Organization
Getting There for Spring

I love organization but getting there and staying there can be tough.

Take my family room bookcase which is a great example of good organization.

Well, appearances can be deceiving.

The shelves look wonderful but what’s under the shelves is typically a nightmare.

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OK, board games, an electric screwdriver with bits, toys, picture frames, empty DVD boxes, one pair of mittens, one sock (not a pair but one) and a long-missing flip flop, you name it… it’s all here.

This also happens to be where I keep (well, more accurately, stuff) linens.

 

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There is a point where clutter and lack of organization can really get the best of you.

A few weeks ago, I was searching for a particular embroidered napkin and a couple of cotton napkins with crocheted edges but I couldn’t find them anywhere.

Time to pull things together.

Goodbye toys, board games and empty boxes… you’ll have to find somewhere else to take root.

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Regular readers of this blog may recall how much I love pretty linens they really come in handy for my food styling and photography efforts.

I also have a quirky streak so I can’t resist the ocassional quirky find.

How cute is this sectioned-meat tea towel?

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Beautiful and vibrant linens are a great way to incorporate color and texture when photographing projects and various foods.

A while back, I devoted an entire blog post to using linens and napkins as photo props and you can revisit that segment here.

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I’ve been collecting linens for more than 20 years which explains the stash.

Fresh, crisp whites and flour sack style towels are a must in any linen/prop stash.

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I organized everything by color, style and texture.

This is already looking a whole lot better.

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Now this linen features an appropriate mantra.

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Oh, remember the missing embroidered napkin and cotton set with pretty crocheted edge I mentioned earlier?

Found them.

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Meanwhile, here’s one more look at everything before I tackled the chaos.

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Chaos, officially conquered.

Here’s a look at my re-organized linen shelf now.

Gonna try to keep it this way from now on.

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Actually that wasn’t so hard after all.

There’s just something about fresh organization. ♥ 

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Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time.

  • Brandi

    Lisa, I’m so happy to be able to visit your blog again. In the past, each time I tried I received an error message. Anyway… I am always so inspired by your projects. I have a serious addiction to tea towels. I have a drawer full, filled to capacity. Thanks to your post I’m going to work on organizing it a little better. Thanks for sharing all you do.

  • Kim

    You have so many beautiful linens; I’m jealous. I’m also thinking I have some drawers in need of organizing. Maybe it’s time for some spring cleaning. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Elaine Tutman

    I’m inspired to tackle some drawers, cupboards and closets. “It won’t take long and I will be glad I did it” – that phrase usually boots me into action on jobs that I keep puting off.

  • Susan

    I get the organization bug all the time…in fact, some may call me anal-retentive with organization! Great job and a beautiful book case, which is so functional now, XOXO

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