Day 18– Organization can be beautiful

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This post is part of a 31 day series – “31 days to decorate your home on a budget.”  You can read all the posts in this series here.

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This post will be short on my advice and heavy on others, because I so need to work on this area!  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to organize, but it does take time and inspiration, and I am usually short on both of those.  Smile

But here are some simple organizational things that I do that double as décor.

Fruit doesn’t have to stay in bags on your counter…


Throw it in a bowl, tiered stand, or basket for some edible, organized décor.


Magazines and books can get out of control.  I have several baskets spread throughout the living room to contain them and also add some décor to the room.


More baskets of hubby’s magazines – love how they look next to the fireplace.  (And ignore the pretty white kitty, he thinks he is part of the décor too. Winking smile)



Here is some more inspiration:

Entryways are a great way to add organization and some beauty to your home:

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Entryway at 320 Sycamore

Just some simple hooks and basket to contain shoes in this picture

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Simple but gorgeous entryway at Our Home Made Happy

Entryway, coat closet, kids chore chart all combined in one – beautifully!

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Family Command Center at The Yellow Cape Cod

Your laundry room can look cute, organized, and functional too!

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Laudnry room from Your Home, Only better

In need of a command center?  Make it functional and beautiful!

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Command center via Better Homes and Gardens

Love this bill payment station

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Bill payment center from Life through this Lens

Hide often-used phone numbers and other information behind your cabinet doors (still in perfect access but not cluttering up your fridge)Pinned Image

Hidden cork organizer from Young House Love

And for organizing kids toys – use baskets, bins, shelves, buckets (think spray paint for buckets and bins to get them all to match or recovering a diaper box to reuse for storage.

You can find fabric bins like this rather inexpensive

Great for organizing kids clothes


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Kids storage from Delightful Order


And for even more inspiration check out Kelly’s 31 days series

And this is a great blog too – Organizing Made Fun (I need to camp out there one weekend! )  She is doing a 31 days series on How to CHEAPLY organize your home! 

And as you work on organizing, you probably need to purge some things as well.  This is a great motto to remember:

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If we all followed that advice, our homes would probably look 110% better and we wouldn’t have to spend near as much time picking up, organizing, and cleaning! Smile

How about you?  Organizing something you love or hate? 

What is your biggest struggle with organizing?  Or your favorite way to organize?



  1. I am definitely a believer in pretty baskets for organizing! I find tons at GW too which is awesome though another great and cheap basket place is Ross. 🙂

    • I always check Goodwill but never find any here. 🙁 they are either beat up pretty bad or if I do find a good one they have it priced ridicously high (like $10) and I would rather just buy on at Ross for $8.99-9.99 NEW! 🙂

  2. Hello! i just discovered your blog and now i’m a follower! please come visit me (i’m a new blogger) at

    …and what is Ross? Is it a department store or TJMaxx kind of place?
    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos recently posted..St. Patty’s Day InspirationMy Profile

    • Christina says:

      thanks for visiting, Jennifer! congrats on your new blog!

      where did you find your burlap ribbon? I have been looking everywhere for it?

      oh, and Ross – yes just like TJMaxx or Marshall’s

  3. Have you ever spray painted plastic ice cream buckets? I have serveral of them and they work great for kids’ toys and little pieces, but didn’t know if they would work with spray painting them. It would make them look so much nicer!

    • Christina says:

      I haven’t Melissa. I would definitely try a spray paint made for plastic or use primer first. Let me know how they turn out.

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