Organizing in 10 Minutes or Less

Organizing a space is a great goal to have for the weekend. If you dread any type of house project this weekend, think of a 10 minute organizing task. My quick fix this weekend is going to be directed towards our laundry room/family landing zone. I have the space and the solutions but it’s needing attention.


I’ve got a board dedicated to laundry rooms and those I’d love to have.  If you need a bit of inspiration take a look at this crisp space and then see more here.


laundry room by inspiredbyheart


 See what you accomplish in just ten minutes. Be sure to come back and share your results!


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Simply Savvy Quick Fix:: Organizing Under the Kitchen Sink

I thought we should start the week off with one simple organizing task–create order under your kitchen sink. Take a few minutes and toss out the old or unused items. Then, you’re ready to categorize and contain what is left. In case you need some inspiration…


I use lazy susans in medicine cabinets, pantries, and under the kitchen or bathroom sinks. They work in just about every space and create easy access to hard to see items.


I also always use verticle space by adding sliding storage. This door storage is a great solution–and I love the liner. Take a look at more details on this post at Mini Manor and enjoy browsing while you’re there.


image via MiniManor


Even a simple task like organizing under the sink can make a big impact. So, there’s a good project for you to start your week!


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Spring Cleaning and Fresh Home Series:: Organizing Dresser Drawers

In our effort to create a fresh home, we’re kicking off this Spring Cleaning series with Closets and Dressers.  I chose to start with these areas because they are frequently accessed spaces that can be frustrating.  I love the reaction my clients have when they see the space gained just by doing a few things differently. Your issue may not be lack of space, so first work with what you have. We’re ready to Get Real, Create Boundaries, and Choose Essentials from this weeks Product Picks.


Get Real

To organize any space successfully you must evaluate your behavior with your belongings–do you pile, stuff, fold, or hang. This helps you determine what systems, containers, or dividers you need and how you will use them. This get real moment is important for any family member. I always ask clients to describe their impulse reaction and preferences.  The impulse tendency may need to change, other behaviors just need a solution.  Also, see what alternative space options are available in the house- think seasonal clothes, area for bags….


A designated home creates boundaries

If items are designated a home they’ll likely make it back in the correct space. Containers or dividers create boundaries. You’ll soon discover that if it won’t fit, you don’t need more OR if one item goes in, one must come out.  For parents, this helps manage their fashionistas desire to have another sparkly shirt.


Do you really need everything?

I always clear dressers and closets from all belongings, sort items, pair outfits, and then pull out donated goods. Think you’re done? You may find that seeing everything in good order often leads to more purging. It’s a good thing!


Ready Set – Get the Essentials {Dresser Drawers}

Once you determine what you are keeping, define what items need to be in the dresser and those that need to be moved to the closet.  Next, you’re ready to get organized.


I have used many of the Real Simple organizers for clients, purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. However, they come in various materials, prices, and even in pink, so do what works for you.


Honeycomb organizers are great for rolled socks, folded bras, underwear or accessories.


Real Simple Honeycomb Drawer Organizer


Use dividers to section off items and keep them neat.


Real Simple 6-Piece Adjustable Drawer Organizer


Adjustable dividers like these serve many purposes. My favorite use is to fold t-shirts in a double fold with the crease facing up so that you can easily see the graphic pattern, style, or color. Dividers keep the shirts folded tightly, allowing you to sort by shirt type (long sleeve, short sleeve, print, colors…) Label the inner lip of the drawer and you’ll never guess where items go.


Bed Bath and Beyond Adjustable Dividers


You’ll be surprised at how much space you gain by using drawer organizers. There is simple joy in seeing what you have and being able to quickly access  belongings. Check the Simply Savvy Closet board on Pinterest for organizing inspiration.


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Anthropologie inspiration::creative wall decor

One of my favorite shops to browse during some down time is Anthropologie. The store transforms regularly with inspiring and unique displays. My latest visit did not disappoint!  This wall gallary was put together with such simple items, and looks effortless. They always showcase out-of-the-box displays, making my shopping experience that much better.


The painted canvas displayed in all directions is very clever and clearly unique.



I find different and unique inspiring.  I enjoy seeing creative wall displays, whether it is somewhat funky, artsy, or clean and simple. Imperfect and positioned can be perfectly styled.   Take a look at these creative ways…


I love the idea of using a mixture of objects for wall art, like this example shared by decor8.



Mixing frames and typography is fun, personal, and they are easy to find objects–cute Pinterest find.



This is a great idea if you need a new purpose for all your baskets- image courtesy of HGTV.



I’m drawn to the grouping of a collection of frames, interesting objects, or similar shapes hung as wall art. Grouping items together can make one cohesive statement. These lanterns are a perfect example from HGTV.



…and a collective grouping of mirrors like this lovely vintage inspiration shared by loving. living. small.



There is so much inspiration and so many creative people. Take a look at more ideas on the Simply Savvy creative wall art board on Pinterest.



What creative wall display captures your attention? Do you have a wall to share? Leave a comment and share a link. I love sharing back!


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Org Junkie’s 29 day challenge:: get organized

I’m delighted to be a sponsor of I’m an Organizing Junkie’s 29 Day Organizing Challenge.  If you need a kick-start to getting organized and you like to win prizes…then join Org Junkie’s challenge. Great GIVEAWAYS, and great guest post (wink wink). Check out the details below, add the button to your blog, and get ready!



Are you ready to make a change?  Are you sick of your clutter owning you?  Then join Org Junkie’s 29 Day Organizing Challenge taking place February 2012.


During the month you will concentrate your efforts on one chaotic and cluttered room and work to transform it into an organized and peaceful space instead.  You do need a blog for this challenge as you will be required at the end of the month to link up your post showing off your before and after pictures.  Don’t have a blog?  Consider starting one, it’s easy to do!


Read more challenge details here and get ready for your February 1st link up. Leave a comment and let me know if you are participating, I look forward to following (and sharing) your progress!


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We’ve added two new buttons to the Simply Savvy blog sidebar, Ask Simply Savvy and Weekly Product Picks. It’s now easier to submit your questions and follow the Weekly Product Picks.


If you know of an organizing product that you think is super savvy, send us a note here.



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update your space…you asked I answered

I’ve received two similar questions recently asking for ideas on how to make a dull space with hand-me-down furniture feel more sophisticated and stylish, by adding accessories.   There are several ways you can add life and energy to a space that does not match your style, personality, or current taste.

I’m going to share ideas that are bold in color, patterned for interest, and make a personality punch.

Address the floor:

An area rug can set the style stage in your room. Make it bold and geometric for added drama and a modern edge.


Sophistikat carpet tile by Eva Rug


Update large furniture pieces:

Pillows add an instant facelift. (see post: add a pop with pillows). I am really drawn to the pattern and multi color scheme of this handmade pillow by Olive & Garland on Etsy…


Olive&Garland on Etsy


…and the Ikat design pillowcase collection by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard on OpenSky. An Ikat pattern is always classic and interesting.


If your sofa needs a complete change, consider a slipcover by SureFit.



Lighting makes an impact:

Lighting is essential for brightening up a room and adding accents in all the right places. Consider lighting in at least three areas of the space, using floor and table lamps. This lamp from Bungalow5 serves the function you need, but with added color and style.



This crystal floor lamp by Pottery Barn would be a splurge but adds modern detail and has a reflective quality.



Need more lighting? Be creative by adding accent floor lights, shelf lights, and back-lighting.


Simply Savvy Tip: Lighten up the room by choosing reflective materials in your accessories; such as, mirrors, mercury glass candle sticks, and acrylic containers. These all add interest, with no additional weight.


Bold details get noticed:

If you like do-it-yourself projects, painting tables would give them new life. If you are not a diy’er, a decorative tray, stacked books, vase, or a bowl would add attention in the right way. These dramatic and bold accessories are from Jill Rosenwald on Etsy.


Jill Rosenwald on Etsy


Add personality, color, and interest to the room with art. You can be thrifty and creative (see post: creative and cool wall art) or find prints that reflect your style. Group multiple prints together or find one larger image to create interest. Check out this collection of prints by Pixie Pixels on Etsy.



My hope is that these ideas are a launching point for your creativity.  Take the basic premise, go with your feeling, and your space will be one you can be proud of and continue to enhance over time.


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Try a quick fix in your space or add new life to a piece of furniture by adding prints and bold colors.



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simply savvy decorating…old world style

I love clean lines, calming colors, linen fabrics, reflective items, and rustic decorative touches that balance darker wood flooring and furnishings. I find that a room that is layered with a variation in colors/tones, textures, and style has more warmth, dimension, interest, and life.  You can add old world charm to your home by mixing simple accessories; such as, vintage maps, old boxes, or flea-market and antique finds.

I recently attended a Designers event at STASH in Memphis and came across a few decorative items that were rustic, interesting, and vintage in style–adding old world charm to any home.  These items grabbed my attention because my home is a combination of a coastal and english cottage. These add a fun element that is vintage and stylish…


An affordable, yet high impact art addition to a home are vintage maps.  We found beautiful maps of the Caribbean and of England on eBay, adding old world art to our collection of coastal prints. It works with any style, like these:


Better Homes and Gardens




vintage glam and boxes for extra charm and warmth…




Adding something vintage, antique, or a global decorative touch does not mean you’re going all out Old World style …but it is lovely!



Simply Savvy Tip: If you have decorative objects that are no longer your favorite, try grouping them with other items in your home to give them new life. It may add an eclectic or global touch to your room.


Take a look at the Simply Savvy Pinterest board for more inspiration, credits, ..and just overall pretty pictures.


Group your decorative items and give them new life and some global charm.


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it’s a simply savvy giveaway {CLOSED}

You may have heard me mention how I love containers and trays for organizing.




  • I shared and showed why grouping items add style and order in rise it up


Containers and trays are both flexible, functional, and can be quite stylish-especially when you find them at West Elm and Pottery Barn outlet stores, like I did. Now for the good part, I got these fabulous finds for you! I am giving away three Pottery Barn jars to one winner and one West Elm tray to another. That’s TWO winners in one giveaway. That’s pretty good.


One winner will receive this Square Lacquer Tray from West Elm. You will love the many uses!




The second winner will receive three Pottery Barn acrylic jars with apple green, metal lids. Use them for small toys, craft items, or scarves in your closet. Good things come in threes!


 This giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for participating. The two winners will be emailed for mailing information.

I’m so excited to share these items with you. The giveaway ends Friday, December 2nd at 2:00 p.m. central time. I’ll announce the two winners on Saturday December, 3rd.  Here’s what you need to do in order to participate in this Simply Savvy Giveaway: You can have three entries!


1. Enter your email and Subscribe to the Simply Savvy blog. Then, leave a comment on this giveaway post and tell me how you would use either of these items. You must leave a comment! (Counts as one entry)


2. Like the Simply Savvy facebook page OR follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this giveaway post telling me how you would use either item. You must leave a comment! (Counts as one entry) If you already follow Simply Savvy, just leave a comment.


3. Share this Simply Savvy giveaway blog post or facebook post with your friends, fans, and readers so that they can participate too. (Counts as one entry)


This giveaway is not sponsored by Pottery Barn or West Elm! Sorry for the small pictures, but I didn’t think you’d mind.


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rise it up…

I have several large built-in bookshelves in my home and am always trying to be creative with ways to add height, dimension, and group objects…and fill the space! I have been grouping smaller items on risers. Risers aren’t just for your baked goods or parties,  they create simple interest and add chic style to tables or shelves. It’s easy to change the items for a gathering, add holiday ornaments, or stack two risers for added style. Rise it up!

I grouped items in a crackeled bowl here. Why should this bowl be in a cabinet, right?

Grouping items that are similar in color, shape, or function can make a nice statement.

Repurpose bowls, risers, or trays and group your decorative items to make a quick change in your space.


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it started with a notebook…

I keep a small notebook in my purse at all times; first because I had to and now because I like to.

Once I had my two boys and was no longer a highly driven marketing professional but a hard-working mom, I gradually lost the ability to remember things, or feel I knew what I wanted.  My focus shifted. I began to lose my sense of knowing what I liked, wanted, or had passion for. The creative side of my brain was fading.

My notebook became the way for me to organize my thoughts. I’d write when I remembered something I needed to do, saw a ‘must-have’ product in a magazine I didn’t want to forget, or wrote my task-list for the week.

My notebook then became a source for writing about things that I needed to figure out. It became a valuable tool that resulted in listed ideas, passions, and new beginnings I wanted to explore. The creative side of me that I thought was fading started to resurface. The nature of just writing things down really evolved into more than I ever thought.

 I was motivated, driven, and determined to make these goals become a reality.  So far, I now get to enjoy my passion in helping others through my own business (Simply Savvy Organization & Redesign), I have the beginnings of a book, and the layout for a community connection board for parents with sick children…evolving thoughts.

I’d thought I’d share my notebook collection–not pretty, not neat but it’s my brain organized, unfiltered, and inspired.

Get a notebook and see where it takes you!

Start a notebook and share the ways you find yourself using it.  Don’t forget to leave a comment!


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