This post is sponsored by UncommonGoods. All opinions are completely, 100% mine. We are in a season of decluttering and organizing. Not quite Mari Kondo level (who has the time?), but when I have a spare five, ten, or fifteen minutes I clean out a drawer. Phoenix empties all of the drawers he has access too. Seeing the contents strewn about continually reminds me to edit, edit, edit.
As you might know, Jordan and I bought our first house last November. While this won't be our forever home, we have been selective in our furniture choices. This is why we only recently bought a chair for our living room and Phoenix doesn't have a dresser. Oh, how I wish we would have saved our money and limited the Ikea impulse purchases of our youth! I don't know about you, but I was always far too optimistic that a piece of furniture would fit in any apartment we'd move to.
Built-ins and a pantry full of mason jars are amazing, but baskets and house plants are all you need for a budget friendly organized and stylish home. I store everything in baskets: hair tools, towels, throw blankets and toys! A set of open baskets are ideal in a nursery. We're constantly picking up toys. I don't want to meticulously separate everything into small bins, I just want the toys off the floor! Phoenix is beginning to understand small commands, like, "place your stuffed animal into their basket."
Once everything is off of the floor, add a few plants. Plants breathe life into a space. If taken care of properly, plants will last a long time. The planters you choose add personality to a room. We like to use natural clay pots. I don't know why Jordan and I didn't own plants in our previous apartments. Have an empty corner? Place a giant plant there instead. Jordan and I talk about adding a bench to the corner near our front door, but until then we added several plants. It fills the space nicely.
I've mentioned it before, but Bev is the queen of house plants even with twins! For those of you who might ask, Phoenix mostly leaves the plants alone. We were pretty diligent about redirecting him anytime he'd get too close. More diligent than redirecting him away from my make-up drawer.
How do you stay organized? Do you decorate with house plants? I'd love to hear your tips and suggestions!
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