There's something about the beginning of a new year that makes us all want to try and get our stuff together so when the theme for this month's Better Homes and Garden's (BHG at Walmart) post was organization, it totally made sense.
Our home does not have many closets. Older homes rarely do. It had two 3 foot by 3 foot closets when we moved in and that was it. I have since built two more but we still lack closet storage. One day I am going to turn our attic into usable space and it will be rows and rows of shelves. But until then, I have to get creative when it comes to storing things in our tiny house.
Being obsessed with home decor and being somewhat of a hoarder creates a problem. I have a lot of random things that don't really have a specific place. Vases, candles, cloth napkins, hardware, serving trays, sea shells, candlesticks, and all sorts of miscellaneous decor items that I normally had in totes stored in the garage (which was a pain to search through, by the way).
When I went to visit the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters a couple of years ago, I fell in love with their prop room. Rows and rows of everything you could ever want for a photo shoot. It was glorious! It sparked an idea that I could have a mini prop area somewhere in my home.
Fast forward to several months ago and I finally got around to hanging five 6 foot shelves on my office wall. Most of the boxes and baskets I already had, but I needed a few more things.
I ordered some metal bins and they were the perfect touch!
These bins are part of the Better Homes and Gardens collection at Walmart. They are so handy!
I had already bought some for use in my laundry room and knew they were awesome. I bought the large ones again even thought the smaller ones would have fit on the shelves better. I just love how much stuff they hold! And the big ones only hang over the edge of the shelves about ½ inch so it isn't a big deal.
Along with the things I use to style shoots with, I also store winter hats, gloves and scarves in one of the bins. I store my camera gear, my projector with speakers, craft paints, my kids artwork waiting to be put in their scrapbooks, flower pots, vegetable seeds, electrical and charging cords, receipts and other paper work that need to be filed, and every other small random thing that would otherwise be scattered all over the house causing clutter.
Sneak peek of my "new" vintage rug!!!
How do you keep clutter under control? What is your best organization tip? I would love to hear! I am going from room to room this month and trying to get everything in its place.
For more organizational ideas visit these other BHG blogs: Monica Wants It, Ask Anna, Designing, Dining, and Diapers, Dukes and Duchesses, Refresh Restyle, I Heart Naptime, Fox Hollow Cottage, Today's Creative Life, A Night Owl Blog
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