Category: Storage + Organization

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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Poketo for Target – Back to school shopping gets cooler and more affordable

When the first Poketo for Target collection hit stores, I snatched up a few awesome pieces before it was too late. And so you can bet I’m ready to track down their newest Target collection, ready for the picking starting now.   Poketo’s 2012 Target collection is perfect for the back to school season, with a series of modern, functional date planners, desktop calendars, and wall calendars from artists Betsy Walton, Joe Rogers, and Katharina Leuzinger. And I just love that buying these items supports smaller artists who might not otherwise see their work available to the masses.  I’ve already...

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A little bit of back to school calendar organization brilliance

It only took my husband a good three months to install our large wall calendar system in the kitchen. And I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Ouch. Too bad I didn’t know about Wall Pops, whose awesome wall decals we featured in our back to school shopping guide, and would have saved me a whole lot of time and money.   If you’re not familiar with the Wall Pops wall decal calendar sets, then allow me to introduce you to their awesomeness. These pretty decals are actually dry-erase calendars that are stuck to your wall–kitchen, office,...

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Because every kid’s a winner when you’re the mother

A few years ago we fell in love with the MomAgenda School Year Journals, so much so that I raved about them everywhere, from my own kids’ classes to the TODAY show (where I also confessed my inability to maintain even a baby book). So I thought it was so clever to discover that this year they’ve come up with a new version, just for you parents of athletes and athletes-to-be.   The Sports Years Memory Journal has 14 folders for storing those rosters, certificates and other mementos, from a pre-k soccer club, through Varsity anything. On each one,...

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Hey kid, your underwear goes here!

On most days, I don’t even know why I bother folding and putting the kids’ clothes away because the drawers just end up in complete shambles. Forget even trying to maintain any level of organization within a drawer, I’m lucky if the underwear doesn’t end up with the tees with the single socks. That is, until I found these handy little stickers that have completely changed our lives. All for just $5. Ever since I started using the I-Know-Where-It-Goes drawer stickers, I’ve had no issues with the kids getting themselves dressed and even better, putting their clothes back where they belong....

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Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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Getting the home organized and prettified at once

Why yes I still am in full-fledged January organization mode, thank you so much for asking! I am spending wayyy too much of my free time (when I’m not organizing, of course) searching for beautiful and functional storage solutions. Aren’t these screenprinted linen/cotton zippered pouches from Ontario’s Jenna Rose Handmade just beautiful? I’d love them for makeup, travel, or the piles of business cards that end up all over my office. It’s the details that are so special, like the leather zipper pulls and the “handmade in Canada” stamp on the inside. I also really like the small cotton canvas hamper which would...

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Toy storage on sale? Perfect timing.

When you’re a parent, a new year doesn’t necessarily mean mimosas at brunch as much as it does finding a place to put all the new games, toys, dress-up clothes and various other things that the kids received over the holidays. Thankfully one of our favorite cool storage solutions is having a big sale that will help you stash the stuff and reclaim your floors. We’ve long loved ViaBoxes‘ contemporary storage systems for their clean lines, sustainable-birch construction and color schemes that don’t scream “Kids Furniture!” In fact, the Brooklyn Set shown above could fit right into my living...

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Organizational simplicity + brilliance

I have a confession to make. I have a hard time finding my stuff, and I am always losing something. It’s usually my cell phone (do you even know HOW many times I end up calling it just to locate it?), my keys (darn buggers are always missing), and my purse. Flip and Tumble understands my troubles and is helping me out in a huge way. The clever hooknook serves as the perfect place for my purse, but the coolest part is that it is essentially one big pocket that’s mounted on the wall. My phone, my keys, and all of the other small...

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Eco-friendly felt name tags – back-to-school awesomeness

I’ve been staring down the task of tagging a bunch of different items for my daughter’s foray back to school. I don’t know if it’s because she’s now a pre-K-er–a.k.a., one of the “big kids,” (sniff)–or if that eau de Sharpie isn’t my favorite scent in the world. Either way, I’ve been putting it off. Not anymore, thanks to these adorable personalized felt name tags. Hand-stitched on soft crafting felt and available in 17 different colors, these, personalized nametags from Chloe in Style are as cute as can be, and totally reusable. Of course you’re not going to buy...

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Organizational tips from Sarah Welch of Pretty Neat and Get Buttoned Up

I consider myself to be a pretty organized person, save for the junk drawer and my backpack graveyard of a hall closet (shhhhh). But since adding another kiddo into our mix, I can use all the organizational help I can get. That’s why I was anxious to get a copy of Alicia Rockmore and Sarah Welch’s new book Pretty Neat. These ladies are the masterminds behind the ButtonedUp organizational products we love, and they also share their expertise over at Babycenter’s blog (like we do!). While there are a ton of awesome, real life, easy to implement tips in...

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Organization solutions that balance pretty and practical

I’m in a bit of a storage kick these days, trying to get all of the toys and games and stuffed animals and books that are out in our apartment, into something. Anything. Aaaaanything at all. Okay, maybe something pretty. Is that too much to ask for? I think the storage boxes from Fiona Kate are so fabulous, I covet everything on the site and only wish the shipping to the US wasn’t somewhat prohibitive. They’re sturdy and handsome; just the right balance between practical storage and decor you can live with happily. I love choices like the monster...

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Make sure what goes to camp, doesn’t stay at camp

I’ve never been good at labeling my kids’ stuff which means I’ve paid the price in misplaced water bottles, forgotten jackets and other random missing objects. But with three kids going to camp this summer, I’d better get on my game to make sure what walks out of the house in the morning walks back in at the end of the day, albeit dirty and stinky. I’m a big fan of Name Bubbles’ Camp Pack of colorful waterproof and laundry-safe personalized labels which get the job done in a lot less time than a Sharpie. You’ll get 124 press-and-stick...

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I have a picture pinned to my wall

I’m all for handing my girls a box of crayons and a ream of paper and letting them while away an afternoon creating works of art.  The only problem?  Their cumulative efforts result in a fire hazard worthy of condemnation. The ART:Archives has the perfect solution for those great masterpieces that I can’t bear to let go. They took twenty-five of my daughter’s favorite drawings, photographed them, and set them to music in a phenomenally-produced DVD.  Even the credits are all about the artist, listing vital stats like her name, age, grade, school, and a slew of her current...

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There’s a reason this baby organizer is called essential

Even though my ever-supportive editors, Liz and Kristen, would never call me on it, I’m definitely off my game as I adjust to life with three kids. [Ed note: You’re doing great, Julie!] I have difficulty remembering to take my daily vitamin, let alone tracking of feeding times, diaper changes, and the litany of "firsts" to come. The Essential Baby Organizer has been a fabulous resource for keeping me up to date as the days and weeks go by. Like its companion pregnancy organizer (previously reviewed here), this planner will impress any new parent in desperate need of organization....

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