Friday, February 27, 2015

11 March Organizing Challenge: Let's Get the Party Started!

I feel like I host these challenges fairly frequently, yet my jaw fell to the floor when I realized that it was December when I last challenged you to do a little organizing and projecting and then share it here.  Oh my!  January was the month of organization, so I am betting that a few of you are ready for today!  And if not?  No worries, you have another month before the party ends.  But it can't end if it hasn't even begun yet, so.....


So what have you all been up to?  Closet takeovers?  Drawer cleanings?  Cabinet organizing?  Furniture building?  I can't wait to see!

I just shared a tiny bit of all of the awesomeness from the last link party here, and I know I have said it before, but I will say it again.  I really love these parties and having a moment to read about YOU!  I know link parties have been a bit over done throughout the years, but I truly enjoy checking in on projects being created by others.  Reading stories of trials and triumphs.  Celebrating with you.  Crying with you... Tears of joy of course! 

So what have we been up to since the previous link party?

We typically flutter around the house and do projects based on a need change or a frustration or just out of preference, but there is generally a lot of variety in what we tackle.  However, this year we kicked off a kitchen renovation that has been taking up all of our time, budget and energy.  So I made a goal of staying truly focused on a single space (the kitchen), while also allowing myself to stray and implement quick little organizing hits around the house each week.  Those smaller organizing projects are not typically DIY's or costly, but still needed to make a small difference in how our home functions.  So far, it has been a pretty nice balance.  Let's take a moment to quickly recap our projects big and small over the past two months.

Just before we gutted our kitchen to blank floors and studs, I took time to update our home tour with details from our previous kitchen space.  It was nice to have a memory just before we made it a giant mess.


Isn't that refreshing?  It lasted a whole minute and then it was time to demo that wall!  The entire kitchen demolition was a bit slow going.  I was waiting for Jonathan and Drew to come in and rescue us and make things happen with the snap of their fingers.  No such luck. 


A week after the last floor staple was pulled, I put in the last nail of our new ceiling planks.  Although not at all pretty yet, they really started unifying our two spaces.


Then came the glorious faux beams!  We heart those beams to the moon and back!


And then hearted those same beams to the end of the universe and back once they were painted!  Having the walls patched and painted was also a giant leap in the project!  Although the verdict is still out on the wall color, it is growing on us more and more each day.  We will wait until everything is in place before doing something drastic and painting again.


The following week we started installing our IKEA cabinets, and although it was a pretty straight-forward process, we shared a few things we learned along the way.


And as we wait for our center island, we shared a few smaller updates we made with moulding, lighting, our dishwasher and more lovely cabinets.  Yummy.


I keep stepping in my own drool puddles as I gaze at our new open space.  And to keep a nice balance of giant projects and itty bitty organizing updates, here are a few quick tips we shared as well:


Now, it is your turn to link up and share your favorite projects with me and the rest of this fab community (the last organizing challenge had 58,000 views!).


As always, an over-sized thank you to all who participate in these challenges.  Checking out your posts is my guilty pleasure every month, so bring it on!  This month I will also be sharing some of your projects via social media and as always, will be doing a recap at the end of the party.


IHeart Organizing is not responsible for the content uploaded and shared within the Monthly Link Parties on within the #wiorn hashtag feed.  However, it is a great way to join together in making organizing fun, so let's use our best internet etiquette and have a great time with this social party.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

21 UHeart Organizing: Flirty & Fun Storage

You all know how much I personally heart a pretty paper project.  Decorative paper can make anything fun and fabulous!  I especially love how it allows you to repurpose everyday items or upgrade inexpensive finds, into something that you want to look at and use.  Aniko, from Place of My Taste, found the most beautiful paper and created sweet and simple storage that she uses at her desk, however, I also envision it being great in an entryway, bedroom or bathroom.  Here she is now to share the details of her quick and easy yet oh-so-gorgeous and budget friendly storage project.


Hello Everyone! It's Aniko from Place Of My Taste and I am so thrilled to be here again today. I am still humbled to be among such amazing and talented ladies on the iHeart Organizing team. Back in October, on my debut here, I shared a wonderful jewelry organizer with you all, and today I will show you how I prettied up a plain $1 compartment container with gorgeous wrapping paper to brighten up my office desk and organize my small desk accessories. When it comes to organizing, I always try to bring in style and color to the space I am working on. Last fall I took the One Room Challenge and was challenged to make over a room in 6 weeks. I chose my really cluttered, unorganized and unfinished office space. I planed every little detail out and I can probably proudly say that 90% of the planned projects were finished.

Here is a quick image for you to get an idea how my office/craft room looks like right now, so you can vision my new pretty desk organizer in my space.


Target is my favorite one stop shop. I know, yours too, right? I think Target was pretty smart to add The One Spot section right at the door. Sometimes I don't even make it further as I can find so many fabulous things there. That is where I picked up this inexpensive, $1 plastic compartment container a couple months ago, saying, "I am sure I can use this for something".  Story of my life!

I also picked up this oh my goodness gorgeous flower wrapping paper while in the store. As soon as I spied this paper from distance, I knew that "she" will come home with me. Loving the colors and the watercolor effect.


Things I used:
  • gorgeous flower wrapping paper
  • scissors
  • $1 compartment container
  • school glue
  • paintbrush
  • pencil


This was a 10 minute quick transformation. First I took off the lid from the plastic compartment container and traced the shape on the back of the wrapping paper. Then, I repeated and cut out 4 little pieces to cover the inside of the container. I applied glue on my paintbrush and brushed the glue on the lid as well as the bottom of the container. Smoothed the wrapping paper slowly with my hand.

That is it my dears!

Quick, easy, inexpensive and gorgeous little container/organizer makeover.


While I was on roll with organizing my washi tapes and paper binder clips to my container, I quickly prettied up my paper binder clips with my golden washi tape. Simple yet very decorative fix.


15 minutes later I had the perfect little organizer container dressed up for my tiny office accessories.



Here is how my darling organizer shows on my desk. What do you think?


If you would like to see more of this office room, come tour my Office Room/Craft Room Reveal.


Well, I hope that I inspired you to create something beautiful for your home, for yourself or for a friend. Inspiration is everywhere! Will be back in a few months... until then come and see what I am working on currently or come grab a yummy 15 minute recipe.  Cheers!




"Hey there. My name is Aniko and I blog over at Place Of My Taste. I am a wife, mother, business owner by day, DIY-er by night, design, decor and photography lover by heart who loves to cook, taste wine, dance for therapy and create all things beautiful. I share all this love over at my blog - at my happy place. Come see me there. xo"



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