First thing's first - let's clean up!
I am in a constant state of reorganization, as most of you must be, as well. My stepmum has turned me on to 'alternative repurposed storage'. In our house growing up, she was using vintage suitcases turned sideways as sidetables to armchairs, doubling as storage for Christmas paraphernalia. A wire dress form, nicknamed 'Gertrude' and dressed for the changing seasons, served as a reading lamp beside the couch. A vintage bureau was also rescued from a recycle centre, completely refinished and turned into a hutch for her gardening tools. The list goes on and on with what repurposed treasures were around the house, and you'll certainly see that inspiration around my apartment. (You'll see some pictures soon of some of my own 'alternate repurposed storage!') Not only does everything have its place, but there's a quirkiness to the place it's in.
I like to work in an eclectic, but 'reachable' space. I have mementos from friends, photographs and art, and a few collections of random things; Happy Meal toys, Buddha statues, souvenier pens and pencils, buttons and pins (I blame my father - he had a rather large collection growing up), action figures, postcards, coins ... and I'm probably forgetting something. I have a goal in mind, which consists of a large armoire with a few wall shelves, but I'm still looking. Here are a few Etsy shops that can help you stay organized and display your possessions like works of art.
|Dark Stain Printer Drawer Jewelry Holder|
|Standing Jewelry Display|
|Printer Drawer Jewelry Display, medium size|
|Painted Printer Drawer Jewelry Display|
|Vertical Hanging Printer Drawer Jewelry Display|
|Fabric Storage Basket, Green and Brown|
|Fabric Storage Basket feat. Joel Dewberry patterns|
|Fabric Storage Basket, Passion Lily|
|Large Purse, Gold Fabric|
|"April Showers Bring Mod Flowers" Reusable Tote|
And there's nothing truly like the sustainable art of vintage and antique finds! They bring a charm and nostalgia with some good organizational karma! In place of a third Etsy seller, here are some vintage finds for storage around the home!
|Vintage Gold Tone Metal Apple Storage Box, rhan.etsy.com|
|Oversized Vintage Porcelain Glove Mold, bluebellbazaar.etsy.com|
|Vintage 'Reborn' Medicine Cabinet, joana.etsy.com|
|Small Vintage Luggage Case, JewelBoxTreasures.etsy.com|
|French L'Amour Shelf, TRUECONNECTION.etsy.com|
Here's to starting 2011 with a clean slate - literally!