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Organizing a Small Closet

photo (3)I have been working on cleaning out this guest bedroom closet to make it my own little space since August 1st. I was finally able to get through all the junk with tons of trips to Goodwill and the trash can. I added a fresh coat of white paint and got to organizing. I work in retail and spend the majority of time merchandising and organizing the store so, I have a lot of experience making clothing look appealing. It only seemed fair that if I have to do it all day at work, I should also be able to do it at home. On the top shelf, I made sure to only put things that are either easily visible or not used very often. The two big Ikea boxes all the way to the left have old Halloween costume items and winter things such as gloves, hats and scarves (I won't use these in Florida until maybe January). Next to those is a basket of belts and hats. Accessories that are light and easy to bring down when needed. Followed by that, are my jeans folded so I can easily grab them and go. Next is an old wire shelf that have baskets from TJ Maxx on them. These baskets hold all my camera accessories, iPhone/iPad accessories, and another Tupperware filled with miscellaneous cords. To the far right, and not visible to the outside, are big Tupperware bins filled with mementos like baby clothes, pictures and tons of my old books.

Below the shelving is a long hanging rod to hang as many pieces as possible. I bought new felt hangers that are super thin so I can hang a surprisingly large amount of clothing. I also bought a velcro attached hanging cubby thing so I could fold some of my clothes down like sweaters (which either grow on hangers or take up a ton of space), sweatshirts and my workout clothes at the bottom. (I feel like if they're right out in the open I'll be more likely to put them on and go running!) For my shoes, I used a shoe rack so I could stack them all up behind each other. I also fit a set of wicker drawers where I had a little space left. It houses all my purses, shorts and bras in it. On top of that, is a basket of extra flip flops.

Overall, I think my new closet is a success. It definitely took longer than I had wanted, but sometimes going through old memories and trying to clean takes up more time than one would hope. I'm spending the next couple of days building my new furniture for the office area of the room. More pictures to come! I hope this helped gather some ideas on how to be more organized in your life.

Much Love,

Lindsey

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FOOTBALL PARTY!!!!

IT'S FOOTBALL SEASON AND WE WANT TO THROW A PARTY!!! We had plans to turn this Sunday into the party of the season at our house, but then we got tickets to go to Universal and go to mother effing HARRY POTTER LAND! So, the party will have to wait until after we get back from Boston, but I have all these great ideas that I thought could come in handy for all of your sporting events coming up. Put links and ideas in the comments if you have any good ones to add! cupsfordrinks

I am making everyone a dang cup. I want them all to look like a football and have their name on it. It will be cute, but also, it's totally needed so no one loses their cup. I am the type of person who can take a theme and run with it. Plan on seeing tons of footballs hehe

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I made these football brownies for the Super Bowl and they were a huge hit. You can't really go wrong with brownies. Dessert always wins hearts.

fritopiestation    bloodymarystationMIMOSA BAR

Another set-up that I want to try is to do is bars of items. A mimosa bar, bloody mary bar and Frito bowl bar are all in the cards for our game day. The Fritos are cool because it's easy. Grab a bag of Fritos, have some chili to add in, as well as some toppings, and tell guests to add everything right into the existing Frito bag. There's no real clean up and it's a yummy little meal. The bloody mary bar is fun for earlier games and while the mimosa bar would be perfect for that too, it's also a good transitional beverage to have something light and refreshing available all day. mini-sausage-wrap

Hot dogs are a must do at our house. These mini ones wrapped in a crescent looks so good. It's a good way to make hot dogs looks more appetizing to people who don't usually eat them. I think those people are crazy, but can relate to not wanting to eat random things (i.e. chicken for me).

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The last idea that I want to implement into our party is to label our coolers. We have some friends who only drink beer for football games and we have some friends who haven't had a sip of alcohol in years. Before they each go digging around in the ice, I want to make sure they know what they're getting into. I think it's just courteous.

I thought these ideas were cute and practical. If you have any other good ones let me know!

Much Love,

Lindsey

 

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A Few Beautiful Things

As a merchandiser for the store I work at (the creator of store displays), I am always looking for ways to make things look more appealing. It makes sense, if everything looks organized and pretty, people are more likely to buy it. I know the motivation behind what I do is supposed to be just that, but the reason I enjoy it is because I get to be creative. I've taken to trying to turn everyday things into little bits of art. I just feel like it makes everyday that little bit better.

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This is a photo Danny in took in Seattle after I organized all my things on the table. He thinks I'm a weirdo for being so anal retentive, but then has to admit, it looks pretty cool. Plus this is a great example of pretty much the only things I need in life. Coffee, Camera, iPhone. photo

This is one of the pieces Gabi and I did for Shore yesterday. We found the wood piece at Sarasota Slavage, along with the non-working camera, old movie tin and shiny tile. I ordered the used book from Amazon. And the other pieces, empty Elvis record sleeve, mini radio and hawaiian tiki man, were all props we already had at Shore. I love creating things like this. I feel like it makes the displays more fun in the store. I also love transferring it into my own home. I definitely hope to do more little displays in my office as it gets organized. 

Hopefully this brought a little beauty and creativity to your day. In the end it's important to love what you and listen to your heart when choosing a career. Don't listen to what anyone says, if you really love it, keep doing it. Eventually amazing things will happen.

Much Love, 

Lindsey

 

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GOAL FOR AUGUST

dream closet My goal for this month is to re-do my office so that it also houses my closet. I want a beautiful closet that I can merchandise like I would the retail store that I work in. I want my shoes on bookcases, statement necklaces on display, and purses put out to look like a little shop.

How am I going to do this? Thrift shopping for bookcases and display pieces. And maybe a pair of a designer shoes to bring the whole thing together. Ya know?

 

Much Love,

Lindsey

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