Square hi-gloss swoon tray, cb2.com
We love trays! And we use them all the time. They’re ideal for sectioning off space on shelves, desks, in drawers, and on countertops. They also help people who tend to “dump” to have a target or drop zone. You can use them to hold table decorations and easily clear space for game night. It’s ok to let things hang loose when contained inside the tiny walls of a tray. Did we mention that we love trays!
IKEA Expedit shelves used as a room divider in Maeve’s Apartment
We love cube shelves for their flexibility – they can serve as both wall fixtures and room dividers. They fit books, gadgets, toys and can be found in both small units and large. We find ourselves recommending them to clients all the time and even use them in our own homes!
Chalkboard labels, etsy.com
The great thing about chalkboard labels is that you can easily change what it says. I use them in my kitchen for baking stuff. I also use round labels to stick on top of mason jars to hold grains, nuts, etc – put them in a bin or drawer and you can tell what’s in each jar. They’re the most multi-purpose labels out there!
Packing tape is perfect for getting the fuzzies off clothing. Duct tape is great for sealing window drafts or temporarily fixing broken items. And Painter’s tape is ideal for trying things out. Next time you’re creating your gallery wall, stick it up with a bit of Painter’s tape and see how you like it. It doesn’t pull, tear, or leave a sticky mess.
Tape hooks are also great as they are inexpensive and easy to remove. Peel off the backing and use them to hang items inside closets and on cabinet doors, like a hair dryer inside your bath cabinet, or a cleaning cloth inside a kitchen cabinet.
Small and Inner Storage
Maeve’s Method client, Deb, organizes her drawers with recycled boxes
We all know that a drawer sometimes just isn’t enough (even we battle with our junk drawers). Small ceramic dishes, mini baking tins, or even ice cube trays help the inside of drawers and counter tops. Or do it Deb-style and reuse check book boxes and such (read Deb’s Success story)! Whatever you choose, small containers are the best for keeping track of and maintaining the small stuff of life.
What are some of your favorite organizational tools?
Photo Credit: Maeve Richmond