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Post-Holiday Organizing with Spectrum Organizing

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Today I’m excited to have Suzi here from Spectrum Organizing to get us all organized and ready for a clutter-free 2012!  Tobi


With the holidays behind us and a sparkling new year ahead, it’s fun to spend this time imagining new possibilities for 2012, not only for our lives, but for our homes as well.


Seasonal Storage

Take this opportunity to reevaluate your current storage solutions while gathering your holiday decorations to put away. Keep in mind that holiday items are only used a few weeks, but take up storage space 11 months of the year. Consider the following insights to improve the efficiency of your seasonal storage.

1. Wrap strands of lights around cardboard to prevent tangling and store in a sturdy plastic container. Extension cords used with the lights can be included in the same container to expedite next year’s holiday decorating. (image via
2. Fragile keepsake ornaments can be stored safely in an ornament storage box by Snapware® which includes 3 modular stackable trays with dividers that separate and hold up to 48 ornaments.
3. Store long rolls of gift wrapping paper in a storage box that slides easily under a bed. (Iris Gift Wrap Box via
4. Conveniently store sterling silver and silver-plated holiday ornaments and tableware in zippered bags or flapped pouches that prevent tarnish! They’re offered in a variety of sizes by SilverGuard and are surprisingly affordable.
5. Shred leftover remnants of gift wrapping paper to cushion fragile holiday ornaments for storage. (image via
6. Containers designed with straight sides can help maximize your storage space. They hold more in the same space than containers with tapered sides. Visibly label each storage container with a description of its contents for quick and easy identification. Make good use of those little silica gel packets found in your shoe boxes. Drop them into your storage containers to absorb moisture that may occur, especially in humid climates.


New Storage Strategies

Some of your newly acquired gifts from the holiday season may require new storage strategies if you’re unable to find places for them in your home. While making room for your new things, there’s no better time to enhance the style and functionality of your closets and other storage systems.

1. Slim velvet flocked hangers are only a quarter of an inch thick and designed to maximize your closet’s hanging space. The non-slip feature is a bonus. (image via Container Store)
2. Storing handbags in storage ottomans or a storage bench at the foot of your bed can free up valuable closet space and provide additional seating. (image via
3. Houndstooth upholstered storage bench (image via Elle Decor)


Think Creatively

Regard your storage spaces as actual rooms. Make thoughtful choices in the details with lighting, paint color, and storage furnishings that coordinate. These areas include, but are not limited to closets for clothing, linens, and household supplies. Think creatively and incorporate labels as a design element. Labels help to ensure that items are easily found and returned to their proper places.

1. Labeled roll-out shelves help accessories stay organized and easy to find at a glance. (image via
2. Shelf labels designate specific spots to store different categories of clothing in your closet. (image via Real Simple)
3. Linen closet shelf labels encourage family members to return items to their designated spots and stay beautifully organized. (image via

Here’s to an organized 2012!

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Organized in Vintage Americana Style

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We all love to be organized and I’ve got a treat for you today!  Suzi James from Spectrum Organizing is here today to help you get organized with All-American style.  I hope you’re inspired! – Tobi


In keeping with celebrating America’s culture and history during the month of July, it’s a great time to consider adding a layer of interest to your home’s storage and organization that characterizes the spirit of Americana.  Americana-style is not limited to stars and stripes. It draws inspiration from several eras throughout American history.

Industrial Americana reflects America’s Industrial Era.  I love the juxtaposition of industrial touches with more traditional furnishings.  Consider incorporating industrial touches in your decor that have the additional benefit of storage potential…

1. Vintage storage boxes from an old Pennsylvania shoe factory, via Three Potato Four.   2. Wall pockets, inspired from an antique well pulley, provide organization to mail and home-office supplies, via Layla Grace 3. Antique box, from, can minimize the visual clutter of small random items like keys, sunglasses, spare change, and receipts.  4. Restoration Hardware’s reproduction pharmacy cabinet offers storage for the bath that is quintessential of industrial-chic style.   5. Wisteria’s metal basket shelf is a charming multi-purpose solution for any room.   6. Weathered green metal bins were upcycled to hold art supplies, via OldCrowFarm.   7. Tuck away odds and ends in storage baskets, inspired by the rugged wire bins found in industrial settings, from Restoration Hardware.   8. A chic vintage dental table can be repurposed in a home’s entryway to catch miscellaneous items. Image via   9. Slim wire baskets add a little Industrial Americana to your space while helping you stay clutter-free.

Vintage Milk Glass – Organize jewelry, cosmetics, office supplies, or stationery in a collection of vintage milk glass…

1. Desk organizer, image via Simply Stoked Blogspot   2. Milk glass pedestal vase filled with cosmetic brushes, image from Etsy   3. Unique jewelry storage solution that’s pretty and perfect for compartmentalizing, via Petit Elefant blog.   4. Style meets function with a milk glass vase repurposed to hold drinking straws, via shelterpop.

Shaker-style Peg Rails provide versatile storage opportunities to any room…

1. Shaker-style peg rail in the entryway, via   2. Take advantage of wall space and organize outdoor essentials in the garage with Shaker-style peg rails, via   3.  Display a collection of hats on Shaker pegs screwed into strips of flat pine molding, via   4. Peg rails function beautifully in the laundry room, via   5. Pegs help save closet space and are easy for kids to use too, via Pottery Barn Kids.   6. A space saving peg rail shelf to organize kitchen clutter, via

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