie to write my daughter’s name on her sandwich box for the hundredth time. But eventually it washes off, and hey, I have other priorities to keep up with, like making sure there is some sort of lunch in the box suitable for consumption.  So I am now humbled and grateful for the genius of Mabel’s Labels, a longtime CMP fave. I fully believe...

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Organize your life the old-fashioned way: gorgeous personalized day planners

We’re all about getting organized digitally, but there’s a certain appeal to writing down your plans in a gorgeous paper book that you can stick on your desk, or drop in your tote, then refer back to forever. These three customized day planners fit the bill for beauty, brains, and a little thing called never running out of batteries. If you’re looking for fewer doodads and calendars and more classic elegance, we want to pet the creamy Italian textblock paper inside these handmade journals from Oh Pangaea Books on Etsy. You get to choose your exterior from dozens of...

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12 cool kids’ toy storage solutions

What do you get when you combine an influx of holiday toys with a New Years resolution to declutter? A great reason to explore new toy storage solutions, that’s what. Whether you’re into DIY, Etsy shopping, or heirloom-quality furniture, here are a dozen of our favorite toy storage solutions that keep kids’ toys of all shapes and sizes where they belong–which is anywhere but under your tender feet. DIY Toy Storage We’re still excited over these easy DIY craft storage jars that’s doable even for moms who didn’t inherit the crafty gene. Buy a dozen Mason jars for $10,...

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New year, cool new storage bins! (Man, we love bins.)

As I continue to knock through my New Year’s resolutions, I decided it was high time to replace the scraggly looking bins sitting on my kitchen counter. You know, the ones full of mail, and chargers, and poker chips from 2004 (Oh, just me?). In addition to the stylish home storage solutions we recently rounded up, I found one more great option, in these lovely, affordable finds from Etsy. Made by Fitzcraft,  I can think of a billion uses for their felt storage bin (above), like replacing that awful letter bin sitting on my counter. It’s such a prettier option,...

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Stylish storage solutions for an organized home

Let’s talk storage solutions, shall we? Or rather, my lack thereof. Bills and random paperwork end up mishmashed into the Play-Doh tub (which, of course, contains no actual Play-Doh). There’s not one item of winter clothing in the winter clothing box, but for some reason there are six spoons in the bathroom drawer. My only real consolation? A lot of you are living exactly the same way. Luckily, these storage options offer those of us dreaming of a more organized home the chance to sort out our stuff in the most stylish, prettiest way possible–meaning that this just might...

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Stick it to ’em this season

Holiday time is family time, which means it’s a fab time of year for photo gifts, right? So we love this novel mom-created concept, especially for those with limited wall space (and those making room to hang all those holiday cards pouring in). Mom-run Magneticpix takes the clever cake this season. Choose a sweet pic you love–your family, your dog, a sunny vacation photo to cheer you when you’re chilly–then let the Magneticpix people work their magic. Your beloved pic becomes a dry-erase board you can scribble notes and lists on, a magnetic surface to post other pics and what-not, and...

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5 brilliant ways to store (and display) your kids’ artwork

I’m just under two months into the school year, and with three school-aged children under the roof, I am swimming in artwork. The bulletin board, the stacks on my counter, my poor fridge! Then just yesterday, I got the nerve to toss about half of it…and my son totally busted me. Needless to say, I’m pretty much back where I started. Even if you don’t have a bunch of kids like I do, the artwork can definitely pile up. Here, I rounded up five smart ways to store and display their priceless creations. Whew. This DIY kids’ art collage...

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Great organization solutions now that September is here (sigh)

While spring may be best known for cleaning, for me, September is my big organization solution month. As the kids get back to school and we start falling into routines, I feel like if I don’t get organized now, I’ll never catch up. I went through our archives to put together just a few of my favorite products, tips and ideas to help you get ahead of curve. If you’re like me, you’ll need it. GENERAL ORGANIZATION A dry erase board (at top) can work wonders, and I love this modern wall decal version at Wall Pops designed by Jonathan Adler....

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DIY silhouette storage organization tutorial that makes organization pretty!

Considering how well the drawer organization stickers we found have been working for my kids, I thought it might be cool to try some new storage organization around our house thanks to a little inspiration from this tutorial at See Jane Work. Now I’m not exactly the craftiest mom on the block, but even I think I could make these DIY silhouette storage boxes  which would be an awesome addition to our family room. Unfortunately, as much as I try to organize our bins by category, without labels they end up becoming a jumbled mess by the end of the week. ...

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