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Friday, September 9th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Friday: TGIF

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As school gets back into gear and there’s a crispness in the air, I’ve been inspired to purge the excess stuff from my home and keep things organized. I printed out this image and stuck it in my organization folder. It must be a great feeling at the end of the week when one can look at Friday and then look back at the earlier days of the week, realizing all of the crossed off accomplishments on the boards! Thanks to Flickr member anneclaire24 for posting this in our Fresh New Spaces Group.

Have you been working hard around your home and want to show it off? Please post it to our group!

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Inspiration for the Weekend

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Ugh, I still haven’t begun to get my tax info together yet! I think this is the weekend it’s going to have to happen, so I thought I’d motivate with a little home office/organization photo:

making life easier

Thanks so much to flickr member almostbunnies for posting it to our Fresh New Spaces Group! It’s a lesson in what a difference great containers can make, as well as how you compose them. I love the way she’s grounded the bottom with the woven baskets, mixed in some favorite objects, and I am very jealous of that vintage Ivory Soap box.

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Mondrian Shelves

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For this week’s Flickr fave of the week, I am loving these floating shelves from Jeremy Levine Design. I’m also digging the way they used the stacking shelves on the left side. Thanks for adding it to our Fresh New Spaces Group!

By the way, this was an addition and remodel to a residence. The house was built around three trees and includes: grey water recycling, storm water capture, recycled coal fly ash concrete, solar energy, recycled lumber, passive cooling, thermal rock wall, and mobile shade panels.

Office of floating shelves

Photographer: Tom Fowlkes

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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

New Years Resolutions

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Office shelves

image by flickr member Atypical Type A

So, what are you New Year’s Resolutions around the house this year? I’m sure I’ll start off all motivated and purge a bunch of stuff, make a few Salvation Army runs, clean some baseboards, get started on organizing my tax info, then run out of steam and put it off until next year. Is that how it usually goes for you? If not, how do you stay motivated? Do you have a reward system? Is your newly feng shui’ed space and extra room in the closet reward enough? Do you have bigger goals around the house?

Here are some ideas I have for staying motivated when I run out of inspiration:

1) Take another class online with Abby Garvey.

2) Re-read Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Dolan (it JUST came out in Paperback this week!) For more info, click here. Oh, and you may want to give yourself a month. Erin’s a bit of a Superwoman. If you do it all in a week, go to a spa on Day 8!

3) Read blogs by big D.I.Y. peeps and get inspired by them. Flip back through Anna’s accomplishments over at Door Sixteen, or check in over at The Brick House – start way back at the beginning and take a leisurely browse. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all of the design blog choice out there that I don’t read any of them. It’s a real treat to sit down and really catch up on one or two for an hour.

4) Find some favorite flickr groups to flip through. Some of our favorites are our own (Fresh New Spaces), sfgirlbybay, Interior Styling, and Pretty Organized. One way to find great groups on Flickr is to find a member whose work you admire, go to his or her profile page, and see what groups they belong to. This picture from Lillian Day is motivating me to change my guest room from ballerina pink to medium gray!

The bedroom

5) Finally, always remember not to be too hard on yourself. Just trying to get things together is a good start, and is probably better than you were doing yesterday. Give yourself some inspirational time rewards, like a hot bath, time to flip through a book, look at blogs, write your own blog.

PLEASE add your own advice in the comments section and let us know what you’re up to around the house!

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

Organization Wednesday: Tips from Unexpected Places

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Whoops, it’s Thursday. Not sure what happened there because this holiday has me VERY disorganized! However, my pal Lucas posted this on Facebook the other day and it is very tried-and-true simple advice that really works. Now I have Marilu Henner in the back of my head whenever I head from room to room. Lucas said

It’s an open secret that I have a love for Marilu Henner. Do you Marilu? I do! I do! People always ask my how my house is so tidy. It’s thanks to one of my favorite of Marilu’s tips and I have been doing this for more than 12 years now!

Lucas’s favorite Marilu tip is here. I’m of to go explore her site a little more. Who knows, there could be some real gems!

Photograph from marilu.com

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