Organizing doesn’t have to be boring and by the book. You can add your personality and personal decorating taste into anything you do in the home, including organizing.
I used to be a rather messy organizer, but I think approaching it in a decorative way had a big influence on the way that I organize. It’s become much more, well, organized.
Coined first in 30 Rock, the term is a blend of decorating and organizing and it means just that—a decorative way to organize. This just means that you don’t have to limit yourself to boring file folders and paperclips!
What’s great about this method of organizing is that it can be rather inexpensive and customizable to anyone’s tastes. With items like fabric paper, washi tape, and cans of spray paint, the sky’s the limit here.
There are plenty of ways to organize in a stylish way, and Pinterest is a great resource for ideas. One of my favorites is using a wooden magazine file as a shelf by securing it to the wall.
In doing this, you’re creating a space to store/organize books or magazines as well as creating a shelf for showcasing plants or photos. All you have to do is secure the wooden magazine file to the wall with nails or any other sturdy hanging hardware and decorganize away.
Labeling jars in the pantry is a great way to keep everything organized and looking pretty and looking pretty in an area oftentimes visually ignored. You can make or buy your own labels, and one of the most popular styles is chalkboard. You can add these easily by purchasing adhesive chalkboard stickers or painting/spraying on the label yourself.
You can also use magazine files to store and organize canned goods. While your pantry is typically closed off, it is opened often when guests are over, so keeping it looking neat and tidy will add to the air of decorative organizing you’re creating.
Another great decoration method is using frames to hang up cork boards. This works best with sheets of cork board that you can cut to fit into the frames you already have. Feel free to make a few and utilize Pinterest again for hanging arrangement ideas!
You can also hand wire across empty frames and use small clothespins to hang photos, to-do list, and even grocery lists.
This is just the beginning of decorganizing. Depending on your needs, time, and personal taste, the possibilities are endless. Utilize blogs and Pinterest as a springboard for your own ideas. Your home is a reflection of yourself, and your personality will shine through as you decorate, organize, and decorganize.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.