Thursday, September 27

organized clutter 101

i would probably describe my personal style as organized clutter.
i love walls and shelves full of picture frames and books and prints.
i even have boxes of frames and books sitting in my closet right now. oops. 
but as much as i love being surrounded by stuff, i definitely think there is a fine line between organized clutter and chaos. 

i'm excited to tell you guys about a partnership that i'm doing with Apartment Guide. they contacted me and asked if i'd be willing to share some tips about apartment living and making the most of a small space on a budget.  so i thought i'd give you a few tips and tricks on how to display clutter in an organized fashion. whether you're living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers tips on how to decorate your apartment and make the most of your space on the Apartment Guide blog

[1] a sturdy shelf or two or three - i love the rubbermaid shelves they sell at home depot.  they are really simple to install and can hold up to 25 pounds. do you know how many picture frames that is?
[2] some stuff!  you can use books, picture frames, knick-knacks, candles, flower pots, anything you want!
[3] patience! sometimes, everything comes together perfectly the first time around. but most of the time, it takes a few rounds of rearranging before you find your fit. just take a deep breath and try again.

1. work in small sections at a time. 
i like to start with larger objects, like these coffee table books, first and add smaller pieces in around them.
i love using coffee table books, especially for their color.  when using heavy books, be extra careful and make sure you have something, like a book end, to support their weight keep them upright. i used a basic book end i found in the dollar section at target on one side and a woodcut on the other.  i like to use frames, or in this case, a container of pretty flowers, to hide the book end and add an extra something special. :)
it's a budget-friendly alternative to the pretty, but expensive, designer book ends.
2. don't be afraid to stack objects. 
i love the way picture frames and art prints look when they are clustered together.  you can lean things against each other or even stack items.
larger art prints, or photo canvases, can rest against the wall to create height, or, you can hang it on the wall just a few inches higher than the shelf, with a nail or hook, for a floating effect.
3. play around and create different looks.
move things around, take pieces out, add pieces in, swap things around.
when you finally have a shelf full of stuff, take a step back and stare at your creation.
it may take a few attempts and some rearranging before your feel that pitter-patter of happiness in your heart, but you'll get there.
here is another set of shelves to ponder over.
this set is a little simpler, but it still allows me to display all of my favorite photos! :)
yes i know, i'm a little obsessed with my bub-hub.
sorry i'm not sorry.
and of course, a girl's gotta display her cookbooks right?
4. have confidence in your creation.
you're awesome, so therefore, everything you do it awesome.

the beauty of this decorating method is that there is no right or wrong.
nothing had to match,
nothing has to coordinate.
you can use what you already have floating around.

so there you have it, decorating with organized clutter 101.

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  1. Organized Mess is my style too! I feel like it's more warm and inviting. I love your shelf organization. It's just how I like it ;)

  2. Very nice!!! I always have a hard time with shelves !! But books, candles, frames and nicknacks are the key!! You go lady!!

  3. I agree, shelves are a great way to display the things you love most!

  4. Awesome ideas & beautifully done!
    I'm definitely a shelf lover/pictures/books/etc all piled up on there! :)

  5. I found you through Rushing for Bagels giveaway. New follower. =)

  6. great tips, I hate clutter!

  7. My husband has always told me I'm "chaotically organized"! I always know where stuff is in my piles! These shelves turned out super cute!


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