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7 Things To Organize This Weekend

Saturday, April 20, 2013

1. The Medicine Cabinet

2. The Linen Closet

3. Makeup Collection

4. The Fridge

5. Your Wallet

6. Owner’s Manuals & Warranties

7. Incoming Mail System

7 do-able weekend projects. Do one, do them all, shout your success to the world. And be sure to tag me- on instagram (@livesimplybyannie) or twitter (@livesimply) if you do.

Image credits listed in individual posts 

The Trick To Maintaining Children’s Closet Organization

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I spent much of yesterday rifling through children’s underpinnings and exterior garments (which was just as delightful as it sounds– are you aware how gloriously cute pajamas are for the junior set?), long enough to garner one fact: those kid people grow quickly. 

Amid brand spanking new size 8’s were remnants of lingering bygone days of youth– labels containing the characters “size 4-5” represented strongly, and it was obvious their presence was not merely a reflection of the lack of attention on weeding, but on the rapid rate at which their owner had progressed through them.


As my client and I went through each school uniform sweater, soccer jersey,  pair of knickers, and sparkly cardigan, the need for a system meant to manage the near maniacal growth process of children was apparent (especially as the younger child, and therefore the recipient of elder sibling hand-me-down’s, the closet in question was filled with both items yet too large to don, as well as the comically out-grown).

Here, then, is perhaps the easiest and most un-elaborate organizational system for this dilemma:

Step a. You get yourself (your child) two bins. 

Step b. You label one bin “Too Big” and the other “Too Small”

Step c. You place the bins on an out-of-the-way shelf.

Step d. You put stuff in the bins as they arise. Kaboom boom.


This way, see, the clothing your child acquires prematurely in regards to fit aren’t tossed into the mix of the current clothing rotation. The clothes that are deemed too small can be collected over a period (of however long it takes to fill the bin), and the whole lot can then be taken to goodwill/consignment/yadah yadah. Effort saved: is a win.

Oh, and in case you’re now in need of bins and things for wee babe’s closet, make sure to check out my shop page, which features a smattering of my preferred products. 

P.S. Do the images today explicitly illustrate the concept? Umm, it’s called using your imagination? 

Image credits: Project Junior, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy

Client Project: Butler’s Pantry Organizing

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

And now for the latest installment of Annie Lives Simply In Real Life, a client project of the pantry variety.

There wasn’t much decluttering to be done– a few extraneous things had wandered in over time, others had exceeded their intended life span–but for the most part it was a matter of organizing, of straightening and neatening.

Here’s where we started:

Just a bit overgrown, you know?

My mission was clear: pull everything off the shelves, give them a good wipe down, and then put everything back, albeit in a more orderly fashion.

I wanted it to look nice naturally, and I equally wanted to be conscious of maximizing the space, stacking things where necessary in order to prevent any one item or group of items from being greedy shelf-wise. My client also wanted to ensure that those things that were less than beautiful (read: plastic jugs for children’s lemonades stands, etc) were moved to less obvious locations than they had been previously residing. Accentuate the positive and all.

Take a gander at the overall B & A’s below.

There were vases in there, and were there ever vases (we talked about this predicament here if you’ll recall). After sorting through the collection, my client decided she could only part with a couple of them (which I more than granted her, as she happens to normally be a rockstar in the ruthlessly decluttering category). She entertains frequently, likes fresh flowers, yadah yadah, the vases were staying. So how to fit them all?

Ultimately, I solved the spatial accommodation dilemma by placing most all of the clear glass vases together on one shelf, while the colored vases I stored on the tippy-toppest shelf. That way, not only could we fit them all, but we gained a little bit of decor action as well.

And, you know, I did my thing with the food stuff as well.

The pantry had hanging sections like some builder expected a homeowner to hang up their rain coat in the butler’s pantry, which was not only perplexing but also sort of vexing: it meant that we lost all that space being that we had nothing to hang.

It annoyed me to no end until it dawned on me that we did have qualifying hanging things– tablecloths! So the hangers came out and the tablecloths went up and wah-bam, wasted space eradicated.

Here’s the side of the pantry (are we tired of this post yet?):

There’s one pantry down in the worldwide Live Simply mission.