My biggest goal for 2011 (other than winning the lottery and retiring): to be more productive and organized. It’s a lofty one, I know, but thankfully I’ve got help — in the form of web-based productivity assistant Teux Deux. Instead of my perpetual scrap paper list-making cluttering my desk, pockets and recycle bin; I’ve got a minimally-designed running list on my browser, which is where I’m spending the bulk of my computer time anyway. Even better, I’ve got it synced up with the iphone app, so I can cross off those nagging to-do’s as soon as they are complete! Best of all, the site is free (though the mobile app has a nominal fee) — and did I mention it’s the brainchild of one of our favorite bloggers, Tina Roth Eisenberg, also known as swissmiss? — Megan B.
Ever since my trip to Waialua Estate (more about that next week, promise), I’ve been obsessed with burlap coffee bags. I’ve been dreaming up lofty projects, like using them as a flooring material in our kitchen, but that, realistically, may never happen — and it definitely wont be happening anytime soon. Thankfully I won’t have to wait to inject a little caffeine into my home decor, as I’ll be picking up at least one of these recycled burlap buckets from etsy seller BeeCountry. They’d be perfect in the entryway, corralling those umbrellas, hats, and gloves that always need a home. I can also envision the larger buckets working well as an attractive (and green) laundry basket. And since they only range in price from $17- $40 each, I can still afford my real coffee fix afterwards! — Megan B.
I spotted these desk organizers by Less & More on Etsy last week, and my first instinct was to fall head over heels for them. The bright colors! The perfect styling! The extreme organization! It was all just too wonderful for my charming Type A personality to imagine.
And then I took a moment and asked myself whether Iâ€™d ever actually sort pencils on my desk into individual compartments in a pencil holder, let alone organize them by color and by size. Suddenly, my love was starting to wane. And yetâ€¦how fabulous would my desk look if I actually did go to the trouble?
So, since Iâ€™m torn, I decided to see if I was the only one: just how organized are you? Does this desk organizer feel absolutely perfect, or just a bit over the top? — Becki S.
For those of us who decide not to leave up the lights…
I finally got around to taking my holiday decorations down this weekend â€¦ my little fake Christmas tree gets stuffed back into its garbage bag, and my holiday wreath into its box. I also had several strings of holiday lights up on my porch that need to be tucked away. I got to thinking — every year I spend 20 minutes untangling lights, no matter how neatly I think I wind them up the year before. Next year will be different though! I did a little brainstorming and came up with a storage trick that I think will help â€“ I wrapped my lights around a cardboard paper towel tube, cutting a slit in one end to keep the cord and plug from unraveling. I think this will make putting up my lights a snap next year! What storage tricks do you have? â€“- Rebecca F.
Iâ€™ve never been much for New Yearâ€™s resolutionsâ€¦they just seem like a breeding ground for disappointment. But a good January â€œstart-the-year-off-freshâ€ cleaning spree? Now youâ€™re talking!
This year, Iâ€™ve decided itâ€™s my closet thatâ€™s in dire need of a makeover. I live in an old Victorian house, with a closet that could be called scattered on its best day, and a complete disaster the rest of the time. With shoes I keep meaning to put back in their boxes, rolling racks standing in for hanging rods, and shelves I canâ€™t access without an advanced course in gymnastics, thereâ€™s just a general feeling of disorganization and disarray in what should be the happiest room in the house for a fashion blogger .
While a major remodel is out of the question, Iâ€™m convinced itâ€™s the little things that are going to remedy this disaster. Like, for example, these beautiful drawer liners from Hammocks & High Tea (donâ€™t you just love the name?). I adore the hip chevron and ikat-inspired patterns, and I also love that you can pick from a half dozen barely-there scents (or go unscented if you prefer). Iâ€™ll be adding a bit of amber or lavender/lemongrass to the mix, to help counteract the â€œmusty old houseâ€ scent my closetâ€™s currently wearing.
For $25, you get a generous set of six sheets, which will cover quite a bit of space. And since theyâ€™re non-adhesive, I donâ€™t have to stress about cutting and applying them with engineer-grade perfection. Genius!
Now I just have to tackle that shoe situation. –Becki S.