Did you know that organizing doesn’t have to be merely functional? That you can organize and still have things look nice? Who knew? Here are the four things I do to make organization pretty:
1. Pretty boxes: While it is possible to get a pretty straw or patterned box at the store, often I feel like I need to be able to buy at least three for the price. But it is relatively easy to make a box look pretty. Make space for four or five boxes on your bookshelf or around the house, and cover those boxes with wrapping paper or fabric or decoupage. They don’t even have to be nice boxes–I have several shoe boxes with fabric wrapped around them. And people have asked me where I got them. You can fill them with pens, or cosmetics, or old photos, and still have them pop and look beautiful on a shelf.
2. Concealing fabric: If you do have a messy shelf, or a shelf with things on it that are unappealing, it’s really easy to get some fabric that you like and cover it up with a little curtain. Think of it like a bed skirt–but one that can be updated and trendy. I have a short bookshelf that my boyfriend uses for storage of his old video games–the gray cartridges are not pretty! So I put some fabric over it. Now it looks like a short table with a cloth on it, but underneath? Organized.
3. Pretty trunks: For bigger organization tasks, where an up-cycled shoebox just won’t do, you can buy decorative trunks at pretty much any department store. I have two that look like old leather trunks that someone would’ve taken with them to India in the 30s. I love them and people often give me compliments on them. But inside of those trunks it is a big mess of scarves and hats that I don’t have room for in my closet. They’re stacked in a corner looking merely decorative, but they’re keeping stuff off of my floor.
4. Opaque mason jars: I know that the mason jar trend is a little played out, but I still love mine. I spray painted the inside of them with a teal that would pop in my yellow living room. They’re opaque, and all those random knick-knacks that a living room somehow collects? I just throw them in there and don’t open them until I’m getting rid of stuff or looking for something. They also work great for keeping lost game pieces or things someone might be looking for. They look pretty, you can make them any color, and they hide every paper clip that you don’t know what to do with (although they would probably make adorable paper clip storage in my office!). Also, they don’t have to be mason jars, but that’s a very inexpensive option.
What decorative organization tricks do you have?