Wrapping Paper

I had been meaning to post about my wrapping paper storage a long time ago and forgot about it and I’m finally remembering and thinking it’s a great time with the holidays right around the corner. I love some good organization and when I saw this storage system being talked about on one of my favorite blogs, Momfessionals, I had to get it for myself.

This closet is just my hallway storage closet and after my birthday last year, I saw that the organization system was on sale so I splurged. It’s a little bit pricey but I feel it’s worth every penny with how much you can customize it to what you need.

This system is from the Elfa Collection at the Container Store. It’s nice because you can really customize it to whatever you’re wanting to store. I’ve seen the wrapping paper, cleaning supplies, food pantry storage, etc. I wish I had more closets to use this in.

I chose to do the gift wrap basket at the bottom. You can even pick what color you want it to be and if you want a wire basket or mesh.

At the top, I did two baskets to hold my ribbon, bows, small boxes, and tissue paper.

I added a little pegboard and some hooks to hold all my bags and then I hung my scissors and tape for easy access so I’m always ready to wrap something right then.

This whole system was so easy to install and I did it myself with no tools. It’s just a bar that hangs on at the top of my door and the bottom. The door still easily shut and was very secure so it wasn’t banging around when you open or shut the door. Again, definitely worth the splurge. I wish I had a food pantry door in my kitchen to do this.

I thought I would also tell everyone where I love to buy my paper from. I could call myself a little bit of a wrapping paper snob and can be picky. Costco has great paper that is thick so it doesn’t tear easily. Plus, it comes in a large roll so it doesn’t run out quickly. Sometimes I don’t love that because I like to keep buying new paper. 😉 I’ve also only ever seen wrapping paper at Costco for the holidays.

My favorite paper that you can see below is from Home Goods. This is some great quality paper. It’s thick and has a little texture so it doesn’t tear as you’re trying to wrap a present. They have the cutest designs in my opinion as well. The rolls are usually about $2.99 each and you will easily spend that on a roll at Target and it probably won’t be as good of quality.

I about died over the Popsicle paper for a fun gift in the summer. Recently, I bought the rose gold dots and the black and gold dots. Those are calling Michelle’s name for her birthday present paper. It’s probably a good thing that basket on my door only hold so much because I have a hard time not buying a roll or two every time I’m at Home Goods because they always have new ones.

Has anyone else tried anything from the Elfa collection? I’m always looking for new ideas on how to organize! Here’s the link again where you can go build your own setup and see all the different options. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed this post!

Jewelry Organization

Yesterday morning, I was getting ready and I was looking in my closet thinking about what else I could do in there for more space and noticed that the shelf above my clothes didn’t wrap all the way around so there was all this wasted space. I asked Adam if he could extend the shelf and he said, “Yeah, that’s easy.”

Then I kept thinking and got on Pinterest looking at jewelry organizers. I could tell from a bad patch job that the old owner of the house had some kind of jewelry holder on the wall in the closet. I found a picture I liked and asked Adam if he could build me something like that and again he said, “Yeah, that’s easy. Let’s go to the store.”

Adam really is the best. We went to breakfast and then to Home Depot to pick up supplies and he got right to work. I didn’t expect it all to be done but by the end of the night, he had it finished and I love it!

Here is the finished product!

Once the stain finishes setting in I’ll be able to put my perfume and watches on the shelves. It got everything off the dresser and made it less cluttered in the bedroom. It’s also going to be nicer because when Adam is off work, he gets to sleep in so this is less I have to be in the bedroom making noise.

The lower shelf has the rod for my earrings and hooks for necklaces.

I picked out the bracelet holders just in the cabinet hardware section at Home Depot.

There’s plenty of room for me to buy more jewelry too which I love and I can easily see everything. I liked the look of the brushed nickel and stained wood. Adam used the same stain that he’s used on all of the furniture he’s built. It’s brown with a hint of gray. The whole project probably cost about $30-$35 total and I loved that it’s exactly what I wanted!

Xoxo, Steph

Desk Decor

Steph and I work at an office building where everyone has cubicles but being the cutesy and organized type-A personalities we are, it’s just another little home to decorate.

I hate having papers everywhere because it will literally distract me from any work I need to do. I’ll be typing away furiously and I’ll catch some loose papers out of the corner of my eye and all my concentration goes out the window. You may be the same kind of person so I decided to show you all my cubicle and where to get all the neat stuff that will help you organize your desk in the cutest way possible.

Even if you don’t work at an office building, these items will look great in a home office as well 🙂

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Don’t let your workspace get cluttered like Milton’s! (If you don’t get this reference, watch Office Space)

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This is my cubicle! This is my home away from home. As you can see, I’ve got a few things to make it cute and comfy.

This tufted chair from Target is my favorite! When people come to visit me at my desk, I like to have a place for them to sit and hang out. A lot of you are probably like, ‘Why would you want your coworkers to hang around your desk? I hate mine’. But I lucked out working at a place where the people are pretty cool. I found this chair in the Target’s furniture clearance section about a year ago so I don’t think they have this exact one but check out their chairs here.

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Target has the cutest chairs!

The solid pale pink pillow is from Target as well and is so velvety soft, everyone wants to steal it. The cute ‘hello’ pillow is from my friend Morgan (HI MORGAN!) who moved to Nashville for a rockstar life and left us behind. JK Morgan, love you!

Throw Pillows

Check out Target’s super cute collection of throw pillows here.

My calendar is from Rifle Paper Co. and if you don’t know about them yet, you should. I’m in love with everything Anna Bond does. Every year, I buy their appointment calendar and it’s gorgeous. You can get 2019’s calendar by clicking on the picture below 🙂 They also have smaller versions of their calendars that have maps of the world, inspirational quotes, lemons, and more!

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I definitely have a gold/pale pink theme going on. I used to hate pink growing up but I fell in love with the pale pink color and now I’m obsessed.

Having lights around my desk makes me feel happier. It’s the twinkle I feel I deserve. I got these lights from Amazon here for $11. I got some twine and clothespins from my friend Ally who is also super obsessed with desk decor and hung up some Polaroid-sized pictures. I like to print these out from an awesome place called Social Print Studio. You can get 24 of these square prints for $12. They’re such a good size that I printed some out for my room and hung them up there as well. Check them out by clicking their logo below!

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The monitor stand (that I don’t use for my monitor) is from Target. I tried to find it online but it doesn’t look like it’s on their website. I’m pretty sure I saw it in store still though!

I bought my pretty scissors from Anthropologie. They are $16 and you can get them on their website by clicking the picture below 🙂Slide View: 1: Rose Scissors

My letterboard is from Felt Like Sharing on Amazon. You can get your own here. They have so many cute colors you can choose from depending on what your color scheme is. I could really go for some cake right now.

My stapler was a gift from my friend Kaylyn and I love it! I’m just a sucker for gold things. I found it at Target and attached the link to the picture below.

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I got the drawers from Target as well (Target for the win) and my friend Ally loved it so much that she bought one of her own. You can get it from their website here. It’s a great place to keep things nearby while maintaining the aesthetic.

I also keep an exercise ball (the yellow, spiky thing in the bottom left corner) at my desk for those days that I can’t keep sitting in a desk chair. It also is a great distraction for me during conference calls 🙂

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I have a mug and bowl set from Target that I love. I like having it so I’m not buying paper cups or paper bowls. Help out the environment, people.

I just recently bought this agenda from Anthropologie. It comes with a cute gold pen with black ink but I wanted a little more color so I chose a purple pen instead. You can get this planner from their website here.

That cute, hand-drawn picture of me with a large fry above the agenda was made by my friend Emily. She is so talented!! And she accurately captured my love for french fries.

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You know how I hate loose papers? I decided to conquer this by getting a letter tray. I bought this little baby from Amazon and you can get yours here.

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Pictures really make your area feel homey and remind you of all the people you get to hang out with after work so it’s perfect. That note on the left that looks like a small, pink notebook is from Rifle Paper Co. as well! You can get it for $8 on their website here.

I hope this helped you get started on decorating your office space. It’s so important to make sure that your workspace is somewhere you want to be! Otherwise, you’re going to dread every single moment. (Although let’s be real, most of us dread every single moment of work).

If you have any other ideas for decorating your space or just want to share them with us, comment below! We’d love to see it!

xoxo Michelle

Cleanin’ Out My Closet

I have too many clothes. I constantly go through and pull out pieces I don’t wear anymore to donate but it’s getting to the point where I really do wear everything I have! To be honest, the only reason it’s a problem for me is that I don’t have enough closet space.

I divided my closet into three sections: top, middle, and bottom. I keep books and baskets on the top shelf, my clothes are hung up in the middle and the bottom is a mess of stuff that I desperately need to organize.

Today, I’m talking about how I cleaned up the middle section. I decided to get new hangers because I was still living in the plastic world and needed to get out of it ASAP. This is what it looked like before:

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My clothes were originally organized strictly by color but because of the double sliding doors that my closet has, I would always forget about the clothes behind the door. I also hated the color of the hangers. White isn’t bad but the white hangers didn’t have any hooks for me to hang up skirts and I have a few skirts. I used the teal hangers with hooks to hang up my skirts with safety pins (real ghetto).

I decided to buy some hangers from Amazon that were not plastic and finally matched! They are velvet ivory hangers and while they’re pretty thin, they actually hold a lot of weight! I love the velvet because it keeps each piece in place, especially the tops that would easily slide off of my plastic hangers. You can get these here.

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I also bought the matching skirt hangers and it was glorious. They have built-in clips so I no longer have to use safety pins and poke holes in my skirts! You can get these here.

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I got to work replacing each hanger with one of these babies and also pulling out clothes that I no longer wanted. It definitely took a while, especially because I ran out of hangers! I had originally ordered 100 regular hangers and realized I was going to need more for sure. A couple of days later, I got some more hangers and finished hanging everything up.

This is the final result! I decided to organize my clothes by type (and then color) and I like it so much more. I’ve read that it’s really good feng shui to have your clothes go from light to heavy (left to right) so I decided to follow that. Skirts are first and I ended with my heavier jackets and coats.

I still have a lot to do with the top and bottom but I’ll keep you updated as I continue organizing 🙂 I will also be showing you guys how to organize your drawers using the Marie Kondo method that I swear by! Stay tuned for that.

What are your favorite ways to keep your closet organized? (Help, I need it)

xoxo

How to store and organize your makeup

Morning, friends! I thought I would tell everyone how I store and organize my makeup. I am not a makeup guru so I don’t have tons of stuff like I’ve seen some people with but I’ve got the basics. I had a drawer to put my makeup in when we moved and I realized that I didn’t want to just throw everything into it and have stuff floating around unorganized. After unpacking, I realized I had an extra silverware holder because I had bought a bigger one. So I thought, I wonder if this would fit in the drawer and hold my stuff nicely? And it did!

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I’ve got my Naked palettes in the back of the drawer, a little section for my blush/bronzer/highlighter, all my lipsticks together, eyeshadows in another section and my tinted moisturizers and mascaras in another. I like it separated out because then I’m not digging through the drawer looking for something. Plus, this looks a lot cleaner.

I store my brushes in a little cup on my two-tiered lazy susan that holds most of my lotions. If I ever get to remodel this bathroom, I have big plans on how I want my bathroom vanity to be with the cabinets for optimal storage. I like not having much stuff on the counters so that would fix that problem but for now, this works great for me.

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I got my lazy susan at Target but I found a similar one on Amazon here. Any cutlery tray would work to hold your makeup, but just make sure it’s a size that will fit in your drawer and what your makeup storage needs are.

If you want to put your makeup more on display on the counter, Target has some really cute makeup trays like this depending on how much makeup you have and the prices aren’t bad.

I hope you got some fun ideas on how you stored your makeup. Let me know if you have any ideas for me!

XOXO, Steph

Vacation Packing

I am a little weird and I love to organize things and that includes packing a suitcase. I love laying everything out and finding the best way to put everything in the bag. My sister told me about these packing cubes she wanted to try and with my trip coming up, I thought it would be a good idea to try them out. I was straight up nerding out while packing my bag with these. Best $22.95 I’ve ever spent.

When I start packing, I like to lay out all of my outfits so I can make sure everything matches and I won’t be missing pieces. Depending on the trip, I will bring extra clothes just in case something happens with the weather.

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At first, I wasn’t sure how these would save me more space because I felt like I was pretty good at packing before. I just thought it would be nice to have everything more organized. The set came with two large, two medium and one small cube. The large one is the perfect size for a carry-on suitcase and you would still have room for a couple smaller ones. For this trip, my husband and I are checking a bag. I assumed we would need our biggest rolling suitcase for both of us since normally we would each fill a carry on. I was wrong. I started putting everything into the cubes and saw how much space it was saving and moved down to our medium-sized suitcase.

I fit all of my clothes into the large packing cube. I rolled all of my clothes and was able to fit four outfits and two sets of gym clothes in there. I still had some room to spare too! Another trick I will use to save space is if I’m bringing some sort of sneaker, I’ll stuff my socks and underwear into the shoes. I put my running shoes into the smallest cube because then they won’t get my clothes dirty. I wear about a size 7 and I don’t know that a bigger shoe would’ve fit.

My husband laid his clothes all out for me because he knows I get a little bit crazy about packing and it’s better to just let me do it. Because this is a work trip for him, he had more clothes than me. Sure enough, I fit all of his clothes minus a sweatshirt into the other large packing cube. He had one pair of pants, two pairs of shorts, nine shirts, five pairs of boxers and five pairs of socks in his. I just rolled everything up and it all fit in!

I used the two medium-sized cubes to put all of our toiletries in. I didn’t feel like I was having to skimp and leave certain things home. Most of my stuff will still be in smaller bottles though. One trick I have if you’re only using a carry-on and you only have that dreaded quart-sized Ziploc, get the little tiny plastic containers you get when you get a sample of something at Sephora. Let me know if you’re not sure what I’m talking about and I will post a picture.

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That is all of our stuff in that medium-sized suitcase. I didn’t even have anything in the top part of the suitcase. I was amazed. I like that our stuff is all separated out too and it will be so easy to unpack. You could pack one day of a whole family’s outfits into one cube and then just grab a cube each day. Then you won’t get a mess of clothes everywhere.

I also like to always add in a couple extra Ziploc’s of varying sizes just in case something leaks. I add in a garbage bag too if I want to put dirty clothes in there to separate them from clean ones on the way home. You could also put dirty clothes in a cube and then clothes that you end up not wearing in another tote to still separate them.

These cubes may be one of my new favorite organizational tricks. It sounds so simple to do it but it made a much bigger difference than I thought it would. Let me know if you try them out or if you come up with any other ideas to use them! Here is the link again for the cubes, they come in fun colors too!