tidy tuesday, repurposed bedside tables

Now that we are in a smaller bedroom, we are trying to reduce visual and physical clutter, while repurposing things we already have. I have some great bedside table options, but I have already decided I want something small next to our bedside. I’ve tried a chair because it’s functional, already here and a good size. But then, the little lemondrop decided to use it to crawl on the bed daily. So, after cruising the web and pinterest I tried something else for now, one of my vintage crocks that’s normally on display on a shelf. It’s a little low, but serves the purpose of book, clock and glasses holder. Plus it’s heavy enough not to be shoved over by small hands.  Are you a bedside table traditionalist or have you tried something original?

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Tidy Tuesday, keeping the jewelry tidy when I can

In my constant quest for organization I began sorting through my jewelry and looking  for new ways to organize it. It’s also nice to enjoy the items used to hold the mounds of vintage and costume jewelry I’ve hoarded- er- collected over the years. I am always on the look out for reasonably priced vintage jewelry chests like this one. It’s my Christmas collection box…I’ve corralled almost all Christmas trinkets inside it with a few pieces left out here and there to grab on the way out the door. In fact, I am so interested in new ways to sort and organize my jewelry I started pinning great ideas on pinterest! I love using vintage containers to hold vintage jewelry- just seems right.

Christmas box, pins, pendants, earrings and more…almost all vintage. Would you believe I need to organize other holidays next? But not as much as Christmas.

Vintage Christmas themed charm bracelets; one is all Santa, one is goldtone vintage, and one is a mix of vintage novelty. The Christmas tree bracelet is on my arm.

A place for rings and things while I am washing my hands or at the end of the day- it’s the top of a vintage cookie jar. Said jar met an untimely end but the birds are so cheery.

Old goldfish bowl makes bangles easy to see!

Tidy Tuesday, messy drawers are not fun

I love books about organization, don’t you? so inspiring… but putting them into practice can be somewhat challenging.  I am reading Organizing from the Inside Out this month, and I am working on my sort, purge, and assign a home strategies.  Sometime I just take things slowly… one chest of drawers at a time. This vintage one belongs to the Little Lemondrop and he is quite a handful to dress already, nevermind when I can’t find things quickly. So in honor of the changing weather I sorted and purged those little pants and shirts down to a manageable amount, and then created almost free colorful dividers to keep things sorted. I’ve done the same thing to several of my own drawers, including my unmentionables. That way I can find the styles or colors there I need in no time. Want super organized drawers without spending money on organizers?  Here’s one I did in an afternoon, two more followed for jammies and winter sweaters.

Wrap your divider in your inexpensive, fun paper.

Put like with like to find things quickly, these are all spring/summer weight except the jeans. I can find things in a pinch now. And by pinch I mean when someone is soiling a diaper and yelling about a lost car or ball.

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