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I’m always looking for more ways to get organized. My Passion Planners are always within an arm’s reach, my Notes app is full of things I need to reference, and I organize my books by color (don’t @ me).
Now that I own a house, I’m blessed to not have to deal with the small-space storage woes many people my age struggle with. But ample storage space doesn’t mean everything is automatically organized; especially for an over-buyer like me.
We have a pretty lean budget in our family (but our student loans will be gone before we turn 30!), so any organization purchases we make have to be worth it. And all of these purchases fit the bill.
Command Cord Bundlers
First and foremost, I love these Command Cord Bundlers. I don’t know what I did before them.
I work from home, which means I have an extra monitor (which requires an electrical cord and an HDMI cord to connect to my laptop), chargers for two computers, a space heater, and an Alexa device. That’s a lot of cords.
But with the cord bundlers attached to the side of the file cabinet, it’s suddenly not an issue, and I’m no longer kicking cords around under my desk!
Sure, it might not be the most beautiful thing in the world, but it’s so functional. Plus, you only see the mess of cords if you’re sitting on the ground, which is… uncommon. When you’re sitting at the desk, the view is much cleaner:
You can also use them in other spots around the house. For example, I have one attached to the back of my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, which I’m commonly lugging up and down the stairs thanks to our lack of ample counter space. I simply wrap the cord up, bundle it to the machine, and I don’ t have to worry about tripping on it as I go down the stairs!
Poppin File Cabinet & Brown File Folders
Next up is my file cabinet. I invested in this beauty from Poppin when I moved into my first apartment with Sean, and I’m so glad I did. A file cabinet is definitely an adult purchase, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!
The only thing I’d change is the color; my preferred color scheme changes often, so in hindsight I think it would have made more sense to go with a solid white instead of committing to a particular color for a large purchase like this.
I previously used file folders from Poppin as well, but the bright colors were distracting and made it hard to find things. I recently got a big set of brown file folders and hanging folders, and it really cleaned it up. Now I can very easily see where everything is!
Jewelry & Nail Polish Organizers
In our master bedroom, there’s a small sliver of wall between the corner and the window that I’ve turned into my own little beauty display. I got a clear acrylic nail polish holder (similar) that I color-coded with some of my favorite polishes, and then got some jewelry holders for above and below it.
(Clearly I need to up my bracelet and earring game. Can you tell I just KonMaried my accessories?)
I love having all of my nail polish and jewelry on display. Not only are they beautiful (so they double as art!), but it also reminds me to use them all. When they’re shoved in a drawer, I constantly forget about them.
This rolling cart is a recent addition, and it’s a game. changer.
I’ll be doing a full post on our bathroom update soon, but long story short, our bathroom closet was a mess. In the photo above, you can see that there’s a small door inside the closet, which gives you access to the shower pipes. There’s also a hole in the floor with access to pipes, so any storage option we came up with needed to allow for easy access to a majority of the wall and the floor.
We cut a sturdy piece of plywood to sit on the floor (it can be lifted up if you need to access the pipes) that we’ll eventually tile to match the rest of the bathroom. We then headed to the store and picked up an extra-long rolling cart that filled the empty space really well.
Now I can have all of our bathroom necessities within easy reach, and roll them out of the way if we need to get to the pipes!
Can you tell I went through a Poppin phase early in my career? While I’m not nearly as obsessed with them now as I was then, I’m so happy that I invested in this monitor riser.
Other monitor risers that I’ve used have been mesh (which is difficult to set small things on) or really cheap plastic that yellows or bows under the weight of the monitor. This one is solid.
I’ve had it for about 5 years now, and honestly I don’t know what I’d do without it. I store my planners and markers underneath it (and an obnoxiously large chunk of rose quartz that I use as a paperweight for my planners), and put my coffee, mints, and Alexa. on top of it. Everything is within easy reach without cluttering up my desktop!
If you, like me, don’t have a large budget for home organization, I’d highly recommend investing in these things. They’re so good at keeping me organized that most of the time, I forget they’re even there.