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Let’s feature another home office transformation today. Hopefully you’ll pick up some inspiration here, and keep reading for a giveaway for the cute Washi tapes we used in this project.
This is a guest room/office combo, like so many of us have. The homeowner has a lovely, colorful home, but she ran out of steam in this multiple-purpose space. Rather than have a cluttered catch-all, she was ready to add some style, but in keeping with her goal of living simply and using or re-using found treasures.
Here’s the before:
The only items we purchased were a pair of low bookcases. The client wasn’t sure that they’d be enough to hold all of her books, but I knew they’d be just right. At just $10 each, these real wood shelves are as thrifty as they are sturdy. They are also just the right height to act as both a headboard and nightstand when the air bed is set up for guests.
Here’s where we have the first of three little projects with Washi tape from Downtown Tape, that tied it all together. Sometimes the little details are what make the largest difference. These bookshelves are plain jane, but we used Washi tape from Downtown Tape to glam them up just a bit. The effect is not unlike fancy wood inlays that can cost you big bucks.
The lampshade was another easy project. Using a “found” shade and two different tones of Washi tape, we now have a lamp that compliments the other style and colors in the room.
The last little change was a little labeling. You might have seen my post earlier about just using Washi tape to “label” your phone charger, but here we did add labels right on top of the Washi tape. I love how we used different colors for each drawer, which is great for visual learners, but they all still coordinate.
Here’s the batch that I started with. Aren’t they cute???
Ready for the big reveal? Here’s the office today.
OK, now it’s your turn. There are several easy ways to enter the giveaway for your choice of 10 rolls of your very own Washi tape from Downtown Tape. Good luck, and let me know what you would perk up with these cuties! You can get lots and lots of inspiration for crafts and gifts over at www.DowntownTape.com.
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By the way, I did receive 10 rolls of tape to review. As always, I’m giving you the straight scoop on products I get to play with.
First impressions are important. That’s why I was bummed when my front door mat was looking a little ragged. It’s a few years old, but it has this nice heavy rubber backing, and it’s still in good condition except for the faded “welcome” letters.
I stressed about this for a few weeks. Should I buy new? Should I try stenciling? What type of paint would work best? So many questions!
In the end, I decided on a 5-minute makeover that was dead easy. Bring out the permanent marker!
Now, I know you read blogs for eye candy. I know you are looking for trends. I know you are thrifty and stylish, all at the same time. But sometimes you need a little something that is not only pin-able, but actually do-able in between the afternoon commute and dinner. Here I am, in your service.
Go check your front door mat.
Next time, I may actually bring out a rainbow of permanent markers and get a little fancy. Then again, maybe not.
If you’re selling your home, this little trick will save you a few bucks. Why spend $30 bucks on a new doormat if you can freshen the old one in a jif?
Organizing with Washi Tape
This post is for you if you are:
- not crafty
- always losing stuff
- a lover of color
- a gadget girl (or guy)
- someone who thinks organizing is boring
- always fighting with your kids/spouse about ownership of your gadget plugs and chargers
Personalize your iPad/iStuff with Washi tape.
These cute designs are from Target (you know how I love Target!), but keep your eyes peeled for a new project coming in June-ish featuring adorable designs from Downtown Tape and a giveaway!
This is a great little tip pre-conference, when you’ll be taking your gadgets out of town. Make them colorful (harder to lose) on one end, and label them with your cell phone number on the other.
What is Washi Tape?
If you haven’t seen it, washi tape is a paper-based tape that generally has lively designs. Although not as durable as plastic tape, it is quite functional, and very easy to work with. Organize and mark your stuff with color, without ever going near a label maker! You can also easily mark on these tapes with a fine point Sharpie
A neuroscientist, a professional organizer, and a mom walk into a bar… Sounds like the start of a joke, but it describes a bit of the National Association of Professional Organizers conference in New Orleans this year. You didn’t get to attend? That’s ok, because you can easily find a recap or two of the conference.
Probably the most important thing, though, is one simple idea. It’s the reason you landed on this page and are reading this article. Dr. Ari Tuckman talked about it. Dr. David Tolin talked about it. Dr. Kelly McGonigal talked about it. All of these folks, by the way, are great practitioners to follow in the world of organizing and productivity.
We don’t organize because we want to organize, but to live a more full life and do stuff we enjoy.
It’s way more than labeling.
What every single professional organizer and productivity consultant in NAPO will agree on is that we want our clients and potential clients (that may be you) to want something more than pretty boxes and bins. Whatever your goal is, we want to help you get it.
We want you to be out in your garden, not doing boring filing tasks.
We want you doing more community building, not working on a boring operations manual at work.
We want you spending more time with your family, not worried about email piling up.
Kevin Garton, from the NEAT Company, made a point as he talked about scanning technologies. His most prized accomplishment wasn’t reducing piles of paper to bits and bytes. His most valued scan was a handwritten note from his young daughter, that he had scanned to his cloud and could re-read it anytime, anywhere he wanted.
What do you want more than your clutter, piles, and paper messes? What part of your life do you want to be spending more time on, enjoying more, and sharing more with loved ones? Are you ready to let a professional organizer show you some supportive strategies to enjoy those things more? Because the most important things in life end up not being things, but if you’re a mom (or a dad), the neuroscientist and the professional organizer didn’t have to tell you that.
This article was originally published on 5/6/13 on the NAPO_Greater Philadelphia Chapter blog at http://www.napo-gpc.org/blog/2013/05/three-people-walk-into-a-bar-at-the-napo-conference/
If organizing your closets seems like a big job, I’ve got a great tip for you. Always happy to lead by example, here’s a shot from my own closet.
Tip: If it’s dusty, you haven’t worn it in a very long time, and it’s probably time to let it go.
These were my favorite go-to shoes once upon a time, but it’s time to pass them on.
Isn’t it nice to know that a layer of dust can be a GOOD thing sometimes?