Organization

Pay no attention to the mess behind the door

I think our home is reasonably organized. Sure, in an ideal world I'd have a butler called Adrian Monk, but all things considered we are neat people. We don't have any spots that we'd keep hidden from the public out of shame.At least not since Sunday.We have a storage area hidden under the stairs. It's ...

Trash talk

I have mentioned before how one of my favorite things about living here is that this is a recycling community. It might not be earth-shattering news for folks where this is the norm, it isn't in this country.Separating our garbage here is pretty simple. We are only required to separate it into organics (food refuse), ...

Yay for reusing!Isn't nice when you find a completely different and useful function for something that is no longer needed? This little hutch for my desk is made out of two old (and probably discontinued) Ikea CD holders. My friend Chiri (not her real name) gave them to me years ago when she no longer needed ...

From what we've shown you of our home, and if you are a book lover you'd probably noticed that we don't have that many books on display. That's because I have been "culling" our book collection for a couple of years now, and finally decided that if we are going to keep living as gypsies we'd better ...

Taming the wire monster

I was giddy with glee when the first wireless peripherals appeared on the market, and light-headed with excitement when wi-fi entered our vocabulary. We were promised a  wonderful wireless world.OK, maybe we weren't, but that's what I hoped for. Instead I had to settle for a just-a-tad-less-wires world.In my pretty-wireless office, the Imac remotely talks ...

Refurbishing a cheap bookcase

This is the bookcase next to the sofa in our family room. It's where I keep some of my design books and magazines. But it didn't start its life looking like that. In fact this little bookcase was a hair's breadth away from a trip to the garbage bin.I thought I'd give it one last ...

Have you ever watched Monk? No? You should, it's one of my favorite TV shows of all time. It's a smart mix of the classic whodunit, a lot of subtle humor and the great acting of He of the "Fabulous Perm", Tony Shalhoub. What makes Monk different than most of the other brilliant fictional detectives is ...

Like teacup and saucer - A crafty love story.

Once upon a time there were a little teacup and a saucer that were made for each other. They lived happily in Canada with an old lady that loved teacups and saucers.One sad day, the old lady, they were told, went to live in the big china cabinet in the sky, where teacups never broke, ...

I have yet to meet someone that loves sewing and does not have a deeply-held love for fabric and buttons.  I adore buttons, and sometimes I use them for sewing.I have a pretty decent collection of buttons. They come from estate sales, they come from lot sales, they come from online stores, they come from brick and ...

DIY Jewelry display

A couple of months ago I was reading a design magazine and I noticed somebody had some glove molds that I liked used as jewelry displays. It suddenly occurred to me that I could just DIY my own.After a trip to the hardware store to get something else, I bought a couple of pounds of plaster and ...

90-second metal tags

I hope you had a great weekend, we did. Saturday we spent the afternoon at some friends watching the Danish team win their second game at the World Cup. If you don't care about the World Cup it's OK too, I spent more time admiring their cute baby and their small, but awesome home (14 ...

There is something about "organization" somewhere on the top banner of this blog, but I haven't mentioned it much lately, have I? What am I hiding behind those doors?Improving our spaces for me means that no part of a room gets overlooked. Hiding things behind doors, and stuffing things in the closet, (later to be crushed by ...

Teacup pin cushion - Two wrongs make a right

Isn't that a dainty little thing?I am not into dainty, not much at least, but this is one of those occasions when I am glad I made an exception, and out of two broken things, something useful came out.My old pin cushion came with a lot of sewing notions I bought from a estate on eBay. Who ...

International Organization Day

Saturday was International Organization Day. As decreed by me.Well, every day is Organization Day here, but Saturdays I make an extra effort to control the ever-growing clutter that every home is afflicted with.This is the hot mess that was our kitchen all Saturday:Not bad, eh? Well, that's the magic of photography, shallow focus and good ...

Remember that post about the closet I am building with the 50 dollars budget? Time for an update.The fabric (cotton canvas from eBay) finally arrived and I found a moment to sit in front of my sewing machines to finish the job. But let's look back in time...This is how I started:Well, I really started ...

I am a fairly organized person. Some would say I take it a little too far. I live by the mantra "A place for everything, and everything in its place".I have found ways to store all the little doodads in my home using things ranging from the cheap to the free, and everything in between. There's not ...

In a previous post I talked about my "Swiss Army Room", or our "flex room". It is a busy, multi-talented room; originally an extra bedroom, it sometimes works as my office, from which I manage my small business. Sometimes it works as my sewing/craft room, and sometimes it works as a guest room. It is ...

My daughter loves crafts. She loves drawing, painting, and other crafty things. She also needed a space for doing her homework.Until recently she had a chair and table we bought when she was a baby, she had outgrown it. It was time for a dedicated space for her homework and crafts. A little spot that ...

What's wrong with that wall? Can you see the horizontal split in that wall; the one right below the first picture? Well the thing is, this is not a wall, it's a door. To disguise a small storage area under the stairs the door looks like the rest of the wall, but it opens with ...