Sometimes I feel super overwhelmed by the things in our house. The stuff that accumulates little by little. When I look at a place that was once organized, I freak out, clear everything out and start fresh. Well, that happened last week when I put towels away in our linen closet. Here’s the before:
Sorry for the bad coloring in these. Overcast day + dark hall + bad flourescent light = terrible white balanced photos. Some things were still grouped together, but we had random toys, a light fixture, and stacks of pillows tossed around. About an hour of purging, grouping, and shuffling around, I had organized my way to happy.
I’ve wanted to add labels for a long time and thought about my best option for our bullnose shelf fronts. Something pliable seemed best, so I dug out a scrap of light cream leather. Cut 3/4 inches wide (to match the shelf thickness) I wrote with a plain Sharpie. Spray painted small gold nails hold each label in place.
Oh, and I painted the shelf fronts the color of the year, Emerald.
It’s just a fun splash of color to brighten up a dark utilitarian space.
While I had the gold spray paint out, I unified the small metal bins I had. Then used the bins to store pillow covers and cases. No more throwing old pillow covers to the top shelf.
Even this little hanging wire basket.
Now everything has a labeled place with room to spare. Least used items at the top, out of reach. I know this is a very small change, but fun little additions make me smile. And if I can smile while putting away laundry, it’s worth it, right?
Have you incorporated Emerald in your home? If so, how?