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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Entertaining Clutter

What's It Wednesday #150

I have one particular annual New Year's Resolution and that is to come up with new organizational systems for my home, my family, and for me. I have learned through the years to keep my projects simple and doable and most of all do only one at a time. 

So, this year I decided to share some of my organizational projects and would love for you to share your ideas with us as well. 

I have two entertainment units in my home and they are both utilized pretty much daily. We have two video games consoles and quite a number of video games. I keep the video games cassettes lined up in the top drawers of the family room entertainment unit. That was the easy part. The challenging part was what in the world was I going to do with the extra stuff that comes along with these games. 



I needed solutions that were not expensive, but practical, because according to my project notebook I have a lot of organizational projects to do this year. 

So my Bestie and I went to IKEA, of course. These cute boxes came in a pack of two and I bought three of them. I placed these four in the family room and two more on the living room entertainment unit.

 
I have to admit, I get super excited when an organizational solution works. These little boxes made all the difference in the world. My son has his Skylanders video game and my daughter has her Infinity that she just received from dear Santa. 

On the weekends the kids just reach for the box, pull it out and play their game. I placed a label on each box. The boxes house the game manual, parts, and console. When the kids are finished playing with their video game they put everything back in the box and place it back in the entertainment unit.

Every house I know has a bunch of remote controls. Even though I had a different place to keep them all, I wanted to try another solution. Bestie and I were at Home Goods and found this condiment caddy and thought "OMG, Voila!" I immediately took out my absolute favorite organizational tool, my trusty label maker. I don't know about you, but I personally cannot remember which remote goes where or for what. Ok, I actually do know which one is the Apple TV remote but hey, I was on a roll.

The next solution is actually a no brainer. However, it took me until now to make it happen in my home. While at IKEA I also picked up a couple packs of magazine files and placed them on the living room entertainment unit. Goodness knows I had a ton of magazines piled up. They fit perfectly with the white decor pieces. I was able to organize them, in no time, by categories: Health and welfare, Cuisine, Decorating, Parenting, etc. I have no idea what took me so long to do this.

So, in 2015 I will continue to not entertain clutter in my home and I am committed to do one organizational project at a time. Do you have some quick and easy organizational solutions for your family and living rooms to share with us? We would love to hear from you.
xoxoxo
Paula


Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!

48 comments:

My thrift store addiction said...

Hi there, love the remote caddy! I have been on a mission to organize as well! Thanks for hosting, Cecilia

Ornate Splendor said...

Hi Paula,
Thanks for the organization inspiration, and thanks for hosting! I recently reorganized my laundry room...the storage box idea worked for me as well. My daughter acted as my "label maker!!" :)
Catherine

Sherry Calamia said...

Thanks for hosting this party! Great organization ideas!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Great idea for the remotes Patty !
Thanks so much for the party - hope you have a wonderfully organized week !
Hugs,

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

WOW!!! what ambition...and it all looks so wonderful ~ hoping that it stays that way for-EVER {because I know the only way it would at my house is if I'd move everyone else out lol!!}

The French Hutch said...

Great how to on organizing, I'm taking notes. Thank you for hosting this fabulous party with so much inspiration!

xinex said...

What an awesome job you did, i love it....Christine

Poppy said...

Fabulous storage solutions, Paula! Those Ikea boxes for the videos are beautiful! Thanks so much for hosting and have a lovely week!

Poppy

Jody Klein said...

Thank you so much for featuring my kitchen changes. Have a wonderful week!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Great entertaining centers and you are so organized, everything in it's place.
Thanks for your sweet and kind comment.
Thank you for hosting once more.
Have a great week.
FABBY

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love so many of the things people get at Ikea--an I bemoan the fact that the nearest one is over 400 miles away--but I'm starting to realize I could spend a lot of money there!

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Loooove the remote caddy! I use the same kind of magazine holders....much more streamlined way to house them! Great ideas, thank you for hosting! :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Great ideas! I've been trying to get my kitchen more organized! Thanks for hosting the party!

Deanies Stash said...

I have lots of areas I would like to reorganize. Thanks for the ideas.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thank you, Paula, for hosting and for the organizing tips. Hope you are having a good week..Judy

miss-red-fox said...

I love that hot chocolate bar! We'll have to have one, also :-) On winter weekends we use to make hot cocoa and some cookies and then read a book by the chimney, so a hot chocolate bar it's just the perfect addition to that!

Vesna (HOME CHIC CLUB) said...

Great storage solutions, Paula! Thanks for the lovely party!
Hugs,
Vesna

Patricia Krank said...

I LOVE Ikea! The closest one to us is two hours so it is a real field trip but well worth it.
Thank you for featuring the magnolia swag I used in my kitchen. I appreciate you both so much.
Blessings,
Patti

Jill Harrison said...

great to see you utilising some simple organisational tools. I need to get my house organised too. But first a big declutter is needed!
Thanks for hosting and have a great week.

Shelia said...

Now you are just the smartest one! I love your organizational ideas! Love how your TV cabinet looks too! The boxes are just perfect. Not only do you have the prettiest of things you know how to organize them too! I think I need help! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

JP said...

I'm on a re-arranging and organizing roll right now and it feels so good!
Thanks for hosting the party!
JP

Artsy VaVa said...

Unfortunately, I am more of an organized chaos kind of girl! I wish I was more organized.
Thanks for the party! Have a great day.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Love your organizational ideas! Thanks so much for hosting!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Love your organizational solutions. You cabinet and shelving unit looks so neat and tidy. I too have purchased boxes and magazine files from Ikea and they work out perfectly. I have painted on the wooden styles they carry too.
Lovely features today too.

Hugs

Curtains in My Tree said...

great ideas of course I get all my treasures organized and then just mess them up again when I want to sell something or work something else into my entertainment center, it's busting out now LOL
I has forgotten about those magazine holder things I have some need to find them and utilize them again

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Love this organization going on in your home! Thank you for the lovely gathering!
Hugs,
Jemma

Teresa said...

Must be something in the water - mine and yours ahahahah
Because de-clutter is my 2015 objective too. I still don't know if I have the courage to de-... so I started with the organizing... and in the entertaining area too.
I somehow had to cut my pinterest, facebook etc etc vice so I could dedicate body, strength and attention to the project. First days were weird - it didn't help that family already thought I was awfully organised ;) [men and a non-girly daughter :D] - with the mind feeling overwhelmed but then you start buying and creating the right pieces and it's nirvana and so liberating... you can even say goodbye to lots of items you think you couldn't. Liberating.
I love kids' boxes. Start them young, Dear Friend. They'll thank you later...
Love,
Teresa

Jeannie and Linda said...

Hi Paula, thank you so much for hosting such a great party. Great organization ideas, I certainly need them. Have a great day.
Jeannie

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello cute lady! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party. Please take a moment to stop by our party. We would love to have one of your amazing posts at the party. Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

Alessandra said...

Great storage solutions! I have got the same little boxes, but pink. I love to organize my space too.
Kisses
Alessandra

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Your video game storage box solution is fantastic and love the condiment container turned remote control holder! Thanks for hosting this great party!

Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks so much, Paula, for featuring my wreath!! Wowee! I was going to tell you how wonderful that you found a place for all the game stuff and as I was scrolling down I saw something familiar - my wreath. :) That was a happy thing. Anyway, I love your remote caddy. I really have to do something about the remotes also. Thanks for the inspiration, the party, and the feature! I can hardly wait to get here each week to see what you have to show us all. Your friend, Linda

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I always enjoy seeing organizational ideas! I've been working on some myself. I like the box ideas for the kids. When my son was young and played video games it was always a hassle to put it away.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Thanks for inspiring me to get better organized this year!

Sandra and Hennie Cronje said...

Paula thanks for sharing a wonderful transformation for your house. Thanks for hosting. Lots of blessings

Rita C. said...

Hi Paula, I love what you've done to organize things, and aren't those label makers the bomb?! I just got one, and have been having fun with it, labeling my basement stash!
Thanks for hosting us, and have a great week ending.
Rita

Ruth W said...

Love your Ikea boxes! I love label boxes for advertising! Wonderful. Thanks for hosting.
Ruth

Pondside said...

I have the same boxes - exactly. At Pondside, we had an entire wall of Liatorp built-ins. They looked wonderful and even 'custom'. They stayed with the house, leaving us wondering what to do in the new-old cottage. Back to the mainland - back to IKEA and another collection of storage units. They look great, they hold a lot and they don't break the bank!
My link this week is a little weak...but I could stretch it and ask 'what's that in the window?'!

Alexandra Prairie Charm-MyPieceofVintagePrairie said...

Thank you for featuring my blog! xoxo, Alexandra

Angel Allen said...

hello,
Great post, thanks for the organizational ideas. I'm sharing my new craft cart today. Many thanks for hosting.
Angel

Ann Marie said...

I am working on decluttering my home and garage, so your post is timely. Thanks, again, for hosting a party filled with great ideas. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

Ileana Carmen said...

Hello! Thank you for hosting us.

Maria Brittis said...

Thanks for a great and entertaining party, its been a while since I have been at you party and I am so happy to beback Hugs MAria

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Love the Ikea boxes Ivy. I used baskets to store videos and game controllers inside our TV stand. Those things take over don't they! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
Blessings, Deborah

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

That's a really clever and organized system you came up with. I agree that all the accessories can get burdensome, but it looks like you solved it! xoox

Jann Olson said...

I love organizing as well and baskets are fabulous! I always pick up anything vintage that can hold things. I feel they do double duty. Cute, but functional. I too have my remotes in a wicker basket. I have a few cute baskets up in the bonus room that keeps games organized for the grands. Love the boxes from IKEA. We just bought an entertainment center quite similar. Hasn't been delivered yet. Top piece was on back order. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Kimberly Lewis said...

You always bring the best things to our party! Thank you. Pinned and tweeted. We feel honored that you take the time to stop by our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

Cheryl said...

Hi Paula,
I love those white storage boxes from IKEA and use them all over the house to store DVDs, CDs, and craft supplies. I like that they're so inexpensive and come in two sizes.
Thanks so much for hosting this party for us!
Cheryl

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