- Winter gear (mittens, toboggans, scarves, earmuffs, ice scraper)
- Small sports gear (volleyball knee pads, soccer socks, swim goggles, baseball caps) or
- General outdoor gear (sunglasses, binoculars, camera, sunscreen, visors, bug spray)? Why, yes, please. Or how about one on the back of the kids' bedroom doors to organize Transformers or stuffed animals? Lovely. I'll take two. Need a simple way to organize school supplies or craft/art paraphernalia? Boom! Slap one on the inside of a pantry door near a kitchen table and, voila -- instant harmony in your humble abode. So I say to all of you out there: Get it together! No, wait... correction: Let THEM get it together. Just buy the plastic pocketed "enablers" and make it easy for even the most rebellious of your lot to stay clean and clutter-free. --------------------------------------- Photograph credits: The Happy Housewife, Day Crafts, and Org Junkie
While I know we are all neck-deep into digital (thanks blog-readers!), I also know many of us still enjoy reading actual, hard-copy magazines and newspapers from time to time. If you're throwing yours into a catch-all basket or bin, you're missing a great opportunity to do something far more clever -- and even beautiful -- with your stash.
As is my mantra, if it's not "pretty" and "easy," it won't end up on my blog. Here are a few ways you can organize/display your mags and newspapers which meet both criteria in a very inexpensive way.
Obviously, this concept can be done in a much simpler way, with only a couple of bars -- taking up a small corner wall or an area over a desk. Maybe you just want a single, long bar to drape your newspapers. Regardless, choose your style of hardware and, voila, you have highly practical wall art.
If you do want to put a bit more effort into this same idea, buy a wall-mount wine rack and follow suit. There are plenty of contemporary takes on this last idea, and lateral towel racks can serve the same purpose -- with rolled magazines instead of rolled towels.Shutter: If you like the "cottage" look, this technique is right up your alley. An old shutter -- as distressed as you want it -- can be transformed into an interesting display, with publications folded right into the louvers. Hang it... or stand it against the wall (small ones can sit atop a table). This style is particularly simpatico with a screened-in porch or outdoor covered area... with a nice margarita next to it. (Well?! :-)) What about doing the same with your kids' skinny picture books? You could even paint each slat a different color. Ladder: Keeping with the vertical theme, this next idea is one which, while simple, might appear a little more sophisticated. By propping a ladder against a wall, you add a new dimension to your room -- large enough for visual impact but compact enough that it can actually be a space-saver. Wood may transmit a more rustic vibe, while metal may lend itself to a modern feel. Whichever you select, for heaven's sake, do not spend big $$ getting one from Pottery Barn! Ladders abound at salvage and "junk" shops and usually come with built-in character. File organizer: Still too much trouble? Check out this next idea. One of the easiest methods for organizing magazines is to hang them over a stacked or "incline" wire file organizer. A few months ago, I purchased one for a buck at Goodwill, and it took mere minutes to set this up on the lower shelf of my nightstand for convenient bedtime reading. I get compliments all the time for this super-simple, cheap-o display. Ha! Sure, you can buy some very nice (and very expensive) containers, organizers, or display units to perform the same function, but then you will be out dollars that are better-spent elsewhere... and you won't be able to say "Ha!" like me. Just be a copycat and try some of the easier, less costly ideas above... and make sure to send me your photos and feedback! ------------------------------------------- Photo credits: Towel bar design from Sweethomestyle.tumblr.com. Wine rack compliments of JunkChicCottage.blogspot.com. Shutter design from MyRepurposedLife.net. Ladder style from CoryConnorDesigns.com. File folder organizer photo from Christy Charlton (aka me!).