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Pocket Organizers and Reminiscing about Mom

Creative Pocket Organizing Ideas

I guess I’ve been thinking about my mom lately, because many things I see or think about remind me of her.  She was a meticulous housekeeper and very organized.  She had a place for everything.

We had a closet in a hallway where she kept her brooms, mops, furniture polish, dust cloths, etc.  That closet always smelled like Pledge and this floor wax she used to use.  She was really ahead of her time, because she had hanging in this closet one of those shoe organizers….you know the kind……the ones everyone are using now days to store everything from “soup to nuts”.  I just had to say that, because my mom always said it.  She was the queen of clichés!  This is where she kept her dust cloths, feather duster, and can of Pledge. I’ll bet she was the very first person to use these shoe holders for something other than shoes!

Well, I just LOVE these handy-dandy organizers.  My daughter has one to store

  • her kid’s art supplies in
  • and how about all the bathroom items there is no room for in drawers or even large medicine cabinets
  • You could line your craft closet with these babies and completely fill them
  • I have a potting bench in our garage (I will always love my husband for this), what a neat idea to store little garden tools, garden gloves, shovels, rakes, pruners, spray bottles, etc.
  • Barbies
  • Hair brushes, products and accessories!
  • Spices in a pantry
  • Scrap booking junkies?? Please!
  • Scarves and gloves
  • On and on…….. you’ve seen ‘em

Anyway….my mom’s birthday was last week, Mother’s day is in a couple of weeks, and I thought I would just tell you how smart she was.

Way to go MOM!

P.S.  If you’ve got a mom that hasn’t thought of this fun little organizing gem, it could be a fun surprise for Mother’s Day.

Pocket Organizing Ideas                 Pocket Shoe organizer

And yes, these are veggie plants growing right inside this pocket organizer!


Linen Closets and Sticky Notes

Beautifully Organized Linen Closets

I love my linen closet.  I wish it was 3 X’s the size, but I love it just the same. There is something nostalgic about my linen closet. It reminds me of my mom.  Her linen closet always smelled freshly different than anywhere else in our home.  And believe me, my mom’s house wouldn’t dare have smelled anything but fresh!

My problem is that I tend to stash in the closet I love so much, a decorating item or two that are random pieces and I have nowhere else to put them.  Candles for example, or a heart-shaped candy dish.  The vases I really want but have no idea where to store.

Well, I decided about 9 months ago to reorganize this beloved closet.  I decided that it was no longer going to be a place for misfits.  So I removed those random items and put them somewhere else.  Come this past February I went to the linen closet to get the light-up heart for my front room window.  I just love that heart, and now I have absolutely no idea where it is!  It’s been in my linen closet since I got it about 6 years ago.  I have not seen another one.  Now, I no longer have a heart!  🙂

See, that’s the problem with reorganizing.  My suggestion to any of you; if you decide to remove an item from its place of several years and store it in a more “suitable” place, grab a sticky note with the instructions where to find said item.  Stick it in the place (in my case, linen closet) where you are sure to search for it the next time the holiday or event rolls around.  If I ever find my heart, it goes right back in my linen closet for safe keeping……..OR I’ll do the sticky note thing.

Take a look at these wonderfully organized linen closets!

linen closet               Linen closet 2           Beautifully Organized Linen Closets


Great Places for Murphy Bed Spaces

Great Uses for Murphy Bed Spaces

Murphy……funny name for a bed!

Do you sometimes wish you had another bedroom when guests visit from out of town?  Well, a Murphy bed might be your solution. A friend of mine had one installed in her sewing room.  The style she chose was one with shelves on the side to accommodate some of her still needed space for her sewing and quilting materials.  It is GORGEOUS!

Some are built so when the bed is up there is a fold out desk to add some work space.  Some are complete wall units with clothing cabinets on each side (or one side~ these little darlings are very custom).  Murphy beds are great ideas for a bedroom for a college student that needs some office space, too.  They are as elaborate or as simple as you choose, come in all colors and wood choices.  Styles are contemporary, country, French country, craftsman, traditional, on and on.  They are built for the end of the bed to pull down, BUT they are also made so that the side of the bed pulls down saving even more space.  This engineering idea is a great one and accommodates a variety of needs. And when aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws come to visit, you won’t have to throw out the old air mattress in the middle of the living room. Very nice!

Hey!  Maybe you already have a guest room that you hardly ever use!  Get a Murphy bed and turn that unused space into an office or hobby room!  Fabulous!

And name your next dog Murphy! HA!

Amazing Craft Room Ideas

Amazing Craft Room Ideas

One of my dreams has always been to have a craft/hobby & gift wrap room in my home.  I actually now have the space for one but it’s still in the design stage.  And I have to ask myself, do I need an entire room for this or would a designated area work almost as well?   It has been so much fun exploring the designs, ideas, and possibilities for this “dream-come-true” room of mine.