Neat & smart jewelry storage solution

Seriously, this is what my counter looked like every morning. You can not leave everything out like this. It's not very neat or smart. Yes, my coffee cup goes with me everywhere I go.

Seriously, this is what my counter looked like every morning. You can not leave everything out like this. It’s not very neat or smart. Yes, my coffee cup goes with me everywhere I go.

Does your bathroom counter or dresser look like this? You’ve got necklaces strewn on top because you don’t want them to get tangled in a drawer? Even worse, if you can’t see them you forget that you have them? We all know that out of sight means out of mind so it’s important to have easy access to your accessories otherwise you’ll never wear them.

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Get Neatsmart: 5 in 5 for Last Day of March

Can you believe it’s the last day of March already? We’re a quarter of the way through 2014? How are you doing with those resolutions? Just kidding, you don’t have to answer.

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  1. Clean out your medicine drawer/ cabinet. Check for expired medications that have lost their efficacy. Your pharmacy can help with proper disposal of prescriptions. Make a list of anything that needs to be refilled like bandages, antiseptic gel, hydrogen peroxide, etc.
  2. Keep a running list of groceries to buy as you run out. This makes grocery shopping so much more efficient because you have your list started before you even start to think about it. Write it down as soon as it’s out and you know you need to replace it. I have a small dry erase board on my refrigerator that I use and then I take a picture of it with my phone before I leave for the store.
  3. Clear off the entrance(s) to your home. Even if you use the garage or a back entry most frequently you want to have a a pleasant entry way to greet you and your guests. Sweep the welcome mat and clear trash or other debris from the area.
  4.  Consider your magazine subscriptions. If you are repeatedly tossing out magazines without reading them or, even worse, keeping lots of magazines that you intend to read “one day” consider reducing the number of subscriptions you have. Now I enjoy the few magazines that I subscribe to and pick up the occasional bonus one when I have time to read it, like traveling.
  5. Make a phone call. If you need to get the answer to something quickly, consider calling instead of emailing. People call so infrequently now that you can usually get the person and get to the point quickly, saving time and effort at the same time. You can always leave a message if you don’t reach the person and let them know the question so they are prepared to answer it at a later time. You’d be amazed at how much time getting on the phone can save if you are concise with your message or request for information.

If you missed some of the other 5 Things You Can Do in 5 Minutes to Get Organized, here is a link to the first.

What’s your favorite tip? Have you been able to get organized in 5 minutes?

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Essential Paper Storage

What is the most essential paper in your home? Your child’s artwork, bank statements, your will? No, it’s toilet paper. When you need it, you need it and there is no substitute. Are we seriously going to talk about toilet paper today? What is the world coming to? The movie Psycho was notable for many things but one of those being it was the first movie to show a toilet onscreen and now, 53 years later, you get to read blog posts about toilet accoutrement storage! This actually is important because you know there is nothing worse than needing and not having it. Having an abundance of toilet paper is never a bad thing and it’s actually one of the few things I recommend having in excess. If you’re going to scrimp, don’t do it on toilet paper.

Pretty solution to an ugly problem.

Pretty solution to an ugly problem.

So what is Neatsmart’s solution to a toilet paper storage problem? Why, a basket, of course. It can be a beautiful container for something less than traditionally aesthetically pleasing and obviously functional, too. There’s no question as to whether there is any backup in the cabinet (that you can’t see) and if you’re running out, you know that without having to check another location. Win and win. I would even suggest not having a wall mounted holder if you had that option for maximum simplicity but if you have it, use it. There is nothing more forlorn or sad in a bathroom than an empty toilet paper holder.

Another option is an antique rice bucket courtesy of my sister in law and the happiest place on earth: Round Top, TX. The semi annual antiques events there are legendary and a great source for all kinds of storage.

Another option is an antique rice bucket courtesy of my sister in law and the happiest place on earth: Round Top, TX. The semi annual antiques events there are legendary and a great source for all kinds of storage.

Bathrooms that have pedestal sinks and thus no under sink cabinet are usually the ones that need this most but you could really use it in any bathroom. Where can you find good baskets that are large enough to use? I’d recommend checking your local Home Goods or CostPlus stores and garage sales can be a great source, too. For more inspiration, look at my Pinterest Board on Stylish Storage: Baskets.

So get a basket (or rice bucket) and pile all of your toilet paper there. You’ll always know when you’re about to run out and it’s always within arm’s length. I think I’ve said enough on the topic for a while. 🙂

 

Happy organizing!