I love the idea of organizing things. Virtually, I've got a system down pat. I can take information and store it in a way that is accessible like no other. Which is probably why one of my degrees is going to be in library science. But when it comes to organizing actual physical objects... I suck. I am sitting in my bedroom which is about the size of a postage stamp, and my bed is like a lifeboat in a sea of disorganization. (And a sinking ship no less, I wake up snuggling with my hair brush and computer cords tickling my ears.)
I'd love it if everything could be squared away in elfa storage bins, stacked against walls or hidden in closets. But it's never that easy. (A) That type of organization isn't my aesthetic. (B) My things just don't fit in those types of systems. It's like when you are packing in boxes that are large, medium, and pequena, and you have all sorts of good intentions of putting all of the kitchen stuff together and all of the bedroom stuff together.... but it never works. Pillows end up with knife sets, plates end up with picture frames.
After spending some quality time in the Container Store and purchasing a closet hanging shelf thingy and some hooks that look like elephants, I thought to myself that there had to be a better way of getting my life in order. And there is. Because only on Etsy can you enter "moustache jewelry hanger" and get a result (see below).
If I am ever going to be organized, it's going to be with items like the ones in this week's wishlist.
I might be the only one, but I love filing. You might wonder what it is you need to file these days since everything is online, but I am sure you can find a use for this filebox. Pictures, recipes, take out menus, love letters, birthday cards.
I have tons of odds and ends in the forms of buttons, beads, sequins, paperclips, pins, googly eyes, rubber bands, spools of threads, m&ms, robot parts, and coins. These jars with magnetic lids make so much sense to organize all that stuff to stick to an underside of a desk or side of a file cabinet. Or, use them for their original intention, spices that stick to the fridge. Love.
I don't know about you, but I have so much stuff I need to carry around with me. Phone, iPod (yes, I still use my iPod even though I have an iPhone), spare hair pins, subway passes, money, ID, credit cards. A simple wallet just will not do. I must have a nerd herder.
You may not know it to look at me, but I have a lot of jewelry. Yes, I wear the same star earrings every day, the same star and heart and star necklace, but I have options for when I am in the mood to switch it up. I do. I love these three ways to store jewelry, because they are like little works of art. Which means you can decorate and store stuff, two birds... one stone.
My niece has so many coloring things. Crayons are always flying everywhere. Markers leak and stain my sweater. I would love to be able to contain all of that in one little packet for her. The perfection of this might only last an instant, but that instant would be priceless.
Am I the only one who tries to hang white boards only to have them fall down again and again? I love this vinyl decal option. Looks like it could be on the cover of Real Simple.
I love coffee tables, but usually they just get in the way of my path to the kitchen. Unless it has storage. Like this one. Super rustic, but that's part of its charm.
I have a love hate relationship with mail. Love cards, hate bills. I hate bills and bill-related pieces of mail so much that I hoard them, unopened, in piles. How much easier would my life be if I had these clothespins?
I've had a garden gnome (a mini one) lost in the depths of my purse for months at a time. I wish I was kidding. I think these bag inserts I've been seeing around are a pretty neat idea to keeping bags organized. Plus, if you are one of those people who changes your purse every time you change your shoes... just lift out the insert and place it in the newest one. Done. And done.
Square magnet boards are lame. Cork boards are only cool if they are made from wine corks. I love this vintage frame turned magnet board. It will secretly keep all those loose notes organized while also looking pretty.